Undergraduate study in Italian

What you can study in Italian

You can take language courses at every level and learn to speak, read and write Italian. At Stages II and III there are opportunities to study at universities in Italy. We encourage you to study abroad.

You can also study Italian society and culture, contemporary literature and film, and medieval and Renaissance literature and culture. While most courses involve the study of texts in Italian, others are based on material in English and may be taken if you are not studying the language.

Structuring your major in Italian

You can take a major in Italian as one of your two BA majors (a double major). You will need to pass at least 120 points (eight courses) towards each of your majors, including at least 45 points (three courses) at Stage III.

If you first enrolled in a BA prior to 2018

  • For a single major you must pass at least 135 points, including at least 60 points above Stage II.
  • For a double major you must pass at least 120 points in each of two majors, including at least 45 points above Stage II in each major.
  • For a BA minor you must pass at least 90 points, including at least 60 points above Stage I.

Taking a Module in Italian

If you would like to study Italian alongside your two BA majors, you can complete a Module.

A Module is an optional grouping of three courses on a particular theme which enables you to add extra value to your Bachelor of Arts.

Take a look at Modules


Explore the undergraduate courses you can take as part of a major in Italian. You would normally take Stage I courses in your first year, Stage II in your second and Stage III in your third.

Required courses

You must pass the following courses as part of the Italian major:

  • EUROPEAN 100, ITALIAN 201 and 300
  • One course from ITALIAN 202, 204, 209, 211
  • Two courses from ITALIAN 301, 305, 330, 333-338, 355, 356
  • You may also include up to two courses from ARTHIST 236, COMPLIT 200, 202, 210, EUROPEAN 200, 207

Enrolling in Italian language courses for the first time

If you have no or limited knowledge of Italian, please enrol in ITALIAN 106 or ITALIAN 106G. The University may cancel your enrolment at any time if you are found to have prior knowledge or study in the language.

If you have studied Italian before or know it from home, please apply for an enrolment concession for the course that is most appropriate for your level of knowledge. You might be prompted to sit a placement test.

Scholarships and awards

Help and advice

For help with planning your degree and enrolling in your courses, please contact the Arts Students' Centre.

If you would like to find out more about studying Italian, you can contact our Undergraduate Adviser.