Italian is an opportunity to study not only the language of Italy but also Italian culture and society.

Areas of study

Along with learning to speak, read and write Italian, you can discover some of the Western world’s major writers, thinkers, artists and architects from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance to the present. You can also learn about memorable works of Italian opera, post-war cinema, fashion and design.

At Stages II and III there are opportunities to study at Italian universities such as the University of Bologna, considered to be the oldest university in the Western world, and Bocconi University in Milan. Most of these courses are taught in Italian, but courses taught in English are also available. You can also receive credit for language studies in approved universities and language institutes in Italy. We encourage you to study abroad.

You can study Italian in the following programmes:

What you will learn

In Italian language courses you can learn to speak, read and write Italian. You can study the language from beginners' to advanced levels. You can also learn about 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.

Career opportunities

Knowing a foreign language such as Italian can give you a competitive edge in many areas of work.

Italian can be particularly useful if you want a career in tourism, translating, music, foreign affairs, international law or business. It can also be useful if you want to work in an international organisation or a multinational company.

Our graduates work in journalism, business, government service, professional translating, interpreting, diplomacy, librarianship and teaching, with some working as English teachers in Italy.

More information

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