Guide to Studying Italian

What is Italian?

  • Italian covers the whole range of subjects dedicated to the studying of Italy, its culture and language, with learning to speak the Italian language foremost among them.
  • Italian is spoken mainly in Europe - outside Italy it is a primary language in Switzerland, the Vatican, Albania, Malta, Slovenia and Croatia. It is also spoken in several former African colonies, such as Somalia.

Why study Italian?

  • Italy has one of the top ten economies in the world, so major businesses are keen on those who speak Italian and English. Among firms with offices in Italy, are IBM, Motorola, Citibank, and PwC.
  • Italy is a world leader in cooking, design, fashion, machine tool manufacturing, robotics, shipbuilding, space engineering, construction machinery, and transportation. Interested in these? Learn Italian.
  • Since Roman times, Italy has exported its culture all over the world, from Latin literature to opera, film to political thought, fashion to food. Knowing Italian allows you to understand these things better.
  • All subjects and degrees that study a foreign language have the opportunity to study in that country. Who would say no to a year in Rome, Naples or Florence, studying and living in this beautiful country?
  • No matter what course in life you pursue, it is easier to get into a career if you speak a foreign language. It is also very impressive in life in general, so why not have a go?

Coursework, assessment and exams

  • The main assessment types are exams and coursework. Within these you will encounter many variations customised to each module. Types of coursework range from short sets of exercises to 5,000-word essays. Other methods include oral presentations, to group research projects.

What degree can I get? 

  • BA Italian with Film Studies
  • BA Italian and Theatre
  • BA Philosophy and Italian
  • BA International Relations and Italian

What qualifications do I need?

  • A Level in Italian is not usually necessary.
  • Always confirm the entry requirements for the particular university/course you are interested in.

Use our Course Chooser to search through Italian courses.

What are the postgraduate opportunities?

  • There is an exciting range of taught MAs and research degrees at postgraduate level.
  • Examples include a straight MA in Italian, as well as masters in Contemporary Italian Studies, Lanaguages and Cultures, Secondary School Teaching of Italian, and Translator Studies.

Graduate job prospects



*Professional employment refers to a job or occupation which normally requires a degree.
**Non-professional employment refers to a job or occupation which doesn't normally require a degree.

What are the job opportunities?

  • Italian degrees teach students transferable skills, such as presentation, research and communication, as well as an appreciation of foreign culture, working with those from different backgrounds, and a second language.
  • Particular job areas include property management, art and design, international business, teaching, consultancy, life sciences, accountancy, journalism and interpretation.
  • Numerous companies offer graduate schemes in this subject, such as JP Morgan.