Rich in cultural heritage, Italy is also a leading world economy. This degree allows you to learn Italian from scratch and acquire an in-depth knowledge of the history and culture of this vibrant country.
If you haven't studied Italian before, core modules will enable you to build your language skills while introducing you to Italian history, culture and society. You'll then be able to tailor your degree to suit you, selecting from optional modules covering a variety of topics from Renaissance art and Dante to cinema, contemporary literature, linguistic varieties, material culture and Italian for business. You'll even spend a year in Italy to experience Italian culture first-hand.
Our expert tutors cover a wide range of research interests, all of which inform their teaching. As a result we can offer flexible degrees that give you scope to pursue your interests - and we have excellent facilities to help you make the most of your time at Leeds.
Digital language labs, audio/video practice booths and Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL) are all housed in our fully-equipped Language Centre. It also stocks an extensive lending library of foreign films and newspapers among other on-demand resources.
If you're interested in translation studies, we also offer specialised computing facilities in our Electronic Resource Information Centre. Our Interpreter Training Suites also offer you the chance to explore a career in interpreting.
This programme will introduce you to Italian at beginners' level and is designed for those who have had no previous or little contact with the language. If you already have some knowledge of the language, you may wish to apply for the advanced programme BA Italian A.
You'll develop reading, writing, speaking and listening skills in Italian in your first two years, while selecting modules introducing you to different elements of Italian civilisation, from Medieval and Renaissance Italy to contemporary Italian literature, cinema, culture and history. Through these modules you'll develop language skills and cultural awareness that you can really cultivate in your third year, which is spent working or studying in Italy.
When you return to Leeds for your final year, you'll study advanced language modules to refine your skills, while exploring more topics that interest you, such as contemporary literature, the history of the Italian language, Italian cinema or fashion, design, and specialised uses of Italian for marketing and business purposes.
This will help you to develop critical and analytical skills while conducting independent research - skills that you can showcase when you complete an undergraduate dissertation.
These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.
Entry requirements, fees and applying
A degree in Italian will provide you not only with linguistic fluency, but will also equip you with skills of argument, analysis and effective communication. Employers will particularly value your confidence in different social environments, demonstrated by your year abroad. You'll also acquire a number of transferable skills, such as teamwork, presentation, written and oral communication, research and critical thinking.
Graduates have plenty of career options as a result, and they've gone on to work both in the UK and abroad in a variety of sectors. These include retail, education, IT, marketing and administration, management, international banking, business development and law. Others pursue more traditional careers for language graduates, such as translating, interpreting and teaching, or may move onto postgraduate studies in a variety of areas, ranging from marketing and management to translation and more academic subjects.
We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That's one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.
Leeds for Life is our unique approach to helping you make the most of University by supporting your academic and personal development. Find out more at the Leeds for Life website.
The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.
Study abroad and work placements
You'll spend your third year in Italy, immersing yourself in local culture and cultivating your language skills.
We have partnerships with a number of Italian universities where you could study, or you could undertake a work placement. You could even work as a language assistant in an Italian school under the British Council's programme.
Whatever you choose to do, you'll gain a new insight into Italian society as well as valuable experience of adapting to another culture. If you choose to work during your time there, you'll also return with work experience to increase your appeal to employers. For many of our students, it's the real highlight of their course.
Read more about Residence Abroad in Italian
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