A more connected world demands language skills. Expand your horizons and achieve fluency in two languages by immersing yourself in the history and cultures of Italy and the French-speaking world.
Join our friendly and dynamic Department of Modern Languages and European Studies, which offers the opportunity to study in a lively, multilingual community with staff and students from all over the world. We offer a flexible and supportive approach to learning which allows you to tailor your degree to your interests, including the opportunity to learn other languages.
Through this course you will become confident and highly skilled in French and Italian, both written and spoken. You will master the fundamental elements of each language, to the point where you will graduate with a near-native command of both. We’re proud of our small language classes, led by native speakers. Direct access to expert staff for help and feedback ensures you develop your language skills to the best of your ability.
You will learn both languages in the political, social and cultural contexts of the countries in which they are spoken. This not only considerably enhances your understanding of the languages, but also provides you with the knowledge to live and work in these countries, as well as enter professional roles with global companies that operate in and interact with them.
In Italian, you will have the opportunity to study with leading academics on topics including Dante, Machiavelli and Michelangelo and covering fascism, the history of the language, the resistance, Fellini and contemporary culture. In French you will have the opportunity to study a wide range of optional modules in French and francophone culture, history, literature, theatre, politics and film with staff who are internationally recognised experts in French-speaking literature, history and culture; including the literature of the French Caribbean; French children’s literature and publishing; 20th century French history; Medieval literature, history and art, as well as translation and adaptation studies.
You will also be able to explore a specific topic in both of the languages you're learning through comparative modules. If you really enjoy studying cinema, for example, then you can opt to take modules in European and World cinema and gain an even broader knowledge of the medium.
An integral part of the course is the opportunity to study or work abroad during your third year. You will split your time equally between Italy and a French-speaking country (six months in each), studying at a university or working on a placement. It enables you to directly immerse yourself in the culture and considerably develop your knowledge of both Italian and French. A key advantage of this joint honours degree course is that you can incorporate both study and placement work into the year abroad for a more varied experience. The core language module in the second year will prepare you for studying abroad, equipping you with the skills and knowledge required to work and live in a different culture.
We provide some accelerated learning in Italian and French, meaning that you can start both languages from beginner's level if you have not studied them before, or you can learn Italian at intermediate level if you have only learnt it up to GCSE or AS level. Regardless of which level you join the course at, all students achieve the same standard of written and spoken Italian and French by the final year. Please check the entry requirements for more details on entry points.