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 German-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 German 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 considerably enhances your understanding of the languages, and also provides you with the knowledge to live and work in these countries, as well as enter professional roles with global companies which operate in and interact with them.
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.
Optional modules in both languages cover the politics, cultures, societies, histories and literature of the countries in which they are embedded. In German, you will have the opportunity to explore topics such as German cinema, the portrayal of Berlin in German literature, the impact of the reunification of East and West Germany in 1990 and the history behind and current debates about immigration to Germany. 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.
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 German-speaking country (six months in each), studying at a university or working on a placement. It allows you to directly immerse yourself in the culture and considerably develop your knowledge of both German and Italian. 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. Core language modules in the second year will prepare you for your time abroad, equipping you with the skills and knowledge required to work and live in a different culture.
We provide accelerated learning in both German and Italian, meaning that you can start Italian from beginner's level if you have not studied the language before. You can join German at intermediate level if you have previously 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 German and Italian by the final year.