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 the Italian- and Spanish-speaking worlds.
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 that 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 Italian and Spanish, 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. More specifically, it will enable you to enter professional roles with global companies which operate in and interact with them.
In Italian, you will have the opportunity to study with leading academics on topics ranging from Dante, Machiavelli and Michelangelo to fascism, the history of the language, the resistance, Fellini and contemporary culture.
In Spanish, you can study a wide range of optional modules in Spanish and Latin American culture, history, literature, politics and film with staff who are internationally-recognised experts. These include comprehensive first-year modules including "Icons of Spain and Latin America" and "Introduction to Spanish and Latin American Culture"; second-year modules including "Modern and contemporary Spanish narratives" and "Culture and revolution in modern Latin America"; and final-year modules including "Dictatorship, Memory and Resistance in the Southern Cone", "Publishers and Writers in Contemporary Spain" and "Testimonial writing from modern Latin America".
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 Spanish-speaking country (6 months in each), studying at a university or working on a placement. This enables you to directly immerse yourself in the culture and considerably develop your knowledge of both Italian and Spanish. A key advantage of this joint honours degree course is that you can incorporate both study and placement work into your year abroad for a more varied experience. Core language modules in your 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 Italian and Spanish, meaning that you can start either language from beginners' level if you gave not studied the language before; and, for Spanish, from intermediate level if you have only studied the language 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 Spanish by the final year. Please check the entry requirements for more details on entry points.