BA Modern Languages: Italian

Studying Italian at the University of Exeter brings you into contact with one of the most fascinating cultures in the world. Our research interests will give you access to a wide range of aspects of Italian culture that we are passionate about and you can study a broad range of topics or follow particular pathways that interest you most, such as Italian film, literature, linguistics including dialectology, or history. You can also can pick up a number of open modules on linguistics, literature, medieval history, visual arts, film and culture offering you the chance to further customise the programme to suit you.

As part of the BA Modern Languages: Italian degree course at Exeter, you will undertake intense practical language training as well as theoretical learning to better understand the rich cultural, social and historical backdrop of Italy. Over four years, you will develop fundamental language skills such as reading, speaking, translating and writing, learning to perfect the delicate nuances of intonation, tone and inflection in your voice to become a skilled linguist. You will be taught by experienced language specialists and academic staff at the forefront of their disciplines and some of your classes will be with our team of native Italian-speakers. Students can also take advantage of the excellent facilities in the Foreign Language Centre.

The University of Exeter has one of the leading and most respected centres for Modern Languages in the UK, with all of our languages ranked in the top 10 in The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018 and The Complete University Guide 2019, and the department ranked 4th for overall satisfaction in the National Student Survey 2017. We value our extensive contacts with universities and other institutions in Italy as part of the Erasmus scheme; thanks to these exchanges there is a constant presence of Italian students in our team, which creates a distinctive atmosphere. In your third year, you will spend a year abroad in Italy either studying at one of our renowned partner universities such as Bologna-Forlì, Padova and Venice, teaching English as part of a British Council placement or gaining valuable employment experience and practical applied learning by working abroad. Work placements can be part-funded by the EU’s Erasmus Work Placement scheme. 

By the end of your degree, you will have acquired a diverse and transferable set of skills and intercultural awareness that are highly sought after by employers. Modern Language degrees offer a broad range of career paths in translation, linguistics, teaching and across multiple other industries. Recent graduates are now working in areas such as marketing and communications, project co-ordination, journalism and finance.

Degree programmes

You can study Italian through four pathways:

  • choose to study Italian modules only and graduate with a BA in Italian
  • with one or two other languages (eg, Chinese, French, German, Portuguese, Russian or Spanish) as part of our BA Modern Languages degree
  • With Arabic, Art History and/or Visual Culture, Classical Studies, English, Film Studies, History, International Relations, Politics, Philosophy or Sociology as part of one of our Combined Honours Programmes
  • or with a bespoke selection of subjects as part of our Flexible Combined honours programme

Programme variations