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Study in Europe

Erasmus in Italy

Pathways through Italian Language Modules

  • BEGINNERS: Year 1 = IT101; Year 2 = IT211; Year 4 IT301 (optional)
  • INTERMEDIATE: Year 1 = IT108; Year 2 = IT211; Year 4 = IT301 (optional)
  • ADVANCED: Year 1 = IT107; Year 2 = IT301; Year 4 = IT401 (optional)

Students embarking upon these degress courses with some prior knowledge of Italian are asked to ensure that they arrange with the Italian Dept to attend the Placement Tests on Wednesday morning of Week 1, to enable them to be allocated to the appropriate module level.

First and Second Year students should contact the Italian Dept before the start of the academic year, in order to find out when the first language meeting is, at which they will be allocated to their language module groups

Planning for your year abroad

During your 1st year, a meeting may be arranged by the Departmental Erasmus Officer Prof. Suzanne Frey-Kupper with the International Office to get you thinking about where you might like to spend your year abroad: Bologna, Padua, Rome or Venice.

During the Autumn term of your 2nd year, there will be a formal presentation by the International Office and the department will be asked to officially nominate students to the International Office for places at particular universities by January. During the spring term, there will be a formal briefing for students going abroad in the Autumn, along with distribution of all necessary forms. In the summer term, you will complete the necessary forms and finalise your application.

You are responsible for organising your own accomodation while you are on your year abroad. This should be done during your 2nd year in conjunction with the International Office. It also makes good sense to contact current Warwick students who are on their year abroad to find out where they are living and ask suggestions. Many students organise to take accommodation over rented by previous Warwick students. It is a good idea if you can to plan a trip to Bologna/Padua/Rome/Venice in the Easter vacation in order to see the city/university and your potential accomodation.

Before you go, you will also need to make a Learning Agreement, which lists the courses you plan to take while abroad (which should add up to equivalent of 120 CATS), which is agreed both by Warwick and your host university. It is possible to make changes to this once you arrive in Italy (and such changes will need to be agreed on the 'Changes to Learning Agreement' form).

While you are abroad, you are supported by the Warwick International Office, alongside the Erasmus University Partner International Office and if necessary by the Classics department Erasmus Officer and your personal tutor. The University provides travel insurance while you are on your placement (but not health insurance). Your funding is provided 70% at the start of your year (when your signed arrivals form is received) and 30% when you return home.

Assessment criteria

Students on any of the Study in Europe degrees must obtain an overall 2.1 (60-69) average profile at the end of the 1st year for students to be allowed to continue with this degree, and a mark of 56+ in the Italian language module must be achieved, and impeccable attendance. If a student fails to attain the necessary results, (s)he will revert to the standard form of the degree (ie Classics, Classical Civilisation, Ancient history and Classical Archaeology) and not be allowed to take the Erasmus year abroad.

Student results in exams during their Erasmus year abroad do not count towards their final Warwick degree mark. However they must pass their exams during their year abroad. If a student fails their year abroad exams, then they will revert to the standard form of their degree when they return to complete their final year at Warwick.

More information from the Warwick International Office:

You can get more information about organising your Erasmus year abroad from the Warwick Study Abroad team. Oportunities via department are detailed here.