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German and Italian



Full-time 2019 entry, AAB, IB 36

This joint degree allows you to develop your understanding of the language, literature, culture and society of Italian and German-speaking countries, in both a historical and a contemporary perspective.

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German and Italian are two of the most important languages in European business, politics and trade and both Germany and Italy have been extremely influential in shaping western culture, politics and thought. In this degree, equal weight is given to both languages and cultures and, in each year, students take modules devoted to each language and an optional module in each subject. Optional modules reflect the research specialisms of academics in both departments and cover a broad range of subjects including the study of history, politics, literature, film and culture, translation and transnationalism. You can also opt to study some of our interdisciplinary cross-School modules.

You’ll spend your second or third year abroad, consolidating and enhancing your learning. Students can decide to split their year abroad to complete a placement in the country of each language.

In your first year, you will follow a core German language programme at either beginner or advanced level and take a core Italian language module (depending on your language combination, this is also available at beginner or advanced level). In German, you will also choose between two cultural modules, focusing on either the history and culture of German society since 1945 or German culture in the late eighteenth century. Both of these modules provide an excellent foundation for studying further aspects of German history, culture and society in the later stages of your degree. In Italian, you will take the Introduction to Italian Culture or the History of Modern Italy.

In your intermediate and final years, you will have a core module for both German and Italian language, and the opportunity to develop your own particular interests beyond the language. You can choose from a wide a selection of optional modules that cover a broad range of subjects in German and Italian culture, society, literature, politics, philosophy, film and history, as well as translation and transnationalism. You can also opt to study some of our interdisciplinary cross-School modules.

You can choose to spend your year abroad studying at a university in a German speaking country or on a British Council Assistantship or a work placement. You can also split your year and spend a semester in each country. During the year abroad students will usually attend a residential orientation course at Easter time. Led by departmental staff, who travel out to lead the event, the course offers skills development, pastoral care, careers advice and guidance on final year study.

We employ a variety of teaching styles, including: lectures; seminars of about 15 students, in which the emphasis is on student participation; and written and spoken language classes in small groups. You will spend the rest of your time studying independently, preparing for classes, reading the primary texts, writing essays and working on your language skills.

Contact hours

12 hours per week (15 hours per week in first year).

Class size

Seminars generally involve around 15 students.

We will track your progress through language assignments, essays, presentations, portfolio submissions and examinations (written and oral). Throughout your course you will receive detailed, personalised feedback to help you to improve your skills.

The final degree classification is determined by your second and final year marks and each contributes 50%.

You will spend your year abroad doing one of three things:

- Working as a language assistant teaching English in a primary or secondary school

- Studying full-time at a partner university in your chosen country

- On a work placement

You can spend your year abroad either in a German-speaking country for the whole year, or you can split your time between a German-speaking country and an Italian-speaking country. The year abroad options are flexible so we recommend you check the department's subject pages for more details.

We hold a residential course in Germany, open to all of our students on their year abroad.

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A level AAB to include either German or Italian

IB 36 to include 5 in Higher Level German or Italian

You will also need to meet our English Language requirements.

  • Contextual data and differential offers Warwick may make differential offers to students in a number of circumstances. These include students participating in the Realising Opportunities programme, or who meet two of the contextual data criteria. Differential offers will be one or two grades below Warwick’s standard offer (to a minimum of BBB).

  • Access Courses Access to HE Diploma (QAA-recognised) including appropriate subjects with distinction grades in level 3 units. Candidates must demonstrate required language skills.
  • Warwick International Foundation Programme (IFP) All students who successfully complete the Warwick IFP and apply to Warwick through UCAS will receive a guaranteed conditional offer for a related undergraduate programme (selected courses only). For full details of standard offers and conditions visit the IFP website.
  • We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications. For more information please visit the international entry requirements page.
  • Taking a gap year Applications for deferred entry welcomed.

    Interviews We do not typically interview applicants. Offers are made based on your UCAS form which includes predicted and actual grades, your personal statement and school reference.

    Open Days All students who have been offered a place are invited to visit. Find out more about our main University Open Days and other opportunities to visit us.

Year 1
  • Modern German Language 1 or 

  • Modern German Language for Beginners

  • Modern Italian Language 1 (at beginners, intermediate or advanced level)

Choose one option in German:

  • The Changing Face of Germany in Film and Text or
  • Aspects in German Culture in the Age of Enlightenment
And one option in Italian

  • Introduction to Italian Culture or
  • The History of Modern Italy
Intermediate year
  • Modern German Language 2 or
  • Modern German Language 2 (Post-beginners)
  • Modern Italian Language 2 (pre-year abroad) or
  • Modern Italian Language 3 (post-year abroad)
Final year
  • Modern German Language 3
  • Modern Italian Language 4
Selection of optional modules that current students are studying:

German: German Culture in the Age of Revolution, 1789-1848; Reading Weimar: Prose Fiction 1919-1933; Film in the Weimar Republic and under National Socialism; Bertolt Brecht: Theatre as Revolution; The Strange World of Franz Kafka’s Short Stories; Violent Women in the German Cultural Imagination; German Memories of WWII - From Perpetration to Suffering; The Self and the Others I: Identity, Gender and Ethnicity in German Culture around 1800; Business and Society in Contemporary Germany; Germany and the Holocaust: Interpretations and Debates; German terror and cultural memory; The Writer and Imperial Germany; Translation Studies modules.

Italian: Introducing Dante’s Hell; Medieval and Renaissance Short Fiction in Italy and England; Modern Italian Culture in Dialogue with Europe; Italian Cinema: Envisioning the Nation; Renaissance Rivalries: Power, Magic, and Language; Short Stories and Storytelling (17th-21st centuries); Italian Women’s Writing: Voices of Protest; Italian Cinema: Individual Perspectives.

For further details about our German and Italian Studies modules please visit the Modern Languages website. Here you will also find degree course outlines.

Our Modern Languages graduates work for organisations including:

British Council, BBC, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, PWC, Ministry of Defence, TeachFirst, United Nations, Amnesty International.

Job titles:

Digital Media Consultant, Graduate Analyst, Big Data Columnist, Marketing Executive, Research Associate, Translation Coordinator, Teacher.

A level AAB to include either German or Italian

IB 36 to include 5 in Higher Level German or Italian


Degree of Bachelor of Arts (BA)

4 years full time, including a year abroad

Start Date

24 September 2019

Location of study
University of Warwick, Coventry and overseas study at a partner institution or langugage assistant/work placement in a German-speaking country.

Tuition fees
Find out more about fees and funding

Additional costs

There may be costs associated with other items or services such as academic texts, course notes, and trips associated with your course.

This information is applicable for 2019 entry.

Given the interval between the publication of courses and enrolment, some of the information may change. It is important to check our website before you apply. Please read our terms and conditions to find out more.

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