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Italian and Linguistics



Full-time 2019 entry, BBB

By combining Italian with Linguistics you’ll explore the social contexts of language, as well as how language is acquired. You’ll learn about cultural differences and intercultural communication in international professional contexts, as well as developing practical analytical skills.

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Your joint degree with Linguistics will give you an insight into the relationship between language, culture and identity. You’ll also study issues related to language
and media, politics and education. You’ll spend your second or third year abroad, consolidating and enhancing your learning.

In your first year you will study Italian language at beginner's, intermediate or advanced level, building up skills in written and spoken Italian. You will also take modules focusing on modern Italian political history or the development of literary and cinematic expression from the Renaissance to the present. Your year abroad will be spent studying at an Italian university alongside Italian students and immersing yourself in Italian.

Throughout your degree you will continue your study of Italian language. You will work in a truly bilingual environment, often sharing classes with Italian native speakers who join us from our partner universities in Italy. You will also choose from a broad variety of literary, historical, and cultural modules, taught by leading experts. Examples include Dante, the Italian Renaissance, political thought, the development of Italian and English short fiction, nineteenth-century poetry, Italian cinema, contemporary women's writing, Italian migration, applied linguistics and history of the Italian language.

On the Italian and Linguistics course you will study 50% Italian and 50% Linguistics. After beginning the course, you may be able to transfer to Italian with Linguistics, which would enable you to study 75% Italian and 25% Linguistics.

We employ a variety of teaching approaches, including lectures, seminars (in which the emphasis is on student participation) and written and spoken language classes. You will spend the rest of your time studying independently, preparing for classes, reading or watching primary texts, engaging with secondary sources, writing essays and working on your language skills.

Class sizes

Seminars approx 15; oral classes 8-10.

Contact hours

Around 10-12 hours of teaching per week.

Italian Language modules are mostly assessed by 100% examination. Culture modules are either fully assessed by coursework or offer the option of 50% essay/50% exam.

The first year does not count towards the final mark. The intermediate and final year are equally weighted.

Second or third year abroad is normally spent studying at an Italian university, working alongside Italian staff and students, improving your knowledge and understanding of the country and culture which you have chosen to study. It is also possible to work for the British Council as an English language assistant (year 3 only), or to set up an independent work placement.

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

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

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

3. On a work placement

The year abroad options are flexible so we recommend you check the individual subject pages for more details.

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A level: BBB to include a modern or classical language

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 meet essential subject requirements.
    • 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 Italian Language 1 (at beginners, intermediate or advanced level)
  • Linguistics: Understanding Language
  • Language in Society
  • Research, Academic and Professional Skills
  • An Italian Cultural Module (which will either be The History of Modern Italy or Introduction to Italian Culture)
Intermediate Year
  • Modern Italian Language 2 or 3
  • Linguistics: Acquisition and Use
  • Sociolinguistics
Final Year
  • Modern Italian Language 4
  • Communication Modes
Selection of optional modules that current students are studying:
  • 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
  • Intercultural Business Communication
  • Sociolinguistics
  • English Across Cultures
  • Professional Communication
  • Multilingualism and Culture
  • Global PR
  • Laughter: A Transdisciplinary Approach
  • Community Engagement
  • Politics of International Development
  • Power, Class and Social Theory
  • Organisational Change
  • Marketing Management
  • Ethical Issues and Social Responsibility
  • Politics of Globalisation
  • Foreign Language Module
  • Linguistics Dissertation

For further details about our 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.

Entry Requirements

A level: BBB to include a modern or classical language


Degree of Bachelor of Arts (BA)

4 years full-time, including a year abroad

Start Date

September 2019

Location of study
University of Warwick, Coventry. Overseas study at a partner institution in Italy.

Tuition fees
Find out more about fees and funding

Other course costs

The course of textbooks may vary. Students should expect to spend around £120 per year on language textbooks and core texts.

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.