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Italian with Japanese



Full-time 2019 entry, ABB, IB 34

On this degree you are able to specialise in Italian language and culture, while spending a quarter of your time learning Japanese.

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Italian Studies at Warwick provides the opportunity to explore the extraordinary breadth and depth of Italian language and culture in collaboration with recognised experts in the field. Intensive language work from advanced level opens up the richness of Italian language and cultural life. Studying Italian with Japanese is particularly useful combination as Japan is one of the most powerful economies in the world. You’ll graduate from this course as a highly qualified linguist with a deep understanding of key issues and developments in Italy’s past and present and advanced intercultural skills so you can compare and move between languages and cultures.

You will spend a quarter of your time on Japanese. This language can usually only be taken at beginner's or post-GCSE (or equivalent) level maximum. The course aims to bring you to B2 standard (CEFR) in this language (this approximates to A Level) by the end of the degree. If you have any prior learning of the language please contact ugadmissions at warwick dot ac dot uk before applying.

In each year you will take an Italian language module at the appropriate level and at least two modules on language, literature, translation, culture, politics and history from an Italian or cross-cultural perspective. You will study Italian language at the appropriate level: beginners, intermediate or advanced. Optional modules in Italian range from contemporary Italian culture and comparative literature to the study of aspects of Medieval and Renaissance thought and culture.

In the intermediate and final year you can choose from a range of advanced modules in the department and, in the final year, you can choose to research a dissertation if you wish. The study of Japanese language on this course is suitable for applicants who are beginners in the language or with a qualification up to A-Level standard (or equivalent) in Japanese. However, please note that applicants with Japanese language ability above this level, including native speakers, would not be suitable for this course. You will develop your linguistic skills in Japanese by taking a language module in each year you are at Warwick.

You can spend your year abroad either in Italy for the whole year, or you can split your time between Italy and Japan.

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.

Language modules are usually assessed by 100% examination. Cultural modules in Italian are either assessed fully by coursework or offer a choice of 50% coursework, 50% examination.

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

You will normally spend either the second or the third year of your course abroad, either in Italy for the whole year, or you can split your time between Italy and Japan.

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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Entry requirements

A level: ABB to include a modern or classical language

IB: 34 to include 5 at Higher Level in 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 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 Italian Language 1 (at beginners, intermediate or advanced level)
  • An Italian Cultural Module (which will either be The History of Modern Italy or Introduction to Italian Culture)
  • Japanese 1 or Japanese Beginners Acclerated
Intermediate Year
  • Modern Italian Language 2 or 3
  • Japanese 3
Final Year
  • Modern Italian Language 4
  • Japanese 4
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

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: ABB to include a modern or classical language

IB: 34 to include 5 at Higher Level in a modern or classical language

* This language can be taken at beginner’s, post-GCSE or post-A Level (or equivalent) level maximum. Applicants with language ability above this level, including native speakers, would not be suitable for this course.


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. Partner institution in Italy or in Italy and Japan.

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.

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