Bachelor of Arts (BA)
4 years full-time, normally including a year abroad
27 September 2021
Department of Study
School of Modern Languages
Location of Study
University of Warwick
Our Italian Studies (BA) allows you to study the language, culture, politics and history of one of Europe’s most ancient civilisations, offering specialist teaching from the legacy of the Classical world in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance to today’s multicultural Italy. Italian may be studied ab initio.
This degree allows you to study the language, culture, politics and history of one of Europe’s most ancient civilisations, offering specialist teaching from the legacy of the Classical world in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance to today’s multicultural Italy. You will have access to outstanding facilities and resources, including flexible collaborative and individual learning spaces, as well as a vast selection of print, digital and multimedia learning materials. This degree offers the possibility to take a range of optional modules in other departments.
You’ll normally spend your second or third year abroad, consolidating and enhancing your learning.
In your first year, you will take a core Italian language module at beginner, intermediate or advanced level and at least two modules on language, literature, culture, politics and history from an Italian or cross-cultural perspective.
In your intermediate and final years, alongside your core language modules you will make an individual selection of modules.
How will I learn?
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 and analysing materials set for study, engaging with secondary sources, writing essays and working on your language skills.
Seminars approx 15; oral classes 8-10.
Around 10-12 hours of teaching per week.
How will I be assessed?
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 intermediate- and final-year marks; each of these years contributes 50%.
Your year abroad
We strongly recommend that students take a year abroad, if they are able to. Students may move to a three-year degree if circumstances do not permit them to complete a year abroad. In such cases, there will be further language reinforcement work and students will be encouraged to spend time abroad in other ways, during vacation times.
You will usually 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
Most students going to Italy opt for an exchange at a partner university. Some are successful in obtaining a (highly competitive) language assistantship. Most students apply through the British Council's English Language Assistant scheme during the first term of their second year at Warwick.
The year abroad options are flexible so we recommend you check the department's subject pages for more details.
About the information on this page
This information is applicable for 2021 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.