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BA Italian Studies (Full-Time, 2017 Entry)

Why study Italian at Warwick?

  • Warwick’s School of Modern Languages and Cultures comprises excellent academic specialisms (French, German, Hispanic and Italian Studies) and the Language Centre (whose offerings also include Arabic, Russian, Japanese, Mandarin and Portuguese), leading to a powerful combination of languages, research interests and degree courses.
  • The constituent academic subjects have consistently ranked among the very best in the UK in national and international league tables and are well known for their excellent scores in terms of student satisfaction.
  • Modules and degree courses are under constant review, ensuring that they are fresh, effective and challenging. Some courses are open to students who are beginners or intermediate in a language.
  • You will have access to outstanding facilities, including:
    – the University Language Centre, where there are opportunities to take extra language courses in addition to your main course of study (additional fees apply);
    – the Transnational Resources Centre (TRC), giving you exclusive access to over 3,000 DVDs in French, German, Italian, Spanish and Portuguese plus multimedia facilities, satellite television with integrated off-air recording facilities, video-editing software (with technical support), and DVD projection equipment.

Dr David Lines


Sophie Potter

4th year undergraduate

Why study at Warwick?

A view from our academics

What will I learn?

Italian at Warwick gives you the opportunity to study the language, culture, politics and history of one of Europe’s most ancient civilisations, offering specialist teaching from the Middle Ages and the Renaissance to today’s multicultural Italy. The degree is designed to develop high-level skills in language, communication, critical thinking and analysis.

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 (depending on degree combination) take modules focusing on cultural topics. You will spend one year of your degree abroad taking courses at one of our 20 partner universities across Italy (including Turin, Genoa, Bologna, Siena, Rome). We hold a residential course in Venice at Warwick’s own Italian base, the Palazzo Pesaro Papafava, which is open to students on the year abroad.

After your year abroad, you will continue your study of Italian language. You will be exposed to 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. Details of modules currently available can be found on our website at

Find out more about the course on the School of Modern Languages and Cultures website.

How will I learn?

Teaching approaches depend on the kind of material to be covered, but will usually involve a combination of lectures, seminars, lab-based language classes and reading groups. Language learning relies heavily on small group teaching by core staff, native speakers and government-sponsored lectors. You can expect around 10-12 hours of teaching per week. You will spend the rest of your time studying independently, writing essays and working on your language skills.

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.

What opportunities are there to study abroad?

You will normally spend either the second or third year of your course abroad. You will experience life in Italy at first hand through study abroad at one of our 20 partner universities, while developing high-level language, communication and intercultural skills. You will be taught by leading experts in the field of Italian culture, both past and present.

Entry Requirements

A level ABB, including a modern or classical language

International Baccalaureate 34 points, including 5 at Higher Level in any modern or classical language

Access Courses Access to HE Diploma (QAA-recognised) including appropriate subjects with distinction grades in level 3 units. Candidates must demonstrate required language skills.

General Studies/Critical Thinking Offers normally exclude General Studies at A or AS level. Critical Thinking only accepted at AS level.

Further Information

Taking a gap year Applications for deferred entry welcomed.

Interviews Applicants may be invited to interview at the discretion of the Department (usually where non-standard qualifications are involved).

Departmental Offer Holder Days Offers to applicants will include an invitation to a selection of Departmental Open Days, which are held in the spring term.

Find out more about our main University Open Days and other opportunities to visit us.

What modules could I study?

We offer a wide variety of modules exploring Italian language, culture, society and history.

More information about modules and the structure of this course can be found on the School of Modern Languages and Cultures website.

*The modules mentioned above may be subject to change. Please read our terms and conditions for more detailed information.

Recent graduate destinations include:

Assistant Producer, France 24 TV; German market, American Express; Fraud Investigator, Apple; Translator, The Lonely Planet; Assistant to the Governor of the Banca Italia, International Marketing Assistant, Next plc; International Graduate, HSBC Private Bank.

Essential Information

Entry Requirements
A level: ABB, including a modern or classical language

IB: 34 points, including 5 at Higher Level in any modern or classical language


Degree of Bachelor of Arts (BA)

4 years full time (30 weeks per academic year)

Department website

School of Modern Languages and Cultures

Student blogs

Daniel Williams - Italian and French

Juliette Bone - French with Italian

Claudia Lussana - Hispanic Studies and Italian

Location of study
University of Warwick, Coventry

Tuition fees
Find out more about fees and funding

Other course costs
There may be costs associated with other items or services such as academic texts, course notes, and trips associated with your course. For further information on the typical additional costs you should contact the department administering the course.

This information is applicable for 2017 entry.