Undergraduate study | Italian

Immerse yourself in the language and culture of Italy as part of a single or joint honours degree.

Why study Italian in Edinburgh?

Available in a fantastic range of degree combinations, Italian has been taught here since 1919, though it’s been part of our tradition for many years, as far back as the 18th century. The city of Edinburgh itself is twinned with Florence.

Today, the Italian language is one of 16 offered to degree level at a University ranked fourth in the UK, and 19th in the world, for modern languages in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2018. Edinburgh has more than 120 joint language programmes and the longest established centre of literary education in Britain.

Study Italian with us and you’ll be part of a thriving community of people passionate about languages and cultures, benefitting from small class sizes, great resources and friendly staff in one of the University of Edinburgh’s most diverse schools.

From the University’s own Italian Society to the Italian Cultural Institute, you’ll find many places to indulge your interest in one of the world’s great cultures, while enjoying the cinemas, theatres, libraries and galleries of one of its favourite festival cities.

There's a distinct community feel which is cultivated with great care. I always felt my teachers were looking out for me and were interested in my progress.

Maddie RobinsonMA (Hons) Italian & History of Art graduate

Your learning at a glance

  • Whether you're a complete beginner or have studied the language before, you can take Italian as a single honours subject, or jointly with one of up to 19 other subjects.
  • You’ll study both the language and culture of Italy, including history, literature and cinema.
  • You’ll engage with a broad range of subjects in your first two years, and specialise thereafter.
  • You’ll complete a four-year MA degree, with your third year spent in full, or in part, in Italy.
  • You’ll be based at the heart of the University of Edinburgh, in the city’s historic centre, close to the Main University Library and the National Library of Scotland.

We’re treated as individuals and encouraged to follow our own preferences. There are many opportunities to broaden your experience.

Niamh KeenanMA (Hons) Italian & English Literature graduate


What and how you'll study

Degree combinations, teaching methods, and a year-by-year guide to your learning.

Where might Italian take you?

Career opportunities for Italian graduates.

Find out more and apply

If you’d like to study on any of our undergraduate programmes, you must apply through UCAS, the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service. There’s lots of information about the application process on the University of Edinburgh website, including detailed entrance requirements and fees.

Go to the University of Edinburgh web page on how to apply for undergraduate study