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. Study 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.

The University of Edinburgh is unique in Scotland in offering students a full academic year abroad within the four-year honours programme, regardless of whether you spend the year studying or working. If you are studying Italian with another language, you will divide your time between two countries, broadening your skills and experience.

One of the most attractive characteristics of our degree is its flexibility. As well as lots of joint honours combinations, your first two (pre-honours) years will give you the option to study other subjects drawn from a broad list of disciplines.

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.

One of my favourite parts of studying Italian has been the Italy by Design honours course, an exciting, active and participatory experience where students are the ones leading and hosting weekly seminars and guest lectures. Just like the rest of the Italian department, the Italy by Design classroom is a warm, communal and stimulating space.

Stella, Year 4, Italian MA (Hons)

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The University of Edinburgh is ranked 3rd in the UK for Modern Languages.

We are also 3rd in the UK in the broad subject area of Arts & Humanities.

Globally, we place 13th for Modern Languages; 11th for Arts & Humanities.

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