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 third in the UK, and 12th in the world, for Modern Languages in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020. Edinburgh has more than 100 joint language programmes and is 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.

Being far from home was a scary thought but I very quickly made friends and the environment was very welcoming - there have been endless opportunities to meet new people. The Italian department made sure we felt at home.

Jean-Baptiste LefevreMA (Hons) Italian and Philosophy student

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 a range of 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 were treated as individuals and encouraged to follow our own preferences. There were 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

Visit us

Our undergraduate Open Days are a great chance to find out about student life in Edinburgh from the people who know it best: our students and staff. Our next Open Days will be for students wishing to start their undergraduate degree in 2021. The Open Days scheduled for 26th September and 10th October 2020 are currently still planned to go ahead. The University is also working to develop an online alternative for prospective students thinking about starting university in 2021.

Keep up to date with Open Day information on the University of Edinburgh website