Where might Italian take you?

Career opportunities for Italian graduates.

Studying a language to degree level, especially when you spend a year abroad as part of your studies, gives you a set of skills and life experiences highly prized by employers. As a graduate of Italian, you will have a remarkable range of career options available to you.

With its long and rich history, Italy continues to thrive as a cultural and scientific powerhouse of the Mediterranean, with the most UNESCO World Heritage Sites of any nation. It is a founding member of the European Union, a member of numerous international institutions, including the UN, NATO, and the Council of Europe, and is an advanced economy with the eighth largest nominal GDP in the world.

Previous graduates of Italian at Edinburgh have gone into careers as varied as publishing, banking, journalism, teaching, and IT. Some are working for international aid organisations or within the European Commission, the diplomatic service and the United Nations.

There are also opportunities to continue studying, with the fourth undergraduate year in particular developing the research skills you’ll need if you choose this path. There are many graduate-level programmes available, particularly in the UK, US and of course Italy itself.

Edinburgh is crammed full of museums, galleries, theatres, etc. It was a fantastic learning resource and I especially loved it when our tutorials were held in the national museums. The city has a thriving Italian presence and participating in university initiatives such as the annual Italian play allowed me to live the language I studied. To understand a language properly you have to be aware of the cultural context: the same goes for art. My degree gave me the skills to independently investigate any culture of my choice and to be able to critically assess what is being communicated through both art and language.

Maddie Robinson, Italian to English translator and Italian teacherMaddie graduated with an MA (Hons) degree in Italian and History of Art in 2017

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

Related links

Read our full interview with graduate, Maddie Robinson

Read our graduate feature on ‘life after LLC’ 

Visit the University of Edinburgh's Careers Service online