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Subject area: Italian

Why choose Italian at the University of Edinburgh?

  • Italian has been taught here since 1919, and has been part of our tradition since the 18th century. From our own Italian Society to the Italian Cultural Institute, you will find many places in Edinburgh to develop 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.

  • We are ranked 3rd in the UK and 7th in the world for modern languages in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2023.

  • We are 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 and another language, you will divide your time between two countries, broadening your skills and experience.

Study abroad

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 MA (Hons) Italian, 2021
Stella MA (Hons) Italian, 2021

Introducing Italian

As one of Europe’s most creative and diverse civilisations, Italy has a fascinating history.

Study Italian with us, and you will learn the language in the context of Italian culture. Courses cover some of the most famous and influential works of literature, art, and cinema.

You can take Italian as a single honours degree programme, or jointly with one of a wide range of subjects, including other European languages, Classics, and History of Art.

We welcome students with various levels of experience, including complete beginners.

Intensive language tuition, including a year spent studying or working in Italy, will develop your ability to read, write and speak the language to a high standard with advanced translation skills.

When you graduate, you will have the combination of broad cultural education and specialist knowledge valued by employers worldwide.

Teaching takes place in the University of Edinburgh's Central Area, which is located on the edge of Edinburgh's historic Old Town, surrounded by lots of green space and many important collections.