Undergraduate study - 2020 entry

Subject area: Italian

Why choose Italian at the University of Edinburgh?

  • We are ranked 3rd in the UK and 17th in the world for modern languages in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2019.

  • Offering 16 languages and a wide range of joint programmes, we’re passionate about enabling choice and broadening minds through flexible, four-year study of languages and cultures from around the globe.

  • We are unique in Scotland in offering single and joint honours modern languages programmes which take four years to complete, including a year abroad. If you’re studying two languages, you’ll divide your time abroad between countries relevant to each language, further building your skills and experience.

  • From our 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.

  • We welcome both beginners and students with previous knowledge of the language. Even starting from scratch, you can take Italian as a single honours, or as a joint programme with a wide range of other subjects, including many other languages, Classics, and History of Art.

  • Our teaching staff are also highly active researchers, passing on to you the same passion and world-class expertise that gained excellent results in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014. In modern languages and linguistics, 70 per cent of our research was rated either world-leading or internationally excellent on the overall quality profile, following a joint submission with Celtic and Scottish Studies.

Study abroad

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

Jean-Baptiste Lefevre 2nd year MA (Hons) Italian & Philosophy
Jean-Baptiste Lefevre 2nd year MA (Hons) Italian & Philosophy

Introducing Italian

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

We welcome both beginners and students with previous knowledge of the language. You’ll study the language and culture of Italy, including history, literature and cinema, engaging with a broad range of subjects in Years 1 and 2, and specialising thereafter.

At honours level, we have a wide range of courses covering the Middle Ages to the present day, so you'll be able to choose your Italian options according to your interests in different periods and topics, including politics, and the arts.

Our small class sizes and friendly staff make it easy to get to know your tutors, creating a supportive learning environment, and there are lots of opportunities to get involved in our cultural life, from a creative writing magazine for European Languages and Cultures, to an annual Italian play.

You’ll be based at the heart of the University, in the city’s historic centre. The main University Library and National Library of Scotland are both nearby and host large collections of Italian manuscripts and books.