Undergraduate study - 2021 entry

Subject area: Italian

Why choose Italian at the University of Edinburgh?

  • We are unique in Scotland in offering four-year honours programmes that include a year studying or working abroad. If you’re taking Italian and another language, you’ll divide your year abroad between two countries, further broadening your skills and experience.

  • We are ranked 3rd in the UK and 12th in the world for modern languages in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020.

  • 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.

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 3rd year MA (Hons) Italian & Philosophy
Jean-Baptiste Lefevre 3rd year MA (Hons) Italian & Philosophy

Introducing Italian

One of Europe’s most creative and diverse civilisations, Italy has a fascinating and influential history. Study Italian with us and you will learn the language in the context of Italian culture, past and present, including significant works of literature, art, and cinema.

We welcome students with varying degrees of knowledge of the Italian language, including none at all. Even as a complete beginner, you can take Italian as a single honours programme, or jointly with one of a wide range of other subjects, including other European languages, Classics, and History of Art.

Italian has been taught here since 1919, though it has been part of our tradition as far back as the 18th Century. From creative writing to an annual Italian play, there are lots of opportunities to get involved in our cultural life.

You will be based at the heart of the University, in a world-leading festival city with fantastic cultural collections, including significant holdings of Italian manuscripts and books in the Main University Library and National Library of Scotland.