Italian has three permanent members of staff, Ms Chiara Ariotti, Dr Giovanna Donzelli, and Ms Adriana Rizzo-Dunnage, supported by Dr Luca Paci, all native speakers. Italian is available on two single honours BA programmes (BA Modern Languages and BA Modern Languages, Translation and Interpreting) and some joint honours combinations, either at post-A level or from Beginners.
In BA Modern Languages you study Italian in combination with French, German, Mandarin or Spanish. You choose from options including ‘Classic and Contemporary Italian Cinema’ and ‘Postmodern Literature: Eco, Calvino, Fo’, as well as Interpreting, Translation Workshop and, in your final year, a dissertation. We have partnerships with the following Italian universities where you can spend your year abroad: Bergamo, Bologna, and Siena. You can also work as a British Council Language Assistant or take a work placement. BA Modern Languages offers a broad-based curriculum with three ‘pathways’, in Culture, Education and Translation.
In BA Modern Languages, Translation and Interpreting you take Italian alongside another language and specialist modules such as Computer-Assisted Translation Tools and Concepts in Translation. You are obliged to split your year abroad, practising Translation and Interpreting in two languages at two institutions from our list of prestigious partners. For Italian you study in Bologna.
All students of Italian can take part in the weekly Piazza where they practise their language skills with exchange students from Italy.