John Cabot University

Italian Studies, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
    Duration
  • English, Italian
    Language
The Bachelor of Arts in Italian Studies offered by John Cabot University is a rigorous interdisciplinary degree that combines the study of Italian literature, culture, society, and politics while developing students’ fluency in Italian language.

About

The context of an American liberal arts university exposes students to many fields of study and ways of approaching intellectual problems related to Italy, while John Cabot University’s Roman setting enables students to engage daily with the multifaceted realities of contemporary Italian life.

The core curriculum combines a progression of language courses which develop a high level of proficiency in all language skills areas (C1 of the Common European Framework) with courses that provide students with a strong foundation in Italian literary and cultural studies and in the country’s evolving social, political and business  environments. Students are then guided to further carve out their preferred areas of specialization through appropriate choices of major electives. Italian Studies majors have the exceptional opportunity to enhance their study with on-site learning and field research, and they are strongly  encouraged to do internships in companies, organizations and institutions which best fit their career plans. The major culminates in the final year when each student selects a topic and works individually with a specialized faculty member to research and write a senior thesis. 

The Italian Studies major offered by John Cabot University is thus designed to develop strong critical, communicative and intercultural skills that are essential preparation for today’s job market. It unites practical training in translation and exposure to the Italian business world with courses in literary, cultural and social theory and methodologies, all in small classes that permit active learning and intensive work with our expert faculty. Our graduates have gone on to work in Italian businesses, media and other culture industries and in Rome’s UN agencies, while others have been accepted to prestigious graduate programs in Italy, the US and internationally. 

Students with a B.A. in Italian Studies are able to:

  • Communicate in Italian in the four language skills areas (reading, writing, listening, and speaking) at the C1 level according to the Common European Framework of Reference.
  • Identify, interpret and explain the major developments and forces shaping Italian social, political and cultural history.
  • Distinguish, discuss and evaluate the role of key trends and works in Italian literature, cinema and other forms of cultural production.
  • Demonstrate extensive knowledge of contemporary Italian culture and society and the ability to function effectively within it.
  • Engage with the principles of relevant literary, cultural and social theory, with an awareness of the particular perspectives and relative strengths and weaknesses of each approach, and apply these in their own critical analyses of the material studied.
  • Apply appropriate methodological strategies and information literacy skills to identify, use and document primary and secondary materials in full respect of academic integrity and ethical standards.
  • Communicate information and analytical interpretations clearly and effectively in written and spoken English.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:
    • Fall intake: Late decision: 31.07 (only for students who don't require a visa)
    • Spring intake: 15.12 (only for students who don't require a visa)
  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
    • Partially taught in Italian
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Advanced Grammar and Conversation 
  • Italian Composition
  • The Art of Literary Translation
  • Introduction to Professional Translation
  • Italian Language Through Literature
  • Introduction to the Study of Italian Literature
  • Roots of Italian Identities
  • Italy from the Risorgimento to the First World War (1815 - 1915)
  • Italy from Mussolini to the Crisis of the First Republic (1918 to present)
  • Contemporary Italian Society
  • Italian Politics and Society 
  • Made in Italy: The Italian Business Environment
  • Italian Media and Popular Culture
  • Advanced Workshop in Italian Writing
  • Social Science Research Methods
  • Researching Rome: Fieldwork in the Eternal City
  • Research and Writing in the Humanities
  • Senior Thesis 

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

    Schedule IELTS
  • Minimum required score (Grade C):

    180

    C1 Advanced is a Cambridge English Qualification. It reports on the Cambridge English Scale between 142 and 210. You will receive a separate score for each of the four skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking) and for Use of English. These five scores are averaged to give you an overall result for the exam. Universities and colleges may ask you to achieve a specific score, either overall or for a particular skill.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

  • Minimum required score:

    563

    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

  • Minimum required score:

    85

    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

  • Completed application form. We accept both our online application and the common application.
  • A 600 word personal essay.
  • $50/€50 non-refundable application fee. 
  • Official transcripts of all secondary and post-secondary school work to date: transcripts not in English or Italian must be accompanied by a certified English language translation.
  • Interview by phone, Skype, or in person.
  • Letter(s) of Recommendation or Teacher Evaluation Form. Two for freshman applicants, one for transfer applicants.
  • SAT or ACT results (US applicants only) 
  • Evidence of English Language Proficiency (for students who have studied in an English language institution for fewer than two years)

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    18000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9000 EUR per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • National Applies to you

    21064 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 10532 EUR per semester and a duration of 48 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

Tuition for permanent residents and canadian citizens:  $12,450/ term.

Living costs for Roma

  • 850 - 1450 EUR/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

At John Cabot University we are committed to making our American degree programs in Rome as affordable as possible. Our generous scholarship program provides our students with numerous awards based on academic merit and financial need.

StudyPortals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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