• Application Deadline
  • 48 months
    Duration
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Overview

You do not need to have studied Italian previously to take our programme. Intensive language tuition, and a year spent studying or working in Italy, will teach you how to read, write and speak the language to a high standard, including in translation.

Another attractive characteristic of this Italian programme at The University of Edinburgh is its flexibility. This means that in Years 1 and 2, you will choose option courses drawn from a broad list of disciplines in addition to Italian.

From the University’s own Italian Society to the Italian Cultural Institute, you will find many places in Edinburgh 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.

Career opportunities

With its long and rich history, including the most UNESCO World Heritage Sites of any nation, Italy is a cultural and scientific powerhouse of the Mediterranean. It is a founding member of the European Union, a member of numerous international institutions including the UN, NATO, and the Council of Europe, and is an advanced economy with the eighth largest nominal GDP in the world.

Studying the Italian language to degree level, especially when you spend a year abroad as part of your studies, gives you a set of skills and life experiences highly prized by employers, both in Italy and elsewhere.

Our previous graduates have gone into careers as varied as:

  • Publishing
  • Banking
  • Journalism
  • Teaching
  • IT

Some graduates are working for international aid organisations or within the European Commission, the diplomatic service and the United Nations.

There are also opportunities to continue studying, with Year 4 in particular developing the research skills you will need if you choose this path. There are many graduate-level programmes available, particularly in the UK, US and of course Italy itself.

Detailed Programme Facts

Programme Structure

  • Year 1

You will study the foundations of the Italian language, both written and spoken. You will also take courses on Italian history, literature and cinema.

  • Year 2

You will continue to study the Italian language and Italian literature, history and culture from the Middle Ages to the present day.

  • Year 3

You will spend Year 3 in Italy, either studying or completing a work / teaching placement. Whether studying or working, our graduates have told us how much the year abroad has benefitted their broader life experience and skills, as well as their understanding of Italian culture.

  • Year 4

You will combine advanced language courses with your choice of option courses from a wide range in Italian culture. These typically cover a range of topics and periods, from Dante to modern cinema and avant-garde literature.

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    92

    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • 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.

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General Requirements

  • SQA Highers: AAAB-ABBB by end of S5 or AAAA-AABB/ABBBB by end of S6. BBB must be achieved in one year of S4-S6.
  • A Levels: AAB - ABB.
  • IB: 39 points with 666 at HL - 34 points with 655 at HL.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    20950 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 20950 GBP per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • EU/EEA

    1820 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1820 GBP per year and a duration of 48 months.
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  • Home - RUK fees: £9,250

Living costs for Edinburgh

  • 725 - 1170 GBP/month
    Living Costs

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

Funding

Check the programme website for information about funding options.

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