Expertise in modern languages has never been more important as the United Kingdom forges a new relationship with its European partners and seeks to develop its trading and cultural ties throughout the world. The Joint Honours degree in French and Italian enables you to explore in depth two of the oldest cultures in Mediterranean Europe. French is the first language of some 90 million speakers around the world and francophone countries offer diverse and stimulating cultures for study. Italian language and culture have had a lasting impact on Europe. Today, Italy's innovative contributions to design, technology and fashion make it a major, global, commercial force. Both departments encourage strong synergy between research and teaching, resulting in a vibrant learning environment for our students as staff respond in their teaching to new research. French at Bristol has particular strengths in the relationship between visual, musical and literary cultures. Italian has strengths in modern politics and culture as well as in Italy's medieval and Renaissance heritage. You will divide your third year between a French speaking country and Italy, undertaking study or work placements.