Italy is one of Europe's most creative and distinctive civilisations with a fascinating history and culture. You will receive a good foundation in both the language and in cultural studies and will spend a year teaching, working or studying in Italy. The small class sizes and vibrant Italian Society make it easy to get to know teaching staff and other students. The mixture of exchange students and Italian and UK staff creates an interesting and vibrant learning environment. Established in 1919, Italian at the University of Edinburgh offers you a solid foundation in both the language and the culture of Italy. The University hosts the largest population of Italian students in Scotland and one of the largest in the UK. You will benefit from involvement in the activities of the research clusters run by the department and from our close links with the Italian Cultural Institute in Edinburgh. You will also benefit from our links with the National Library of Scotland, which hosts a large collection of Italian manuscripts and books. Students of politics explore the origins and present-day contexts of conflicts over power and resources; the morality of political action, the limits of freedom and justice, and the processes of governance at various levels. The programme focuses on a variety of issues in politics, political theory, public theory and international relations in Europe, Russia, Africa and the US. Politics is part of a vibrant research-led community at the University. The programme aims to equip you with substantive knowledge of a range of political systems, institutions, processes and ideas, enabling you to develop and apply your knowledge and skills to the understanding and evaluation of political issues and problems in the contemporary world.