You will master the Italian language and gain a broad understanding of the most important features of the culture and history of Italy, from the Middle Ages to today. Study with leading academics on topics including Dante, Machiavelli, Michelangelo, Renaissance culture and literature, 19th- and 20th-century prose and poetry, fascism, the resistance and post-war Italy, the history of the language, Fellini and the masters of Italian cinema. You will spend up to a year in Italy, studying at a partner institution, undertaking a work placement or working as a British Council language teaching assistant. This allows you to immerse yourself in the culture and greatly improve your knowledge of Italian at the same time. The core language module in the second year will prepare you for your time abroad, equipping you with the skills and knowledge required to work and live in a different culture. We provide accelerated learning in Italian, meaning that you can start from beginner’s or intermediate level if you have not done Italian A level. Regardless of which level you join the course at, you can expect to become confident and highly skilled in written and spoken Italian by the final year. **Career prospects** By the time you graduate, you can expect to be able to write and speak fluently in Italian – an immensely useful skill. An increasingly connected world demands language skills, and well-qualified linguists are in short supply in the UK, so there has never been a better time to study a modern language. The experience of studying or working abroad also distinguishes you from non-language graduates, providing evidence of self-reliance, adaptability and enterprise. Your in-depth knowledge of these countries will make you highly attractive to employers. You will gain numerous transferable skills in research, analysis, presenting and group working, which will prove useful in a wide range of careers. We provide our students with careers advice and CV workshops specially tailored to languages students. Our graduates have an excellent record of gaining employment or progressing to further study. Recent graduates have gone on to careers ranging from translating, teaching and research to financial services, telecommunications and education. They have worked at EU institutions, in marketing, tourism, the fashion industry, the international art business and regional development. Recent employers of our graduates include Sony Europe, the civil service, Oxford University Press, BNP Paribas, Dow Jones, Vodafone and PwC, all of whom clearly value the technical and intellectual training of a degree in modern languages.