201–250 th
World University Rankings 2021
42 nd
European Teaching Rankings 2019
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Italian and History - University of Reading

Become highly skilled in Italian and explore the rich culture and history of Italy, as well as the history of other periods and places. The Department of Modern Languages and European Studies offers the opportunity to study in a lively, multilingual community with staff and students from all over the world. 98% of our research overall in modern languages and linguistics is rated as world leading, internationally excellent or internationally recognised (Research Excellence Framework, 2014), which feeds directly into your learning. Master the fundamental elements of the language, to the point where you will graduate with a near-native command of it. Our small language classes are led by native speakers, and direct access to expert staff for help and feedback ensures you develop your language skills to the best of your ability. Enhance your learning through optional modules in Italian politics, culture, history, literature and cinema, and gain an in-depth knowledge of the country. Learn about the most important features of the culture and history of Italy, from the Middle Ages to today. You can study with leading academics on topics including Dante, Machiavelli, Michelangelo, fascism, the history of the language, the resistance, Fellini and contemporary culture. The course enables you to pursue your own interests beyond the language you're learning through comparative modules. For example, if you really enjoy film, then you can take a module in Italian cinema together with comparative modules in European and world cinema. It's a great way to broaden your knowledge and get even more enjoyment from the course. Discover a thousand years of history whilst experiencing all the specialist areas on offer including Britain, Europe, Russia, Africa, America, the Middle East and South Asia. You will explore people, politics and revolution, and we will teach you the skills you need to truly study and research history. One particular optional module enables you to study Italy since the Risorgimento, a great way to complement your study of Italian. Teaching is in small interactive seminar groups that encourage discussion and debate with tutors and fellow students. We take an individual approach to our students' learning, which is reflected in our 90% satisfaction score for the teaching on our courses in the National Student Survey 2017. Spend up to a year in an Italian-speaking country, immersing yourself in the culture and developing your knowledge of Italian at the same time. You could study at a partner institution through the Erasmus+ programme, undertake a work placement or work as a British Council language teaching assistant. A core language module in the second year prepares you for studying abroad. We provide accelerated learning in Italian, meaning that you can start from beginner's level if you have not studied the language before, or at intermediate level if you have only learnt it up to GCSE or AS level. All students achieve the same standard of written and spoken Italian by graduation regardless of what level you join the course at. **Careers** Your ability on graduation to write and speak confidently in Italian will be an immensely useful skill, while the experience of studying and working abroad demonstrates self-reliance, adaptability and enterprise. As such, 98% of graduates from the Department of Modern Languages and European Studies are in work or further study six months after graduating (DLHE survey, 2015-16). The course also provides you with numerous transferable skills in research, clear and critical thinking, presenting and group working, which will prove useful in a wide range of careers. Recent graduates of our modern languages courses have gone on to careers ranging from translating, teaching and research to financial services, telecommunications and education. Recent employers of our graduates include Sony Europe, the British Council, the Civil Service, and PwC.

  • Qualification
    Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)
  • Study mode
  • Duration
    4 years
  • Start date
  • Location
    Main Site,ReadingUnited Kingdom
  • Fees & Finances
  • EU Year 1 £9,250
  • England Year 1 £9,250
  • Northern Ireland Year 1 £9,250
  • Scotland Year 1 £9,250
  • Wales Year 1 £9,250
  • Channel Islands Year 1 £9,250
  • International Year 1 £16,475