About Italian Studies
The Italian Studies programme at University of Reading is one of the largest and most prestigious of its kind in the country. It was founded in 1948 by the distinguished writer Luigi Meneghello, and enjoys an outstanding record in teaching and research. 90% of the programme's research output was judged to be of international standard at the last Research Assessment Exercise. The atmosphere has always been remarkable for its liveliness, friendliness and support and we welcome students of all ages, backgrounds and from all countries.
As our name suggests, we cover a broad array of subjects in our programmes, ranging from history and film to literature and linguistics. We do not require you to have any prior knowledge of Italian, and during the first two years you will follow intensive language programmes tailored to your level of entry, whether beginner, intermediate or advanced. The third year is spent at one of the dozen or so Italian universities with whom we have exchange agreements, including Florence, Rome, Siena, Venice and Bologna.
Here at Reading, Italian can be combined with around twelve other subjects, and the flexible modular system allows you, in both the Single and the Joint Honours programme, to choose modules from a wide range of options to fit in with your particular field or fields of interest.
Our graduates go on to careers in many different walks of life and our employability rates are much higher than the national average.
For more information on the individual degree programmes within Italian Studies please see our undergraduate courses page.
Things to do now
- See our undergraduate courses
- See our postgraduate taught courses
- Find out more about joining the department as a postgraduate research student
- Learn more about the department's research
- See the School of Literature and Languages website
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