In literature and film, history and politics, business and the arts, Italy has long been among the most important and influential countries in Europe.
A degree in Italian Studies will allow you to learn more about this country by studying its language in the context of its fascinating culture and history, and will allow you to study or work in Italy. Italian Studies at Reading attracts students of many different nationalities, ages and educational backgrounds. They are mostly drawn by our focused and intensive approach to language learning and the opportunity to study an exciting range of optional culture topics with experts from different disciplines, including literature, film and linguistics, within a friendly, professional environment.
We provide accelerated learning in Italian, meaning that you can start from beginner's or intermediate level if you have not studied Italian A level. Regardless of which level you join the course, you can expect to become confident and highly skilled in written and spoken Italian by the final year.
Our staff are active in research, and 98% of our modern languages and linguistics research has been classed as world leading, internationally excellent or internationally recognised (REF, 2014 Modern Languages and Linguistics.)
You can also study Italian in combination with another language or with a range of other subjects.
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.