Italian Studies at Durham features regularly among the top departments in the UK League Tables and has been ranked 2nd or 3rd in The Complete University Guide in each of the last five years. At Durham, students learn to master written and spoken Italian and to engage with the literary, artistic and historical traditions of one of the world’s most fascinating cultures. Our course produces graduates who are adaptable, culturally rich, confident at speaking Italian in all situations and highly valued by employers.
Our undergraduate programme offers dedicated language modules for both post A-levels and beginner students, taught by professional language teachers who are native Italian speakers, and a wide range of culture modules taught by experts at the forefront of Italian studies. The interaction between language and culture at every level as well as a strong emphasis on visual culture are features that distinguish Italian studies at Durham. For full information on our courses, see the section ‘Modules’. In Italy, our students can spend all or part of their Year Abroad at one of our partner Universities, or at dedicated work placements. Help in planning and enjoying the Year Abroad is available at all stages of the process.
Our research-active members are experts in what they teach and involved in projects of international significance. Our-research-led teaching produces courses that are highly valued by all our undergraduates.
For a short video on studying Italian at university see Choose Italian, prepared by the Society for Italian Studies.
Our undergraduate programme offers: