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Admissions Officer

Mr Joe Tilley

Email: selcs.admissions@ucl.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)20 7679 3096

Fees and Funding

UK & EU Fee

£9,000 (2013/14)

Overseas Fee

£14,750 (2013/14)

General Funding Notes

Details about financial support are available at: www.ucl.ac.uk/study/ug-finance

Key Facts

Research Assessment Exercise

Interdisciplinary programme: see contributing departments
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Departmental website

School of European Languages, Culture and Society

Italian BA

UCAS Code: R300

The four-year Italian BA provides a stimulating programme of Italian language and linguistics, literature, art, history and film. The third year is spent in Italy, offering unrivalled possibilities both for developing your linguistic proficiency and for immersing yourself in Italian culture. Previous knowledge of Italian is not required.

Entry Requirements

A Levels

Grades AAB
Subjects Foreign language preferred.
AS Levels A pass in a further subject at AS level or equivalent is required.
GCSEs English Language at grade B, plus Mathematics at grade C. For UK-based students, a grade C or equivalent in a foreign language (other than Ancient Greek, Biblical Hebrew or Latin) is required. UCL provides opportunities to meet the foreign language requirement following enrolment, further details at: www.ucl.ac.uk/ug-reqs

IB Diploma

Points 36
Subjects A score of 17 points in three higher level subjects, preferably including a foreign language, with no score lower than 5.

Other Qualifications

For entry requirements with other UK qualifications accepted by UCL, choose your qualification from the list below:

Selected entry requirements will appear here

International Qualifications

International Qualifications

In addition to A level and International Baccalaureate, UCL considers a wide range of international qualifications for entry to its undergraduate degree programmes.

Selected country's equivalent grades will appear here

University Preparatory Certificates

UCL offers intensive one-year foundation courses to prepare international students for a variety of degree programmes at UCL.

The University Preparatory Certificates (UPCs) are for international students of high academic potential who are aiming to gain access to undergraduate degree programmes at UCL and other top UK universities.

For more information see our website: www.ucl.ac.uk/upc

English Language Requirements

If English is not your first language you will also need to satisfy UCL's English Language Requirements. A variety of English language programmes are offered at the UCL Centre for Languages & International Education.

Degree Summary

Degree Benefits

  • Our department was the first to offer Italian Studies in the UK and is the only one to have a writer-in-residence on the staff.
  • Staff include experts in all periods of Italian literature, as well as historians, cultural historians and linguists.
  • Exceptional resources for Italian studies are available in the UCL Library, including five special collections on Italian studies, and a substantial video library of Italian films.
  • Together with the UCL Centre for Italian Studies, the department regularly welcomes distinguished visitors, including academics, critics, writers and actors.

The programme lasts for four years, and each year you will complete courses to the value of 4.0 credits, equivalent to 60 ECTS credits. Language study is compulsory throughout and is designed to cater for those either with or without prior knowledge of the language. You will also take courses each year in areas such as literature, history, linguistics, culture, film and art, covering a large historical timespan. Your third year is spent in Italy, either at a university or on a teaching or work placement.

You may also take School of European Languages, Culture and Society (ELCS) courses, which allow students to study literature, film, art and culture from outside their subject area(s), focusing on broad cultural movements, issues and approaches from an interdisciplinary perspective and drawing on the full range of specialisms within the school.

The final year is spent at UCL.

Your Learning

Italian language beginners are taught separately in the first year, and language classes remain streamed in the second year. Cultural courses in the first two years are taught mainly by lectures and tutorials. Final-year topics, which reflect staff research specialisms, use seminar classes and student presentations to encourage participation and discussion.


You will be examined through continuous assessment, take-home essays, presentations and oral and unseen examinations. For some courses, you may choose between an extended essay and a formal examination. During your year abroad, you will follow courses at your chosen university and will take the associated examinations.

Degree Structure

In each year of your degree you will take a number of individual courses, normally valued at 0.5 or 1.0 credits, adding up to a total of 4.0 credits for the year. Courses are assessed in the academic year in which they are taken. The balance of compulsory and optional courses varies from programme to programme and year to year. A 1.0 credit is considered equivalent to 15 credits in the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS).

Year One

Compulsory courses

Italian Language 1

Optional courses

You will select 3.0 credits from a wide range of optional courses. Options may include:

Background to Dante and Inferno
From World War II to the Present Day
Introduction to Linguistics and Syntactic Theory
Italian Crime Narrative
Modern Authors II
Problems in Italian History, 1848-1915
Realism and Neo-Realism
Risorgimento Histories
ELCS Intermediate Level courses

Year Two

Compulsory course

Italian Language 2

Optional courses

You will select 3.0 credits from a wide range of optional courses. Options may include:

Dante: Purgatorio
Docudrama in Contemporary Italian Cinema
Issues in Italian Syntax
Italian Literature 1865-1925
Italian Romanticism
Italy Since 1915: The Short Twentieth Century
Language and Society in Italy Since 1500
Renaissance Authors: Machiavelli and Castiglione
Renaissance History and Art
ELCS Intermediate Level courses

Year Three

Year abroad

Year Abroad Oral Assessment
Year Abroad Project

Final Year

Compulsory course

Italian Language 3

Optional courses

You will select 3.0 credits from a wide range of options. Options may include:

Cultures of Tradition and Modernity in Postwar Italy
Dante: Divina Commedia
From Futurism to Arte Povera: Art and Design in Twentieth Century Italy
Giordano Bruno
Introduction to Optimality Theory
Italian Migrant Literature
Italian Twentieth Century Literature: The Short Story
Medieval Italian Lyric
Memory and History in Twentieth Century Italy
Michaelangelo: Painter, Sculptor and Poet
Nation, Culture and Society in Italy 1860-1915
The Contemporary Italian Novel
The Syntax of Information Structure
ELCS Advanced Level courses

Further details available on degree page of subject website:

Your Career

By the final year, we aim to equip you with spoken and written language skills similar to those of an educated Italian. The language and transferable skills developed throughout the degree can be applied in a wide variety of professions both in the UK and abroad.

Our graduates find employment in numerous areas, including teaching, media, journalism and other arts-related fields as well as in the commercial and industrial sectors. It is also open to students of the department with a good first degree to continue their studies in Italian at graduate level by way of taught MA programmes and by research leading to the degree of MPhil or PhD.


First career destinations of recent graduates (2009-2011) of this programme include:

  • Marketing Assistant, Italian Chamber of Commerce (2011)
  • Special Events Assistant, Royal Horticultural Society (2011)
  • Pensions Analyst, Xafinity Claybrook (2010)
  • Analyst, Italian Chamber of Commerce (2010)
  • Full-time student, Graduate Diploma in Law at the College of Law (2010)

Find out more about London graduates' careers by visiting the Careers Group (University of London) website:


Your Application

We welcome students with prior knowledge of Italian and also beginners: about half of the first-year intake begins studying Italian without previous experience. When considering your application, we look for evidence of an interest in Italian literature, culture or language structure, and enthusiasm for learning a modern language.

How to Apply

Application for admission should be made through UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). Applicants currently at school or college will be provided with advice on the process; however, applicants who have left school or who are based outside the United Kingdom may obtain information directly from UCAS.


If your application demonstrates that your academic ability and motivation make you well-suited to our degree you will be invited to attend an applicant open day at UCL. You may also be asked to respond to an admissions questionnaire and/or attend an interview (at which some Italian may be spoken).

For candidates for whom travelling to UCL is difficult alternative arrangements will be made. Our admissions process aims to assess your linguistic abilities and attainments as well as cultural awareness and intellectual potential.

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