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  • Start date: September 2018

Italian BA

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 to develop your linguistic proficiency and to immerse yourself in Italian culture. Previous knowledge of Italian is not required.

Key information

Programme starts

September 2018
UCAS code
R300
Duration
Full-time: 4 years
Application deadline
15 January 2018
Location
London, Bloomsbury
Applications per place
5 (2015 entry)*
Total intake
216 (2018 entry)*
* Figures relate to European Languages, Culture and Society subject area

Entry requirements

A levels

Grades
AAB
Subjects
Foreign language preferred.
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.

UK applicants qualifications

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

Equivalent qualification

Not acceptable for entrance to this programme

Pass in Access to HE Diploma, with a minimum of 18 credits awarded with Distinction in the Level 3 units, the remainder of the Level 3 units awarded with Merit.

D3,D3,M1 in three Cambridge Pre-U Principal Subjects. Foreign Language preferred.

A,A,B at Advanced Highers (or A,A at Advanced Higher and B,B,B at Higher). Foreign Language preferred.

Successful completion of the WBQ Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate plus 2 GCE A-Levels at grades AAB. Foreign language preferred.

International applications

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

Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates

The Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates (UPCs) are intensive one-year foundation courses for international students of high academic potential who are aiming to gain access to undergraduate degree programmes at UCL and other top UK universities.

Typical UPC students will be high achievers in a 12-year school system which does not meet the standard required for direct entry to UCL.

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

English language requirements

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency. Information about the evidence required, acceptable qualifications and test providers can be found on our English language requirements page.

The English language level for this programme is: Advanced

A variety of English language programmes are offered at the UCL Centre for Languages & International Education.

Degree benefits

  • We are one of the biggest Italian departments in the UK with leading experts in all periods of Italian literature. We are also famous for the range of Italian studies courses offered. Our students can explore interests as diverse and fascinating as Renaissance art, history, modern and contemporary Italian art, linguistics, film, graphic novels, the Mafia...

  • Staff members 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. The Warburg Institute Library is within short walking distance of the Italian department.

  • Our students experience innovative teaching in every area of study. Examples include language projects using e-learning, historical Italian cookery, dedicated visits to museums and galleries in London, hands-on access to UCL rare book collections (for example Dante incunables) and film screenings.

Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014

The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.

The following REF score was awarded to the department: School of European Languages, Culture and Society.

  • 74% rated 4* (‘world-leading’) or 3* (‘internationally excellent’)

Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.

Degree structure

In each year of your degree you will take a number of individual modules, normally valued at 0.5 or 1.0 credits, adding up to a total of 4.0 credits for the year. Modules are assessed in the academic year in which they are taken. The balance of compulsory and optional modules 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).

Language study is compulsory throughout the programme and is designed to cater for those either with or without prior knowledge of the language. You will also take modules 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 modules from SELCS, allowing you to study literature, film, art and culture from outside your subject area. This will enable you to focus on broad cultural movements, issues and approaches from an interdisciplinary perspective, drawing on the full range of specialisms within the school.

Your third year is spent in Italy, either at a university or on a teaching or work placement. This is a unique experience that allows you to immerse yourself fully in Italian life and culture. Students come back from Italy feeling much more at home with the language and with a spectrum of first-hand experiences from the country.

The final year is spent at UCL. Back from Italy, you will be able to speak the language fluently and engage in your studies using a whole range of resources in Italian, as a native speaker would do. You will take fourth-year courses that are often taught partly or wholly in Italian.

Modules

An indicative guide to the structure of this programme, year by year.

Core or compulsory module(s)

Italian Language 1

Optional modules

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

Background to Dante and Inferno
Imagining the Nation: Italian Unification
Introduction to Linguistics and Syntactic Theory
Italian Culture under Fascism
Italy, the First 150 years
Realism and Neo-Realism
Renaissance History and Art
World War I as an Italian War: Events, Interpretations, Representations and Memory
ELCS Intermediate Level modules

Core or compulsory module(s)

Italian Language 2

Optional modules

You will choose from a wide range of optional modules. Options may include:

Dante: Purgatorio
Docudrama in Contemporary Italian Cinema
Fascist anti-Semitism and the Race of Laws of 1938: Origins, Applications and Memory
Futurism in Italy
Issues in Italian Syntax
Italian Literature 1865-1925
Renaissance Authors: Machiavelli and Castiglione
The Italian Novel 1900-1950
ELCS interdisciplinary courses which focus on history, literature, culture (film, theatre etc) and linguistics.

Year abroad key information

You will spend your third year abroad in an Italian-speaking country. Students currently complete:

  • Any assessment required by a host university (if participating in a university exchange); or
  • A British Council Assistantship or work placement abroad.

Whether you undertake an internship or a university placement, you will engage in guided academic work and critical reflections so as to make the most of your cultural and linguistic immersion.

For further information and a list of partner universities please see the SELCS Year Abroad website.

Year abroad: further details

Institutions currently open to the programme include universites in Bologna, Milan, Rome, Pisa and other prestigious institutions.

Note: students can take work placements provided it is arranged and approved by the end of April in the preceding academic year. Students may also apply for British Council Language Assistantships.

When you go to Italy for your year abroad, you will have the opportunity to meet former UCL students who have studied Italian with us and hear about their experiences.

Visit UCL Study Abroad for more information.

Core or compulsory module(s)

Italian Language 3

Optional modules

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

Cultures of Tradition and Modernity in Postwar Italy
Dante: Divina Commedia
Dante and Petrarch
Marriage and Divorce Italian-Style (1861-1975)
Michaelangelo: Painter, Sculptor and Poet
Nation, Culture and Society in Italy 1860-1915
Poesia Italian tra Otto e Novecento
The Contemporary Italian Novel
The Syntax of Information Structure
ELCS Advanced Level modules

Your learning

Italian language is taught at both beginners level and advanced (post A level) in the first year. You will be taught in small seminar-style classes. Cultural studies modules in the first two years are taught mainly through lectures and tutorials. Final-year topics, which reflect staff research specialisms, use seminar classes and student presentations to encourage participation and discussion.

Assessment

Assessment is continuous throughout your studies and includes essays, presentations, and oral and unseen examinations. If you are studying at one of our partner universities during your year abroad you will follow the modules of that university and take the associated examinations.

Further Information

Detailed course descriptions are available on the department website: Italian BA.

Careers

Our graduates have a marketable combination of talents, including the rigour and accuracy required to master a language, and the conceptual power, communication skills and imagination needed to tackle literature, history and other aspects of a foreign culture. Spending the third year abroad adds a unique capacity for enterprise and maturity to the mix. These qualities all provide an excellent preparation for the global, flexible and fast-changing economy of today.

Our graduates find employment in many branches of commerce, finance and industry, including publishing, journalism, NGOs, broadcasting and film, as well as in teaching and higher education, libraries, museums and archives. Many continue their studies in Italian at a graduate level through MA programmes, which lead also to the MPhil or PhD.

Italy's economy is significant in the world. British business is particularly influential in Italy in finance, advertising and market research. Many Italian companies are small and medium enterprises that are looking for contributions from British graduates to expand globally. Both UK and Italian companies value quality graduates with Italian linguistic skills. 

Destinations

Please see first destinations of recent graduates (2013-2015) from European Languages, Culture and Society programmes at UCL for a selection of representative careers.

  • Trainee Interior Designer, Percy Bass Ltd.
  • Senior Auditor, Deloitte
  • Writer and Researcher, Chambers & Partners

Data taken from the 'Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education' survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2013-2015 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.

UCL is commited to helping you get the best start after graduation. Read more about how UCL Careers and UCL Innovation and Enterprise can help you find employment or learn about entrepreneurship.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

The fees indicated are for undergraduate entry in the 2017/18 academic year and are for the first year of the programme at UCL only. Fees for 2018 entry will appear here as soon as they are available.

UK/EU students
£9,250 (2017/18 - see below)
Overseas students
£17,710 (2017/18)

The UK/EU fee quoted above may be subject to increase for the 2018/19 academic year and for each year of study thereafter and UCL reserves the right to increase its fees in line with UK government policy (including on an annual basis for each year of study during a programme). Fees for overseas students may be subject to an annual increase in subsequent years of study by up to 5%.

Please see the full details of UCL's fees and possible changes on the UCL Current Students website.

Funding

Various funding options are available, including student loans, scholarships and bursaries. UK students whose household income falls below a certain level may also be eligible for a non-repayable bursary or for certain scholarships. Please see the Fees and funding pages for more details.

Departmental scholarships

The Scholarships and Funding website lists scholarships and funding schemes available to UCL students. These may be open to all students, or restricted to specific nationalities, regions or academic department.

Application and next steps

Your application

We welcome students with prior knowledge of Italian as well as beginners: about half of the first-year intake begins studying Italian without previous experience. When considering your application, we will look for evidence of an interest in Italian literature, culture or language, 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.

Application deadline: 15 January 2018



Selection

If your application demonstrates that your academic ability and motivation make you well-suited to our degree and you receive an offer, we shall invite you to a post-offer open day at UCL, where you will meet staff and students, see our facilities, experience the teaching offered and get a taste of life in SELCS.

Our admissions process aims to assess your linguistic abilities and attainments as well as cultural awareness and intellectual potential. We may interview candidates by telephone in order to establish a level of language ability.

For further information on UCL's selection process see: Selection of students.


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