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  • Start date: September 2019

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. Students can take Italian from beginner's level or advanced (post A level or equivalent).

Key Information

Programme starts

September 2019
UCAS code
R300
Duration
Full-time: 4 years
Application deadline
15 January 2019
Location
London, Bloomsbury

Entry requirements

A Levels

Grades
AAB
Subjects
Foreign language preferred.
Grades
(contextual offer)
BBB (more about contextual offers)
Subjects
(contextual offer)
Foreign language preferred.
GCSEs
English Language at grade B or 6, plus Mathematics at grade C or 5. For UK-based students, a grade C or 5 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-requirements

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.
Points
(contextual offer)
32 (more about contextual offers)
Subjects
(contextual offer)
A score of 15 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

UCL 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 known for the range of Italian studies on offer. 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 on 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.

Degree structure

In each year of your degree you will take a number of individual modules, normally valued at 15 or 30 credits, adding up to a total of 120 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 30-credit module 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.

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

Modules

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

Core or compulsory module(s)

First Year Italian Language

Optional modules

You will select 90 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 during Fascism
Cinema and Literature from War to Reconstruction
Renaissance History and Art
Introduction to Renaissance Italy
World War I as an Italian War: Events, Interpretations, Representations and Memory
SELCS interdepartmental first-level modules which focus on literature, history, linguistics and visual culture.

Core or compulsory module(s)

Second Year Italian Language

Optional modules

You will choose 90 credits from a wide range of optional modules. Options may include:

Dante: Purgatorio
Italian Romanticism
Docudrama in Contemporary Italian Cinema
Fascist anti-Semitism and the Race of Laws of 1938: Origins, Applications and Memory
Issues in Italian Syntax
Italian Literature 1865-1925
The Italian Novel 1900-1950
Writing Women in Renaissance Italy
SELCS interdepartmental intermediate modules

Year abroad key information

You will spend your third year abroad in Italy.

You can participate in a university placement with one of our partner universities, undertake a work placement or British Council language assistantship abroad (subject to availability/ approval), to make the most of your cultural and linguistic immersion. The experiences and skills developed while abroad further academic and personal development, cultural and social awareness, provide a foundation for further study and enhance career prospects.

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

Optional modules

Core or compulsory module(s)

Italian Language 3

Optional modules

You will select 90 credits from a wide range of optional modules. Options may include:
Identity and Performance in Renaissance Italy
Dante: Divina Commedia
Marriage and Divorce Italian-Style (1861-1975)
Nation, Culture and Society in Italy 1860-1915
Poesia Italiana tra Otto e Novecento
The Syntax of Information Structure
Words and Images: Italian Film Adaptations
SELCS interdepartmental advanced 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, often 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.

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 2019/20 academic year. The UK/EU fees shown are for the first year of the programme at UCL only. Fees for future years may be subject to an inflationary increase. The Overseas fees shown are the fees that will be charged to 2019/20 entrants for each year of study on the programme, unless otherwise indicated below.

UK/EU students
£9,250 (2019/20)
Overseas students
£19,970 (2019/20)

Full details of UCL's tuition fees, tuition fee policy and potential increases to fees can be found on the UCL 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.

Additional costs

If you are concerned by potential additional costs for books, equipment, etc. on this programme, please get in touch with the relevant departmental contact (details given on this page).

Departmental scholarships

The scholarships listed below are for 2018 entry. Funding opportunities for students applying for 2019 entry will be published when they are available.

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 2019



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. 

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

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