Admissions Officer

Mr Joe Tilley


Tel: +44 (0)20 7679 3096

Fees and funding

UK & EU fee

£9,000 (2014/15)

Overseas fee

£15,200 (2014/15)

General funding notes

Details about financial support are available at:

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.

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.


Students must take a total of 4 course units each year.

Year One

Compulsory Modules ( 1.0 course units)

  • ITAL1010 First Year Italian Language (1.0cu)

Optional Modules ( 3.0 course units)

Four ITAL1* optional modules (2.0cu)
Two ELCS6* intermediate-level modules (0.5cu each)

Year Two

Compulsory Modules ( 1.0 course units)

  • ITAL2020 Second Year Italian Language (1.0cu)

Optional Modules ( 3.0 course units)

Four ITAL2* optional modules (0.5cu each).  ITAL1105 Background to Dante and Inferno (0.5cu) can be taken in place of a second year module if it wasn't taken in first year.
Two ELCS6* intermediate-level modules (0.5cu each)

Year Three

  • ELCS3001 - Year Abroad Assessment A (1.5cu)
  • ELCS3002 - Year Abroad Assessment B (1.5cu)
  • ELCS3005 - Third Year Project C (1.0cu)

Final Year

Compulsory Modules ( 1.0 course units)

  • ITAL4040 Final Year Italian Language (1.0cu)

Optional Modules ( 3.0 course unit)

A total of 2.5cu from ITAL4* optional modules plus 0.5 ELCS4* advanced-level module.


A total of 2.0cu from ITAL4* optional modules plus two ELCS4* advanced-level modules. 

Entry requirements

A Levels

Grades AAB
Subjects Foreign language preferred.
AS Levels For UK-based students 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:

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:

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International applicants

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.

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Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates

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

The Undergraduate 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:

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


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 (2010-2012) of this programme include:

  • Marketing Assistant, Italian Chamber of Commerce (2011)
  • Special Events Assistant, Royal Horticultural Society (2011)
  • Analyst, Italian Chamber of Commerce (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 and you receive an offer, then we shall invite you to a post-offer Open Day, where you can experience the sort of teaching which we offer and 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.

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