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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).

Covid-19 programme updates

Due to COVID-19, there may have been updates to this programme for the 2020 academic year. Where there has been an update, these are indicated with a red alert and a link which will provide further information.

Key Information

Programme starts

September 2020
UCAS code
R300
Duration
Full-time: 4 years
Application deadline
15 January 2020
Location
London, Bloomsbury

Entry requirements

A Levels

Grades
AAB
Subjects
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-reqs

Contextual offer

Grades
BBB (more about contextual offers)
Subjects
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-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.

Contextual offer

Points
32 (more about contextual offers)
Subjects
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. Foreign Language preferred.

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.

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 literature, linguistics, film, graphic novels, the Mafia...

  • Staff members include experts on all periods of Italian literature, as well as historians, cultural historians and linguists. As a UCL student, you will also have access to a personal tutor with whom to discuss your academic progress throughout your academic career.

  • 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 access to a language lab, 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, linguistics, 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.

Covid-19 study abroad updates
For this academic year, if you were due to study abroad, you should have been contacted by your department with more information. Further guidance can be found on FAQs for 20/21 Study Abroad students about coronavirus (COVID-19).    If you are planning to study abroad in 2021/22, UCL and your department will be in contact with you at the start of the upcoming academic year with information on the application process.      If you plan to study abroad in future years, UCL and your department will provide relevant information and guidance nearer to the time.   

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:

  • Introduction to Dante's Inferno
  • Cinema and Literature from War to Reconstruction
  • Introduction to Linguistics and Syntactic Theory
  • Italian Culture and Fascism
  • Renaissance History and Art
  • Introduction to Renaissance Italy
  • World War I as an Italian War
  • 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:

  • Futurism in Italy
  • Dante and Petrarch
  • 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
  • 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
  • Nation, Culture and Society
  • Italian Poetry in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Century
  • The Contemporary Italian Novel
  • The Syntax of Information Structure
  • SELCS interdepartmental advanced modules

Covid-19 module updates
Due to COVID-19, there may be updates to the modules for your chosen programme of study this year. Some modules may not be available or may need to be moved to a later term or year of study. These updates are relevant for 2020-21 academic year only.  The full list of modules will be available in the module catalogue from late August.  From the first week of September, you will be invited to complete module selection from Portico, our student record system. There may need to be additional updates or changes to modules during the academic year to allow for new guidance from the UK Government and Public Health England. Your department shall keep you updated of these changes as they become available

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.

Covid-19 contact hours on campus
In Term One, while campus will be open, all the learning activity for the core content of your modules will take place online – including lectures, tutorials, seminars and assessments. By “core content” we mean everything you need to learn to complete the module successfully. In addition to these online contact hours, we will be offering some face-to-face educational activities for students on campus, and we will provide alternative online activities for those students unable to join us on campus. These activities, which will include contact with academic staff, will be relevant to your programme of study may include seminars, academic and employability skills workshops, small-group or individual tutorials, lab and practice-based teaching. UK Government safety guidelines will limit the amount of ‘in person’ activity we can offer and while it will vary from programme to programme, is likely to be no more than 1-2 hours per week. This will vary across departments, particularly if your programme includes laboratory/practical/studio/workshop sessions. You will be updated with more specific details as they are available and your timetable will indicate which sessions will be on campus and which will be available online.
Communicating further Covid-19 mitigation plans
We are continuing to follow UK Government guidance, as well as the expertise of our researchers, including specialists in health, education, human behaviour and infection prevention, to make sure UCL is as safe as possible during the COVID-19 pandemic. If it becomes necessary to make further changes to your programme as a result of new guidance/regulations, UCL and your department will communicate these as soon as this becomes clear. We will keep you up-to-date with our plans throughout term one, so you have the information you need to be able to take decisions that are right for your circumstances. Please ensure that you keep in touch with your department by regularly checking your UCL emails, Moodle courses, the Coronavirus FAQs for Students page and any UCL online groups or social media you follow.

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.

Covid-19 assessment updates
There may be changes to the format of assessments for modules in this programme due to COVID-19. These will be summarised for each module on the module catalogue from 17 August 2020.   If any changes to assessments need to be made during the academic year due to updates in government guidance, these will be communicated to you as soon as possible from your department.    

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. 

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 2020/21 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 2020/21 entrants for each year of study on the programme, unless otherwise indicated below.

UK/EU students
£9,250 (2020/21)
Overseas students
£21,260 (2020/21)

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

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).

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.

Modern European Languages Scholarship

https://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/scholarships/undergraduate/MELS

Departmental scholarships

Funding opportunities relevant to the department may appear in this section when they are available. Please check carefully or confirm with the programme contact to ensure they apply to this degree programme.

Modern European Languages Scholarship

Value
£2,500 per year
Eligibility
UK, EU
Criteria
Based on academic merit

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 2020



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.


Page last modified on 24 February 2020