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Durham University

School of Modern Languages and Cultures: Italian Studies

Undergraduate Studies

Our language programmes are designed to teach Italian to complete beginners and to stretch students who have an A-level or equivalent in Italian. Our Beginners’ (ab initio) programme is designed to bring competent linguists up to A-level standard in just one year and to further advance their knowledge in preparation for the Year Abroad. We strongly encourage the use of the language right from the start in the Beginners’ course. Our Advanced programme is designed to stretch students with an A-level or equivalent qualification in Italian, and is entirely conducted in Italian. Students on both programmes develop all key language skills with particular emphasis placed on the ability to communicate effectively. 

All our classes are taught by native speakers and provide students with excellent preparation for using Italian during the Year Abroad and in future careers. Our language teaching fellows, Lucina Stuart and Rosella Peressini, jointly won the ‘Best Lecturer Award 2013’ as voted for by students in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at Durham University. 

Students can spend time in Italy as part of their degree during the Year Abroad. By the time they graduate they will have achieved a high level of fluency, while feeling confident in their use of the language in any given situation. 

 To learn more about our language modules click here.