Italian is a major European language, spoken by approximately 85 million people, and is one of the working languages of the Council of Europe. It is an official language in Italy, Switzerland, San Marino and the Vatican City.

Italian is the second most widely spoken native language in the European Union with 67 million speakers. It is known as the 'language of music' because of its use in musical terminology and opera; numerous Italian words referring to music have become international terms taken into various languages worldwide. Its influence is also widespread in the arts and in the food and luxury goods markets.  

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How to register

If you are able to select elective modules as part of your degree programme, you can opt to take language modules when you make your module choices via the Module Catalogue. Just search the module code (eg IT301) in the module catalogue.

If you are unsure if your degree programme allows for elective modules, you will need to contact your academic school.

If you are not permitted to select elective modules as part of your degree programme, we also offer the opportunity to study a language as an extracurricular module. The module will not contribute credit to your degree, but you will be expected to take tests. You can choose whether or not you want the marks from your language tests to appear on your final transcript. The cost for adding each 15 credit module to your degree is £284. The fee for 30 credit modules is £530.

Contact us for more information.

Undergraduate students can also apply to take a Year in a Language.    

Language Express 

Interested in learning a new language? Why not try out our Language Express course in Italian? 

Engaging, flexible and interactive, our evening Language Express courses will make you progress in Italian in no time. By focussing on conversational skills, our classes are recommended for students, staff, and anyone else wanting to learn a language from beginners' level.

Head over to our Language Express page to find out more.

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