Italian with Business

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About the course

Combining excellence in language teaching – confirmed by the European Award for Languages in 2003 and 2007 – with Hull’s renowned Business programme, this joint degree equips you with the linguistic skills and cultural awareness to engage with the Italian-speaking world, while acquiring business and marketplace knowledge for today’s global economy. Our programme includes a year in Italy studying at one of our partner universities or on a work placement as an English assistant in a school.

Throughout this four-year degree, you will gain a key understanding of the Italian language and build a knowledge of the country's culture, guided by our state-of-the-art Language Learning Centre, one of the best in the country. Your employability will be given an added edge as you study with the Hull Business School, where you’ll develop a firm grounding in how a business works: the management process, its internal and external environments and an awareness of the changing international context of business. Your degree will be underpinned by Hull’s international accreditations such as AACSB – held by fewer than 5% of the world’s business programmes.


You will take two modules in Italian language, one per semester, plus one year-long Italian culture module. In the first year, language modules are available at either beginners and improvers or advanced level. In the second and fourth year, all students take the same language modules. You will take five modules in business across the course of your degree, with two in the first two years, and one in the final year. You will also study a year-long free elective or another year-long module offered by the school. Italian culture modules include Post-War Italian History and Culture, Italian History and Culture from the Enlightenment to the Present (1750-2000), and, Lies and Whispers in Italian Texts.

The third year of the degree is spent in Italy and will probably be one of the most exciting and challenging experiences you will ever have. You will notice a dramatic improvement in your spoken language, giving you greater confidence and more mature insights into Italy. The 'year', incidentally, is an 'academic year' and means at least eight months spent abroad. Students can choose to study at an exchange partner university, work in a school as a language assistant or work in industry or commerce.

The Department of Modern Languages offers the largest free elective programme in 10 languages (Arabic, Chinese, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish) ranging from absolute beginners to post A-level. The latter allows incredible flexibility and adaptability to employment demands.

Entry Requirements

  • Tariff points: 280 points, points can be from any qualification on the UCAS tariff, but must include at least 200 points from two or more A levels, or a combination of appropriate Level 3 qualifications.
  • IB Diploma: 28 points.
  • BTEC L3 Extended Diploma: DMM in relevant subject(s).
  • Access to HE Diploma: pass with minimum of 45 credits at merit.

We welcome applicants with a range of qualifications from the UK and worldwide which may not exactly match the combinations shown above. Please contact the University’s Admissions Service for individual guidance.

International students (language requirements)
If your first language is not English, you will be required to provide acceptable evidence of your English language proficiency.

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Future prospects

Modern languages are vital in a world of international cooperation, interdependence and trade. Italian is one of Europe’s major languages and, since it is not taught in many UK schools, you will find yourself in demand when you graduate. Employment prospects are higher still for graduates with additional business and management skills. The combination of business and language skills will put you in an advantageous position in comparison with other graduates.

A vast range of employment opportunities are open to our graduates, including work abroad and starting a new business with the skills you will have acquired at university. Recent graduates have joined prestigious graduate management programmes with HSBC, BT and Youngs Seafood. Others have opted to go into translation, teaching both English and French abroad and in the UK, with some graduates taking the opportunity to travel as far as Japan.

Specific opportunities taken up by recent graduates include: international customer liaison at Harrods; business analyst, United Biscuits; Customs and Excise executive officer; English teaching assistant in Japan; lectors teaching English at universities in Dijon and Reims, and at the Sorbonne in Paris; translator, Netherlands National Press Bureau; international office at Lloyds Bank. About half of our graduates enter jobs which have a European or international aspect.