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.