Italian is a well established language section at the University of Essex, Colchester campus, currently offering a variety of language and culture courses which range from initial to final honours level, for specialist and non-specialist students.All our modules can be taken by language and linguistics degree students and European Studies students, or as outside option courses to complement joint degree schemes offered jointly by the departments of Art History, Literature Film and Theatre Studies, Economics, Government and many others. Students without any background knowledge of Italian can fast-track into an Italian language degree scheme via the Intensive Initial Italian module which includes a four-week summer course in Italy (either Florence or Rome).The tuition fees for the summer course are paid by the University of Essex.
Our Modern language degree students spend their third year abroad. If they choose to go to Italy they will study either in Bologna, the oldest University in Europe or in Trento or in Urbino. All our modules can also be taken individually as part of the University's Open Language Programme.
The popularity of Italian language and culture is to be ascribed to many tangible reasons: Italy is one of the most important centres of fine arts in the world, it is the cradle of classical music, it offers abundance of archaeological sites in a unique landscape and of course, there is a lot more to add about its history, traditions, design and the Italian life style...
Italian communities in Australia,
Argentina, Canada and America have all contributed to
the promotion of Italian culture with a consequent interest in its language.