Study Italian

Love Italy and the Italian language? As a romance language, Italian is beautiful to speak and not too hard to learn. It's a very melodic language and easy to pronounce.

Italian is one of the most widely spoken languages in Australia: Italians make up one of the largest non-English speaking groups of people who have migrated here. It is the language of some important aspects of Australian life: fashion, cars, electronics and, of course, food.

We offer Italian studies at all levels, from elementary to PhD.

Undergraduate and postgraduate courses

Our first trimester beginners' unit, ITAL101, is followed in second trimester by ITAL102, and assumes no prior knowledge of Italian. We encourage first year students to also take our popular ITAL203 unit, which introduces you to aspects of modern Italian culture; narrative, film and poetry. More advanced units offer experience of such varied subjects as Italian women's literature and the modern detective novel, as well as the more traditional areas of the Renaissance and medieval studies.

Study Italian on campus in Armidale or fully online in your own home, or abroad.

Undergraduate courses

Italian can be studied as a major in the following courses. You can also study Italian as an elective in almost any bachelor's course offered at UNE; check the course rules from the links to see how many electives you are permitted to include.

If you enrol in the Italian major in the Bachelor of Arts, the Bachelor of Arts / Bachelor of Business, the Bachelor of Arts / Bachelor of Laws, the Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science, the Bachelor of Education (Secondary Studies), or the Bachelor of International Studies, you can choose to spend
one or two trimesters studying a language in-country without having to pay local fees (you just pay your usual HECS) and to participate in Erasmus and Socrates programs normally limited only to European students.

If you enrol in the Bachelor of Languages, the Bachelor of Languages and International Business, or the Bachelor of International and Language Studies, it is compulsory to undertake in-country study.

Bachelor degrees

Bachelor of Arts

Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Business

Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Laws

Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science

Bachelor of Education (Secondary Teaching)

Bachelor of International Studies

Bachelor of International and Language Studies

Bachelor of Languages

Bachelor of Languages and International Business

For Bachelor Honours see under postgraduate courses.

Undergraduate diplomas

in which you can study Italian

Advanced Diploma in Arts

Diploma in Modern Languages

Honours and postgraduate courses

Italian can also be studied at postgraduate level in coursework or research programs.

Bachelor honours

Bachelor of Arts with Honours

Find out more about Honours

Postgraduate coursework

Master of Arts

Postgraduate research

Master of Philosophy

Doctor of Philosophy

Find out more about Higher Degree Research

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You can also choose to spend a trimester or two in Italy. In-country study is compulsory in the Bachelor of Languages, the Bachelor of Languages and International Business, and the Bachelor of International and Language Studies.

In-country language study

UNE has an exchange agreement with Università degli Studi Di Macerata (in Macerata, Italy) for in-country study, which can be credited to UNE degrees.

Career options for Italian graduates

Career areas welcoming graduates with Italian language skills include:

  • Teaching: primary, secondary, tertiary
  • Business
  • Marketing
  • Tourism
  • the Arts
  • Hospitality
  • Translation and interpreting
  • Customs
  • Immigration
  • Foreign Affairs
  • Defence
  • Intelligence
  • Foreign aid
  • NGOs
  • Trade
  • Banking
  • Research
  • Community services.

Partnerships and networks

In addition to its exchange agreement with the Università degli Studi Di Macerata, Macerata, Italy, the Italian discipline  has strong links with the Università La Sapienza (Rome) and L'Università degli Studi di Siena.

The Italian discipline at UNE has been working in close collaboration with the Italian Cultural Institute and the Italian Consulate General in Sydney. Over the years this cooperation has resulted in the organisation of many conferences and courses for teachers of Italian, and  cultural events for the promotion and fostering of Italian language and culture in Australia.

Further information

For more information about our courses and studying at UNE, please contact AskUNE.