Welcome to Italian at UNE! We offer a variety of courses to meet your study needs. You can find the undergraduate and postgraduate programs in which you can study Italian here at UNE below. We've also listed our units. You can choose from language and literature units.

You can also choose to spend a trimester or two overseas 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. You can find out more below.

Here are some excellent reasons to study Italian with us:

  • Small classes, personal attention
  • Challenging and fun learning activities!
  • From beginners to advanced
  • Step by step, structured units
  • All units are available online
  • Experienced and supportive staff
Why study Italian at UNE?

Italian is one of the most widely spoken languages in Australia. This is partly due to the fact that Italians make up one of the largest non-English speaking groups of people who have migrated here. But it is also important here because it is the language of some important aspects of Australian life: fashion (Versace, Dolce e Gabbana, Ermenegildo Zegna, to name just a few), cars, electronics and, of course, food.

It is also extremely important as a language of culture. In fact it is hard to imagine what the world today would be without Italian music and opera, the wonders of the Renaissance (Michelangelo, for example) and the writings of Dante, Petrarch and Boccaccio, which form the basis of so much modern literature.

Being a romance language it is pleasant and not too hard to learn. It is very melodic and easy to pronounce. It is a vocalic language, which makes it good for singing, and that also means that you write it the way you say it. However, it is also surprisingly close to English in much of its vocabulary (e.g. importante = important, università = university), though usually it's much easier to spell!

At UNE we offer Italian studies at all levels, from elementary to PhD, both on-campus and off-campus. Our first trimester beginners' unit, ITAL101, which is followed in second trimester by ITAL102, 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.

In-country language study

You can study in Italy as part of your degree. UNE has an exchange agreement with a university in Italy for in-country study which can be credited to UNE degrees.

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.

The university with which UNE has an agreement or bilateral exchange agreement is:

Find out more about overseas language study

Undergraduate courses

Italian can be studied as a major in the following courses:

Bachelor degrees

You can also study Italian as an elective in almost any Bachelor's course offered at UNE; check the course rules to see how many electives you are permitted to include.

For Bachelor Honours see under postgraduate courses.

Undergraduate Diplomas

in which you can study Italian

Postgraduate courses

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

Bachelor Honours

Find out more about Honours

Postgraduate coursework

Postgraduate research

Find out more about Higher Degree Research


100-level units

200-level units

  • ITAL201 Italian Language 2A
  • ITAL202 Italian Language 2B
  • ITAL203 Introduction to Modern Italian Literature and Culture

300-level units

400-level units

  • ITAL414 Grandeur and Decline: The Novel in Sicily (combined with ITAL514)

500-level units

  • ITAL504 Modern Italian Novel
  • ITAL507 19th Century Italian Literature
  • ITAL508 20th Century Women Writers in Italy
  • ITAL509 Italian Renaissance Literature
  • ITAL511 14th Century Italian Literature
  • ITAL513 The Italian Detective Novel
  • ITAL514 Grandeur and Decline: The Novel in Sicily

Career areas welcoming graduates with Italian 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

The Italian discipline has an exchange agreement with the Università degli Studi Di Macerata, Macerata, Italy. The Italian discipline also has strong links with the Università La Sapienza (Rome) and L'Università degli Studi di Siena.

As for networking, 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 Italian cultural events for the promotion and fostering of Italian language and culture in Australia.

Further information

Ms Anna Cavallaro
Convenor of Italian

Lecturer (Italian)
School of Arts
University of New England

Telephone: (02) 6773 2245 (International: +61 2 6773 2245)
Facsimile: (02) 6773 2623. (International: +61 2 6773 2623)