School of Languages and Cultures


Please note: Information on this page relates to the 2016 academic year unless otherwise specified.

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This subject is taught by the School of Languages and Cultures.


Italian is a language that evokes music and literature, art and cinema and world-famous cuisine. Beautiful and expressive, it is the language of the poetry of Dante, of high fashion and of classical opera. Modern Italy is one of the leading international economies and a founding member of the European Union.

At Victoria our programme in Italian is designed to give you a broad, supportive introduction to speaking, reading, writing and understanding the language. You will learn basic grammar, how to hold a conversation and some simple composition. After building on that foundation, later in your degree you will be ready to study more about Italy and the Italian language through fiction and drama, poetry and film.

You can take Italian as a major for your Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree, or as part of a Bachelor of Arts in Modern Language Studies.

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Undergraduate information


Italian major requirements

  1. ITAL 114 (beginners' level) and 115
  2. ITAL 215 and 216 and 20 further points from ITAL 200-299
  3. ITAL 315 and 316 and 20 further points from ITAL 300-399

Students with some prior knowledge of Italian will be admitted to the appropriate course after assessment of their competence. Please contact Italian Programme staff prior to enrolment.

Postgraduate information

Postgraduate Qualifications in Italian

For information specific to Italian, please see our Postgraduate Study page. For information about the postgraduate qualifications, please click on the Faculty links below.

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How to find out more

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If you need help deciding what degree might be right for you, or what courses to take, talk with a liaison officer or book a course planning session with us, call 0800 VICTORIA (842 867) or email

If you’re a returning or transferring student, contact the Faculty Student and Academic Services Office, for help with degree planning and for information on admission requirements and transfer credit from other institutions.

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Related subjects and careers

Related subjects Careers

Art History
Classical Studies
International Business
Modern Language Studies
Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
Tourism Management

International agencies
International business

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List of courses

Italian courses are taught within the School of Languages and Cultures. The School office is located in Room 610, von Zedlitz Building, Kelburn campus.

Meet staff who teach in the Italian Programme, or contact the School for more information, tel: 04-463 5293, email:

For a complete course listing, see the list of all Italian courses.

100 Level Courses

ITAL 114 – Introduction to the Italian Language

ITAL 115 – Elementary Italian

200 Level Courses

FHSS 210 – Study Abroad for Language Students

ITAL 207 – Italy through Film

ITAL 215 – Italian Language 2A

ITAL 216 – Italian Language 2B

ITAL 235 – From Fascism to Forza Italia: A Cultural History of Italy

300 Level Courses

FHSS 310 – Study Abroad for Language Students

ITAL 306 – Dante's Inferno

ITAL 308 – Contemporary Italian Literature

ITAL 315 – Italian Language 3A

ITAL 316 – Italian Language 3B

400 Level Courses

ITAL 401 – Advanced Italian Language

ITAL 402 – Italian Literature and Culture from Realism to Modernism

ITAL 407 – Special Topic: Dante

ITAL 489 – Research Project