Italian study guide 2023/24

Italian at Bristol

Italy's language and culture have had a lasting impact on Europe. Today its innovative contributions to design, technology and fashion make it a global commercial force.

Our Italian department provides opportunities to learn the Italian language and gain an understanding of the complexity of Italy as a nation through the study of Italian culture from the Middle Ages to the present day.

Whatever combination of subjects you study, you will be working alongside top-quality students in the School of Modern Languages from a range of different disciplines.

Unit structure

The department offers many classes that are based in a single semester, and can therefore accept unit requests from Study Abroad students who want to join Bristol for just the autumn or spring semester.

Unit levels

The department offers units across all undergraduate levels of study: year 1 (level C/4), year 2 (level I/5), and year 3 (level H/6) units. The department does not offer postgraduate units (level M/7), however selected postgraduate units (level M/7) are available from elsewhere in the School of Modern Languages (please see the Cultural Studies guide). Level M/7 units are normally taken by students who have studied the subject for at least 3 years beforehand and are at an appropriate level of study to take postgraduate units.

Unit codes

Unit codes in the Department of Italian begin with 'ITAL'. This is followed by a number indicating the year (1, 2, 3). For example:

  • ITAL10000 = year 1 unit
  • ITAL20000 = year 2 unit
  • ITAL30000 = year 3 unit.

For more information about each unit, check the University's unit catalogue for 2023/24. Applicants on all study abroad programmes must review the unit details on the catalogue before listing unit choices on their application form. This includes checking the format of assessment for each unit. The unit catalogue for 2023/24 is updated by April 2023.

Your unit choices cannot be guaranteed. Some units may not have capacity to accommodate all of the unit requests we receive. Registration on a unit also depends on whether you meet the pre-requisite conditions through prior study at your home university.

Study Abroad (Subject pathway)

Please note that, if you have been nominated on the Italian Subject Pathway, you are required to take the majority of your credits from the Department of Italian, and/or these additional options:

Also, if you have the necessary language skills, you can choose from the range of additional units that each Department in the School of Modern Languages offers on cultural topics (literature, cinema, history, identity, etc.) that require knowledge of the relevant modern language. Students who are not on the Subject Pathway for that department, but are able to demonstrate the required language level (A2 for 10000-level units, B1 or B2 for 20000-level units and C1 for 30000-level units) may apply to be considered for registration on units from these study guides:

To check your level of language, please see here.

Units available on the study abroad programme in 2023/24

The following units from the Department of Italian are open to inbound Study Abroad students.

The units listed here explore Italian art, culture, history, and literature. If you are interested in taking a Italian language class, please see the Languages and Linguistics study guide. Please note that the majority of language units run in Teaching Block 4, which are only available to students studying with us for a full academic year.

Year 1 (level C/4)


  • Medieval and Renaissance Italy (TB1) - ITAL10034


  • Modern Italy (TB2) - ITAL10033

Year 2 (level I/5)


  • Destination Italy: Cultural Responses to Migration (TB1) - ITAL20032
  • Italian Fascism (TB1) - ITAL20045


  • Italian Cinema: Genre and Social Change (TB2) - ITAL29007
  • Renaissance Italy (TB2) - ITAL20046

Year 3 (level H/6)


  • Boccaccio's Decameron (TB1) - ITAL30063
  • Liaison Interpreting for German, Russian, or Italian (TB1) - MODL30006
  • Screening the Past: Representing History in Contemporary Italian Cinema (TB1) - ITAL30046


  • Dante: Purgatorio and Paradiso (TB2) - ITAL30059
  • Naples: Culture, Identity, Nation (TB2) - ITAL30045

Year 4 (level M/7)

None available

Selected English Literature units available to Italian subject pathway students

There are 2 units available from the Department of English:

  • Approaches to Poetry (TB2) - ENGL10026
  • Critical Issues (TB1) - ENGL10017

(Please note that other English Literature units are not available on the Italian subject pathway programme).

Application queries

Contact the Centre for Study Abroad inbound team if you have any queries about the application process for the study abroad programmes:

Phone: +44 117 39 40207


Students cannot audit units. Study abroad students are fully registered on units for credit purposes and must attend teaching only for classes that they are registered on.

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