Studying Italian

Studying Italian at University College Cork

Most of our students are complete beginners on commencing our courses, but Italian can be studied to degree level in Arts or Commerce, as well as being a minor option in other programmes. Visiting students are also welcome to take courses in Italian language and/or culture, and in European cinema, as are 'Flexi-Option' students, who take modules up to 30 credits outside a degree programme.

The following sections provide some information about the various opportunities for studying Italian for credit at UCC. Non-credit courses are available in our extensive Evening Programme.

General information, including details of programmes, application procedures, fees for first time EU undergraduate students (approx. €2,150 for entry in 2011), and student life in Cork can be found at Study at UCC.

Degree Programmes in Italian

Italian is available to Beginners and Non-Beginners as one of the our First-Year subjects of the UCC BA degree programme (CK101).

Beyond First Year, it can be taken in the three-year BA as a Joint Honours (30/60 credits) or Major Honours (40/60 credits), or as a 20-credit or 10-credit Minor Subject in a Major or Single Honours degree.

The degree of BComm (International) with Italian (CK207) is a programme which combines the study of Commerce subjects and Italian language and culture. The web page for the BComm (International) programmes is currently under re-development: in the meantime, if you require further information about studying Italian and Commerce at UCC, contact the Department Office, or Dr Mark Chu, Head of Department.

This four-year degree programme involves a Third Year at a partner university in Italy (Udine, Genova, Bologna, Siena), and as in the case of the BA (Language & Cultural Studies) and other four-year Arts programmes, offers students the opportunity to improve language skills, to experience Italian culture and society first-hand, and to demonstrate the maturity, independence and initiative that employers are looking for in graduates.

Italian in Certificate programmes

You may not want to take a full degree course, or your  circumstances may not allow you to do so, but Italian can also be studied in the following courses leading to the award of UCC Certificates:

Italian Certificate Courses

Language Scholarships

The President of University College Cork, Dr Michael Murphy, has announced a €250,000 scholarship scheme which will benefit students who perform well in this year's Leaving Certificate examinations, including those taking Italian and other languages at UCC. The Scholarships are part of a UCC response to reports by the Expert Group on Future Skills Needs, which identify future skills shortages in the Irish Labour Market and highlight the requirement for foreign language skills.

The College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences at UCC will offer scholarships to a number of students with the highest overall Leaving Certificate points who register for two or more foreign language subjects for the duration of their Bachelor of Arts degrees: this may be the three-year BA or the four-year BA Language and Cultural Studies Pathway, the Third Year of which is spent studying at a partner university (entry for both programmes is CK101, with selection for Language and Cultural Studies on registration for Second Year). In addition to Italian, students can take French, German, Hispanic Studies and Chinese at UCC.

In the College of Business and Law, students registering on the BComm (International) with Italian [CK207] are amongst those eligible for scholarships.

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Department of Italian


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