Department of Italian Studies

Around 200 million people speak Italian: as well as in Italy, it is widely spoken in countries such as the USA, Canada, Germany and Australia, where Italian post-war immigration has contributed to shape the society in which we live. Studying this beautiful language will allow you to enjoy one of the most complex (and often controversial) cultures in the world that has produced artists ranging from Dante to Verdi, and icons such as the Vespa and the espresso. People choose to learn Italian for a wide range of reasons and our graduates have forged careers, in Australia and abroad, in fields as varied as diplomacy, education, tourism, design, architecture, music, fashion, arts, and last but not least, food.

The Department of Italian Studies is one of the largest and best-resourced in Australia, and offers programs from introductory language to doctorates, through an innovative and rich curriculum. If you choose Italian Studies at the University of Sydney you will embark on a journey of linguistic, literary and cultural studies, where you will develop as a learner and as a researcher. Our language units cater for students at different entry points and develop high levels of linguistic skills. Our specialist units foster in-depth understanding of contemporary Italy from socio-linguistic, historical and cultural perspectives, and will introduce you to the most representative intellectual movements and authors from the Middle Ages to the present. Your Italian studies at Sydney University can be usefully complemented by attending a semester in one of our partner universities in Italy, and through the many activities of our Italian Student Association.

The Department is generously supported by the Cassamarca Foundation, the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and a number of other benefactors, who all help us to promote the study of Italian language and culture.

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