BA (Hons) Italian

University College Cork

Course Overview

A degree in Italian provides access to a rich and influential culture and to the language and society of a country that offers opportunities for exciting careers and further study.

Most of our students have no Italian before joining us. Italian is a small, accessible department. Learning takes place in small groups, allowing you to reach a high level of linguistic proficiency and to develop important critical and analytical skills.
You can choose from a range of modules on literature and art, film and music, politics and the media. Various pathways through the BA provide the opportunity to spend Year 3 studying at one of our partner universities in Italy, an experience which our students often describe as the best of their lives. Students in all years of the course take an intensive Italian language course, taught in small tutorial groups. Free access is provided to an online Computer-Assisted Language-Learning (CALL) tool.

What you need to know

Where is the course located?

Cork City

What is the length of the course?

36 Months Full-time (3 Years)

When can I apply?

You can apply today

When does the course start?


Placement options

Study abroad: Various pathways through the BA International, Arts-Music (European Pathway), Drama & Theatre Studies (International Pathway) provide the opportunity to spend Year 3 studying at one of our partner universities in Italy or, where appropriate, in the country of your other language or subject. Students taking these courses may opt into the study-abroad pathway at the end of Year 1. Currently, our partner universities in Italy for the BA include Venice, Florence, Rome 3, and Bologna, as well as other universities in smaller cities.
Work placement: If you study Italian through the BA or the BA International, you will have the opportunity to avail of a work placement in Year 2.

Application Closing Date

Open for applications

Number of Places

Fees and Funding

Non-EU Tuition Fees

€ 16,080

Living Costs per year

€ 10,000

Application Fee

€ 60

Features and Benefits

  • Doorway to rich European cultural heritage
  • Opportunities to spend Year 3 studying at an Italian partner university
  • Language and culture complements subjects such as History of Art, Music and English
  • Language of a G8 country

Entry requirements

How to Apply

Once you are ready to start your application, please click on APPLY NOW

As part of your application, you will be required to submit:

  • Your academic history and transcripts (Actual and/or Predicted Grades)
  • Proof of English proficiency (typically IELTS or TOEFL scores)
  • 2 letters of recommendation
  • A copy of your passport
  • Personal Statement
  • CV/Resume
  • Extra requests for certain courses

Minimum entry requirements


  • Example of high school qualifications that are considered for Year 1 entry are as follows:
    A-Level, IB Diploma, US Diploma, SAT, ACT, AP, ILC, HKDSE, STPM, CBSE, CISCE, ATAR, CAPE and NCEA.
  • If you have a different high school qualification you may have to apply for a foundation programme.


  • Students who do not meet entry requirements for Year 1 can apply for a foundation programme at most universities. Contact our counsellors for further details and advice on a suitable course for you.

English Requirements

Duolingo English Test (DET): DET score of 120 or better
Please note: Applicants scoring DET 110 or 115 will be required to sit a UCC Language Centre Skills Check before receiving an offer. Applicants presenting with one of these two scores should contact the UG EU Admissions Office directly by emailing admissions@ucc.ie

UCC has approved the use of the Duolingo English Test (DET) as a temporary measure for the 2020 intake

IELTS: College of Arts, Celtic Studies, and Social Sciences: All Programmes. 6.5 Minimum individual sections 5.5

TOELF: College of Arts, Celtic Studies, and Social Sciences: All Programmes.

  • TOEFL 90: Listening 17; Reading 18; Speaking 20; Writing 17

Pearson PTE Academic: College of Arts, Celtic Studies, and Social Sciences: All Programmes. 63 Minimum individual sections 51

Special Entry Requirements

Career Prospects

Italian is not widely taught in Irish schools and consequently our student numbers are small compared, for example, to those in French. Demand by employers in Ireland for graduates of Italian, with the strong language and analytical skills you can acquire with UCC, is currently greater than supply, and many of our graduates also choose to work in Italy or other countries.
See here for examples of the career paths taken by graduates. The department also has a LinkedIn group exclusively for its graduates, where information on vacancies is exchanged.