BA Italian (JH)

Trinity College Dublin

Course Overview

Studying Italian opens the door to a beautiful new world. Italy holds up to 75% of the world’s art treasures, has been home to some of the world’s greatest writers and thinkers (Petrarch, Dante, Boccaccio, Machiavelli, Leonardo da Vinci, Galileo, Leopardi, Gramsci, Montessori),

boasts fabulous food, fashion and design, and has a dynamic economy: 3rd in the eurozone and 8th (by nominal GDP) in the world. In this course, you study Italy’s language as well as its rich history and culture: especially literature, cinema, art and theatre. Having fluent Italian is extremely beneficial for the job market; as Italian is less common, you will stand out. You do not need to have studied Italian before; most students of Italian start as beginners.

What you need to know

Where is the course located?

Dublin City

What is the length of the course?

4 Years Full-time

When can I apply?

You can apply today

When does the course start?


Placement options

A year or semester studying abroad is one of the highlights of the Trinity experience. Immersing yourself in Italian language, culture, life (and sunshine!) is a valuable way of achieving fluency. Single Honors students have a compulsory third year of study abroad and other students are encouraged to spend a year or a semester in their third year in one of our partner universities. At a minimum, you will be required to spend two months in an Italian-speaking country prior to taking your final exams. We currently have exchange agreements with the Universities of Bologna, Trieste, Pavia, and Rome.

Application Closing Date

Open for an application

Number of Places


Fees and Funding

Non-EU Tuition Fees

€ 20,009

Living Costs per year

€ 12,000

Application Fee

€ 60

Features and Benefits

  • Studying Italian opens the door to a beautiful new world.
  • You join one of the longest traditions of teaching Italian in the world, one which includes alumni like Samuel Beckett and Douglas Hyde.
  • Italian has been taught in Trinity since 1776.
  • We accept beginners and advanced students. Italians also join our programme; it provides a safe start which opens a gateway to English-speaking economies and excellent job prospects.

Entry requirements

How to Apply

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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

The minimum matriculation requirements refer to the basic standard of application you must meet to be considered. Anything less than this will be unsuccessful outright however meeting the matriculation requirements does not guarantee admission. The standard matriculation requirements are pass grades in English, Mathematics, a language other than English, and a full set of valid subjects for your examination system.

• 3 subjects at grade 5 at Higher Level;
• 3 subjects at grade 4 at Standard Level, to include English, Mathematics and another language.

• Present six subjects at grade C or above on GCSE or Advanced Subsidiary GCE (AS) papers. Two of these subjects must be at grade C or above on Advanced GCE (A-Level) papers.

English Requirements

TOEFL: Internet based 90 (with a written score of 21).
IELTS: (Academic version) 6.5 (no individual band below 6). For Dental courses: IELTS (academic version) 7 (no individual band below 7). For Clinical speech and language studies: IELTS (academic version) 7 (no individual band below 7)
Pearson Test of English (Academic) – PTE Academic: a minimum score of 63 (with no section score below 59).
Duolingo: Duolingo English Test: minimum overall score of 110/160, dated since January 2020
For Dental courses and Clinical speech and language studies: Duolingo English Test: minimum overall score of 120/160, dated since January 2020.
(Note: Trinity is accepting Duolingo English test on a temporary basis for 2020/21 entry).

Special Entry Requirements

• Leaving Certificate: H4 In Italian or in a language other than English
• Advanced GCE (A Level): Grade C In Italian or in a language other than English

Career Prospects

Advanced language and communication skills are in high demand especially here in Ireland, a vibrant knowledge economy which depends on European and international trade. Our graduates develop successful global careers in management, law, journalism, charities, international business, translation, the arts, fashion, tourism, PR, diplomacy, finance, football management, teaching, and banking. Some of our graduates now live and work in Italy, or work in Paris, Brussels, London, New York, and Hong Kong.