What Will You Study

Spanish Studies with Italian is taught by the Department of Languages and Cultures. Our distinctive approach enables you to acquire high-level language skills and a thorough understanding of Spanish and Italian cultures and societies within a global context. We are ranked 5th in the UK for Iberian Languages and 12th for Italian in the Complete University Guide 2017.

Your first year comprises an exploration of the Spanish language and its cultural context. Alongside this, you will study an intensive Italian language and culture module, designed for beginners with little or no prior knowledge. You will also take a minor subject of your choice.

In Year 2, you will study Spain’s culture, politics and history in more depth, as well as selecting courses which are international in scope and promote a comparative understanding of Europe and beyond. In the core Italian modules, you will improve your linguistic proficiency in a range of settings and study Italian lexis, grammar and syntax.

Spending your third year abroad in a Spanish-speaking country makes a major contribution to your command of the language, while deepening your intercultural sensitivity. You can study at a partner institution or conduct a work placement. We strongly recommend spending some time in Italy too as part of your degree.

In your fourth year, you will continue developing your Spanish and Italian language alongside a choice of specialist culture and comparative courses, such as ‘Writing in the Margins: Narrating Cross-cultural Experience’. You will also develop a particular topic from your second year studies into your specialist dissertation.