|Degree:||Bachelor of Arts (Honours) (BA (Hons))|
|University website:||French and Italian|
By learning French and Italian you give yourself the tools to explore a rich cultural and artistic heritage and open up career opportunities in the many countries and international organisations where these languages are spoken.
Studying French and Italian gives you the opportunity to become proficient in two major international languages, and complement your language learning with a broad understanding of history, literature and culture. Fluency in the these two languages, combined with knowledge of political and cultural developments in Italian and French-speaking countries, opens up international career opportunities.
French is native to France, Belgium, Switzerland, Canada and the French Caribbean, and is an official language in much of Africa and Asia. Italy is a cornerstone of culture, art and history across Europe, and you cannot help but be inspired to learn its language. Italian is spoken not only in its home country, but also by over 15 million people in Switzerland, North America and Australia.
Studying at our Canterbury campus gives you a fantastic opportunity to immerse yourself in both languages. There is a large community of Italian and French-speaking students on campus, and our proximity to airports, the Channel ports and the Eurostar terminals at Ashford and Ebbsfleet make it quick and easy to get to Paris, Brussels and Lille, and from there to the rest of mainland Europe.
A number of our staff are native speakers and our facilities include multimedia laboratories, which offer a variety of interactive language learning programmes and dictionaries, and access to audio, video and computer-assisted language learning.
You also have the opportunity to take part in a mentoring scheme for secondary school pupils. By helping them to increase their ability to speak, read and write fluently in a foreign language, you will gain valuable work experience for future careers in education or leadership roles in any field.
You are required to spend a year working or studying abroad between your second and final year of study. In previous years, students have studied at our partner institutions in a country appropriate to their programme of study (for French and Italian this is usually six months in each country). You’ll develop your language skills, grow in self-confidence, gain a new academic perspective, and enhance your employability.
French and Italian is an ideal combination of subjects to enable you gain a broad cultural understanding and to embark on an international career.
Dr Wissia Fiorucci, Modern Languages Co-ordinator and Director of Education, talks about the challenges and rewards of learning languages.