The study of the Italian language and culture is composed of three groups of subjects:
A. linguistics (with an applied interpretation) – phonetics and phonology, morphology, syntax, lexicology and vocabulary
B. civilization – the history and social life and customs of Italy, Italian literature and culture
C. linguistic ability – spoken and written Italian, specialized and literary translation, consecutive and simultaneous interpreting
The study of Italian at Bachelor’s level lasts three years and focuses on compulsory subjects. Students have to master the normative grammar of Italian (morphology and syntax) and acquire a solid vocabulary through various exercises and oral communication. They also have to acquire a basic knowledge of Italian history, civilization and culture (introduction to Italian history, Italian literature). The content of the theoretical subjects is linked to the practical ones so that students can gradually gain a broad range of practical knowledge in Italian, the ability to translate simple texts and correspondence, and the ability to interpret simple speeches. In the third year of studies at Bachelor’s level, theoretical linguistics (lexicology) and literary theory (the history of Italian literature) are studied. However, translation studies form the core subjects (literary and specialized translation, simultaneous and consecutive interpreting). In addition, the range of compulsory elective and elective subjects is broadened. Throughout their studies, students continuously improve their practical ability in Italian and expand their vocabulary under the guidance of an Italian tutor.
The study of Italian at Master’s level lasts two years and builds upon the competences acquired at Bachelor’s level. Theoretical knowledge is deepened through the study of literature and stylistics, and practical knowledge is also improved in the areas of translation (literary and specialized translation) and interpreting (consecutive and simultaneous). In addition to compulsory subjects, students can choose from a range of compulsory elective subjects, which are prevalent, allowing them to perfect their linguistic abilities and deepen their knowledge in various areas according to their own interest.
Graduates of Italian at Bachelor’s level can continue in their studies in the two-year Master’s programme, for which they have been theoretically prepared, or they can find employment as translators in the business sector and the cultural sector (in editorial offices and cultural institutions) or in the travel industry. Graduates at Master’s level are qualified to work as translators and interpreters and can seek employment in the institutions of the European Union, as court interpreters and translators or in diplomacy and foreign trade.
Knowledge of Italian is not required to commence studies at Bachelor’s level. However, it is recommended that applicants have an understanding of Italian history, literature and social life and customs.
Applicants are accepted into the study programmes depending on their results in the entrance exam in general academic prerequisites for university study.