Italy has played an important role in European history. Those in power in Europe in the Middle Ages literally built their empires on the foundations of the Roman Empire. They were also figuratively inspired by Roman laws and administration, and during the Renaissance, Italy was a link to the East – with all its wealth and the spice trade. Throughout history, Italian artists and thinkers have inspired the whole of Europe – and you become acquainted with Dante, Machiavelli, Galilei, Verdi, Dario Fo and Umberto Eco.
Italy is famous all over the world for its exquisite cuisine, attractive culture, impressive architecture and great writers – not to mention football. However, Italy is also infamous for its Mafia and corrupt politicians. In Italian studies, you work with social conditions, politics, daily life, the EU and much more, all of which give you an overview of Italy from the beginning of the Renaissance to the last election thriller between Berlusconi and Prodi.
In your subsidiary subject, you learn to speak and write correct Italian, and what to say in different contexts. You gain an insight into translation techniques, get to the bottom of Italian grammar, and become acquainted with Italian history, culture and society. All these skills equip you for jobs as a teacher, translator, information officer, consultant, tourist assistant, researcher, etc.
If you have not achieved level C in Italian, you must attend a preparatory course – propaedeutics – and pass a test. Propaedeutics provides you with the basic language skills required to be admitted to Italian as a subsidiary subject, and has a weighting of 30 ECTS credits. The course qualifies you for additional support from the State Education Grant and Loan Scheme in Denmark (SU).
In Italian studies, we work on everything from language and history to culture, literature and social conditions.
In order to be admitted to a supplementary subject, you have to be enrolled in a bachelor’s degree programme at a Danish university. Furthermore, the academic regulations of the bachelor’s degree programme have to allow for a combination with a supplementary subject.
You also have to meet the admission requirements for the supplementary subject in question. You can familiarise yourself with the requirements on the Danish version of this page by clicking on Danish in the top right corner.
Read more about admission to supplementary subjects.
As a student it is important to know the regulations for the chosen supplementary subject: what is the content, how is it structured and what does it require from you.
You can find this information in the academic regulations. There is a regulation for both bachelor’s supplementary subject and master’s supplementary subject:
In the following graphical presentation of the subject you can see the different modules and courses that, in addition, link to the course catalogue where you can read the course descriptions.
Approximately 25 new students enrol in Italian studies every year (including subsidiary subject students). Teaching takes place in small groups, where you participate actively in discussions, with presentations and practical exercises. A considerable part of the teaching is held in Italian.
In Italian studies, you are encouraged to form reading groups. This is important for both academic and social reasons, as you can exchange subject-related knowledge and learn from each other, as well as socialising outside university hours.
The University of Aarhus is internationally oriented, which is illustrated by the many exchange students who come here every term from all over the world – including students from Italy. The International Students Centre at sTUDENTERHUS åRHUS is a forum for contact with Italian-speaking students. If you would like to practise and improve your Italian, the ISC is an ideal option.
As a student of Italian, you can also make academic and social contacts at the Società Dante Alighieri – a worldwide association that organises concerts, films and lectures involving Italy or Italian culture. For more information (in Danish only), go to www.dante-alighieri.dk.
Italian as a subsidiary subject qualifies you for a job as an Italian teacher at upper secondary schools, continuation schools, evening classes, training colleges and folk high schools, etc.
Italian is a minor subject at upper secondary school and it would therefore improve your job prospects if you combine it with a major subject, such as English, Danish, history or social science, instead of choosing two minor subjects or a minor and a medium subject.
For more information about work at upper secondary schools, see the University of Aarhus web site or gymnasiejob.dk.
If you do not wish to teach, you can also work in the following areas:
As a student of Italian at the University of Aarhus, you acquire knowledge about: