Frequently asked questions
Perché studiare l'italiano?
Italy is a fascinating country with a cultural heritage stretching back to ancient Rome and beyond. In the Middle Ages, writers like Dante, Petrarch and Boccaccio reshaped European literature. The Italian Renaissance is still seen as one of the high points in the cultural history of mankind.
Today, despite many unresolved political and social problems, Italy is one of the world's leading industrial nations, excelling in sectors where creativity and design skills make a difference - cars, furniture, fashion, engineering - but also in traditional areas like tourism, food and wine. Italians take an enthusiastic view of Ireland, and contacts between the two countries at every level are constantly growing.
Come si studia l'italiano al Trinity College?
You can do Italian language and literature as a subject within the "Two-Subject Moderatorship" four-year degree programme, combining with over twenty different subjects. Or you can take it as one of your languages in European Studies. (See the pages of the Centre for European Studies, Trinity College Dublin.)
Quanti punti ci vogliono?
In 2014/15, students entering TSM Italian ranged from 360 to 570 CAO points, while those taking Italian in European Studies had a minimum of 520 points.
E' difficile l'italiano?
Yes. All languages are difficult at university level. They demand not only fluency but also a keen sense of structure and a habit of accuracy. If you are that kind of person, it can be an enjoyable challenge, particularly when you have learned enough to experience total immersion in the foreign country. We will provide you with plenty of good learning opportunities, through grammar, conversation, audio, video and computer classes.
E' facile trovare un lavoro?
In recent years, Italian graduates have been finding employment in Ireland in areas such as marketing, tourism, computer services, teaching and translation. Many go on to take postgraduate qualifications. Some decide to live in Italy for a few years. In general, a language is a useful thing to have, and employers value the skills that language graduates have developed. See the TCD Careers pages for languages.
E se mi bocciano .... ?
What happens if you fail your examinations? As already mentioned, languages are difficult, and (just as not everyone can play the piano or understand mathematical problems) there are some people of good intellectual capacity who are simply not cut out for our language course. If you fail your first year examinations in Summer and Autumn, you are entitled to repeat your first year in Trinity, though not necessarily in Italian --- and in fact some students do much better when they transfer into another course for which they have the entry points. If you fail the first year for two years running, you are normally excluded from the College.
Per saperne di più ...
For further information, please contact the Italian Department, Trinity College, Dublin 2. Telephone 01-8962062. There is an answering machine in the Department office so you can always leave a message.