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Italian (TSM)

  • Course Type: Undergraduate
  • CAO Course Code: TR001 (TSM)
  • No. of Places: 30
  • Min Entry Points for 2014: 360* – 570* points (Points per TSM combination)
  • Duration: 4 Year(s) Full Time
  • Award: B.A.
  • Specific Entry Requirements: See requirements
  • Course Options:

    Italian (TSM) cannot be studied as a single honor course. It must be combined with one other subject within the two-subject moderatorship (TSM) programme. TSM is a joint honor programme. An honors degree is awarded in both subjects. For subjects that combine with Italian see TSM: possible combinations.

    Alternatively, Italian may be selected as one of the two languages studied in the European studies programme (TR024).

    Italian can be studied ab initio (from beginner level) within both TSM and European studies.

  • How to apply: See how to apply

Admission Requirements

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Course overview

Having played a key role in shaping European civilisation, Italy is today one of the world’s most dynamic economies, famous for style, design and innovation. It has a turbulent history and a great literature. If you want to gain an in-depth knowledge of Italy’s people and culture, this course gives you the chance to develop your interests across a broad range. We will help you master the language, too; you can even start Italian as a complete beginner. There is close contact between students of Italian and staff. You will receive individual attention and you are encouraged to discuss your progress at all times.

Is this the right course for you?

Italian is an excellent subject choice if you have a flair for languages, and enjoy exploring foreign countries and their cultures, or if you want to equip yourself for a career in the multilingual, multicultural world of the future. Many jobs here in Ireland already demand an international mindset.

Why study Italian at Trinity?

Your core course and options will allow you to explore many facets of the Italian experience: from love poetry to film, from Garibaldi to Berlusconi, from Dante to the Mafia. Our staff are leading researchers in their fields. Italian has been taught here since 1776, and the Trinity Library has an exceptional collection of Italian books and manuscripts. You will travel to Italy, and build up advanced language and intercultural skills including translation and you will be part of a lively and diverse student body.

What will you study?


In first year, you will follow an intensive course in grammar, translation, conversation, audio/video and computer-based language learning.

We provide about eight classroom hours per week, mostly devoted to language learning including grammar, conversation and other activities, together with assignments to be carried out independently. You will be introduced to modern Italian history, poetry, drama and fiction. There is a combination of written, oral and aural examinations, in addition to essays and continuous assessment of coursework and assignments.

In second year you continue with your language development and explore the Italian literary tradition including Dante’s Inferno and the sonnets of Petrarch, together with substantial exposure to modern culture, history and Italian cinema.


The third and fourth year focus on major authors of the medieval, Renaissance and later periods, including contemporary perspectives on Italy and its culture. Options are available in literature, linguistics, film, history and society. There is a continuing emphasis on strengthening your language proficiency and developing higher-level skills in translation, text editing and writing.

In your final year the programme includes advanced modules on Italian language varieties, key texts from Italian literature, and a thematic approach to the modern period. Optional topics can be studied in depth, and you will research a substantial dissertation on a topic of your choice.

Study abroad

A minimum two-month stay in Italy will be required at some time over the duration of your course. This can be broken into convenient shorter visits. You can also apply to spend a year at a European university through the Erasmus programme. In Italy, our links include the Universities of Bologna, Trieste and Pavia, while some students have gone to Italy under exchanges organized by other Departments with universities such as Florence and Pisa.


Advanced language skills are widely sought after in today’s job market – even here in Ireland, where many companies sell their products and services into Europe. Our graduates end up in all kinds of jobs: business, law, charities, the public service, university administration, import-export, writing, journalism, translation, theatre, PR, diplomacy, corporate recruitment, finance, football management, teaching, lecturing, even banking. Some have opted to live in Italy. Work locations include Paris, Milan, Brussels, London, New York. Many undertake further study, selecting postgraduate courses in Arts, Social Sciences, and European Studies, while others have opted for professional training in Law, Marketing, Journalism, Teaching, Acting, Translation, Interpreting and Business.

Further information

Tel: +353 1 896 2062


Specific Entry Requirements

Leaving CertificateHC3 In Italian or in a language other than English
Advanced GCE (A-Level)Grade C In Italian or in a language other than English
Other EU examination systemsSee

Graduate profile

Peter Sherrard.

Italian is a huge asset and helped to open many doors early in my career. Being a niche skill, it gives rise to all sorts of experiences which would not normally be available to most arts graduates. With self-belief, luck and desire to learn quickly, Italian graduates can soon find themselves managing complex business situations and given responsibilities far greater than offered to their peers. In my own case, I was made Ryanair Country Manager for Italy at the age of 26. I would never have had this opportunity so early on, were it not for my knowledge of Italian gained at Trinity.