European and extraeuropean languages and literatures
General and specific aims of the course
The aim of the European and Extra-European Languages and Literatures programme is to provide its graduates with advanced methodological and theoretical competences in one or two European-origin languages and literatures, i.e. those of both European and extra-European countries where those languages are spoken.
This programme, although based on a single curriculum, allows students to organize their syllabus following precise and coherent educational lines, focusing on a choice of specific subjects: philology, language and linguistics, literatures, comparative literature and translation studies.
The knowledge and competences acquired by European and Extra-European Languages and Literatures graduates will allow them to work, even in important positions, in contexts where one or more foreign languages are required, as well as the advanced knowledge of literatures and a strong background in the humanities.
In particular, they may be employed as high-level translators, linguists, or text editors/proofreaders. The graduate degree programme in European and Extra-European Languages and Literatures will be designed so as to allow access to the "45/A Lingua straniera (Foreign Languages)" and "46/A Lingue e civiltà straniere (Foreign Languages and Cultures)" teaching curricula (the relevant legislation is currently being drafted by the Ministry of University.
These curricula, which are also being developed by the Ministry of University, will grant access to a teaching career in secondary and lower-secondary schools.
All first-level graduates or holders of an equivalent foreign degree are admitted to the Master's degree programme in European and non-European languages and literatures, provided that they meet minimum CFU credit requirements and prove adequate language skills and training in the literary field. Native speakers of a language other than Italian shall demonstrate strong Italian skills.
You will be assessed for curricular requirements according to the procedures specified in the programme regulations. If you meet the minimum curricular requirements, you will be invited to an interview to ascertain your skills.
If you do not meet minimum requirements or do not pass the interview, you will not be able to enrol, even if transferring from other Master's degree programmes (class LM-37 or other classes). You may fill any requirement gaps by enrolling onto individual courses, as instructed by the Commission. Only after meeting all minimum requirements, in compliance with the deadlines set out every year, will you be admitted to the degree programme.
Please find below minimum requirements:
- at least 6 CFUs in Glottology or Linguistics (L-LIN/01)
- at least 18 + 18 CFUs (in at least 2 years each) in two different languages
- at least 12 + 12 CFUs (in at least 2 years) in the two corresponding literatures
By languages and literatures we mean "Language" and "Literature" progressive courses that are divided into years and not iterated. We do not mean any other courses belonging to the same academic fields.
The two language and literature courses must be included in the list below. If you have studied only one of the languages and literatures listed below in the three-year programme, you may be admitted in exceptional circumstances, provided that you have further earned at least 12 + 12 CFUs in a different language and literature, and 18 CFUs in the following academic fields: L-FIL-LET/09-10-11-12-14-15, M-STO/01-02-03-04, SPS/05-13. In this case, you will be admitted to the degree programme, but you will be required to continue your studies in the language and literature featuring in the list.
French Language (L-LIN/04 - Language and translation - French)
English Language (L-LIN/12 - Language and translation - English)
Polish Language (L-LIN/21 - Slavic studies)
Portuguese Language (L-LIN/09 - Language and translation - Portuguese and Brazilian)
Russian Language (L-LIN/21 - Slavic studies)
Spanish Language (L-LIN/07 - Language and translation - Spanish)
German Language (L-LIN/14 - Language and translation - German)
Scandinavian Languages (L-LIN/15 - Nordic Languages and Literatures)
Anglo-American Literature (L-LIN/11 - Anglo-American Languages and Literatures)
French Literature (L-LIN/03 - French Literature)
English Literature (L-LIN/10 - English Literature)
Polish Literature (L-LIN/21 - Slavic studies)
Russian Literature (L-LIN/21 - Slavic studies)
Spanish Literature (L-LIN/05 - Spanish Literature)
German Literature (L-LIN/13 - German Literature)
Spanish-American Literatures (L-LIN/06 - Spanish-American Languages and Literatures)
Portuguese and Brazilian Literatures (L-LIN/08 - Portuguese and Brazilian Literatures)
Scandinavian Literatures (L-LIN/15 - Nordic Languages and Literatures)
Moreover, the Academic Board may partially waive the above requirements and admit highly skilled first-level graduates, after carefully assessing their curriculum (as per Ministerial Decree no. 386 of 26 July 2007, Annex 1, art. 3.e).
The Master's Degree Programme in European and non-European Languages and Literatures has a strong international focus, including Europe as well as other continents, particularly the Americas, Africa and some regions of Asia.
There is a wide range of mobility opportunities. Numerous Erasmus+ scholarships are available for students (in some cases for master's students only) to spend one semester or an entire academic year at dozens of partner universities throughout Europe. Other options include placement (paid internships abroad) and double degree agreements (currently with the University of Avignon and the University of Mainz). We also have bilateral agreements with important universities in Russia and Latin America, to encourage student mobility outside the European Union.
Over the years we have built a strong relationship network allowing our students to complete part of their academic career in world-class European institutions, such as the Sorbonne in Paris, the University College London, the Freie Universität of Berlin, the Complutense of Madrid, or ancient universities such as Cambridge, Salamanca, Heidelberg, Uppsala, Coimbra, Krakow, Louvain, just to name a few. We also have prestigious partners in Russia, Mexico, Argentina, Peru, Colombia and Chile.
During the period abroad, students will follow courses that substantially correspond to those provided by our University, according to a training project defined prior to departure through a Learning Agreement. Several coordinators (one or more for each language area) ensure expert support and guidance, as well as full recognition of credits earned abroad. Moreover, this is an excellent opportunity for students to do research for and write their Master's Degree thesis.