Foreign Languages and Literature

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Bachelor
A.Y. 2020/2021
L-11 - Modern languages and civilisations
Bachelor
180
ECTS
Access
Open with admission self-assessment test
3
Years
Course location
Milano
Language
Italian
The aim of the course is to offer high-level training, which will enable students to develop a set of basic theoretical-scientific skills and practical skills in the field of foreign languages and literatures, in accordance with the strong international vocation of its educational programme. The course includes practical training in the foreign languages of choice, side by side with the reflection on theoretical and applied linguistics. In parallel, literatures and texts are studied across time, in synchronic and diachronic perspective, and space, embracing the European languages and literatures in their global dimension. The study of at least two foreign languages and literatures, freely combined, is accompanied by a number of common core disciplines intended to equip students with a solid humanistic, philological and literary background. A wide range of optional modules (to be acquired as free ECTS in compliance with the course manual) offers students the possibility to personalise their curriculum thus leading to an eclectic and flexible body of competence.
Graduates in Foreign languages and literatures develop a wealth of linguistic, literary and cultural skills useful for placing themselves in a variety of professional settings, especially those requiring written and oral command of foreign languages accompanied by a solid humanistic training. In addition, they will have acquired a very good command of techniques of retrieval and management of information from a variety of sources.
The main employment opportunities for graduates in foreign languages and literatures are:
- private companies from various production sectors that maintain contact with international customers;
- public institutions and organizations operating in international contexts and in contact with similar bodies;
- organisation of events (fairs, congresses, exhibitions, cultural events);
- organization and management of tourist activities, and of linguistic and cultural trips and vacations;
- libraries and exhibition centers;
- communication and marketing offices, especially in contexts that require the use of foreign languages;
- human sources and talent scouting services;
- publishing houses, translation agencies and localization of websites and web portals;
- second level of university education (Master's Degree) or with first level vocational masters.
Employment statistics (Almalaurea)

Admission requirements

In order to be admitted to the study programme in Foreign languages and literatures, you must have a secondary-school diploma or equivalent qualification obtained abroad, and adequate knowledge. A good general culture, a strong motivation for studying foreign languages and literatures and an interest in the international cultural context are essential.

Students with an Italian qualification should demonstrate cultural and linguistic skills as normally achieved in secondary schools focussing on the humanities. To successfully attend the programme, students should have a sound knowledge of the Italian language. Moreover, they should have learnt a foreign language in high school (which does not necessarily have to be chosen as the curricular language). Adequate knowledge of Italian literature is also required, as well as basic cultural skills for the languages commonly taught in high schools that the students intends to pursue.

Non-Italian mother tongue students with a foreign qualification must have at least a B1-level Italian language proficiency, according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFRL), as well as a basic knowledge of Italian culture.

Skills assessment

Students interested in the degree programme will have to take a compulsory self-assessment test. The test allows you to ascertain your educational background for a more conscious choice. The test assesses the student's knowledge in the following areas: written comprehension and Italian language proficiency - educational skills - logical reasoning - English language proficiency. Candidates will meet the skills requirements if they score positively, i.e. they reach or exceed the thresholds set forth in the call for applications.

Any certificates of proficiency in any languages offered by the degree programme will not constitute a suitable qualification for admission or a waiver from the test requirement. The certifications identified by the study programme (see the list on the page https://lingue.cdl.unimi.it/it/iscriversi) may only result in concessions on exam syllabi for admitted and actually enrolled students, as provided for each language.

Additional learning requirements (OFA)

Even if you fail the test, you can still enrol.

Students who fall short of the thresholds set forth in the call for applications will have to fulfil additional learning requirements by means of specific remedial activities. These requirements (OFA) must be met within the first year of the programme.

Students who achieved an overall score lower than 25/50 in the first three sections and scored less than 15/30 in the "Written comprehension" section will be assigned additional learning requirements (OFA).

Further details will be made available in the call for applications on the webpage: https://www.unimi.it/it/studiare/frequentare-un-corso-di-laurea/iscriversi/iscriversi-una-prima-laurea .

Information for graduates or students enrolled in another degree programme

Students holding a degree or any credits (CFU) previously earned in other degree programmes are required to submit an application for assessment of their current or previous academic career within the deadlines set out in the call for applications. Applications will be assessed on a case-by-case basis, and the applicant may be admitted to the degree programme without taking the self-assessment test.

The undergraduate programme in Foreign languages and literatures has always been characterized by its strong international vocation, in line with the disciplines taught there and with the research activities of its academic staff. The programme can boast a significant number of mobility agreements for students which is constantly increasing.
As part of the Erasmus + programme, more than 150 scholarships are made available each year for study periods of a semester to an entire academic year, in agreement with 88 partner universities located in over 20 countries. Overall, this is the broadest range of opportunities for international mobility offered in the entire humanities area. The network of solid relationships built over the years allows students of foreign languages and literatures to complete part of their academic career in prestigious universities located in the European capitals, in ancient institutions or less central locations, thus offering a very diverse range of experiences.
The opportunities for non-European mobility grants are also very rich and progressively expanding. Currently the following destinations are available: Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Peru, and Russian Federation. Interested students are guaranteed detailed information and guidance in preparation of departure.
During a term abroad, students attend courses that are compatible with those they would have attended in their home University in Milan, following a training project designed with a tutor in the months preceding their departure, and culminating in the draft of a study contract (the Learning Agreement). Coordination with the tutors (one or more for each language area) ensures expert support and guidance throughout the process, as well as full validation of the credits acquired abroad.
The experience of university and daily life in the country of one of the elected languages and literatures represents a unique opportunity for students to improve their linguistic competence. A study abroad stay is also a period of personal and relational growth, as well as of cultural, historical and artistic advancement, which favors mutual comprehension and the integration in the complex contemporary society.
The course programme provides substantial support to interested students through specialised manuals on partner Universities and their locations and through an orientation and tutoring service, which can be accessed in person or via email. The service is aimed at assisting in fulfilling the applications, in the drafting of the Learning Agreement and in the preparation of administrative documents. For all details, please refer to the page http://www.lingue.unimi.it/ecm/home/didattica/erasmus-mobilita-internaz….

Attendance is highly recommended, although not mandatory, for all courses and language classes. In a few cases, attendance is mandatory to accrue credits. As a general rule, every course states if attendance is mandatory in its syllabus (https://www.unimi.it/it/corsi/corsi-di-laurea/lingue-e-letterature-straniere).

Courses list

Optional programme year

Compulsory activity
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language Lesson period SSD
Italian literature 9 60 Italian First semester L-FIL-LET/10
Linguistics 9 60 Italian First semester L-LIN/01
a - UN ESAME DA 6 CFU A SCELTA TRA
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language Lesson period SSD
Contemporary history 6 40 Italian Second semester M-STO/04
Medieval history 6 40 Italian Second semester M-STO/01
Modern history 6 40 Italian Second semester M-STO/02
b - 3 ESAMI DI DUE DIVERSE LINGUE TRA LE SEGUENTI, PER UN TOTALE DI 54 CFU (OGNI ESAME EQUIVALE A 9 CFU):
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language Lesson period SSD
English 1 9 60 English year L-LIN/12
English 2 9 60 English year L-LIN/12
English 3 9 60 English year L-LIN/12
French 1 9 60 French year L-LIN/04
French 2 9 60 French year L-LIN/04
French 3 9 60 French year L-LIN/04
German 1 9 60 Italian year L-LIN/14
German 2 9 60 German year L-LIN/14
German 3 9 60 German year L-LIN/14
Polish 1 9 60 Italian year L-LIN/21
Polish 2 9 60 Polish year L-LIN/21
Polish 3 9 60 Polish year L-LIN/21
Portuguese 1 9 60 Italian year L-LIN/09
Portuguese 2 9 60 Portuguese year L-LIN/09
Portuguese 3 9 60 Portuguese year L-LIN/09
Russian 1 9 60 Italian year L-LIN/21
Russian 2 9 60 Russian year L-LIN/21
Russian 3 9 60 Russian year L-LIN/21
Scandinavian languages 1 9 60 Italian year L-LIN/15
Scandinavian languages 2 9 60 Italian year L-LIN/15
Scandinavian languages 3 9 60 Italian year L-LIN/15
Spanish 1 9 60 Spanish year L-LIN/07
Spanish 2 9 60 Spanish year L-LIN/07
Spanish 3 9 60 Spanish year L-LIN/07
c - 3 ESAMI DI DUE LETTERATURE CORRISPONDENTI ALLE LINGUE STUDIATE, PER UN TOTALE DI 54 CFU (OGNI ESAME EQUIVALE A 9 CFU):
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language Lesson period SSD
American literature 2 9 60 Italian First semester L-LIN/11
English literature 2 9 60 English First semester L-LIN/10
English literature 3 9 60 English First semester L-LIN/10
French literature 1 9 60 Italian First semester L-LIN/03
French literature 2 9 60 French First semester L-LIN/03
French literature 3 9 60 French First semester L-LIN/03
German literature 3 9 60 Italian First semester L-LIN/13
Polish literature 2 9 60 Italian First semester L-LIN/21
Polish literature 3 9 60 Italian First semester L-LIN/21
Portuguese and Brazilian Studies 9 60 Italian First semester L-LIN/08
Portuguese and Brazilian Studies (2) 9 60 Italian First semester L-LIN/08
Portuguese and Brazilian Studies (3) 9 60 Italian First semester L-LIN/08
Scandinavian literature 2 9 60 Italian First semester L-LIN/15
Scandinavian literature 3 9 60 Italian First semester L-LIN/15
Spanish literature 2 9 60 Spanish First semester L-LIN/05
American literature 1 9 60 Italian Second semester L-LIN/11
American literature 3 9 60 Italian Second semester L-LIN/11
English literature 1 9 60 Italian Second semester L-LIN/10
German literature 1 9 60 Italian Second semester L-LIN/13
German literature 2 9 60 Italian Second semester L-LIN/13
Latin American literature 1 9 60 Italian Second semester L-LIN/06
Latin American literature 2 9 60 Italian Second semester L-LIN/06
Latin American literature 3 9 60 Spanish Second semester L-LIN/06
Polish literature 1 9 60 Italian Second semester L-LIN/21
Russian literature 1 9 60 Italian Second semester L-LIN/21
Russian literature 2 9 60 Italian Second semester L-LIN/21
Russian literature 3 9 60 Italian Second semester L-LIN/21
Scandinavian literature 1 9 60 Italian Second semester L-LIN/15
Spanish literature 1 9 60 Spanish Second semester L-LIN/05
Spanish literature 3 9 60 Spanish Second semester L-LIN/05
d - "2 ESAMI D'AREA" DA 6 CFU (ENTRAMBI ELEVABILI A 9 UTILIZZANDO UNA PARTE DEI CFU LIBERI) RELATIVI ALLE DUE AREE LINGUISTICHE E LETTERARIE SCELTE:
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language Lesson period SSD
Ukrainian Language and Literature 9 60 Italian year L-LIN/21
World Englishes 9 60 Italian year L-LIN/12
Contemporary English literature 9 60 English First semester L-LIN/10
Contemporary French literature 9 60 Italian First semester L-LIN/03
Contemporary German literature 9 60 German First semester L-LIN/13
English linguistics 9 60 English First semester L-LIN/12
German linguistics 9 40 German First semester L-LIN/14
Latin American Linguistics 9 60 Spanish First semester L-LIN/06
Pre-Columbian civilizations 9 60 Italian First semester L-LIN/06
Russian Theatre 9 60 Italian First semester L-LIN/21
Scandinavian linguistics 9 60 Italian First semester L-LIN/15
Spanish linguistic 9 60 Spanish First semester L-LIN/07
Spanish Theatre 9 60 Spanish First semester L-LIN/05
African Literature in Portuguese 9 60 Italian Second semester L-LIN/08
British Theatre 9 60 Italian Second semester L-LIN/10
Catalan language and literature 9 60 Second semester L-LIN/05
Contemporary history of Europe: East and West 9 60 Italian Second semester M-STO/03
Contemporary Russian literature 9 60 Italian Second semester L-LIN/21
Contemporary Scandinavian literature 9 60 Italian Second semester L-LIN/15
Contemporary Spanish literature 9 60 Spanish Second semester L-LIN/05
French linguistics 9 60 French Second semester L-LIN/04
French Theatre 9 60 Italian Second semester L-LIN/03
German Theatre 9 60 Italian Second semester L-LIN/13
Icelandic Language and Literature 9 60 Italian Second semester L-LIN/15
Slavic linguistics 9 60 Italian Second semester L-LIN/21
e - 1 ESAME DI FILOLOGIA RELATIVO A UNA DELLE DUE LINGUE STUDIATE

Gli studenti che hanno scelto due lingue della stessa area selezioneranno obbligatoriamente l'insegnamento di Filologia relativo. Gli studenti che hanno scelto due lingue di aree diverse potranno selezionare l'insegnamento di Filologia dell'area preferita. È possibile selezionare anche l'insegnamento di Filologia relativo all'altra area, inserendolo nei crediti a scelta libera (sempre per 9 CFU).

L'esame di Filologia potrà essere sostenuto soltanto dopo aver superato quello di Glottologia.
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language Lesson period SSD
Germanic philology 9 60 Italian First semester L-FIL-LET/15
Romance philology 9 60 Italian First semester L-FIL-LET/09
Slavic philology 9 60 Italian Second semester L-LIN/21
f - 12 CFU LIBERI

Questi crediti verranno destinati a due insegnamenti da 6 CFU liberamente scelti tra tutti quelli del Corso di Laurea, degli altri Corsi di Laurea della Facoltà di Studi Umanistici, e talvolta anche di altre Facoltà. Si raccomanda di effettuare delle scelte coerenti con il percorso formativo in Lingue e letterature straniere e con gli studi umanistici. Di particolare interesse sono da considerarsi insegnamenti quali Letterature comparate e Linguistica generale, entrambi nella versione specifica per Lingue e letterature straniere.
In alternativa, è possibile impiegare 3 di questi CFU liberi per elevare a 9 CFU uno dei due esami d'area, selezionando il terzo modulo dell'insegnamento scelto; oppure, è possibile impiegare 6 di questi CFU liberi per elevare a 9 entrambi gli esami d'area, selezionando il terzo modulo dei due insegnamenti scelti. In tal caso, i 9 o 6 CFU liberi residui dovranno essere utilizzati necessariamente per un unico esame.

È possibile inserire tra i CFU liberi un esame di una terza lingua o letteratura straniera (esclusivamente la prima annualità), sempre e comunque per 9 CFU. In particolare, questa opzione può risultare utile per gli studenti di Letteratura inglese che desiderino sostenere un esame di Letteratura angloamericana (e viceversa), per gli studenti di Letteratura spagnola che desiderino sostenere un esame di Letterature ispanoamericane (e viceversa), e per gli studenti di Lingua e Letteratura russa che desiderino sostenere un esame di Lingua o Letteratura polacca (e viceversa). L'esame di Letteratura inglese non potrà in alcun modo essere scelto dagli studenti che non avranno sostenuto e superato la prova di lingua previa all'immatricolazione.

Nessun esame può essere iterato, nemmeno utilizzando i CFU liberi.



12 CFU LIBERI
Questi crediti verranno destinati a due insegnamenti da 6 CFU liberamente scelti tra tutti quelli del Corso di Laurea, degli altri Corsi di Laurea della Facoltà di Studi Umanistici, e talvolta anche di altre Facoltà. Si raccomanda di effettuare delle scelte coerenti con il percorso formativo in Lingue e letterature straniere e con gli studi umanistici. Di particolare interesse sono da considerarsi insegnamenti quali Letterature comparate e Linguistica generale, entrambi nella versione specifica per Lingue e letterature straniere.
In alternativa, è possibile impiegare 3 di questi CFU liberi per elevare a 9 CFU uno dei due esami d'area, selezionando il terzo modulo dell'insegnamento scelto; oppure, è possibile impiegare 6 di questi CFU liberi per elevare a 9 entrambi gli esami d'area, selezionando il terzo modulo dei due insegnamenti scelti. In tal caso, i 9 o 6 CFU liberi residui dovranno essere utilizzati necessariamente per un unico esame.
È possibile inserire tra i CFU liberi un esame di una terza lingua o letteratura straniera (esclusivamente la prima annualità), sempre e comunque per 9 CFU. In particolare, questa opzione può risultare utile per gli studenti di Letteratura inglese che desiderino sostenere un esame di Letteratura angloamericana (e viceversa), per gli studenti di Letteratura spagnola che desiderino sostenere un esame di Letterature ispanoamericane (e viceversa), e per gli studenti di Lingua e Letteratura russa che desiderino sostenere un esame di Lingua o Letteratura polacca (e viceversa). L'esame di Letteratura inglese non potrà in alcun modo essere scelto dagli studenti che non avranno sostenuto e superato la prova di lingua previa all'immatricolazione.
Nessun esame può essere iterato, nemmeno utilizzando i CFU liberi.


6 CFU DI LABORATORIO

I Laboratori sono corsi di durata variabile (di norma una decina di lezioni, se in presenza, ma ne esistono anche alcuni condotti a distanza o in modalità mista, e altri intensivi in poche settimane), con un numero ristretto di partecipanti, obiettivi formativi differenziati rispetto a quelli dei normali insegnamenti, e specifiche regole di iscrizione. Ogni Laboratorio consente di acquisire 3 CFU, e nel piano di studi di Lingue e letterature straniere è richiesto l'inserimento di 6 CFU di questa tipologia, acquisibili, pertanto, tramite la frequenza di due laboratori. Gli studenti di Lingue e letterature straniere possono accedere a tutti i laboratori proposti dal Corso di Studio e dalla Facoltà di Studi Umanistici, purché dispongano degli eventuali prerequisiti indicati da ognuno. Di norma, ogni laboratorio richiede la frequenza assidua agli incontri e consente un numero molto limitato di assenze; i 3 CFU vengono acquisiti con la semplice frequenza e, in alcuni casi, partecipando anche a una verifica finale, oppure consegnando relazioni, presentazioni o altre tipologie di lavori. I laboratori non sono valutati in trentesimi, ma vengono superati con un giudizio di "Approvato".

In alternativa, durante l'anno vengono proposte numerose iniziative culturali, convegni, attività in collaborazione con soggetti esterni (scuole, teatri, enti di cultura,...), corsi di approfondimento, esperienze di tirocinio lavorativo, progetti di rilevanza culturale o sociale. La partecipazione a tali iniziative può dar luogo al riconoscimento di 3 CFU come Attività Sostitutive di Laboratorio (ASL). I dettagli sulle Attività Sostitutive di Laboratorio organizzate dal Corso di Studio sono pubblicizzate sul sito del Dipartimento di Lingue e letterature straniere (http://www.lingue.unimi.it/ecm/home/didattica/info-lingue/laboratori-attivita-sostitutive-3-cfu).

Come previsto dalla normativa vigente, i CFU convenzionalmente denominati "di Laboratorio" possono essere acquisiti anche attraverso il riconoscimento di ulteriori conoscenze linguistiche opportunamente attestate, tirocini formativi e di orientamento, altre conoscenze utili per l'inserimento nel mondo del lavoro, stage o tirocini presso imprese, enti pubblici o privati. La richiesta di riconoscimento può essere effettuata all'apposita Commissione, utilizzando il modulo fornito sul sito del Dipartimento di Lingue e letterature straniere (http://www.lingue.unimi.it/ecm/home/didattica/info-lingue/altre-attivita-formative-3-cfu).

Ogni attività (laboratorio o altra tipologia) può essere inserita una sola volta nel piano di studi.
Final activities
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language Lesson period SSD
B.A. Final examination 9 0 Italian Undefined
Some courses are considered preparatory to others, and they must necessarily be taken before others and in a specific order, under penalty of cancellation of the exams taken irregularly by the University Administration.

- Linguistics must be taken before Germanic, Romance or Slavic Philology, and before General Linguistics
- Foreign language exams: all the exams of the first year are preparatory to those of the second, and these in turn to those of the third
- Exams of foreign literature: as above
Therefore, before taking a second year Language or Literature exam, it is necessary to have taken and registered the first year exams of that same Language and Literature; the same rule applies to the second / third year exams.
Location
Milano
Course locations
Piazza Sant'Alessandro 1 - Via Santa Sofia 9/1
Head of study programme
Academic guidance tutor
University and programme transfer tutor
Quality Assurance Delegate
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