Foreign Languages and Literature
The degree programme is aimed at developing a series of basic theoretical and scientific skills and high-level practical skills in foreign languages and literature. The international dimension of the training offered is ensured by the increasing number of subjects taught in foreign languages, by promotion of study periods abroad, mobility programmes, frequent activities involving visiting professors, talks by writers and scholars from other countries, congresses and cultural initiatives in collaboration with foreign institutions.
The teaching of languages, combined with notions of theoretical and applied linguistics, is accompanied by literary studies with diachronic and synchronic courses and an eye to increasing world interest in European languages and literature, providing a solid humanistic grounding. Courses can be personalised not only in terms of the languages and literature studied in the first three years, but also by other options in a wide range of disciplines.
Graduates will have a useful range of language, literary and cultural skills for various occupations, especially those requiring oral and written mastery of foreign languages and a solid humanistic grounding.
These areas include private firms, public bodies and international organisations. Familiarity with different cultures favours work in the sphere of events (fairs, congresses, expositions, cultural events) and in sectors linked to the organisation and management of tourist activities, travel and linguistic/cultural stays.
Language skills, cultural heritage and familiarity with information source management and consultation favour work in varied areas such as libraries, exposition centres, communications and marketing, personnel selection services, publishing houses, translation and website and portal localization agencies.
Application and admission: Limited enrolment with admission test.
Admission depends on passing a test (TOLC-SU, Test OnLine CISIA, www.cisiaonline.it ); the score combined with the Secondary school pass are used to rank applicants.
The test assesses knowledge and skills of students applying to enrol in Humanities programmes and can be sat for in various universities according to their calendars.
Students can choose the two languages to study, for which there are practical classes down to beginner level, from the list of all languages offered, except English, for which applicants must take a specific test of English proficiency.
In the case of failure, the student cannot choose English but can in any case enrol in two other languages.
The programme in Foreign Languages and Literature has a strong international focus, in line with its academic field and its teachers' research activities.
The number of student mobility agreements is high and steadily increasing, providing a wide range of opportunities. Within the Erasmus+ programme, we grant more than 150 scholarships annually to study abroad for a semester or an entire year academic. We have over 70 partner universities across more than 20 countries. Overall, this is the clearly the largest international mobility offer in the whole humanities area.
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, Avignon, Uppsala, Coimbra, Krakow, Louvain, just to name a few. The range of non-European destinations currently includes the Russian Federation, Mexico, Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Peru.
During the period abroad, you 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.
Living university and everyday life in the country whose language and culture you are studying is a unique chance to improve your language skills, as well as an opportunity for personal, relational and cultural growth, which will help you appreciate diversity and integrate in today's complex society.
Highly recommended, not mandatory