About

Italian at Leeds is one the most innovative subject areas on campus and one of the top rated Italian departments in the country. 

Our students consistently rank our teaching highly in the National Student Survey (NSS BA Italian B and NSS BA Italian A).

Italian at Leeds provides students with the unique opportunity to engage with the latest scholarly achievements as well as to develop their own research skills through a wide range of curricular and co-curricular activities, including guided teamwork and study trips in the UK and overseas.

Our teaching makes strong use of the University's virtual learning environment to enrich your learning, and we lead in the development of CALL (computer assisted language learning). 

Study Italian in a world-leading research environment

Our students conduct independent research in a world-leading academic environment. In the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF2014) Italian contributed to the submission of the School of Languages, Cultures and Societies (Unit of assessment 28). As an independent unit, Italian at Leeds received top 5* ratings in the Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) of 1996 and 2001, and in 2008 it ranked second nationally (after Cambridge). In recent years, our commitment to excellent research has secured two major grants, which further enhanced the thriving research culture of Italian at Leeds ( Italian Voices: Oral Culture, Manuscript and Print in Early Modern Italy, 1450-1700, and Dante and Late Medieval Florence: Theology in Poetry, Practice and Society).

Live Italian culture in Leeds

Thanks to our programme LivItaly, Italian at Leeds attracts important figures in contemporary Italian culture. Our students have the opportunity of meeting Italian writers, singers, journalists and professionals. Leeds also hosts the prestigious Leeds Centre for Dante Studies, which organises a series of public lectures and runs initiatives to support students working on Dante, including a national study day on Dante and the innovative Leeds Dante podcasts.