Italian Studies

To study Italian is not only to acquire a language, but also to study a rich literature and many-sided culture which have played an important, and sometimes dominant, role in Western civilization. For Canadians, the Italian contribution bears a special significance: the vast influx of Italians has brought changes in our way of life and a living presence to reinforce traditional Italian influences, thus enriching the meaning of the term Canadian. Italian combines well with other modern languages and literatures, and other programs such as European Studies, Literature and Critical Theory, and Mediaeval and Renaissance Studies, but is by no means restricted to these.


    Admission Information

    • Apply to the Humanities admission category on the St. George campus
    • Six Grade 12 U or M courses, including English are required
    • High school Italian is not a prerequisite for studying Italian at U of T
    • Separate language courses available for beginners and for students who have previous experience/instruction in Italian or high school credits in Italian (Grade 11and/or 12 (U or M)
    • Students outside of Ontario should have the equivalent senior high school credits


    Honours Bachelor of Arts Programs

    • Italian (specialist, major and minor options)
    • Italian Culture and Communication Studies (minor)


    Guidelines for students who wish to begin the study of the Italian language at the university level:

    ITA 100Y1 - Italian Language for Beginners – An introductory course for students with no previous knowledge of the Italian language.  Not open to students with grade 11 and/or 12 U or M Italian or with previous experience, exposure or instruction in Italian.

    ITA 250Y1 - Intermediate Italian – The subsequent course for students who have completed ITA 100Y1 or ITA151Y1.

    This course is also open to students who have completed Grade 11 and/or 12 Italian (U or M level) or with previous experience or instruction in Italian.  For this group, the Department may conduct assessment to determine appropriate placement.

    The Department reserves the right to place students in the language course appropriate to their level of language skill.



    Knowledge of Italian is an asset if you wish to pursue a career in business, government, law, medicine or education. For example, the ability to speak Italian is particularly useful for doctors, lawyers, and other professionals who wish to establish themselves in the large Italian communities in Ontario.

    Within the business world, the growing trade between Italy and Canada offers many opportunities for those fluent in Italian.

    Italian is also good preparation for postgraduate studies in social work, law, medicine and education.


    Direct career options include:

    Translation Travel Agent
    Teaching Flight Attendant
    International Trade Officer Communication Specialist
    International Business Analyst Technical Writer
    Bilingual Customer Service Specialist Foreign Services Officer
    Market Research Analyst Foreign Affairs Specialist
    Conference Planner Immigration Officer
    Marketing Manager Customs Officer
    Public Relations Officer International Development
    Import/Export Coordinator Political Aid
    Management Consultant Community Worker
    Hospitality Industry  




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