Degree in Italian Studies


Program Description

  • Official title: Graduate in Italian Studies
  • Branch of knowledge: Arts and Humanities
  • Center: Faculty of Philology
  • Type of teaching: On-site
  • Language: Spanish, Italian
  • Duration: 4 academic courses
  • ECTS credits: 240
  • Places of new entry 2019-20: 50


In the academic year 2010-11 the first course of the Degree in Italian Studies is implemented, which is taught simultaneously with other 9 Degrees of the Faculty of Philology:

  • Degree in German Studies
  • Degree in Arab and Islamic Studies
  • Degree in Classical Philology
  • Degree in French Studies
  • Degree in Hebrew and Aramaic Studies
  • Degree in Hispanic Philology
  • Degree in English Studies
  • Degree in Portuguese and Brazilian Studies
  • Degree in Languages, Literatures and Romance Cultures

As of the 2015-2016 academic year, the 11th Grade is taught: Degree in East Asian Studies.

All the degrees have a great common trunk in the first two years of the degree, so that they share all the transversal basic training, all the basic philological training (Second language, General Linguistics, Theory of literature, etc.) and a catalog common of elective subjects with general and introductory content. In this way, the student can design his curriculum combining the various possibilities offered by the joint design of plans in the first two years, and thus can set the list of subjects of degree so that you can guide your career towards a more linguistic slope , more literary or more cultural. For the same reasons, the transfer of credits between the different degrees is favored.115654_salamanca_italianos.jpg

The Universidad de Salamanca is the only Spanish university that teaches a Degree in Italian Studies. 80% of the professors of Italian of the Official Schools of Languages come from the USAL Of the 10 Professors of the Italian Philology University currently existing in Spain, 6 come from this University. 75% of the Spanish Readers in the Italian Universities and Secondary Education Institutes of Italy are graduated or graduated in Italian Philology by the USAL . Some of them have been inserted later as Professors "di ruolo" in the Italian university system.

In 2017 this Degree has renewed its accreditation.


Basic skills

  1. That students have demonstrated to possess and understand knowledge in the area / s of study that starts from the base of general secondary education, and is usually found at a level, that although it is supported by advanced textbooks, it also includes some aspects that imply knowledge coming from the vanguard of their field of study.
  2. That students know how to apply their knowledge to their work or vocation in a professional manner and possess the skills that are usually demonstrated through the elaboration and defense of arguments and problem solving within their area of study.
  3. That students have the ability to gather and interpret relevant data (usually within their area of study) to make judgments that include a reflection on relevant social, scientific or ethical issues.
  4. That students can transmit information, ideas, problems and solutions to a specialized and non-specialized public.
  5. That the students have developed those learning skills necessary to undertake further studies with a high degree of autonomy.

General Competences

  1. Be able to obtain information from different primary and secondary sources.
  2. Be able to analyze, synthesize and interpret relevant data of a cultural, social, political, ethical or scientific nature, and to make reflective judgments about them.
  3. Be able to organize and plan work times.

Specific Competences

  1. Acquire a solid knowledge of the Italian language and its cultural and literary tradition.
  2. Acquire conceptual and practical instruments to guide oneself consciously and critically in the field of linguistic, literary and cultural studies.
  3. Understand the historical evolution of the concepts and perspectives that linguistic and literary disciplines have developed throughout history.
  4. Recognize the mutual influences and affinities between Italian and Spanish literature.
  5. Use and rigorously analyze the specialized linguistic and literary terminology.
  6. Capacity for oral and written communication in the Italian language and in at least one second language.
  7. Know how to prepare texts of different types in the Italian language and in at least one second language.
  8. Know how to translate texts of different types to / from the Italian language and at least a second language.
  9. Ability to communicate and teach the knowledge acquired in Italian or other foreign languages.
  10. Learn to analyze texts and literary discourses of the Italian literary tradition and other traditions using appropriate analysis techniques. Know how to analyze literary texts in comparative perspective.
  11. Acquire extensive and diversified knowledge about Italian culture and civilization.

Admission profile

An entrance profile of Arts and Humanities is recommended. The student who wants to study a degree in Italian Studies should present the following skills, knowledge and interests:

  • Capacity for oral and written expression in the Spanish language.
  • Ability to absorb and synthesize the information received.
  • Basic knowledge of Spanish grammar, linguistics and literature, such as those acquired during Compulsory Secondary Education and the Baccalaureate.
  • Basic knowledge of a foreign language, not necessarily Italian.
  • Basic knowledge about the linguistic, literary and cultural fact.
  • Interest in the study of the subjects of the letters, particularly those related to the Italian language, literature and culture.
  • Interest and curiosity to explore the differences between the mother tongue and culture and the language and culture of other countries, as well as a willingness to dialogue, plurality and tolerance towards different cultural manifestations.
  • Interest and taste for reading as a means of personal and professional enrichment.
  • Positive evaluation of independent study, self-discipline and self-evaluation through the adoption of an active and participatory role in the learning process.

Recommended subjects

  • Performing Arts
  • Greek II
  • History of art
  • Latin II
  • Universal Literature

Access, Pre-registration, Admission and Registration

  • No specific access test is provided other than the general access to university education, regulated state and autonomously.
  • It is not necessary to demonstrate the level of Italian language, since the language subjects of the Degree in Italian Studies start from level A1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for the teaching, learning and evaluation of languages.
  • Students from other countries, who are pre-enrolled in the degree, must prove the knowledge of Spanish established by the Universidad de Salamanca , that is, a B2 level of Spanish.

Students with partial official university studies who wish to be admitted to this degree should consult the requirements in the section "Transfer of file" of the Academic Guide of the degree in this same web.

Academic and Professional Exits

Academic Outputs

Once you finish the Degree in Italian Studies, we suggest you study one of the following University Master's degrees at the USAL , if you opt for a greater specialization:

  • The Teaching of Spanish as a Foreign Language
  • Spanish and Latin American Literature, Theory of Literature and Comparative Literature
  • Advanced Studies in Philosophy
  • Studies in East Asia (Specialty 1: Korean Studies, Specialty 2: Japanese Studies, Specialty 3: General East Asia)
  • Advanced English Studies: Languages and Cultures in Contact
  • ICT in Education: Analysis and Design of Processes, Resources and Training Practices
  • Logic and Philosophy of Science
  • Texts of Classical Antiquity and its Survival
  • Translation and Intercultural Mediation
  • ESO and Baccalaureate Teacher, Vocational Training and Language Teaching

Professional outings

The most common professional opportunities of the Degree in Italian Studies are:

  • Teaching of Italian Language and Literature at non-university levels (Compulsory Secondary Education (ESO), Baccalaureate, Vocational Training and Official Language Schools) after completion of the Master's Degree in Teacher of Compulsory Secondary Education and Baccalaureate, Vocational Training and Teaching Languages.
  • Conversation assistants in Italian Secondary and Baccalaureate teaching centers, as well as in Italian universities.
  • Teaching and research of Italian Language, Literature and Culture in the University.
  • Professionals of culture institutes, libraries, research centers, both national and international.
  • Technical activities in the publishing field, in import and export companies, in tourism and cultural management among others.

The USAL facilitates your professional insertion. Links of interest:

  • Professional orientation.
  • Training for employment.
  • Employment exchange.
  • Advice on business creation.
  • Practices for students.
  • Practices for graduates.
Last updated Mar 2020

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The University of Salamanca (Spanish: Universidad de Salamanca) is a Spanish higher education institution, located in the town of Salamanca, west of Madrid, in the autonomous community of Castile and León. It was founded in 1134 and given the Royal charter of foundation by King Alfonso IX in 1218. It is the oldest founded university in Spain and the fourth oldest European university in continuous operations. The formal title of... Read less