Do you consider yourself to be a European and global citizen? If the answer is yes, our Joint Honours degree in Italian and German is the course for you. Grasp this opportunity to gain an in-depth knowledge of the language and culture of two pillars of the European continent, each with its own unique characteristics. By studying for this degree, you will develop competence across the full range of linguistic skills in Italian and German. You will also explore the society and culture of Italy and Germany through our broad range of options. During your third year, you will embark on the biggest adventure of your life so far. You will live abroad and will be able to take advantage of a wealth of opportunities to hone your linguistic skills as you immerse yourself in the language and cultural richness of the Italian and German communities of your chosen destinations, and make new friends while you're at it. By the end of the course, you will have a portfolio of transferable skills that are highly valued by employers, and there will be a broad range of careers open to you at home and abroad. Why study Italian and German at Aberystwyth University? Aberystwyth is a small town with a big heart and a cosmoplitan outlook. As a vibrant and friendly University, we attract students from all corners of the world, and the intimate atmosphere makes it a great place to get to know people. We're a small, friendly department and we get to know our students well. All students in our department thrive in our multilingual environment. We teach most of our modules and classes through the target language, many of our teaching staff are native speakers and all are experts in their respective languages. This degree is available to students who wish to study Italian from complete Beginners level together with German post-A level. For the Italian half of the course you will receive intensive language classes to bring you up to post-A level standard in your second year. The highlight of this degree for all of our students is the year abroad. As you will study two languages, you will be required to spend your year abroad (your third year) split equally between Italy (or an Italian-speaking country) and Germany (or a German-speaking country). There are a number of options for your year abroad, including studying as part of the Erasmus programme or undertaking a work placement. Find out what your options are by visiting our Studying Abroad page. What will I learn? In each year you will take a core language module where you will develop your skills in reading, writing, speaking, listening and translating, and a number of optional modules which may include: Introduction to European Film; Language, Culture and Identity in Europe; Exploring German Cultural Identity; Extended Essay Module; the Language of German Drama; Rethinking Late 20th Century Italy; Italian Cities; Modern Italy; Short Prose in German; German-speaking Refugees from National Socialism in the UK; Dissertation Module; the Language of Current Affairs; Contemporary German Politics; Autobiography and Life Writing in German. How will I be taught? You will learn through a combination of small-group classes, lectures and a small number of seminars in Year 1, and increasingly seminar-based teaching in later years. Throughout, you will be encouraged to undertake independent reading both to supplement and to consolidate taught learning and to broaden your individual knowledge and understanding of the subject. You will receive additional support through both assisted and self-access facilities for language learning in the Language Resource Centre. How will I be assessed? You will be assesed through oral presentations, listening tests, written reports and increasingly complex translations in language classes, as well as through oral and written exams. In content modules, you might be asked to write an essay, undertake a research project, give an oral presentation, or sit an exam.
How to apply
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A minimum grade C or grade 4 pass in GCSE (or equivalent) English or Welsh is a requirement for entry to all our degree schemes. Business, Mathematics, Psychology and Science degree schemes also require a minimum grade C or grade 4 pass in GCSE Mathematics (or equivalent). Applicants are selected on their individual merits and offers can vary. We allow you flexibility in meeting our entry requirements, and all qualifications that you have already gained, or are working towards, will be considered when reviewing your application. We have an inclusive policy which recognises a broad range of qualifications. The entry requirements listed here represent typical offers for some of the most popular qualifications taken by applicants. If you cannot find the qualification(s) that you are studying (or have previously studied) please contact our Undergraduate Admissions Office (Telephone: +44 (0)1970 622021; Email: [email protected]) for advice on your eligibility and details of the typical offer you are likely to receive.
English language requirements
|Cambridge English Advanced
|Cambridge English Proficiency
|With minimum 5.5 in each component.
|With minimum scores of 51 in each component.
|With minimum scores in components as follows: Listening 21; Writing 21; Reading 22; Speaking 23.
If you are an international student needing more information about the English Language requirement for your course (e.g. country-specific English Language tests, Partner Institution tests, EU/EEA English Language qualifications where the school curriculum is taught in a native language) please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office for further advice.
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