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Italian Medieval and Renaissance Studies

University of Padua
3 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
On campus
01 October 2021

Program description

Italian Medieval and Renaissance Studies

The Bachelor’s degree offers an in-depth encounter with Italian language, tradition, and cultural heritage. Focusing on the centuries when Italy led Western art and literature, i.e. the late Middle Ages and Renaissance, it adopts a cross-disciplinary approach combining the study of texts, images, music, and performative arts. Strong theoretical courses are combined with interactive workshops in libraries, museums, and cultural institutions, for an on-site exploration of Italian culture.

Admission requirements

Secondary Studies diploma (or equivalent)

Language requirements

English language: B2 level CEFR

Please note that the first 3 semesters of the programme are taught in English and the following 3 are taught in Italian. After the first 3 semesters, students will have reached a B2 level in Italian, therefore no Italian language certification is required at application stage.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

1st Year

  • Contemporary Italian Language,
  • Language Structures,
  • Language Variations and Usages,
  • Italian Language in the Middle Ages,
  • Italian Literature in the Middle Ages,
  • Italy in the Middle Ages,
  • Making Art in Medieval Italy,
  • Universities and the Spread of Secular Learning,
  • Written Sources and Documentary Practices,
  • Illuminated Manuscripts and Scriptoria.

2nd Year

  • Italian Language through History and across the World,
  • Italian Language in the Renaissance,
  • Latin for Beginners,
  • Italian Literature in the Renaissance,
  • Early Modern and Renaissance Italy,
  • Making Art in Renaissance Italy,
  • The Early Modern Court:
  • Pageants, Music,
  • Art and Theatre,
  • The Early Printed Book and the Printing Press,
  • Renaissance Music and Polyphonic Practice

3rd Year

  • Academic Writing in Italian,
  • Latin Literature,
  • Ancient Greek for Beginners,
  • The Survival of the Classical Heritage in Renaissance Italy,
  • Medieval and Early Modern Libraries: the History of Reading,
  • Disseminating and Communicating Italian Culture,
  • Between East and West: From Byzantium to Renaissance Italy.

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.

Tuition fees

Total Fees: €2,529 per year


Credit: 180 ECTS

Career opportunities

Graduates work in the field of dissemination of the Italian language, tradition, and cultural heritage. They may teach Italian as a foreign language, hold positions at Italian cultural institutes in Italy and abroad, work in museums, libraries, and tourism organisations related to Italian culture.

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About this institute

The University of Padua

The University of Padua is a world-leading research-intensive university that has been driving global change since its  foundation in 1222. Loyal to its motto Universa Universis  Patavina Libertas (Paduan freedom is universal for everyone), it has always been a bastion of...

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Why study at University of Padua

  • The University of Padua is a TOP 200 university in the World, that has been driving global change since its foundation in 1222.
  • During eight centuries, students, researchers and alumni have provided key contributions to the advancement of knowledge, science and society.
  • Padua offers a broad and comprehensive portfolio of programmes (over 180, both at undergraduate and postgraduate level; 29 programmes are held completely in English).
  • Interconnections among the different disciplines generate a vibrant and stimulating learning environment, where international students (over 3,000), staff and alumni support the development of the University's mission at global level.

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University of Padua

Via 8 Febbraio 1848, 2
35122 Padua

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