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European and International Studies (Italian)

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European and International Studies (Italian)

  • UCAS code R300
  • Option 4 years full time
  • Year of entry 2020

The course

Please note that this degree has been withdrawn for 2020 entry. Please see BA Politics, International Relations and Modern Languages (Italian), click here

European and International Studies explores the key areas of contemporary European politics and international relations and combines these with the in-depth study of Italian language, society and culture. Taught in partnership between the Department of Politics and International Relations and the School of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures, this course is informed by the outstanding research and international outlook of both departments.

The politics element of the course provides an introduction to the working of international relations and the growth of Europe as a political entity. This includes research into areas such as Brexit, the European Union’s Budget, the European Parliament, security, international diplomacy, and the use of military force, as well as European languages and cultures. Your second and final year courses in European politics and international relations will be taught by Giacomo Benedetto, who holds a Jean Monnet professorship in European integration awarded by the European Union.

As a modern linguist, you will not only learn to speak and write fluently, you will also develop excellent communication and research skills and combine language proficiency with cross-cultural perspectives.

As a part of Royal Holloway’s close-knit international community, based in our beautiful historic campus, you will be within easy reach of London. You will also have the exciting opportunity to spend a year working, teaching or studying in Italy, when you will immerse yourself in the language and culture and truly broaden your horizons. Among the insitutions we have exchange links with is Siena, one of Italy’s most respected universities for politics and international relations, located in the heart of historic Tuscany.

In the event of a no-deal Brexit, we will commit to providing 2019 and 2020 entry students with a subsidy equivalent to current Erasmus+ funding (where this would have previously been funded by the Erasmus+ scheme). To find out more visit the Erasmus+ page.


  • Study with leading experts on Brexit and EU Budgets.
  • Taught in partnership with the School of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures.
  • Spend a year of study and/or work in Italy.
  • Gain written and verbal fluency in Italian.
  • Other language options in German (R200), French (R100) and Spanish (R401).
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