Italian studies (in European languages)

As part of the European languages study area, students can choose to specialise in Italian studies.

European languages will provide a deep understanding of the interconnections between different languages and cultures, and their global impact over time. Italy is famous for its amazing historic and artistic heritage, from ancient fora to medieval and Renaissance cities, as well as great contemporary art and architecture. Italy is also at the cutting edge of technological development, from fashion and design to astrophysics and medical research. Italians have also had a great impact worldwide through migration, and many Australians of Italian background rediscover their origins through our program.

Teaching Program

Studying Italian at Monash University allows you to get a real sense of the complexities of this fascinating country in a European and global context. Our undergraduate program offers three diversified access points (beginners, intermediate, proficient) that develop competence in language, and expand the knowledge of Italian culture in literature, film, history, and cultural studies.

We offer a broad and diverse language and culture curriculum and unique opportunities to study abroad in Italy, such as at our Prato Centre near Florence, or go on exchange to Italian universities. You’ll develop language competence and intercultural competence, and expand your knowledge of important areas of Italian culture.

We prepare our students for life-long learning, both academically and vocationally, and you will develop writing and research skills appropriate to advanced independent study. Learning pathways extend from first year undergraduate subjects right through to honours, master's and PhD study.


Undergraduate studies

Master's by coursework

Graduate Research

Find out more about the Arts Graduate Research Program.

Complete an entry level test to determine which unit you will be placed in, and find out more on the language framework Italian studies page.


We welcome applications from prospective PhD students wishing to conduct research within the areas of expertise of our staff. The research strength and supervision areas of the Italian studies staff are:

  • Cultural and literary studies
  • Gender, feminist and queer theories
  • Transcultural and migration studies
  • Contemporary history
  • Sport
  • Media and popular culture
  • Crime fiction

If you intend to work on a project that combines Italian studies and another discipline, we will organise the necessary research expertise to meet your supervision needs.


Our academics in Italian studies enjoy strong national and international profiles and pursue global interests. View all staff.

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