Italian studies

Chances are that in your study of the Humanities, and in your experience in Australia and abroad, you will find references to Italy and Italian culture. With more than 70% of the world's artistic heritage – some examples include literature and culture ranging from Dante to neo-realist cinema, as well as design and architecture – Italy plays a central role in the world. Many do not know that Italy is also at the cutting edge of technological development, astrophysics and medical research. Indeed its history of scientific achievements is as rich as its cultural accomplishments.

Teaching Program

Italian studies at Monash University allows you to get a real sense of the complexities of this fascinating country. We are a vibrant program that prepares students from beginners to the most advanced levels, right through to honours, master's and PhD study.

We offer a broad and diverse language and culture curriculum and a wide range of opportunities to study in Italy. Our undergraduate program offers three diversified access points (beginners, intermediate, proficient) that develop linguistic competence and expand the knowledge of Italian culture. The Major sequence opens the possibility to undertake Honours at fourth year level, as well as postgraduate studies.

Our study abroad offer is unique. In fact Monash is the only Australian University to have an established Centre in Italy, the Monash Prato Centre. We offer a flexible degree with intensive units in Italy, combined with the possibilities of exchange study at Italian Universities.

Italian studies at Monash is also keen to share knowledge within the community and with other Universities.


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:

  • Cinema and theatre
  • Cultural and literary studies
  • Gender and feminist theories
  • Translation studies
  • Transcultural studies
  • Women writers
  • Migration studies
  • Contemporary history
  • 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.

Contact us