Italian studies

About Italian studies

Italy is not only fashion, design and lifestyle – it has more than 70 per cent of the world’s artistic heritage with many outstanding examples of medieval, Renaissance and contemporary literature, renowned films, design and architecture. The Italian culture and language has had a significant impact on many countries worldwide through emigration. Flexible entry points (beginners, intermediate and proficient ) ensure language study at a level that suits your background.

Why choose Italian studies?

Our program offers unique opportunities to study at our Prato Centre in Italy, or go on exchange to Italian universities. You’ll develop language competence and analytical thinking, expand your knowledge of important areas of Italian culture, and become more aware of your own.

Major Focus by location
Focus Locations
MajorNote Caulfield, Clayton
Extended MajorNote Caulfield, Clayton
MinorNote Caulfield, Clayton

Studying a language at Monash

Knowing an international language and understanding global cultures are sought-after job skills that can help you set up your career in Australia or abroad. Whether you're a complete beginner or already proficient, we'll help you discover the world.

Career options 

  • International relations
  • Teaching
  • Interpreting and translation
  • Diplomatic services
  • Travel and tourism
  • Hospitality
  • Communications

Overseas opportunities

All students taking Italian studies as a major (or extended major) will be required* to undertake 12-18 points of study in Italy, either at the Monash Prato Centre, or at a partner university in Italy as part of their undergraduate studies.

"I strongly recommend every Monash student take the opportunity to go on exchange. My studies in Bologna helped me to achieve fluency in Italian and also engendered a healthy amount of personal growth."

- Maeve Martyn, Bachelor of Arts (Italian Studies & History double major)