First cycle degree in

Italian Medieval and Renaissance Studies

Class: L-10 - Humanities

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Class L-10 - Humanities
Duration 3 years
Branch Padova
Language English and Italian
Tuition fees and scholarships
Access Open access with assessment test
Reference structures Department of linguistic and literary studies, School of human and social sciences and cultural heritage


Call for Applications (international students) - A.Y. 2024/25

  • 1st Call: 2 November 2023 - 2 February 2024 
  • 2nd Call: 2 March - 2 May 2024 APPLICATION PLATFORM
  • 3rd Call (ONLY EU and equated students): 2 June - 2 August 2024

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.

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Characteristics and objectives
This course (L) is meant primarily for non-Italian students wishing to meet the Italian language and culture, and offers them an expertise in Italian culture in the medieval humanistic and early modern periods, with special reference to literature, history, music and the arts. With its articulation in three areas, this is proposed as an interdisciplinary course, aiming to offer an expertise in the historical and cultural world of medieval and Renaissance Italy. The course also offers workshops highlighting the local cultural heritage (museums, libraries, cultural institutes, etc.), which allow students to put their newly acquired interdisciplinary knowledge into practice.
This course introduces students to the study of the Italian culture, but offers also a full knowledge of the Italian language (expected outcome: C1) and of the English language, together with rudiments of Latin. This will enable students to understand fully the Italian cultural heritage, and work in the

professions for which this degree course is meant. The course is organized progressively: students shall attend classes exclusively in English during the first year, and gradually progress to classes exclusively in Italian during their third year. The acquisition of Italian (and of the basic rudiments of Latin) is thus the result of a gradual process: students do not have to possess a certificate attesting their knowledge of the Italian language upon their entry, but will learn the language as they study in the course.

Occupational opportunities
Thanks to his/her language competence (Italian and English, both oral and written), and to his/her knowledge in literature, fine arts and music, as well as history, s/he will be able to work in the following fields: centres for the dissemination of Italian culture, both in Italy and abroad, where s/he will be able to plan and organize activities for the dissemination of Medieval and Renaissance Italian culture; for instance, s/he will be able to collaborate to the organization and management of exhibitions or events dedicated to Italian culture; book publishers, periodicals, digital or multimedia publishers, where s/he will be able to collaborate to the preparation of documents, leaflets, and information material, to prepare programmes for the dissemination of the knowledge of Medieval and Renaissance Italian culture; museums and libraries, where s/he will collaborate to the cataloguing and enhancement of Italian artifacts of the Medieval and Renaissance periods.

From Bachelor's degree to Master's degree
Upon their graduation, students shall have acquired the necessary competence to enter a profession that envisages continuous intellectual engagement in the perspective of Ling life learning; alternatively, students shall have acquired the necessary competence to continue their academic studies enrolling in a graduate course, whether in Italy of abroad. The course is organized progressively: during the first two years, students are given the basic knowledge in literature, arts and music; during the third and final year, students will specialize in one of the three areas on offer. Such a progressive organization is designed to eventually lead to a master's degree (literature; arts and music; history)

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