General university entrance qualification (Allgemeine Hochschulreife)
Enrollment period winter semester
Place of study
Start of the program
Standard length of the program
Part-time studies possible
At the heart of Italian Studies is the scientific study of the Italian language, literature and culture. You will acquire methodical and analytical skills that will enable you to speak and write about the Italian language and Italian texts and media in a reflective manner. Historical, political and social contexts are always taken into account, making you an expert on Italy – a country that not only has an exceptionally rich cultural tradition but is also an important economic partner for Germany.
The subject can be studied as a major or minor subject in the Interdisciplinary Bachelor’s degree program in the Aisthesis.Culture and Media variant or in the flexible variant in the amount of up to 120 ECTS credits. It is possible to combine the subject with one or more other subjects and/or the Studium Individuale.
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The program in detail
In the part of the program devoted to literary and cultural studies, you will become familiar with Italian literature and culture from the Middle Ages to the present, including the works of authors from Dante Alighieri to Roberto Savino; but also with Italian-language literature from other cultures. In the linguistic part of the program, you will systematically deal with the structure and history of the Italian language. You can already choose your individual specializations from the second semester onwards. In addition, the examination regulations valid throughout Bavaria guarantee that students can take the State Examination, which is uniform throughout the entire federal state.
An essential component of the program is the deepening and broadening of your own Italian proficiency. You will choose from a wide range of practical language and cultural courses conducted by Italian native speakers. A special feature of the program at the KU Eichstätt-Ingolstadt is the possibility to study Italian Studies even without previous language skills. You can acquire corresponding language proficiency during the first semester by attending specially offered intensive courses.
Semester 1 to 2
In the first semester, students attend introductory courses in the three sub-disciplines – Italian Literature or Cultural Studies, Linguistics and Language Practice – which impart basic methodological skills and basic knowledge. In the following semesters, these basic knowledge and skills will be further deepened and expanded in courses that build on them. Students in the flexible profile of the Interdisciplinary BA can, if they are interested, focus on Italian Literature and Cultural Studies or Linguistics from the second semester onwards.
Semester 3 to 4
In the following semesters, students will attend in-depth courses, whereby either all areas can be continued or the focus can be expanded to include Italian Linguistics or Literary Studies in the Interdisciplinary BA. In this way, all students in the second year of study acquire the ability to carry out independent scientific work and thus already learn the basics for finding topics and writing the Bachelor's thesis in the third year of study.
Semester 5 to 6
In the fifth semester, students have the possibility to study abroad in Italy: The KU has a wide network of partner universities to choose from. During this phase of the program, especially in the final semester, the focus is on writing the Bachelor's thesis. The research topic chosen for this purpose is presented and discussed by the students in a scientific colloquium, which they usually attend in the sixth semester.
For optimal acquisition and consolidation of foreign language skills, the KU Language Center has set up a multimedia center for students. Regular guest lectures, guided visits to cultural events and organized field trips to Italy offer additional opportunities to broaden your linguistic and philological horizons while studying.
Rankings and assessments
KU students and alumni have voted for their University to be Germany's most popular university in the 2021 ranking of the online portal StudyCheck. The ranking was based on over 40,000 evaluations for more than 500 higher education institutions and universities. 98 percent of students questioned for the ranking would recommend studying at the KU to others.
"There is no better praise for a university than almost 100 percent of students and alumni agreeing: I can only recommend studying at the KU! That is why we are very pleased with the ranking’s outcome, because it expresses the high level of satisfaction of our students," says KU President Prof. Dr. Gabriele Gien.
A semester abroad in Italy can be completed in the fifth semester. During the semester abroad, you can choose courses from your field of specialization freely. In addition, you will gain rich cultural and interpersonal experiences that can be very valuable for your future life and professional career. The KU Eichstätt has a vast network of partner universities worldwide.
In addition, you can spend a self-organized semester abroad at other universities in Italy.
We maintain Erasmus partnerships with the following universities in Italy:
Further information on the application process and organization of an ERASMUS semester can be found on the website of the International Office of the KU Eichstätt-Ingolstadt.
Semester abroad in Modena
"There were two main reasons why I decided to spend a semester abroad in Italy. The first was that I wanted to improve my Italian language skills through the constant use of the language in everyday life, and secondly, I wanted to gain an authentic impression of life in Italy and to get to know the country better. Looking back, I can say that both goals were definitely achieved – I was able to speak a lot with native speakers and make lasting friendships, and I was also able to visit many Italian cities, in addition to Modena itself. I was able to easily reach Bologna, Parma, Ravenna, Rimini and Milan by train. Other journeys, such as to Naples, were also easily doable. It is also worth mentioning the ESN (Erasmus Student Network) Modena, a group of (former) students who organized various events: Excursions to different cities and regions, a typical Modenese dinner, visits to soccer matches, an Italian conversation course, going to the cinema, etc.
Overall, I would study a semester at the Università degli studi di Modena e Reggio Emilia again anytime because during my time in Modena I was not only able to improve my Italian skills, but I also experienced and learned a lot about the country, which has even deepened my interest in my field of study further."
The Interdisciplinary Bachelor's degree program provides for a four-week required internship, which brings students into contact with possible professional fields at an early stage. Students also have the possibility to complete their internship abroad; for individual advice and support in finding an internship and financing possibilities, the KU Career Service and the International Internship Service are happy to help.
Career possibilities and professional fields
In the course of your studies, you will acquire a differentiated knowledge of the Italian language and literature as well as practical skills in spoken and written Italian. In addition, you will develop a critical and structured way of thinking in dealing with texts as well as the ability to dialog with Italian-speaking cultural spheres in the globalized world.
After completing your program in Italian Studies, you will have access to a broad range of professional fields. In addition to an academic career, your acquired knowledge will also qualify you for work in the media and journalism. Possible fields of activity include political organizations, press and public relations, cultural institutions, the library and publishing industry, language teaching and adult education.
Annemarie Kramer, MA Romance Studies - Classical Philology
"Italiano, français, español, português ...
From Italian literature and French regional studies to Spanish language history and Portuguese language practice – a journey through different places and times right in the heart of Bavaria. That was my everyday study life, or rather: my study adventure!
Romance studies enabled me to immerse myself more and more in languages and their cultures. What at first seemed like a collection of many small islands gradually merged into a large world of countless and hidden connections. That's why I liked the linguistic-cultural roots and bridges between them best during my studies. Of course, every single Romance language also has its own treasure, which I was able to discover together with like-minded people in many lectures and seminars.
Because this overarching common interest brought the special flair: I found a new social and mental home in Eichstätt and the University family. Here, you know each other and meet friends everywhere immediately. Fellow students quickly became friends and, thanks to the excellent staff-to-student ratio and close relationship with professors, they became valuable supporters and advisors who were close at hand and who were eager to take wishes into account when offering courses and to actively support us students.
Eichstätt and a Romance language? Mi piace! J'aime! ¡Me gusta! Gosto! What about you?”
What students say about the program
Luise Hutzler and Benjamin Waldau
"Anyone who likes to study in a beautiful small town will make the right choice with Eichstätt. However, Eichstätt not only convinces as a study location in general, but also in view of the course offer. Here, we would in particular like to mention the ‘LehramtPlus’ program, which allows students to obtain a State Examination and a Bachelor's degree at the same time.
The friendly and informal atmosphere in the courses and the excellent staff-to-student ratio guarantee flexibility and targeted support. The lecturers, who are of course native speakers for the practical language courses, are always available for questions by e-mail or in person during their office hours.
The lecturers are also very committed outside of the regular course offerings and organize theater visits and field trips on a regular basis. These often take place across disciplines. In this way, students also work closely with students of other Romance languages.
This exchange also takes place outside of the courses in regular events organized by the Romance Studies department – be it the annual summer ball that is organized in cooperation with the Latin department, or regular Crêpe-making evenings in a relaxed atmosphere.
Should you ever get the travel bug despite the beautiful studies in Eichstätt, the Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt offers numerous opportunities for a stay abroad throughout Italy within the framework of the Erasmus+ program.”
Short distances on campus at the KU save time and avoid stress. The KU is a campus University with modern facilities. The buildings on campus are located close to the Eichstätt old town. Although the University and its campus has grown, it is still characterized by short distances: In Eichstätt, everything can be reached within ten minutes’ walking distance. On campus, green spaces such as the Hofgarten are the perfect places to relax. The garden of the Kapuzinerkloster is also used by different student initiatives for their projects. The canteen is located at the heart of the Eichstätt campus and has a sun deck and cafeteria that leave nothing to be desired.
What sets the KU apart
Studying at the KU is more than just acquiring specialist knowledge. We broaden our horizons together and take on responsibility in and beyond the individual degree programs. The KU has a particular focus on topics such as personal development, sustainability, social skills and social commitment.
It offers its students the possibility to study and work in a welcoming atmosphere and benefit from outstanding support and comprehensive service offers, a well-stocked library, a broad range of sports and leisure activities and a large global network of approx. 300 partner universities. Our team at the International Office helps you to plan your semester abroad and the KU Career Service provides comprehensive advice and support for embarking on your professional career.
Eichstätt and the surrounding Altmühltal natural park are not only a popular destination for culture enthusiasts and nature lovers, but also for cyclists, climbers, canoeists and fossil collectors. Located between Munich and Nuremberg, the city impresses with its Baroque setting and southern flair combined with modern and prizewinning architecture as well as a broad variety of cultural offerings and leisure activities.
The Baroque park at the heart of the campus and the nearby banks of the Altmühltal river are the KU’s “green living room”. Another big advantage: all University facilities are just a short walk away from each other.
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