Facts & figures
- #1 in NSW
- 2022 QS World University Rankings
Facts & figures
Italian Studies boasts a lively and engaged student community and a vibrant research culture. Our graduates forge careers in fields as varied as diplomacy, education, tourism, design, architecture, music, fashion, arts and food in Australia and abroad.
This discipline is generously supported by the Italian Ministry for Foreign Affairs, through the Italian Institute of Culture, and has previously been supported by the Cassamarca Foundation.
Select from a wide range of language and culture units from one of the largest Italian departments in Australia and undertake a semester with one of our Italian partner universities. Develop high levels of linguistic aptitude and deep understanding of Italian authors, thinkers and literary and intellectual movements from the Middle Ages to the present.
*Available in the shared pool of majors and minors
Our staff maintain strong interdisciplinary links with a wide range of research clusters across the humanities as well as the social science disciplines of education and politics. Our research areas include:
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Our advanced exchange programs provide life-changing experiences in Italy where students exercise their language skills and develop an understanding of cultural intricacies first hand.
This recurring annual series showcases emerging research in Italian Studies, featuring local and international speakers. Presented in collaboration with the Italian Cultural Institute Sydney
Celebrate the life and works of Dante on the 700th anniversary of his death with our special talk series.
This extended series is organised in collaboration with the State Library of New South Wales, the Italian Cultural Institute Sydney, University of Sydney Library and Dante Alighieri Society of Sydney. These seminars coincide with ‘Dante all’altro polo – Dante at the Other Pole’, a Rare Books and Special Collections exhibition at the University of Sydney’s Fisher Library, until 18 June 2022.
XXI Settimana della lingua italiana nel mondo
On the occasion of the “XXI Settimana della lingua italiana nel mondo” (Week of the Italian Language in the World) organised under the auspices of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Italy, four further lectures of our Dante 2021 Lecture Series – this time in Italian – will be offered in the framework of a special collaboration with the Italian Cultural Institute in Sydney, whose generous support the Department is very grateful for.
The Italian Studies Seminar Series invites leading scholars from Australia and beyond to share research findings across a wide range of topics.
Presented in collaboration with the Italian Cultural Institute Sydney
Catch up on our talks via this SoundCloud playlist.
See our school's calendar for a full listing of upcoming events.
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The QS 2018 Subject Rankings, released last week, highlighted another strong showing for the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, with nine subjects ranking in the top two domestically, and three reaching the global top 20.