Italian Year Abroad (MLT305 / MLT306)

This unit aims to enable students to heighten their awareness of cultural and linguistic aspects of the country where they are studying, encouraging their social integration and fostering their independent and/or collaborative study in the foreign language.


  • University credits: 10
  • University levels: 1-4
  • Pre-requisite: MLT267, A level + 1 year or stay abroad, CEF B2
  • Co-requisite: N/A
  • Public: STEM students on a degree 'With a language' or 'With study in Europe'.
  • Teaching period: 
  • Contact times: N/A
  • Group size: N/A
  • Language co-ordinator: Alessia Brighi
  • Module leader: Alessia Brighi
  • Pathway: MLT316 or MLT358


Working under regular supervision, students will complete a written portfolio (2,500 - 3,000 words) and prepare a structured oral presentation summarizing authoritatively their research for a specialist audience and demonstrating their acquisition of relevant academic and linguistic skills.

Upon successful completion of the course, students should be able to:

  • interact with native speakers of their target-language country
  • understand complex or specialised texts, identifying key facts, ideas and arguments
  • reflect upon the language and culture of the target-language-country
  • reflect upon and make decisions as to how to improve their language/cultural proficiency
  • present findings relating to the above in writing.

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Information last updated: 25 June 2021