Why study Italian?
- If you can speak Italian you speak the international language of art, architecture, music, fashion and design.
- It is an advantage when seeking employment opportunities both in South Africa and abroad.
- Italy is the birthplace of the Renaissance, so Italian becomes your passport to a rich world of literature, art and philosophy.
- Italy, one of the seven most industrialised countries of the world, offers training facilities, bursaries, business opportunities and cultural exchange programmes to students wishing to further their studies in Italy.
- By studying Italian, you will learn a language useful today in tourism, trade and industry and the creative arts.
Italian is one of the most studied languages in the world. Besides Italy, it is also an official language in, San Marino, Vatican City, some parts of Switzerland, Istria County in Croatia and Slovene Istria in Slovenia. The European Union uses Italian as one of its 24 official and working languages. It is a recognized minority language in even more countries, including Bosnia/Herzegovina, Croatia, Slovenia, and Romania. Additionally, Italian is the second most common language in Argentina. In certain parts of Brazil, it is a regional language and schools are required to teach it. Italian is also spoken by large immigrant and expatriate communities in the Americas and Australia… and of course South Africa. The bigger Italian community in the African continent resides in South Africa. Great poets like Dante and Petrarch wrote in Italian, and great thinkers like Michelangelo and Machiavelli thought in Italian.
An Italian-speaking ability offers opportunities in almost every sphere of activity such as: Diplomatic Services, International Relations, Journalism, Professional Translation, Education (Teaching), and Arts.
Combines well with the disciplines of: Political Science, International Relations, Media Studies, Translation and Interpretation, Drama, and Music.