The Bel Paese has it all: art, fashion, fast cars, Dante, dolce vita, cinema, popes! By enrolling in the Italian program you can learn not only about Italian language and culture from the Middle Ages to the present but also about the fascinating Italian heritage in North America. You can visit Italy and practice speaking the language through our Italian summer program and our study-abroad programs. You will love the fact that more than 60% of the world's art treasures are found in Italy. By enrolling in our Italian courses, you can partake in this ancient tradition as well as in modern-day Italian culture.

Employers nowadays actively seek Italian speakers. Through our program, you will not only learn the Italian language but also understand Italian cinema, literature, fashion and other aspects of Italian culture. You will quickly acquire the tools needed to enter the workplace with an excellent knowledge of Italian.

If you wish to discover the world and learn Italian at the same time, the major includes a mandatory immersion stay abroad in an Italian-speaking university. A mobility scholarship to help you cover the cost of your travel and stay is available.

Courses in this program are taught in Italian, English or French.  

The table below includes only the discipline-specific courses. Please refer to the Academic Regulations for information on the Honours bachelor's with double major and the Honours bachelor's with major and minor.

ITA 1911Elementary Italian I3 Units
ITA 1912Elementary Italian II3 Units
ITA 2911Intermediate Italian I3 Units
ITA 2912Intermediate Italian II3 Units
ITA 3911Advanced Italian I3 Units
ITA 3912Advanced Italian II3 Units
3 course units from:3 Units
Italian Cinema
Italian Culture
9 optional course units in Italian (ITA)9 Units
6 optional course units in Italian (ITA) at the 3000 level6 Units
6 optional course units in Italian (ITA) at the 4000 level6 Units
Total: 42 Units

Mandatory Requirement: Immersion Stay Abroad

A minimum of 12 course units will be taken abroad in a university where Italian is the language of teaching and study. The University of Ottawa will establish Italian (ITA) course equivalencies. The foreign university and the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures will establish jointly a bank of courses from which students will choose the units to take.

Eligibility Requirements:

  1. must have completed ITA 3911 and (ITA 1113 or ITA 2113);
  2. must have a minimal cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 5.0;
  3. must not be on probation;
Students will receive a total of $2000 in funding (i.e. a $1000 mobility scholarship from the International Office and $1000 from the Faculty of Arts).