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Italian Philology
Department of Modern Languages

P.O. Box 24 (Unioninkatu 40)
00014 University of Helsinki

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  • Are you interested in Italian language and literature?
  • Would you like to familiarise yourself with Italian society and cultural phenomena?
  • Do you also have a theoretical interest in the Italian language? Would you like to learn to study the structures and stylistic levels of the language from the perspective of a linguist?
  • Are you fascinated by contemporary writers and the great classics of the past?
  • Do you want to learn to understand why Italy is the cradle of European culture?

During the studies, students will achieve the proficiency to work as an Italian language professional in many types of fields (as a teacher, researcher, translator, journalist etc.).


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Employment opportunities

In today’s professional life, everyone must continuously educate themselves, which means that education-wise, no-one is ever completely ready. Education in the humanities will teach you how to be flexible and improve your ability to acquire, absorb and apply new information. Your minor subjects will support and partly influence your career. As an expert in the Italian language, you can, for instance,

  • become an expert in culture (suitable minor subjects include the arts),
  • become a teacher (subject teacher education is highly recommended for adult education as well),
  • become a translator (in which case you should include related disciplines in your minor subjects),
  • work as an expert in tourism (the Finnish University Network for Tourism Studies provides related studies for a minor subject),
  • embark on a research career (in which case suitable minor subjects include general linguistics or comparative literature), or
  • serve not only in the business world but also in national and international organisations (in which case you may find a suitable minor subject at, for instance, the Faculty of Social Sciences).

Italian philology graduates are employed, among other things, as journalists, as tourist guides in Italy and Finland, at schools and adult education institutes, as textbook authors, in ministries, as managing directors of their own companies as well in the library sector, the European Commission and the police.