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Diploma in Languages

Degree Type Diploma

Duration 1 year full-time or part-time equiv.

SATAC Code 316171

CRICOS none

The Diploma in Languages consists of studies in a single language over three years and is available to all domestic students who are enrolled in any undergraduate Bachelor degree or postgraduate studies at the University of Adelaide. Domestic students who are enrolled in an undergraduate degree at another recognised tertiary institution are also eligible to undertake the Diploma in Languages at the University of Adelaide, as are Australian or New Zealand citizens or permanent Australian visa holders who have been previously been awarded an  undergraduate degree. All languages are available at either beginners or advanced level.

Students who graduate with the Diploma in Languages and a Bachelor degree or postgraduate qualifications will have a more rounded educational experience, and will bring a valuable additional skill to their professional and personal life. The benefits to be gained from adding a language skill to your chosen field of study are substantial. Some of the practical and cultural benefits are:

  • enhanced employment prospects
  • the possibility of studying in your chosen field overseas (at postgraduate level or as part of an undergraduate exchange program) 
  • the possibility of competing for overseas study scholarships (most foreign embassies offer these, e.g. for science students)
  • access to resources and materials published in a foreign language
  • the possibility of interacting with students in other countries studying in the same area
  • greater understanding of people of other cultures through insights into their ways of thinking and cultural and linguistic practices


  • Entry Requirements

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    Domestic applicants

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    SATAC Code 316171
    Mid-year entry? Only if prerequisites to core subjects have been completed
    Deferment? Yes - 2 year
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    Selection Criteria
    Year 12 applicants
    Applicants for admission to the Diploma in Languages must:

    a). Be enrolled in an undergraduate degree, postgraduate degree or combined degree program at the University of Adelaide;

    b). Be enrolled in an undergraduate degree or combined degree program at another recognised tertiary institution; or

    c). Have been awarded, or be eligible for the award of, an undergraduate degree from a recognised tertiary institution.


    Alternative entry pathways
    How to Apply
    SATAC Code: 316171

    International applicants

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    Not offered to international students.

  • Fees and Scholarships

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    Annual tuition fees
    Commonwealth-supported place: $6,400

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    Scholarships

    These scholarships, as well as many others funded by industry and non-profit organisations, are available to potential and currently enrolled students.

    Find a Scholarship.

  • Careers

    Career Readiness

    The benefits to be gained from adding a language skill to your chosen field of study are substantial. Some of the practical and cultural benefits include enhanced employment prospects and the possibility of working or studying in your chosen field overseas (at post-graduate level or as part of an undergraduate exchange program).

    The University of Adelaide Careers Service prepares, inspires and empowers students to achieve successful career transitions and connect with industry.

    Graduate Attributes

    The objective of this program is to produce graduates with specific attributes as outlined in University of Adelaide Graduate Attributes.
    1. Deep discipline knowledge
    2. Critical thinking and problem solving
    3. Teamwork and communication skills
    4. Career and leadership readiness
    5. Intercultural and ethical competency
    6. Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

    Potential careers

    Interpreter / Translator, Linguist, Public Servant, Foreign Affairs, Government Officer, Tutor, Humanitarian / Aid Worker

  • Global Learning

    A Global Learning Experience is an integral component to your academic journey at The University of Adelaide. The university is committed to offering its students the opportunity to study overseas through a range of degrees offered via the Global Learning Office, including student exchange, study tours, short study degrees, internships and placements. There are many exciting opportunities in Europe, Asia, the Americas, Africa, and Oceania ranging from a few weeks to a full academic year.

    To find Global Learning opportunities available in your study area click Global Experiences.

  • Degree Structure

    Students reduce the study load in their Bachelor degree each year to accommodate the three year language sequence. Their studies toward their degree extend over an extra year to ensure it fits and they meet all criteria. This means, for example, that students may graduate with a Bachelor of Economics, Science or Arts, and a Diploma in Languages, in 4 years of full-time study. Students may graduate from the Diploma in Languages at the same time as, or after, graduating from their concurrent degree.

    For a postgraduate study plan incorporating the Diploma in Languages please contact the Faculty of Arts for more information.

    Indonesian Studies, Italian Studies and Modern Greek Studies are taught by Flinders University staff at the University of Adelaide North Terrace campus. It is not possible to study these languages as part of the Diploma in Languages on its own. These languages are only available to students studying a degree concurrently at the University of Adelaide and are not available to graduates or students from other universities.

    Academic Program Rules

    The Calendar is a comprehensive handbook of the University's academic program rules.

    Areas of Specialisation

    Languages currently offered are:

    • Chinese Studies
    • French Studies
    • German Studies
    • Indonesian Studies
    • Italian Studies
    • Japanese Studies
    • Modern Greek Studies
    • Spanish Studies
    Indonesian Studies, Italian Studies and Modern Greek Studies are taught by Flinders University staff at the University of Adelaide North Terrace campus. It is not possible to study these languages as part of the Diploma in Languages on its own. These languages are only available to students studying a degree concurrently at the University of Adelaide and are not available to graduates or students from other universities.

    Example Study Plan

    Indicative study plan
    Level 1S1 Course Course Course Diploma in Languages Course Level I
    S2 Course Course Course Diploma in Languages Course Level I
    Level 2S1 Course Course Course Diploma in Languages Course Level II
    S2 Course Course Diploma in Languages Culture Course Level II
    (semester 1 or 2)
    Diploma in Languages Course Level II
    Level 3S1 Course Course Course Diploma in Languages Course Level III
    S2 Course Course Diploma in Languages Culture Course Level III (semester 1 or 2)
    Diploma in Languages Course Level III
    Level 4S1 Course Course Course Course
    S2 Course Course Course Course
    Note: Languages include Chinese Studies, French Studies, German Studies, Indonesian Studies, Italian Studies, Japanese Studies, Modern Greek Studies and Spanish Studies. Indonesian Studies, Italian Studies and Modern Greek Studies are only available to students who are concurrently enrolled in a degree at the University of Adelaide. 
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Last updated: Tuesday, 7 Mar 2017

 

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