Bachelor of Languages

Degree Type Bachelor
Duration 3 years full-time
or part-time equiv.
SATAC Code 324661
CRICOS 075310K

Translate knowledge and culture  

Do you have a passion for languages? Are you fascinated by their complexity and deep entwinement with culture? Do you want to travel and connect in richer ways?

In a changing world, the study of languages has never been more relevant.

What will you do?

Our Bachelor of Languages is interactive and immersive. Whether you’ve studied a language to Year 12 level (or equivalent) or are just setting out on your language journey, we offer different streams to cater to your level of knowledge. You will:

  • become proficient in one or more languages
  • enhance your knowledge of the cultures they originate from
  • heighten your awareness of language systems
  • understand language’s role in society
  • build a greater appreciation of cultural diversity.

Our majors are:

  • Chinese Studies
  • French Studies
  • German Studies
  • Indonesian Studies
  • Italian Studies
  • Japanese Studies
  • Modern Greek Studies
  • Spanish Studies.

You can also minor in Linguistics.

Where could it take you?

Language graduates have an upper hand in all sorts of exciting careers. You could find work as a foreign service officer in embassies, resolving international conflicts. You might translate for politicians or celebrities. You could become a professional linguist or help migrants access support.

  • Entry Requirements

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    Domestic applicants

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    Admissions information

    SATAC Code 324661
    2018 CSP ATAR 65.85
    2018 CSP IB 24
    2018 Guaranteed Entry Score 70
    Deferment Yes - 2 year
    Intake February and July
    Enquiries Future Students team
    Selection Criteria
    Year 12 Applicants You must not have completed more than 2 years full time equivalent university study (48 units). You compete for a place with your Selection Rank (ATAR plus any applicable adjustment factors (such as bonus points)).
    Prerequisites A SACE Stage 2 Language Other Than English (LOTE) subject.

    IB: a Group 2 Second Language subject


    Alternative entry pathways
    • Higher Education applicants
      You must have completed at least six months full time equivalent higher education study (the number of courses and units will vary depending on your prior institution however at the University of Adelaide, this equates to 4 courses / 12 units). A Grade Point Average (GPA) is calculated for each separate program you have undertaken (apart from some double degree programs where the GPA is combined). You compete on the basis of your best GPA.

      Please note the subject prerequisite for this program must be met by all applicants - either completion of a SACE Stage 2 language subject (or equivalent), or the successful completion of at least one language course (3 units or equivalent) at a tertiary institution. The completed language course does not need to be in the same discipline that the student intends to pursue in the Bachelor of Languages.

    • VET applicants
      You must have completed an AQF Certificate IV or above from a Registered Training Organisation. Your application will be ranked according to the level of the award.

      Please note the subject prerequisite for this program must be met by all applicants - either completion of a SACE Stage 2 language subject (or equivalent), or the successful completion of at least one language course (3 units or equivalent) at a tertiary institution. The completed language course does not need to be in the same discipline that the student intends to pursue in the Bachelor of Languages.

    • Special Entry applicants
      You must be 18 years or over before 1 February 2019. If you have studied at higher education level in the last two years (for 2018 entry this means you were enrolled in either 2018 or 2017), you must not have accumulated more than a TOTAL of 2 years full-time (or part-time equivalent) higher education study (ie. including any study prior to 2017). If you meet this criteria, you will be ranked according to your result in the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT). Your STAT result is not weighted between verbal and quantitative components. Indigenous applicants may be eligible for entry through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access Scheme. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information.
    • Without formal qualifications?
      You may be eligible for our special access schemes.
    • Other Entry Pathways
    How to Apply
    SATAC Code: 324661

    International applicants

    Not an international applicant?

    Admissions information

    CRICOS 075310K
    Intake February
    Selection Criteria
    English Language Requirements
    Australian Year 12 Successful completion of an Australian year 12 qualification with a minimum pass in an accepted English language subject
    English Tests accepted by the University of Adelaide
    IELTS Overall 6.5 Reading 6 Listening 6 Speaking 6 Writing 6
    TOEFL Overall 79 Reading 13 Listening 13 Speaking 18 Writing 21
    Pearsons Overall 58 Reading 50 Listening 50 Speaking 50 Writing 50
    Cambridge Overall 176 Reading 169 Listening 169 Speaking 169 Writing 169
    Qualifications that meet minimum English requirements A range of alternative qualifications may meet the University’s minimum English requirements
    Academic Entry Requirements
    Secondary School Qualifications Selection Rank (International) 70
    International Baccalaureate (IB) 24
    Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) 17
    United Entrance Certificate (UEC) [Malaysia] 25
    General Certificate of Education (GCE) Advanced Level 6
    Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) 65
    British Columbia Certificate of Graduation (Canada) 4.6
    Alberta High School Diploma (Canada) 74
    ISC & CBSE [India] 60%
    ISBE [India] 70%
    SAT [US] 1120
    Abitur 3.7
    Thailand Certificate of Secondary Education 2.2
    Bang Tot Nghiep Trung Hoc Pho Thong 7.5
    STPM or Matrikulasi 2.67
    Kuwait General School Secondary Certificate 70
    The University of Adelaide College Foundation Program 70
    Eynesbury Foundation Program 339
    ANU Foundation Studies 64
    Monash Foundation Year 67.5
    Trinity College Foundation Studies Program 70
    UNSW Foundation Year 6.5
    University of Sydney Foundation Studies Program 6.5
    Western Australia University Foundation Studies Program 56
    University of Queensland Foundation Studies Program 4.0
    Non-Go8 Foundation Score 70
    Other Qualifications Students who don't meet the academic requirements or who have other qualifications from the South Pacific Islands, Japan, Korea, Philippines or Taiwan may be eligible to apply for a Pre-University Pathway to prepare for or gain entry into the University's undergraduate academic programs. For additional information see Pathway Programs
    Prerequisites
    Australian Year 12 A SACE Stage 2 Language Other Than English (LOTE) subject.

    IB: a Group 2 Second Language subject

    International Qualifications One foreign language other than English at SACE level or equivalent
    How to Apply
  • Fees and Scholarships

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    Annual tuition fees
    Commonwealth-supported place: $6,575

    More information on Student Contribution Amounts.

    International applicants

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    Annual tuition fees International student place: $32,000

    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 ability to communicate in another language is an asset in a range of occupations and industries such as interpreter/translator, linguist, public servant, foreign affairs, government officer, tutor, humanitarian/aid worker. It's a valuable addition to other professional interests, but it's also a great asset in its own right!

    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

    Industry Placement

    If you maintain a high GPA, you will have the opportunity take part in an internship in your third year with an organisation from within the arts, media, parliament or environment. These include State Parliament and a range of public and business sector agencies, where you can use the knowledge from your university study in a practical work environment, building valuable networks and gaining experience that counts towards your degree program and prepares you for your future career

    Potential careers

    Language Recovery Program Officer, Cultural Heritage Officer, UN Human Rights Officer, Indigenous Language Revitalisation Project Officer, Workplace Relations Officer, Interpreter / Translator, Linguist, Broadcaster, Diplomatic corps, Education Coordinator, Public Servant, Quarantine Officer, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Aid Worker, Teacher, Hospitality, Tourism, Translator, Information Officer, Intelligence Officer, International Aid Agency Employee, International Development Worker ...

  • Study Overseas

    A Study Overseas 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 Study Overseas, 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 Study Overseas opportunities available in your study area click Global Experiences.

    Study Abroad and Exchange

    It is recommended that you take any global study in year 2 of your degree. If you are studying a language (at beginners’ level) as a major or minor, it is recommended you take your global study in year 3 of your degree. Contact arts@adelaide.edu.au to receive further information and advice.

    There are many universities to choose from, however specific exchanges are available for Bachelor of Languages students:

    Chinese Studies
    o  Chinese University of Hong Kong (Hong Kong)
    o  Shandong University (China)

    French Studies
    o Sciences Po (France)
    o  University of Francois-Rabelais Tours (France)
    o  University of Grenoble (France)

    German Studies
    o  University of Mannheim (Germany)
    o  University of Stuttgart (Germany)
    o  University of Southampton (UK)

    Indonesian Studies
    o  ACICIS
           
    Japanese Studies
    o  Chuo University (Japan)
    o  Nagoya University (Japan)
    o  Hosei University (Japan)
    o  Kansai University (Japan)
    o  Okayama University (Japan)
    o  Osaka University (Japan)
    o  Sophia University (Japan)
       
    Spanish Studies
    o  Pontifical Catholic University of Chile (Chile)
    o  University of Chile (Chile)


  • Degree Structure

    Academic Program Rules

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

    Areas of Specialisation

    The majors available for study are:

    • Chinese Studies
    • French Studies
    • German Studies
    • Indonesian Studies
    • Italian Studies
    • Japanese Studies
    • Modern Greek Studies
    • Spanish Studies

    All languages offer different streams catering for students who have studied the language to Year 12 level (or equivalent) but also for anyone wanting to start learning a language from scratch. You may also minor in Linguistics, or choose from a list of approved courses where extra cognate courses are not prescribed by your language major.

    Example Study Plan

    Indicative study plan
    Year 1 Language Major
    Level I
    ARTS 1007
    The Enquiring Mind
    Language or
    Linguistics
    Minor Level I
    Elective Level I
    Language Major
    Level I
    Elective Level I Language or
    Linguistics
    Minor Level I
    Elective Level I
    Year 2 Language Major
    Level II
    Language
    Major Cognate
    Level II or III
    Language or
    Linguistics
    Minor Level II  
    Elective Level 
    II or III
    Language Major
    Level II
    Language Major
    Level II or III
    Language or
    Linguistics
    Minor Level II 
    Elective Level 
    II or III
    Year 3 Language Major
    Level  III
    Language
    Major Cognate
    Level II or III
    Language or
    Linguistics
    Minor Level III 
    Elective Level 
    II or III
    Language Major
    Level  III
    Language Major
    Level  II or III
    Language or
    Linguistics
    Minor Level III 
    Elective Level 
    II or III
    Current students, please see the Study Plan Templates
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Last updated: Thursday, 20 Dec 2018