Diploma in Languages

Degree Type Diploma
Duration 1 year full-time
or part-time equiv.
SATAC Code 316231
316301
316171
316281
316241
316251
316271
CRICOS none

Elevate your skill set

Our Diploma in Languages is set up so you can study a language alongside your primary degree. The language courses are sequential – each course builds on the knowledge gained in the previous one - so your language studies spread across three years. You’ll gain an additional qualification and add a language to your résumé.

Our diploma is open to domestic students from other universities. We also welcome Australian or New Zealand citizens—or permanent Australian visa holders—who’ve already completed an undergraduate degree.

What will you do?

We offer the following languages at both beginner and advanced levels:

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

Note: it’s not possible to study Indonesian Studies, Italian Studies or Modern Greek Studies as part of a Diploma in Languages on its own. These languages (taught by Flinders University staff at our North Terrace campus) are only available if you’re studying a University of Adelaide degree at the same time. They’re not open to graduates or students from other universities.

Where could it take you?

Learning another language opens doors in a changing world. From social work to international business, a Diploma in Languages provides greater insight and a competitive edge.

  • Entry Requirements

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    Domestic applicants

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    Admissions information

    SATAC Code www.satac.edu.au
    Deferment Yes - 2 year
    Intake February and July
    Enquiries Future Students team

    Selection Criteria
    Recent Secondary Education Applicants with recent secondary education are those whose admission is primarily based on the completion of Year 12 within the last two years, however if you completed your secondary education more than two years ago, you may still be able to be considered on the basis of your secondary schooling. 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). Indigenous applicants may be eligible for entry through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access Scheme. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information.
    Higher Education Study 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.

    Work and life experience To be eligible to sit the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) as as pathway for entry, you must be 18 years or over before 1 February 2020. If you have studied at higher education level in the last two years (for 2020 entry this means you were enrolled in either 2019 or 2018), 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 2018). 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.
    Other Entry Pathways
    How to Apply
    Apply through SATAC: www.satac.edu.au

    International applicants

    Not an international applicant?

    Not offered to international students.

  • Fees and Scholarships

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    Domestic applicants

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    Annual tuition fees
    Commonwealth-supported place: $6,725

    More information on Student Contribution Amounts.

    International applicants

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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, Humanitarian / Aid Worker, Language Recovery Program Officer, Communications Officer, Community Development Officer, Community Outreach Worker, Personal / Research Officer (Local MP), Consultant, Cultural Heritage Officer, Diplomatic corps, ESL Teacher, TESOL Teacher, Tour Guide, Tourism

  • 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
    Year 1 S1 Diploma in Languages
    Level I
    3 units
    Course
    S2 Diploma in Languages
    Level I
    3 units
    Course
    Year 2 S1 Diploma in Languages
    Level II
    3 units
    Course
    S2 Diploma in Languages
    Level II

    3 units
    Diploma in Languages
    Culture Level II
    3 units
    Year 3 S1 Diploma in Languages
    Level III

    3 units
    Course
    S2 Diploma in Languages
    Level III
    3 units
    Diploma in Languages
    Culture Level III
    3 units
    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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  • Further Information

    Further enquiries
    Phone: +61 8 8313 7335 (toll free 1800 061 459)

    The annual Open Day provides an excellent opportunity to see our campus, meet with academics, and discuss your study options.

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Last updated: Saturday, 21 Sep 2019