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Language Programs

Japanese students role-playing in class

Japanese students role-playing in class

We offer comprehensive language programs integrating all four core language skills: reading, writing, speaking and listening.

Our language programs in Chinese and Japanese offer pathways for continuing language students and those learning a second language for the first time. You also have the option to study Indonesian via Flinders University.

Australian award-winning teachers will give you the tools to reach a high level of language competence, while deepening your knowledge and understanding of the society and culture where our languages are spoken. This is key to language proficiency!

Our Languages

  • Chinese Studies

    Learn one of the world's most widely spoken languages. We teach Modern Standard Chinese (formally known as Mandarin), which is now recognised as the official language of China.

    Stream Entry Course Entry Criteria
    Beginners CHIN 1001 Chinese IA
    • No prior knowledge of Chinese.
    Continuers CHIN 2201 Chinese IIA
    • For students with a scaled grade of B- or higher in SACE Stage 2 Continuers Chinese (5 years), or equivalent.
  • Japanese Studies

    Studying Japanese offers you an interesting and rewarding learning experience. Japanese language students come from a wide variety of backgrounds, across all 5 faculties of the University.

    Stream Entry Course Entry Criteria
    Beginners JAPN 1001 Japanese IA
    • No prior knowledge of Japanese
    • Students with a scaled grade of B or lower in SACE Stage 2 Continuers Japanese (5 years), or equivalent.
    • All students who completed SACE Stage 2 Beginners Japanese (2 years), or equivalent.
    • Students who completed International Baccalaureate with a grade of 5 or below.
    Continuers JAPN 2201 Japanese IIA
    • Students with a scaled grade of B+ or above in SACE Stage 2 Continuers Japanese (5 years), or equivalent.
    • Students who completed International Baccalaureate with a grade of 6 or above.
    • Students who have achieved the Japanese-Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) level 5.

Indonesian Studies

Indonesian is taught by Flinders University staff as part of an arrangement between the two universities, and is not taught on the University of Adelaide North Terrace campus. Classes are held at the Flinders University Victoria Square or Bedford Park campus. Refer to the Faculty of Arts website for enrolment and course selection details.

How Can I Study a Language?

Depending on your degree, you can choose to complete a major or minor sequence in a language, or study language courses as electives (free choice courses). The number of language courses you will be able to study as electives will depend on the structure of your degree.

visit the languages page
for more information

If you need any advice about how you can study a language, please contact the Faculty of Arts office.

Department of Asian Studies
Level 6, Kenneth Wills Building

THE UNIVERSITY OF ADELAIDE
SA 5005 AUSTRALIA

Contact

T: +61 8 8313 5815
F: +61 8 8313 4388
socialsciences@adelaide.edu.au