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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 course entry eligibility criteria

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

    To enrol in a Chinese course, all students are required to check and follow the course entry eligibility criteria below.

    Eligibility Criteria Beginners Stream Beginners Stream Continuers Stream Continuers Stream
    Chinese 1A Chinese 1B Chinese IIA Chinese IIB
    No or little prior knowledge of Chinese, including informal or self-study All Students Not Eligible Not Eligible Not Eligible
    SACE Stage 2 Beginners Chinese (2 years) or equivalent All Students Students with a scaled grade of A- or above Not Eligible Not Eligible
    SACE Stage 2 Continuers Chinese (5 years) or equivalent Students with a scaled B- or below Students with a scaled grade of B- and C Students with a scaled grade of B or above Students with a scaled grade of A- or above
    International Baccalaureate (IB) 5 or below 5 or below 6 7
    Chinese Language Proficiency Test (HSK) Level 2 Level 2

    Enrolment Advice to those first year students who are enrolling in Chinese IB or Chinese IIB in Semester 2, by skipping Chinese IA or Chinese IIA respectively in Semester 1.

    If you are pursuing a Chinese Studies Major/Minor or a Diploma in Languages, it is strongly recommended that you enrol in ASIA1104 in Semester 1 in your first year. The ASIA1104 course can be counted towards a Major/Minor in Chinese Studies and a Diploma in Languages (Chinese) for those first year students starting from Chinese IB or Chinese IIB.  However, this is not the case for those who are starting from Chinese IA. For further information on the Chinese Major/Minor/Diploma sequence, visit Major/Minors.

  • Japanese Studies course entry eligibility criteria

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

    To enrol in a Japanese course, all students are required to check and follow the course entry eligibility criteria below.

    Eligibility Criteria Beginners Stream Beginners Stream Continuers Stream Continuers Stream
    Japanese 1A Japanese 1B Japanese IIA Japanese IIB
    No or little prior knowledge of Japanese, including informal or self-study All Students Not Eligible Not Eligible Not Eligible
    SACE Stage 2 Beginners Japanese (2 years) or equivalent All Students Students with a scaled grade of A or A+ Not Eligible Not Eligible
    SACE Stage 2 Continuers Japanese (5 years) or equivalent Students with a scaled grade of B+, B, B-, C+, C, C- or below Students with a scaled grade of B+, B, B- Students with a scaled grade of A+, A, A- Students with a scaled grade of A+, A, A-
    International Baccalaureate (IB) 5 or below 5 or below 6 7
    Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) N5 N4
    Enrolment Advice to those first year students who are enrolling in Japanese IB or Japanese IIB in Semester 2, by skipping Japanese IA or Japanese IIA respectively in Semester 1.

    If you are pursuing a Japanese Studies Major/Minor or a Diploma in Languages, it is strongly recommended that you enrol in ASIA1104 in Semester 1 in your first year. The ASIA1104 course can be counted towards a Major/Minor in Japanese Studies and a Diploma in Languages (Japanese) for those first year students starting from Japanese IB or Japanese IIB.  However, this is not the case for those who are starting from Japanese IA.  For further information on the Japanese Major/Minor/Diploma sequence, visit Major/Minors.

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