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The Diploma in Languages

Studying another language can be a richly rewarding experience. Along with the benefits of broader career prospects and enhanced communication skills, it brings a deeper understanding of the world, history and culture.

  • What is the Diploma in Languages?

    The Diploma in Languages offers studies in a single language over three years, and is available to all domestic students who are enrolled in any undergraduate or postgraduate degree. All languages are available at either beginner or advanced level.

    Students reduce the study load in their Bachelor degree to accommodate language courses each semester. This extends students study towards their degree by one year. 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.

    You may also receive credit for up to 12 units of Diploma in Languages courses towards elective courses in your Bachelor’s degree, meaning that you may be able to complete a 3 year Bachelor’s degree and a Diploma in 3.5 years of study. You may also be able to go on an overseas exchange as part of your Diploma in Languages. You will need to discuss these possibilities with your Faculty to see if you are eligible.

  • What languages can I study?

    All languages are available at either beginners or advanced level. 

    Available languages include:

    • 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.

  • What careers can it lead to?

    Understanding another language can expand career opportunities across a range of industries where bilingual employees with a strong understanding of other cultures are highly valued. Industries such as international business, communications, government services, law, tourism and health services seek bilingual or multilingual employees in a range of roles.

    Being fluent in another language can open up career opportunities including:

    • Interpreter / Translator
    • Linguist
    • Government Officer
    • Foreign Affairs
    • Humanitarian / Aid Worker
    • Language Teacher or Tutor

    Studying a language provides many practical and cultural benefits including:

    • enhanced communication skills
    • greater understanding of people from other cultures and their countries through insights into their ways of thinking and cultural and linguistic practices
    • enhanced employment prospects
    • the opportunity to use your language skills while travelling overseas
    • the possibility of studying in your chosen field overseas, e.g. exchange studies or further education
    • the possibility of competing for overseas study scholarships
    • access to resources and materials published in a foreign language
    • enhanced cognitive function (known as the 'bilingual advantage').
  • What our students and graduates say

    Hear more about the experiences of language students at the University of Adelaide.

    I’ve always been interested in languages. The reputation of the University of Adelaide’s languages department drew me in.

    Laura Carrington

    I love being a languages teacher because it opens the world to the students.

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