Diploma of Languages




This program will be available for applications to commence study from First Semester, 2021

Please indicate your interest in the Diploma of Languages with this Expression of Interest Form.

The Diploma of Languages at ANU prepares you for the increasingly multilingual and international life of the 21st century. You will be taken on a language-learning journey designed to facilitate in-depth engagement with the linguistic and cultural aspects of your chosen language/s. You can choose to study a wide selection of languages, many of which are not available at any other university in Australia. You can complete the Diploma by doing the equivalent of a major in one language (8 courses), or, for those who have prior learning, by doing an Advanced minor (4 courses) in one language as well as either a second minor (4 courses) in another language or four other language-related courses from those listed within the Program Requirements.

Degree outcomes

Diploma of Languages students learn to:

  • communicate proficiently and confidently in the principal studied language;
  • identify the structure and uses of the principal language studied;
  • demonstrate an understanding of the societies and cultures of the principal language studied, and its socio-historical context;
  • construct a schema of the connections between the principal language studied and its geographical, social and cultural origins; and
  • recognise the importance of intercultural communication.


1 year FT (usually 3-4 years PT)

Admission requirements

No prior language knowledge is necessary to study languages at ANU. But if you do have prior knowledge of the language you want to study, you can sit a placement test to assess your eligibility to start at a higher level. The exact sequence of courses you take during your program depends on your language proficiency when you start studying.

Flexible study options

The Diploma of Languages can be studied alongside any Bachelors program, or taken as a stand-alone degree where a student already holds a Bachelors level degree from any Australian or international equivalent university. Online or on-campus study options are available depending on the choice of language (please consult Programs and Courses for further details on individual languages). Due to the nature of language course progression, most students will take the Diploma in part-time mode.

Study overseas

Many Diploma of Languages students go on exchange for a semester or full year at one of the University’s overseas partner institutions. You can apply for a number of scholarships to assist with travel and living expenses.

Career opportunities

This Diploma will suit you if you are interested in working for organisations or businesses that deal with non-English speaking countries, or plan to embark on a government career focused on foreign affairs and trade, or if you want to work in a non-English speaking country when you graduate. Graduates may find work in international relations, diplomacy, trade, national security and strategy, translation, language teaching, tourism, development, and many other fields.

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