Diploma of Languages

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The Diploma of Languages will prepare you for the increasingly multilingual and international life of the 21st century. You will be taken on a language learning journey that engages you with the written, oral and cultural aspects of your chosen language.

ANU offers a wide selection of languages for you to study, many of which are not available at other universities in Australia. The principal languages available for the Diploma include Ancient Greek, Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Hindi, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latin, Persian, Sanskrit, Spanish, Thai, and Vietnamese. 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 under the Program Requirements.

You can study the Diploma either alongside a current degree or, if you have a previous degree, as a ‘standalone’ program. For more information on how and who can apply, please visit the Diploma of Languages FAQ's page.

Study options

1 year full-time (FT)* or usually 3-4 years part-time (PT).

*Completion on a full-time basis is also possible in limited cases if students have the required language competency upon commencement.

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Career options

This degree will suit you if you are interested in working for organisations or businesses that deal with non-English speaking countries, or 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 of the Diploma of Languages 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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I'm always conscious about how lucky I was to come here to ANU. And if I can give little bits of that back any way I can, I absolutely will.

Eleanor Armstrong, Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours), Diploma of Languages

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