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Diploma in  Languages

Program code: 1602
OP Guarantee Scheme: No

Delivery location

St Lucia

Duration

2 Years part-time (only available as part-time study)

Commencing

Semester 1 (25 Feb, 2019)
Semester 2 (22 Jul, 2019)

Interested in learning another language? Enhance your international employability and set yourself apart in a competitive job market by completing a Diploma in Languages.

  • This program allows you to study a language concurrently alongside your bachelor's degree, providing you with professional skills that are highly-sought both in Australia and abroad.
  • Choose from 10 different languages, with no prior knowledge required for many language majors, and most courses available in beginner, intermediate and advanced levels.
  • Benefit from the advantages that knowledge of another language can bring in a global economy. You will gain the practical skills needed to speak, write and interpret in your chosen language.
  • Graduate with an additional qualification and be confident in your language and cultural knowledge. You will open up your career options, with multi-lingual graduates in demand worldwide.

Learn a new language and expand on your cultural knowledge with a Diploma in Languages.

  • Fast Facts

    Learn from the best

    The School of Languages and Cultures is ranked as one of the best schools in Australia for language, communication and culture in the ERA Outcomes 2015. The School is also one of the largest for language instruction in Australia with 50 full-time academic staff.

  • Why study

    A large range of languages

    UQ is the major provider of tertiary-level language instruction in South East Queensland. The School of Languages and Cultures also offers one of the broadest ranges of languages available at any Australian university.

  • Campus Life

    Participate in a vibrant culture

    UQ is home to a number of student organisations, language clubs and events, including film festivals, providing plenty of opportunities for you to network, socialise and build professional relationships.

     

     

     

Majors for this program

There are 10 majors available in the Diploma in Languages.

View all majors for this program

Career outcomes

The Diploma in Languages opens up opportunities for international careers with not-for-profit organisations, multinational companies, agencies, governments – or anywhere that requires you to communicate in a language other than English.

Summary

  • Program code
    1602
  • Faculty
  • Duration
    2 Years part-time (only available as part-time study)
  • Commencing
    Semester 1 (25 Feb, 2019)
    Semester 2 (22 Jul, 2019)
  • Program level
    Undergraduate
  • Units
    16
  • Delivery location
    St Lucia
  • AQF
    Level 5

Admissions criteria

Prerequisites

Entry to the Diploma requires admission to a University of Queensland undergraduate degree program and eligibility for admission to the Bachelor of Arts program.

Learn more about the admissions process

Program structure

Courses

The courses offered in the Diploma in Languages are set out in the course list. Each course is allocated a certain number of units (#).

Courses Program Rules

The Program Rules explain what is required to complete the Diploma in Languages. These requirements include the total number of units you need to complete in order to graduate.

Program Rules

To have your degree conferred, you also need to comply with UQ’s policies and rules.

Student profile

The table below shows the most recent student intake in the Diploma in Languages in Semester 1, 2019:

Applicant backgroundNumber of studentsPercentage of all students
(A) Higher education study35 54.69%
(B) Vocational Education and Training (VET) study<5 <5
(C) Work and life experienceN/P N/P
(D) Recent secondary education:
  • Admitted solely on the basis of OP
0 0%
  • Admitted where OP and additional criteria were considered
0 0%
  • Admitted on the basis of other criteria only and OP was not a factor
0 0%
International students0 0%
Total64 100%

Student profiles show your likely peer group in a program. They are not the basis for admission to a program.

Notes:
"<5" — The number of students is less than 5.
N/A — Students not accepted in this category.
N/P — Not published. The number is hidden to protect the privacy of students in other cells.

Programs and Courses

If you're a current student who has already commenced study at UQ, please see Programs and Courses for full information about your program structure, rules and requirements.

Majors

The following is a list of majors available in the Diploma in Languages.

When you graduate, any majors, dual majors and extended majors you have completed will be listed on your degree certificate.

Chinese

Learning Chinese opens a window to understanding China's culture and way of life. China is a multiethnic society made up of 56 ethnic groups and has a rich heritage of cultural diversity. Since 2008 especially, China has played an increasingly active and significant role in world culture, economy and politics, and the Chinese language is a key to understanding the redistribution of power in the Asia-Pacific region. There are separate majors for native speakers of Mandarin and other Chinese dialects. You can also undertake specialist courses in literature, culture, translation, business and language teaching.

Chinese Translation and Interpreting

The Chinese Translation and Interpreting major will teach you the key issues in English to Chinese; Chinese to English; English to Mandarin; and Mandarin to English translation, based on standards set by the National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters (NAATI). As a student in this major, you'll learn about how culture influences the meaning of written and spoken texts, and how to take culture into consideration when translating or interpreting. You'll also learn about key issues in translation and interpreting ethics, and understand the essentials of intercultural communication.

Classical Languages

If you're curious about the history of Western culture, you might be interested in learning two of the most important languages from the ancient world. Classical Greek and Latin will provide you with reading and writing skills in two of the oldest languages in the world. These classical languages are not only important for studying the Greco-Roman world, but also for better understanding other European (including English) languages, ideas, cultures and societies. This major is a good fit for anyone studying law, history, science, literature, art history or languages.

French

French is still one of the most widely spoken languages in the world today. In this major you'll study both French language and culture. Whether you're interested in the French language because it's one of the major diplomatic languages, or simply because you like how it sounds, you need to understand something about France and French-speaking people. Courses in this major cover language skills and offer knowledge about some of the major historical, cultural, social, literary and philosophical movements in the Francophone world.

German

The German-speaking countries lie at the heart of Europe, and Germany has been a major economic and political powerhouse since the late 1950s. Since the Global Financial Crisis of 2008, Germany has also become increasingly important in international affairs, including the mass migration of people from conflict regions in the Middle East and Africa, and the management of European debt crises. The German major offers study in German language, history and culture, including an overview of significant events, trends, places and people in contemporary German-speaking countries.

Indonesian

Bahasa Indonesia is the official language of Indonesia, the fourth most populous and largest Muslim majority country in the world. In the Federal Government's 2012 White Paper on "Australia in the Asian Century", Indonesian was also identified as one of the crucial language skills needed for future Australian growth, prosperity and regional development. The Indonesian major covers Indonesian history, politics, culture and society. Language courses are available for beginning and intermediate students.

Japanese

Japanese is a key world language and is used to facilitate business, research and government activity. As a student in the Japanese major, you'll broaden the scope of your personal, social and professional networks when you learn about Japanese language and culture. The major includes speaking and writing courses from beginner to advanced levels, and courses that teach students about Japanese culture, including the different levels of politeness and contextually appropriate expressions that are used in Japanese language and society. More than 20 exchange programs with Japanese universities are available.

Korean

As a student in the Korean major, you'll understand different ways of thinking about and appreciating Korea's diverse history and rich cultural traditions. The major includes speaking and writing courses from beginner to advanced levels, and courses that teach students about Korean culture, including contemporary Korean films, TV dramas, Internet culture and pop songs. Courses also look at honorifics in Korean language and variations in South and North Korean expressions.

Russian

With almost 200 million native speakers in Europe and Asia, Russian is truly an international language and a gateway to one of the world's great cultures. The Russian major combines a comprehensive language acquisition program with studies in many other aspects of the Russian world. You'll learn about how Russian society has changed over centuries and develop an appreciation of Russian culture, including literature, drama and film. This will not only give you insight into the broader Russian world, but also encourage you to look beyond the stereotypes that often characterise our ideas of other nations.

Spanish

Spanish is the first language of more than 400 million people worldwide, and the second language of millions more in Europe, the United States, Brazil, Asia and North Africa. Spanish is also an official language in major international bodies like the United Nations and World Bank. The Spanish major includes language courses from beginner to intermediate levels, as well as courses about Latin American thinking, European film, and the broader Spanish-speaking world. Being fluent in a world language like Spanish will give you highly employable communication skills.

You should refer to the Program Rules for more information. Full definitions of majors are available in the Policies and Procedures Library.

Government assistance

HECS-HELP

Domestic places in the Diploma in Languages are Commonwealth Supported. This means the cost of your education is shared between you and the Australian Government.

Instead of tuition fees, Commonwealth Supported students pay what are called student contribution amounts.

HECS-HELP is an Australian Government loan scheme to assist eligible students with the cost of their student contribution amounts.

Find out more about HECS-HELP.

Centrelink Support

The Australian Government offers a number of income-support payments to eligible Australian university students. For more information, visit the Centrelink website.

Indicative annual fee

AUD $6,566
Indicative fee 2019 Commonwealth supported place

The "indicative annual fee" is the approximate cost of enrolling in a Commonwealth supported place (CSP) in the Diploma in Languages for the 2019 academic year. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load.

A standard full-time study load is 16 units over two semesters. Actual fees (student contribution amounts) will vary according to your choice of courses and their unit value.

The Australian Government indexes student contributions each year.

Visit Student contributions and tuition fees for more information.

Scholarships

The University offers more than 200 scholarships for prospective students and more than 350 scholarships and prizes for current students.

Scholarships cover the full range of academic disciplines and are open to domestic students and international students.

Many scholarships have specific eligibility criteria. More information, including information about how to apply, is available on the Scholarships website.

Applying online

The Diploma in Languages is a concurrent diploma. This means that in order to enrol you must be studying a bachelor’s program at UQ.

Applications need to be lodged via the mySI-net undergraduate diploma request page.

Additional application information

You cannot transfer credit from the diploma to the bachelor degree program or from the bachelor degree program to the diploma.
If you were to transfer credit from the bachelor degree program to the diploma, you would then have that credit cancelled from the bachelor degree program.
The only exception is if you choose to not complete the diploma, in which case you may be eligible for some credit towards your bachelor degree program.
For more information, contact the faculty that administers your bachelor degree program.

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