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Diploma in Languages

Overview

Add a Diploma in Languages to your degree and open up a world of opportunities.

The Diploma in Languages is a way of adding value to any bachelor's degree. This program enables you to benefit from the advantages that knowledge of another language can bring in a global economy, as well as earning you an additional academic qualification.

Languages are a passion for many UQ students, and the concurrent diploma will suit you if you’ve studied a language at high school and want to increase your proficiency, or if it’s your first time learning a second language.

Proficiency in a second language will open up both professional and personal opportunities for you. Whether you are studying architecture, speech pathology, pharmacy or engineering, you can also study any of the languages offered at UQ to enhance your international employability. If you are studying ancient history or archaeology, you may find the classical languages, Latin and Greek, to be beneficial to your program.

You'll enrol in the Diploma in Languages concurrently with another UQ program. You'll choose from languages including Chinese, French, German, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Russian, Spanish or the classical languages.

Location
St Lucia
Duration
2 Years part time
(only available as part-time study)
Start Semester
Semester 1 (24 Feb, 2020), Semester 2 (3 Aug, 2020)
Program Code
1602
AQF
Level 5
Location
St Lucia
Fees
A$32352 (indicative per year)
Duration
2 Years
Start Semester
Semester 1 (24 Feb, 2020), Semester 2 (3 Aug, 2020)
Program Code
1602
CRICOS Code
CONCURR
AQF
Level 5

Program highlights

Program highlights

  • Enhance your international employability and develop language and cultural skills to set you up for a global career.
  • UQ is home to one of Australia's leading language schools providing outstanding teaching and research of major world languages and cultures.
  • Study the diploma alongside your UQ degree and choose from one of eight languages, as well as Translation and Interpreting or Classical languages.

1 in Queensland for modern languages

QS World University Rankings 2020

48 in the world for English language and literature

QS World University Rankings 2020

Majors

How you'll learn

Your learning experiences are designed to best suit the learning outcomes of the courses you choose.

  • Tutorials
  • Overseas study
  • Workshops

What you'll study

Career possibilities

Our programs prepare you for your first job and beyond. Depending on which major you choose, here are some of the careers you could be on your way to:

  • International business translator/interpreter
  • Travel consultant
  • Publishing coordinator
  • Language teacher
  • Customer service coordinator
  • Data operations associate
  • Foreign language analyst
  • Sales representative
  • Magazine editor
  • Client services director

Entry requirements

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.

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.

English language requirements

IELTS overall 6.5; reading 6; writing 6; speaking 6; listening 6. For other English Language Proficiency Tests and Scores approved for UQ

TOEFL IBT - Overall 87, listening 19, reading 19, writing 21 and speaking 19.

TOEFL PB - Overall 570, listening 54, reading 54, writing 59/5.

Pearsons - Overall Score of 64 and 60 in all sub bands.

BE - A minimum overall grade of 4 plus a minimum grade of C in all macro skills.

CES - Overall 176 and 169 in all sub bands.

OET is not accepted.

Learn more about English language requirements

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.

Additional application information

Entry to the Diploma requires admission to a University of Queensland degree program and eligibility for admission to the Bachelor of Arts program. International students can undertake the concurrent diploma but they must ensure that the programs are completed within the time frame of the student visa.

Who you'll study with

Here's a snapshot of our student intake for this program in Semester 1, 2020:

Applicant backgroundNumber of studentsPercentage of all students

(A) Higher education study

4080%

(B) Vocational Education and Training (VET) study

00%

(C) Work and life experience

1020%
(D) Recent secondary education
  • Admitted solely on the basis of OP
00%
  • Admitted where OP and additional criteria were considered
00%
  • Admitted on the basis of other criteria only and OP was not a factor
00%

International students

00%

Total

50100%

"<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.

Student visas

International students who are accepted into full-time study in the Diploma in Languages are eligible to apply for an Australian student visa (subclass 500).

There are a number of requirements you must satisfy before a visa is granted, including the genuine temporary entrant (GTE) requirement.

Learn more about student visas

Majors

Majors

Tailor your studies to suit your goals. This program offers these options:

Chinese

Learning Chinese opens a window to understanding China's culture, way of life and how the nation now plays an increasingly active role in world affairs.

There are separate majors for native speakers of Mandarin and other Chinese dialects.

Many students study Chinese alongside courses in business, education, tourism, engineering, information technology, politics, leading to careers in various fields.

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Chinese Translation and Interpreting

Understand how Chinese 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.

Gain the foundations to build a future career as an interpreter or a translator in diplomacy, law, education, business, politics, health, education and academia.

Please note that this major is designed for students who are native Chinese speakers.

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Classical Languages

Learn reading and writing skills in classical Greek and Latin, two of the oldest languages in the world, which will give you a better understanding of other European languages, ideas, cultures and societies.

Take your talents into careers in government, publishing and editing, cultural centres, education or academia.

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French

Immerse yourself in French language and culture.

Courses in this major cover language skills and offer knowledge about some of the major historical, social, literary and philosophical movements in the Francophone world.

Many graduates use their language competency to enhance employability in fields such as business, education, tourism and politics.

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German

Learn about German language, history and culture, and gain an overview of significant events, trends, places and people in German speaking countries at the heart of modern Europe.

Developing competence in speaking, reading and writing German can improve career outcomes in fields such as business, engineering and law.

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Indonesian

Get to know one of Australia's closest neighbours in this major covering Indonesian history, politics, culture and society.

Learn why Bahasa Indonesia, the official language of Indonesia, has been identified as one of the crucial language skills needed for future Australian growth.

As Indonesia plays a bigger role in our region, this major is beneficial for careers in business, economics, tourism, law, mining and other fields.

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Japanese

Broaden the scope of your personal, social and professional networks when you learn about Japanese language and culture, including the different levels of politeness and contextually appropriate expressions used in Japan.

Many students study Japanese alongside courses like business, education and tourism to broaden their career opportunities.

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Korean

Come to understand different ways of thinking about and appreciating Korea's diverse history and rich culture.

There are speaking and writing courses, along with teachings about Korean films, TV dramas, internet culture and even pop songs.

Many students also undertake other courses in various fields where their major in Korean can a prove a future career asset, like business, engineering, education and tourism.

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Russian

Gain an incredible insight into the broader Russian world beyond the stereotypes.

You'll learn how Russian society has changed over centuries, develop an appreciation of Russian literature, drama and film, and master a language spoken by 200 million people.

You'll develop competence in skills which can translate to careers in business, education and law, or various other fields.

View

Spanish

Become fluent in a language spoken by 400 million people worldwide.

Courses also cover Latin American thinking, European film and how Spanish has become the official language for major international bodies like the United Nations and World Bank.

Mastering a world language like Spanish will enhance future career opportunities if you're also studying business, education, international relations, engineering and other fields.

View

Majors

Tailor your studies to suit your goals. This program offers these options:

Chinese

Learning Chinese opens a window to understanding China's culture, way of life and how the nation now plays an increasingly active role in world affairs.

There are separate majors for native speakers of Mandarin and other Chinese dialects.

Many students study Chinese alongside courses in business, education, tourism, engineering, information technology, politics, leading to careers in various fields.

View

Chinese Translation and Interpreting

Understand how Chinese 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.

Gain the foundations to build a future career as an interpreter or a translator in diplomacy, law, education, business, politics, health, education and academia.

Please note that this major is designed for students who are native Chinese speakers.

View

Classical Languages

Learn reading and writing skills in classical Greek and Latin, two of the oldest languages in the world, which will give you a better understanding of other European languages, ideas, cultures and societies.

Take your talents into careers in government, publishing and editing, cultural centres, education or academia.

View

French

Immerse yourself in French language and culture.

Courses in this major cover language skills and offer knowledge about some of the major historical, social, literary and philosophical movements in the Francophone world.

Many graduates use their language competency to enhance employability in fields such as business, education, tourism and politics.

View

German

Learn about German language, history and culture, and gain an overview of significant events, trends, places and people in German speaking countries at the heart of modern Europe.

Developing competence in speaking, reading and writing German can improve career outcomes in fields such as business, engineering and law.

View

Indonesian

Get to know one of Australia's closest neighbours in this major covering Indonesian history, politics, culture and society.

Learn why Bahasa Indonesia, the official language of Indonesia, has been identified as one of the crucial language skills needed for future Australian growth.

As Indonesia plays a bigger role in our region, this major is beneficial for careers in business, economics, tourism, law, mining and other fields.

View

Japanese

Broaden the scope of your personal, social and professional networks when you learn about Japanese language and culture, including the different levels of politeness and contextually appropriate expressions used in Japan.

Many students study Japanese alongside courses like business, education and tourism to broaden their career opportunities.

View

Korean

Come to understand different ways of thinking about and appreciating Korea's diverse history and rich culture.

There are speaking and writing courses, along with teachings about Korean films, TV dramas, internet culture and even pop songs.

Many students also undertake other courses in various fields where their major in Korean can a prove a future career asset, like business, engineering, education and tourism.

View

Russian

Gain an incredible insight into the broader Russian world beyond the stereotypes.

You'll learn how Russian society has changed over centuries, develop an appreciation of Russian literature, drama and film, and master a language spoken by 200 million people.

You'll develop competence in skills which can translate to careers in business, education and law, or various other fields.

View

Spanish

Become fluent in a language spoken by 400 million people worldwide.

Courses also cover Latin American thinking, European film and how Spanish has become the official language for major international bodies like the United Nations and World Bank.

Mastering a world language like Spanish will enhance future career opportunities if you're also studying business, education, international relations, engineering and other fields.

View

Fees and Scholarships

Government assistance

Financial aid

As an international student, you might be eligible for financial aid – either from your home country, or from the Australian Government.

Learn more about financial aid

Indicative annual fee

AUD $32,352

Indicative annual fee 2020

This indicative annual fee is the cost of enrolling in the Diploma in Languages for the 2020 academic year. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load (16 units per academic year).

The fee for part-time study is proportionately lower. All fees are reviewed annually.

Learn more about undergraduate fees

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.

Learn more about HECS-HELP

Centrelink support

Indicative annual fee

AUD $6,684

Indicative annual fee 2020 Commonwealth supported place

This indicative annual fee is the approximate cost of enrolling in a Commonwealth supported place (CSP) in the Diploma in Languages for the 2020 academic year. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load (16 units over two semesters).

Actual fees will vary according to your choice of courses and their unit value. The Australian Government indexes fees each year.

Learn more about undergraduate fees

Scholarships

Scholarships

How to apply

Important dates

If you’re studying Year 12 in Australiago to the QTAC website to check the closing date for this program. 

If you’re applying to UQ, the closing date for this program is: 

  • To commence study in semester 1 - January 31 of the year of commencement.

To learn more about UQ dates, including semester start dates, view the Academic Calendar

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants

For support with applying - or if you have any questions about Uni - get in touch with our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Unit.

Contact the ATSIS Unit