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School of Languages and Cultures

Ranked #1 for Modern Languages in Sydney*
We offer a wide range of language studies. Join us to discover the world's cultures first hand and become a truly global citizen.

Placing first in Sydney and the top 30 in the world for modern languages, we lead in the education and research of languages and cultures*. Our language offerings integrate cultural understanding to provide depth and breadth to the learning experience.

With Australia’s growing diversity, we equip our students with cross-cultural and linguistic competency and enable them to become successful and responsible citizens of the country and of our interconnected world.

You can combine language study with a wide range of courses across various disciplines and commence at a language level that suits you. We also offer a flexible pathway program with the Diploma of Language Studies where you can study language alongside your degree, or after you have completed undergraduate studies.

Our reimagined Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Advanced Studies (Languages) degree provides a focused study of languages and cultures, along with real-world projects in multilingual translation to develop high-level intercultural and communications skills.

For students who haven't had the opportunity to learn a new language, we offer the largest suite of intensive in-country units at the University. Undergraduate students can go on global study adventures to various destinations through our Open Learning Environment (OLE) In-Country Experience to learn a language in an immersive cultural context.

*2020 QS World University Rankings by Subject

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The School of Languages and Cultures proudly hosted the third international congress of the World Literature Association on 'World Literatures and the Global South' on 23–25 August 2019.

Co-convened with the Peking University Australian Studies Centre and the World Literature Association, this international conference engaged with literary production on and from the Global South in their own languages as well as in translation.

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In this issue: Rare Renaissance sketch discovery, Chinese tomb murals along the Silk Road, language learning via cultural immersion and more

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