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Overview

In response to COVID-19, the University of Sydney has reviewed the availability of courses to be delivered remotely. 

This course will be available for students to study remotely whilst the Australian border remains closed due to the COVID-19 global pandemic. Please note that some units of study that are not essential to completing the degree may not be available to be studied remotely.

About this course

The Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Advanced Studies (Languages) will provide you with the opportunity to combine your passion for the study of languages and cultures with practical skills in multilingual translation and to develop high-level intercultural competency and communication skills. 

This degree allows you to complete two language majors, attain foundational knowledge in translation theory and gain real-world experience through practical translation projects. You will engage in the study of different cultures and have the opportunity to undertake exchange or study abroad with our international partners.

In the final year of your degree, you have two options, Advanced Coursework OR Honours:

  • Advanced Coursework: Enhance your leadership, critical thinking and problem-solving skills and increase your employment prospects. You will undertake challenging coursework and experience work outside the classroom by collaborating with other students on a substantial real-world project.
  • Honours: Develop deep analytical skills and prepare yourself for further research opportunities, such as pursuing a PhD. You will undertake a supervised but independent research project as well as connected discipline-based and/or research-focused coursework. Admission to the honours pathway is subject to meeting the specified WAM and additional entry requirements. Check with your faculty for details.

Our majors include:

Arabic Language and Cultures (Introductory)

Italian Studies (Advanced)

Arabic Language and Cultures (Intermediate)

Italian Studies (Intermediate)

Arabic Language and Cultures (Advanced)

Italian Studies (Introductory)

Chinese Studies (Introductory)

Japanese Studies (Introductory)

Chinese Studies (Intermediate)

Japanese Studies (Junior Intermediate)

Chinese studies (Advanced)

Japanese Studies (Senior Intermediate)

French and Francophone Studies (Introductory)

Japanese Studies (Advanced)

French and Francophone Studies (Intermediate)

Korean Studies (Introductory)

French and Francophone Studies (Advanced)

Korean Studies (Intermediate)

Germanic Studies (German) (Introductory)

Korean Studies (Advanced)

Germanic Studies (German) (Intermediate)

Modern Greek (Introductory)

Germanic Studies (German) (Advanced)

Modern Greek (Intermediate)

Hebrew (Modern) (Introductory)

Modern Greek (Advanced)

Hebrew (Modern) (Intermediate)

Spanish and Latin American Studies (Introductory)

Hebrew (Modern) (Advanced)

Spanish and Latin American Studies (Intermediate)

Indonesian Studies (Introductory)

Spanish and Latin American Studies (Advanced)

Indonesian Studies (Intermediate)

 

Indonesian Studies (Advanced)

 

This course is endorsed by the National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters (NAATI). Graduates who wish to become Certified Translators will need to take the certification test. Depending on your level of language proficiency you may need to undertake further study in order to take the certification test.Work with leading academics and researchers of multilingualism, and graduate with advanced skills in analysing cross-lingual and cross-cultural issues and a toolkit for practical translation in multilingual contexts. You can also pursue an additional major or minor in a non-language subject area such as business, economics, humanities/social sciences or science.

Please note, this degree is not endorsed for interpreting.

Subject areas

Minors can be completed in any of the Majors listed below as well as standalone minors in Celtic Studies, Diversity Studies, Sanskrit, Social Policy or Writing Studies.

Honours subject areas: Only available to students who meet the eligibility criteria for the honours pathway. Minimum WAM and additional entry requirements apply.

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Admission, fees and how to apply

Depends on your qualification, citizenship status

The details on this page based on your selections are a guide only, and are subject to change.

English language proficiency

Find out if you need to prove English language proficiency (depends on your country of origin and educational background).

Your fee

Your funding & scholarships

How to apply

Prospective domestic students apply through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) for a Commonwealth supported place . Refer to the UAC website for key dates. Separate scholarship deadlines apply, visit the scholarships website for details.

For other useful information, visit our How to apply page.

Current University of Sydney students applying to transfer from one bachelor's degree to another apply directly to the University. The exact process will depend on the course you are currently in and the course to which you wish to transfer. For more information visit the Change your course page.

Current students applying to transfer from a diploma to a bachelor's degree must apply through UAC.

For applicants whose first language is not English, English language requirements must be met through sufficient qualifications taught in English or accepted English language tests. For more information visit the University's University's English language requirements .

Refer to the UAC website . Separate scholarship deadlines apply visit the scholarships webpage for details.

Starting date

Semester 1 (March) and Semester 2 (August)

Visit the How to apply page for detailed information on if you need to apply directly to the University or through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC). If you are a direct applicant, when you are ready to apply select the `Apply’ button on this course page.

Current University of Sydney students applying to transfer from one bachelor's degree to another apply directly to the University. The exact process will depend on the course you are currently in and the course to which you wish to transfer. For more information visit the Change your course page.

Standard closing dates: 

Semester 1 - 31 January of the commencing year.

Semester 2 - 30 June of the commencing year.

We strongly encourage international applicants to apply as early as possible to allow time for visa and travel arrangements. Separate scholarship deadlines apply - visit the scholarships webpage for details.

UAC Applicants: Refer to the UAC website

Starting date

Semester 1 (March) and Semester 2 (August)

What you'll study

The sample study plan below includes two language majors and a fourth year in Multilingual Translation which includes translation projects specific to the languages majors, along with advanced coursework in translation studies. Multilingual Translation develops professional skills in translation and content localisation and graduates will be able to translate across three languages. The fourth year study will prepare you to work and excel in both business and public sector professions in Australia, the Asia-Pacific, and globally, or to progress to postgraduate research.

Completion requirement

Under normal progression, a full-time student completes prescribed units of study to the value of 24 credit points per semester. Part-time students may undertake prescribed units of study up to the value of 12 credit points per semester. You are required to attend all lectures, tutorials and other activities prescribed for your units of study.

Sample study plan

Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Advanced Studies (Languages)

Year

Sem

 Unit of study 

1

1

Language major 1

Languages program unit

Elective unit

Language major 2

 

2

Language major 1

Open Learning Environment units

Elective unit

Language major 2

2

1

Language major 1

Languages program unit

Elective unit

Language major 2

 

2

Language major 1

Language major 1

Elective unit

Language major 2

3

1

Language major 1

Language major 1

Elective unit

Language major 2

 

2

Language major 1

Open Learning Environment units

Elective unit

Language major 2

4

1

Language advanced coursework

Multilingual project

Elective unit

Language major 2

 

2

Language advanced coursework

Multilingual project

Elective unit

Language major 2

Assumed knowledge

Depends on the areas or units of study. For language studies: pathways are available for applicants with no prior language experience, as well as for those with prior experience in the respective language of study.

Admission criteria

Admission to this course is on the basis of the following criteria:

Admission pathways are open to domestic applicants on the basis of equity or other adjustment factors, including for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants. For details, visit admission pathways.

Credit for previous study

If you’ve already completed university-level or equivalent subjects, you may be able to apply for credit for previous study.

Course opportunities

Most subject areas within the Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Advanced Studies (Languages) allow for students to take part in an international exchange program. The program enables students to enhance their skills in a language other than English and their knowledge of other societies and cultures.

Career Pathways

Our graduates can be found in a broad range of careers and roles, including:

  • anthropologist
  • archaeologist
  • archivist
  • art historian
  • business administrator or manager
  • editor or publisher
  • foreign affairs and trade officer
  • government policy officer
  • historian
  • heritage specialist
  • information specialist
  • journalist
  • language specialist
  • media and communications officer
  • museum or gallery curator
  • researcher
  • sociologist
  • translator.
     
Future study

Eligible candidates may proceed to an honours year in the languages, or in their area of study, or apply for admission to a rich postgraduate program in the humanities and social sciences, comprising advanced learning and professional courses. Master degrees include capstone projects ranging from internships with government and non-government organisations in Australia and overseas, the gallery and museum sector, and leading media organisations to opportunities for independent research projects which prepare students for higher degrees by research.

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