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Overview

The Diploma of Language Studies is a flexible pathway program designed to offer you the opportunity to study language either alongside your undergraduate or postgraduate degree, or after you have completed undergraduate studies.

You can choose from fourteen languages offered by the School of Languages and Cultures. This diploma will ensure that you are confident with language skills and have a strong understanding of the culture and societies in which that language is spoken.

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Admission, fees and how to apply

Depends on your qualification, citizenship status

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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

How to apply

You apply directly to the University via the online application portal. When you are ready to apply, select the ‘Apply’ button on this course page. Visit the How to apply page for other important information. 

Closing dates

Semester 1 - 11 February of the commencing year

Semester 2 - 15 July of the commencing year

We strongly encourage applicants to apply as early as possible, offers are made on a rolling basis and places are limited. Separate scholarship deadlines apply - check the scholarships website for details.

Starting date

Semester 1 (March) and Semester 2 (August)

Not available to student visa holders.  International students on other visas with study rights may apply.

Closing dates

Semester 1 - 11 February of the commencing year

Semester 2 - 15 July of the commencing year

We strongly encourage applicants to apply as early as possible, offers are made on a rolling basis and places are limited.

Starting date

Semester 1 (March) and Semester 2 (August)

What you'll study

Candidates of the Diploma of Language Studies may undertake units of study to a value of 48 credit points. A typical unit of study has a value of 6 credit points. The Diploma can be completed in three ways:

  1. completion of a selected major (48 credit points) (Note: This completion mode is not available for full time study.  Typical completion time is 3 years part time study), or
  2. completion of a selected minor, and 12 credit points of diploma electives (Note: This completion mode is not available for full time study. Typical completion time is 2.5 years part time study), or
  3. completion of 48 credit points of diploma electives. (Note: This completion mode is available for full time study or part time study).

Units of study are to be chosen from any of the subject areas listed below, which may include an optional major or minor.

  • Arabic Language and Cultures
  • Biblical Studies and Classical Hebrew
  • Chinese Studies
  • French and Francophone Studies
  • Germanic Studies
  • Greek (Ancient)
  • Modern Greek Studies
  • Hebrew (Modern)
  • Indonesian Studies
  • Italian Studies
  • Japanese Studies
  • Korean Studies
  • Latin
  • Sanskrit (minor only)
  • Spanish and Latin American Studies

Applying for admission

Students commencing the Diploma of Language Studies can select from one of two options: Semester 1 or Semester 2

Semester 1 admission is for students who wish to study a diploma in any language offered by the University of Sydney, including beginners.

Semester 2 is for students who wish to study a diploma in any language offered by the University, but is only available for students who have prior learning in a language.

Completion requirement

Under normal progression, a full-time student completes prescribed units of study from 18-24 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.

Assumed knowledge

No prior knowledge of the language you wish to study is necessary.

The Faculty offers classes at beginner, intermediate and advanced levels. If you have prior experience with the language you are studying you can be assessed by the relevant department and placed in the appropriate level class.

Admission criteria

To be eligible for admission, you must either:

  • be enrolled in an undergraduate degree or combined degree program at the University of Sydney and have approval for concurrent enrolment from the Deans of the Faculties; or
  • be enrolled in an undergraduate degree or combined degree program at another recognised tertiary institution; or
  • have been awarded, or be eligible for the award of, an undergraduate degree from a recognised tertiary institution.

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

Where possible the School of Languages and Culture strongly encourages students to spend a semester (or at least a summer break) in a native speaking country of their language of study where they can study the language and experience the country's culture first hand.

Career Pathways

Career opportunities for graduates of the Diploma of Language Studies depend on the area of study undertaken. A diploma is often a springboard to a postgraduate degree or a way of focusing your study in a particular area by doing a short course.  

Future study options

Eligible candidates may 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, to opportunities for independent research projects which prepare students for higher degrees by research.

Domestic students

International students

To help you understand common terms that we use at the University, we offer an online glossary.