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84.25 (Median ATAR)
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UAC code


Start dates
  • Semester 1 - 26 Feb 2018
  • Semester 2 - 30 Jul 2018
Mode of delivery

Face to Face


2 years part-time up to 6 years maximum.

UON program code: 11718

Study languages at UON

Proficiency in other languages will enrich your personal growth and develop in-demand skills – opening many doors to diverse careers and unique opportunities.

Language graduates often cite great personal satisfaction as one of the many rewards. Gain a deeper appreciation of cultural differences that open your mind and future to exciting opportunities in Australia and overseas.

Studying the Diploma in Languages at UON unlocks opportunities to careers involving travel, overseas postings and teaching, along opportunities in sectors that have foreign-language clients, markets and stakeholders.

  • Develop in-demand skills and open doors to divers careers, travel and unique opportunities.
  • Diverse language options include Australian Sign language (Auslan), Chinese, French, German, Japanese and Latin.
  • Open to all students so you can study languages on its own, or alongside your bachelor/postgraduate degree.
  • One extra year, two qualifications: Adding this valuable skill only slightly extends your study so you gain two qualifications in less time.
  • Flexible course delivery and study options empower you to complete your studies quickly or gradually to suit your needs, lifestyle and goals.

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What you will study

When you study the Diploma in Languages, you will gain proficiency in a Language Other Than English (LOTE), or acquire skills in a range of languages other than English. You can learn modern and classical languages, as well as Australian Sign Language (Auslan).

Our languages program offers courses that cover a range of language competencies in formal and informal contexts, including speaking, listening, reading and writing. At UON, you can focus on just one language, or elect multiple languages. You can choose from:

Some courses are also available in blended mode (face-to-face and online) or can be studied completely online. Course availability is subject to change. For details, please refer to the Diploma in Languages program handbook.

Minor or double minor in languages

When you study a Diploma in Languages you will undertake:

  • One minor, directed courses and electives; or
  • Two minors

You can choose to study Chinese, French, German, Japanese or Latin as your minor. Auslan can be undertaken through directed courses or electives. Language courses are subject to change and availability. For details, please refer to the program handbook.

Advanced study options

Gain a competitive edge and expand your career prospects by undertaking another year of study to obtain an Honours degree. If you have completed 80 units of French or Japanese within the Diploma in Languages, and have a Bachelor’s Degree, you may be allowed to continue your studies in one of these languages and enrol in the Honours program.

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Program plans

Download a program plan for further details on your degree's structure and what courses you will study.

These program plans are applicable to new students. Current students should refer to the program handbook to access the plan relevant to the year they commenced.

View the full course list

Career opportunities

UON Diploma in Languages graduates enjoy diverse career opportunities, with their added qualification and language skills opening doors in Australia and around the world. If you choose to combine this diploma with your undergraduate degree you will be adding only one year of study but graduating with two qualifications - a bachelor degree and a diploma1. Dual qualifications gives an added boost to your employment chances in almost any job or industry.

Career pathways using your Diploma in Languages include roles in:

  • commercial industries
  • education
  • government
  • journalism
  • language translation
  • law and policy development

1Subject to conditions. Students may complete study requirements more quickly or part-time over an extended period.