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Start dates
  • Semester 1 - 22 Feb 2021
  • Semester 2 - 19 Jul 2021
Mode of delivery

Face to Face, Online


2 years part-time up to 6 years maximum.

Program code: 11718

Study languages

Proficiency in other languages will enrich your personal growth and develop in-demand skills – opening many doors to diverse careers and unique opportunities. As part of this exciting diploma, students will be able to study a range of languages alongside your undergraduate degree including French, German, Japanese and Chinese. You’ll learn how to read, write and speak the language of your choice, while learning more about the relevant culture.

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.

  • Learn in-demand language skills and open doors to diverse careers, travel and unique opportunities.
  • Study diverse language options include Australian Sign language (Auslan), Chinese, French, German and Japanese.
  • Open to all students to study alongside your undergraduate 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, as well as Australian Sign Language (Auslan). Overseas study opportunities are available to learn the language in country.

Our languages diploma offers courses that cover a range of language competencies in formal and informal contexts, including speaking, listening, reading and writing in addition to this students will have the opportunity to learn about the cultural foundations and business environment of the countries in which the language is native. At UON, you can focus on just one language, or elect multiple languages. You can choose from:

Elective options are also available in Auslan (Australian Sign Language)

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 or Japanese 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 in languages

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.

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.

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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. Students will only be adding one year of study to their undergraduate degree but graduating with two qualifications - a bachelor degree and a diploma. 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.