A Diploma of Languages at the University of Newcastle can be achieved in one year of full-time study.

Diploma in Languages

What you will study


When you study a Diploma in Languages at the University of Newcastle, you can learn modern and classical languages, as well as Australian Sign Language (Auslan).


Proficiency in another language will enrich your personal growth and skill set, opening many doors to unique opportunities. Our languages program offers courses that cover a range of language competency, including speaking, listening, reading and writing, in formal and informal contexts.

When you study languages at UON, you can focus on just one language, or elect multiple languages:

The availability of courses listed is subject to change. For more information, please refer to the Diploma in Languages handbook.


To achieve functional fluency (level B1/B2 in the Common European Framework of Reference
for Languages) within one language, it is recommended that you complete 80 units. Studying two languages, 40 units in each of two languages, will provide elementary fluency (level A2/B1). Please note: 80 units are not available in all language areas. Refer to the handbook for details.


This program is open to both current and future students. You can study the Diploma in Languages on its own, or you can do it in conjunction with either an undergraduate or a postgraduate degree program, finishing with two qualifications.


Adding this valuable skill and qualification onto your main degree will only slightly extend your studies. For example, if you are an undergraduate student, you only need to add one extra year onto your study to graduate with two qualifications - a bachelor degree and a diploma. You also have the option to complete your language studies sooner by taking on an additional course each semester (50 units rather than 40 units).

For more pathway options, view Diploma in Languages ADMISSIONS.


The Diploma of Languages is offered part-time, taken over a minimum of two years and a maximum of six. Some language courses are also offered completely online.

Courses of study are structured for progressive attainment of competency. No knowledge of a language is assumed and courses begin at beginner's level. If you enrol in the program with some knowledge of a language, you can begin at a higher level as advised by lecturing staff.

For more information about the Diploma of Languages program, please refer to the handbook.

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