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Introduction to Languages

Learning a language isn’t just about memorising vocabulary, studying grammar and making sense of new sounds. It’s about immersing yourself in another culture. When you find new ways to communicate, the world opens, and you start to see and do things differently.

We’ve partnered with leading Australian universities to offer you the choice to study the language you want, and the flexibility to study how you want.

Get multicultural and multilingual. Communicate with confidence in your chosen language—and pick up a culture’s history and politics along the way.

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La Trobe University


Japanese 1

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No ATAR required. Start with a subject.

Starts 04 Mar 2024, 29 Jul 2024

Curtin University


Language and Diversity

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No ATAR required. Start with a subject.

Starts 25 Nov 2024

University of South Australia


Intercultural Communication

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No ATAR required. Start with a subject.

Starts 01 Apr 2024, 16 Sep 2024

University of New England


English Language in Use

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No ATAR required. Start with a subject.

Starts 26 Feb 2024, 24 Jun 2024, 21 Oct 2024

Enrolments open until 4 Mar

Online languages degrees

University of New England


Diploma in Modern Languages

Explore the world through language and culture

Learn to read, write, and speak in another language. Choices include Italian, Japanese, French, and more. Includes cultural studies for a well-rounded knowledge of your chosen language. Future-proof your career, prepare for travel. Unlock opportunities. 

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1 year full time or part time equivalent

No ATAR required. Start with a subject.

Available majors

  • Chinese Language Major,  
  • French Language Major,  
  • German Language Major,  
  • Indonesian Language Major,  
  • Italian Language Major,  
  • Japanese Language Major,  
Curtin University


Bachelor of Arts (Japanese)

Thrive in an international context

Explore modern Japanese culture, develop communication skills and advance your career. Learn through innovative teaching, practical resources and in-depth insights into Japanese social and business practices.

100% online

3 years full time or part time equivalent

No ATAR required. Start with a subject.

La Trobe University


Diploma of Arts

Start with the subjects you’re passionate about

Follow your interests on this humanities pathway into university. Choices range from languages to history, politics, and philosophy. Pick up important skills like critical thinking and collaboration. Shape your future in the arts and social science.

100% online

1 year full time or part time equivalent

No ATAR required. Start with a subject.

Curtin University


Bachelor of Arts (Chinese)

Explore the language, culture, and society of China

Study Chinese culture and business practices. You’ll develop your Chinese language skills from beginner to advanced. Expand your world view. Communicate across cultures. Start to think about engaging with the Chinese community.

100% online

3 years full time or part time equivalent

No ATAR required. Start with a subject.

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Boost your career with a language

A second language can enhance your career options.

If you’re looking to work overseas, or for a multinational within Australia, extra languages on your CV help you stand out. If there’s a particular country or region you’d love to work in, picking up one of the local languages is a smart idea.

By choosing language electives or minors, you’ll make your degree as unique as you are and gain a competitive edge. Many undergraduate degrees offer this opportunity. Look for courses that include free-choice subjects (as opposed to mandatory) that let you pursue your interests.

National languages of Asia

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Arabic - the common language of the Arab world and the liturgical language of IslamArabic courses
Auslan - Australian sign languageAuslan courses
Burmese - the official language of MyanmarBurmese courses
Gamilaraay - an Indigenous Australian languageGamilaraay courses
Hindi - the official language of IndiaHindi courses
Indonesian - the official language of IndonesiaIndonesian courses
Japanese - the official language of JapanJapanese courses
Korean - the official language of North Korea and South KoreaKorean courses
Mandarin - used in China, and the world's most spoken native languageMandarin courses
Mongolian - the official language of MongoliaMongolian courses
Persian - the mother tongue of more than 150 million people in the Middle EastPersian courses
Tetum - a language of Timor-LesteTetum courses
Thai - the national and official language of ThailandThai courses 
Tibetan - a language of TibetTibetan courses
Tok Pisin - an official language of Papua New GuineaTok Pisin courses
Vietnamese - the national and official language of VietnamVietnamese courses

Classical and ancient languages to study

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Arabic - the common language of the Arab world and the liturgical language of IslamArabic courses
Gamilaraay - an Indigenous Australian languageGamilaraay courses
Ancient Greek - one of the most important languages of the ancient worldAncient Greek courses
Hebrew - the classical Hebrew languageHebrew courses
Latin - a classical language and discover the blueprint of modern western languagesLatin courses
Literary Chinese - the language of the classical period of Chinese literatureLiterary Chinese courses
Sanskrit - a classical language of IndiaSanskrit courses

Popular European languages

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French - the official language of FranceFrench courses
German - the official language of Germany, Austria, Liechtenstein and LuxembourgGerman courses
Greek - the official language of Greece and CyprusGreek courses
Italian - the official language of ItalyItalian courses
Spanish - the world's second-most spoken native languageSpanish courses
Portuguese - the native language of Brazil and PortugalPortuguese course
Turkish - the official language of TurkeyTurkish courses

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