Diploma of Language Studies

To qualify for the pass Diploma, candidates must complete at least 48 credit points, including at least 36 senior credit points, in one of the following:

Eligibility for Admission

To be eligible for admission, you must either:

  • be enrolled in an undergraduate degree or combined degree at the University of Sydney; or
  • be enrolled in an undergraduate degree or combined degree at another recognised tertiary institution; or
  • have been awarded, or be eligible for the award of an undergraduate degree from a recognised tertiary institution.
 Diploma of Language Studies Subject Areas

The language study area will be shown in brackets on the testamur.

Accelerated Mode

An accelerated mode in the Diploma of Language Studies is being introduced in 2015, commencing in the 2014/15 summer session. This pathway will initially be available for the following languages:

  • Indonesian
  • Spanish
  • Korean
  • Japanese

The accelerated mode is designed to meet the needs of students who are currently enrolled in a degree course with no units free for language studies, but nonetheless would like to study a language concurrently. Graduate and postgraduate students are also eligible to enrol for the accelerated mode.

The overall structure of the diploma in accelerated mode consists of standard Units of Study that are offered in intensive format throughout the year. The duration for the course is one year. Typically, in accelerated mode, the course structure will consist of:

  1. A common Unit of Study on intercultural communication, to be offered in a combination of online and intensive format.
  2. One semester-long country-specific Unit of Study, to be offered in English online, providing common background knowledge on the target country (or region, in the case of Latin America), and specialist content relevant to different disciplines (e.g. health, engineering, business)
  3. Two level one Units of Study, to be taken in intensive format during the semester break.
  4. Four upper level Language Units of Study offered in intensive format during the semester or in summer or winter school format, which may be taken in-country – or else students can combine in-country study with standard language units.

Language learning in the beginners level Units of Study will be designed to cover relevant thematic areas and complement the English language background unit. This will include practical language associated with corporate, public service and research engagement (numbers, telling time, locations, taking transport, making and renegotiating appointments, language of phone calls).

In-country units will be taught using a University of Sydney curriculum by partner universities in a relevant country context

Internship units in relevant faculties will be cross-listed at the upper level and may be substituted for one upper-level language Unit of Study, on the condition that the internship be taken in a country where the relevant language is spoken. This will increase the relevance and flexibility of the diploma.