Diploma of Language Studies

No room for a language in your degree?

The Diploma of Language Studies is the most flexible way to study a language. The program will provide you with strong language skills and cultural understanding, without impacting on your other studies.

The Diploma of Language Studies allows you to study a language alongside or after your undergraduate degree. The Diploma is designed as a separate qualification so that you won’t face problems with trying to fit in another major or additional junior credit points. It is also ideal for people who are not studying but have already completed an undergraduate degree.

You can even study select languages in Accelerated mode, and complete your diploma in just 15 months.
Apply online for the Diploma of Language Studies.

The Diploma is offered in

Standard pathway
If you take the standard pathway, you complete 48 credit points (eight units of study). This is normally studied during semester, part time over three years, with a maximum time limit of six years. Please note that if you study in this mode you will need to either overload or reduce your study load for your main degree.

 Diploma of Language Studies Subject Areas

*offered in Accelerated mode

Accelerated mode
Our accelerate mode allows you to finish your diploma in just over a year.
You can study Chinese, French, Japanese, Korean or Spanish through this new intensive pathway. Classes are held outside of semester, so this mode of the diploma fits easily around other studies.
For further information, see the frequently asked questions and information about the units offered.

To be eligible for admission, you must either:

  • be enrolled in an undergraduate degree at the University of Sydney and have completed one year of study; or
  • be enrolled in an undergraduate degree at another recognised tertiary institution and have completed one year of study; or
  • have been awarded, or be eligible for the award of an undergraduate degree from a recognised tertiary institution.