Diploma of Language Studies: FAQs

1. What is the Diploma of Language Studies?

The Diploma of Language Studies is a flexible program designed to allow you to study a language either alongside your undergraduate or postgraduate degree, or after you have completed undergraduate studies. You can study any of the fourteen languages offered at The School of Languages and Cultures. The Diploma is offered in both Standard mode, offered part time during semester; and the more flexible Accelerated mode, currently offered in Chinese, French, Japanese, Korean and Spanish.

2. Why take the Diploma of Language Studies?

  • Enhance your employment opportunities
  • Broaden your horizon
  • Introduce you to people, places, cultures and ideas
  • Gives you the opportunity to study overseas
  • It’s fun

3. Am I eligible?

To be eligible for admission, you must either be currently enrolled in an undergraduate or postgraduate degree or have been awarded an undergraduate degree. The diploma is open to students enrolled at the University of Sydney. You can also enrol the Diploma of Language Studies if you:

  • are a student from another recognised tertiary institution and currently enrolled in an undergraduate, postgraduate or combined degree; or
  • have been awarded, or are eligible for the award of an undergraduate degree from a recognised tertiary institution.
  • Please note, the Diploma of Language Studies is not available to international students.

4. Can I go on exchange while studying for a Diploma of Language Studies?

Yes and you are even encouraged to do so, whether you are doing the accelerated or the standard mode.

5. What is the difference between the standard and accelerated mode?

Students who study in the accelerated mode will have the same language level as those who take the standard mode. As such, it is possible to switch between the two modes.

You may plan out your Diploma as you wish, switching between modes as it suits you. Your only restriction will be when the units are offered, as not all levels are offered each session. Please take careful note of when the class is next offered if you plan on switching modes.

Diploma of Languages: standard vs. accelerated mode

Standard Accelerated

Duration

3 years/6 semesters

15 months

Sessions

Regular semester

Outside regular semester times

Delivery mode

Face to face

Intensive and blended for language classes

Online delivery for the cultural units

Concurrent studies to degree program available

It is possible, however you will need to either do a reduced study load with your degree; or overload.

Yes – designed for this purpose

Content

Four skills: listening, speaking, writing, reading.

Four skills: listening, speaking, writing, reading.

Students who study in the accelerated mode will have the same language level as those who take the standard mode. As such, it is possible to switch between the two modes.

6. What languages are offered?

All languages offered at the School are available to study in the Standard mode. Currently Chinese, French, Japanese, Korean and Spanish are offered in the accelerated mode. More languages may be offered in the accelerated mode in future years.

7. When can I apply and enrol?

Accelerated mode closing dates:
Applications - 1 September
Enrolment - 31 October

Standard mode closing dates:
Applications - 31 January
Enrolment - 3 March

We advise you to enrol as early as possible. Please note that mid-year intakes are not available for this Diploma.

8. What is the schedule of subjects offered in 2018?

Details of all regular units can be found on relevant Department websites under Undergraduate Study.
Offerings for the Accelerated Mode can be found here: http://sydney.edu.au/arts/future_students/diploma_language_studies/index.shtml

Diploma of Language Studies

9. Can I get HECS/FEE Help for this degree?

Yes. All units offered in the Standard and Accelerated modes can be funded through HECS/FEE-Help. For more information: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans.html

10. How long does the Diploma take to finish?

If you study all units in the Accelerated Mode sequentially from start to finish, it is possible to finish in 15 months. The maximum time limit to complete the Diploma is six years.

11. Can I study two languages at once?

You are not permitted to complete two concurrent Diplomas (i.e. to complete two languages at once). You may only enrol in one Diploma of Language Studies at a time.

If you haven’t found the answer to your question here, please contact or Program Director,