School of Languages and Cultures


Studying languages gives you a competitive edge in any career. As a language graduate you will have qualities that set you apart – unique communications skills, cultural awareness and the ability to adapt to changing environments. Be it in business services, government or non-profit, these skills are valued by employers in every sector. Indeed, in every country. Overseas jobs and the chance to travel will beckon. Learning a language will alter the way you look at the world and make your life richer.

Why study at the School of Languages and Cultures?

We offer the widest range of language studies in Australia covering Europe, the Middle East, Asia and the Americas. See the full list here. And we’re flexible – you can study your chosen language as part of a Bachelor’s degree or combined degree, with the option of Honours and postgraduate programs. Or you can add a language to any other degree with the Diploma of Language Studies, which is also offered in an accelerated mode. Whether you are just starting as a University student or looking to expand your professional career, we can help you discover the joys of learning a language.

Latest News

  • The Fifth International Symposium on Chinese Language and Discourse (5th ISCLD)

    The Fifth International Symposium on Chinese Language and Discourse (5th ISCLD) took place from 18 to 20 June 2018 at the University of Sydney and was an overwhelming success. Over 80 researchers from 13 countries and regions including Australia, the USA, UK, Canada, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan, Norway, New Zealand, Thailand and Vietnam attended the symposium.

  • Film Festival Events: Applications and Research

    The interdisciplinary Film Festival Events conference and roundtable discussion took place on June 13, 2018 as an all-day event, bringing together film studies researchers, film event practitioners, and LOTE teachers from NSW and Victoria. The event ran in association with the Department of Germanic Studies, French and Francophone Studies, and International Comparative Literature and Translation Studies.

  • No. 1 in Australia for Modern Languages: 2018 QS World Rankings

    The University of Sydney is ranked 1st in Australia for Modern Languages and 26th in the world by the latest QS World Rankings by Subject. 

  • Honouring 2016/2017 HSC Egyptian High Achievers

    The Australian Egyptian Forum Council (AEFC) organised a celebration dinner in the University's Great Hall on Thursday 15th February 2018 to acknowledge and honour some very bright Young Egyptian Australians for their splendid achievements in their HSC results during the academic years of 2016 and 2017.

  • Translating culture and talking with translators – Sydney Ideas podcast

    Now available on SoundCloud: What is the position of the translator as cultural mediator? Listen to the sold-out Sydney Ideas event featuring our Head of School Professor Yixu Lu FAHA, Professor Vrasidas Karalis, Professor Adrian Vickers and Dr Joshua Stenberg as they explore the significance of translation, its impact on encounters between people, and its contribution to social cohesion especially in multicultural and multi-faith societies like Australia.

  • The Translatability of Cultures Huddle and Multilingual Australia: Past and Present Retreat

    The SLC Translatability of Cultures Huddle and Multilingual Australia: Past and Present Retreat, both supported by Sydney Social Sciences and Humanities Advanced Research Centre (SSSHARC) and SLC, took place from 5 – 9 February 2018.

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