Bachelor of Arts (Languages)

The information on this page applies to future students. Current students should refer to their faculty handbooks for course information.

Our Bachelor of Arts (Languages) degree is designed for worldly students who wish to link their humanities and social sciences studies with the core study of one or more foreign languages.

Some of our students have begun their language studies in secondary school or elsewhere, while others embark on a new language at beginners’ level within our language departments – both options are possible within our degree.

This four-year degree allows you to specialise in your primary language and take a second major in another language. Alternatively, you can choose your second major from other non-language subject areas.

A diverse selection of language majors are on offer, ranging from Indonesian, to Arabic, Greek, Korean and more.

A standout feature of this degree is the compulsory, subsidised in-country study component that enables you to spend one or two semesters studying at a designated university in the country of your primary language. Not only does this in-country study provide a valuable opportunity to enhance your linguistic fluency and cultural knowledge, once successfully completed is also credited towards your University of Sydney degree.

The linguistic and cultural competence acquired by undertaking a Bachelor of Arts (Languages) prepares you for further studies and/or work overseas, and offers you international career opportunities in the private and public sector, such as diplomacy and international trade.

Majors

Units of study

Course Structure

Full units of study list

Further course information

Study plan

The Bachelor of Arts (Languages) may be undertaken full-time over four years or part-time over eight years. Full-time students enrol in junior units of study with a maximum 48 credit points (cp) during first year. A typical unit of study has a value of 6cp. All students complete two majors from arts and social sciences subject areas including at least one major in a modern language. Each major comprises 36cp of senior units of study, taken over second and third year. The fourth year allows students the choice of continuing their study of senior units and provides room in the degree for a third major from an arts and social sciences subject area or from other faculties within the University (subject to permission from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences).

Alternatively students can choose to complete an honours year specialising in the language subject area of their major or combined honours in the language subject area and the second major subject area. Honours is both a preparation for postgraduate study and a capstone to an undergraduate degree. Honours extends your intellectual range, hones your research abilities and analytical techniques, and helps you to develop the personal and professional skills needed to see a research project though to completion. The Honours fourth year comprises seminar classes and work toward a short thesis on an independent research project under the supervision of an academic staff member who is an expert in the field of your research.

Progression rules

A major in the Bachelor of Arts (Languages) comprises the satisfactory completion of 36 senior credit points (cp) in a chosen subject area. Candidates take two majors, at least one of which must be in a modern language. A minimum of 24 senior cp, including 12cp in the language major, must be completed for a semester abroad, or 48 senior cp with 24cp in the language major for two semesters abroad. Students must maintain a Credit average (65%) across all units of study in the first three years of enrolment, or until the required study abroad is completed, as well as in all senior units of study in the language major. Students who fail to maintain a credit average will be transferred to candidature for the Bachelor of Arts degree in the next year of their enrolment. Students planning to proceed to an honours year in their chosen subject area should be aware of additional pre-requisites for honours admission, normally a minimum 48cp of senior units of study in the subject area with a Credit average. Units of study completed at the University of Sydney Summer School which correspond to units of study permitted to count to this degree may be credited towards the course requirements. A standard full-time enrolment is 24cp per semester; less than 18cp per semester is considered to be part-time. A student may not enrol in more than 30cp in any one semester without permission and may not enrol in a unit of study, before meeting any prerequisites and corequisites for that unit of study. Candidates are required to attend all lectures, tutorials and other activities prescribed for their units of study.

What is a major?

A major is usually a two year defined sequence of study, generally comprising specified units of study in a particular subject area. In the Bachelor of Arts (Languages), a major can be a three year defined sequence of study. The Bachelor of Arts (Languages) requires that students complete at least one language studies major and one major from the subject areas taught by the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. A language major comprises units of study in both language and culture and is available to complete beginners as well as students who already have knowledge of a language. Majors are included on students' testamurs. A major consists of at least 36 credit points (cp) in senior (2000/3000-level) units of study (6cp each) from a single subject area of study. Senior units of study can only be used to meet the requirements for one major. Units cannot be 'double counted' or 'counted twice'. For example, FRNC2622 may be counted to either a major in French studies or a major in European studies major, but cannot be counted towards both. The exact requirements for majors may differ between subject areas. Most majors in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences require the completion of at least two junior (1000-level) prerequisite units of study (6cp each).

What is an elective?

An elective is a unit of study within a degree, usually an option within a course. Electives allow more detailed study of a particular subject. Electives can be selected from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences or from other faculties within the University (subject to permission from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences).

Course opportunities

The Bachelor of Arts (Languages) includes a compulsory, subsidised in-country study component that enables you to spend one or more semesters studying at a designated university in the country of your primary language.

Course outcomes and further study

Graduate opportunities

The Bachelor of Arts (Languages) prepares graduates to work in a range of areas that utilise their language skills, including, as translators or teachers of languages in international organisations or for foreign language based newspapers. Our graduates are proficient in research and inquiry, and demonstrate personal and intellectual autonomy, and ethical, social and professional understanding, qualities sought after by leading employers all over the world.

Course accreditation

Sydney Arts students are encouraged to become members of professional associations concerned with their areas of study. Association membership for students is often heavily discounted and may provide: opportunities for networking; conferences on topical issues providing local and international perspectives; research on areas of practice, quality and innovation; interest groups in specific areas of industry; regular journals and other publications; access to current salary information based on surveys conducted by the association; advice on workplace agreements; events offering professional development and ongoing learning; scholarships, awards and prizes; further study (including short courses, professional accreditation programs, or postgraduate qualifications).

Further study

Eligible candidates may proceed to an honours year in the Bachelor of Arts (Languages) , or apply for admission to a rich postgraduate program in the humanities and social sciences, comprising advanced learning and professional courses. Master degrees include capstone projects ranging from internships with government and non-government organisations in Australia and overseas, the gallery and museum sector, and leading media organisations, to opportunities for independent research projects which prepare students for higher degrees by research.

About honours

The Bachelor of Arts (Languages) Honours year is both a preparation for postgraduate study and a capstone to an undergraduate degree. Honours can be the culmination of your formal education, an experience that extends your intellectual range, hones your research abilities, as well as analytical and communication techniques, and helps you to develop the personal and professional skills needed to see a research project though to completion. Honours can also be the first step on a path to a career as an academic or professional researcher. The Arts Honours year comprises seminar classes and work toward a short thesis on an independent research project under the supervision of an academic staff member who is an expert in the field of your research.

Admission

Admission requirements

Admission to this course is on the basis of a secondary school leaving qualification such as the NSW Higher School Certificate (including national and international equivalents), tertiary study or an approved preparation program. English language requirements must be met where these are not demonstrated by sufficient qualifications taught in English. Special admission pathways are open for domestic mature aged applicants who do not possess a school leaving qualification, educationally disadvantaged applicants and for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Applicants are ranked by merit and offers for available places are issued according to the ranking.

Assumed knowledge

No assumed knowledge is required, language skills are assessed by the department and students are placed in the appropriate level (beginner, intermediate or advanced) class.

How to apply

Domestic students

How to apply

Applications for the University's undergraduate courses are made though the Universities Admission Centre (UAC). On-time applications for the March Semester close on the last working day of September. On-time applications for the July Semester close in May. Please note: not all courses are offered in the July semester intake.

Further requirements

Please see:
http://sydney.edu.au/courses/?detail=1&course_sef_id=Bachelor_of_Arts__Languages__208§ion=apply

International students

How to apply

Overseas applicants may apply (i) directly to the University's International Office, (ii) through a University overseas representative (education agent), or (iii) through the Universities Admissions Centre, for students applying on the basis of a current Australian Year 12 secondary school examination, or studying either an International Baccalaureate in Australia or a New Zealand Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) Level 3.

Further admission requirements

Please see:
http://sydney.edu.au/courses/?detail=1&course_sef_id=Bachelor_of_Arts__Languages__208§ion=apply

Fee disclaimer

Domestic students

Indicative Undergraduate Student Contribution Amount

This student contribution amount for a Commonwealth Supported Place is an indication only of the fees that are payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2014 for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). The exact student contribution that you pay will depend on the specific units of study in which you ultimately enrol. If you are a Commonwealth supported student and was enrolled in a University course before 1 January 2013 your student contribution may differ.

For further information about how to calculate your specific total student contribution, please refer to the University's Future Students' website.

Annual review

Importantly, student contribution amounts are subject to annual review by the University, and are likely to increase each year of your period of study (subject to a Commonwealth specified cap), effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental fees

For some courses there are incidental fees additional to the student contribution. Some of those fees are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. For further information about these additional incidental fees, please visit the University's Future Students' website.

Potential for inaccuracy

Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre for domestic students or the International Office for international students so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about those fees.

International students

Indicative international tuition fees for undergraduate students

This international tuition fee is an indication only of the fees that are payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2014, for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). The exact tuition fees that you pay will depend on the specific units of study in which you ultimately enrol.

For further information about how to calculate your specific total tuition fees, please refer to the University's Future Students' website.

Annual review

Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review, and are likely to increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental fees and health insurance

For some courses there are incidental fees additional to the tuition fees. Some of those fees are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. For further information about these additional incidental fees, please visit the University's Future Students' website.

In addition to the fees indicated here for the course of study, International Students studying on an Australian Student Visa must have appropriate health insurance for the duration of their studies on a Student Visa through an approved provider of the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) scheme. This is a requirement of the Australian Government, unless otherwise exempted by the Government.

Potential for inaccuracy

Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre for domestic students or the International Office for international students so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about those fees.

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