Diploma of Language Studies

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

The Diploma of Language Studies is designed to provide candidates who are enrolled in an undergraduate degree, or have already completed a bachelor's degree, with language skills and an understanding of the culture and societies in which that language is spoken.

An Accelerated Mode pathway is being introduced for the 2015 academic year, commencing in the 2014/15 summer session. This pathway will allow completion of the Diploma in one year.

Follow the link for more information on the Diploma of Language Studies Accelerated Mode.

An accelerated mode for the Diploma is being introduced for the 2015 academic year, commencing in the 2014/15 summer session. This pathway will allow completion of the Diploma in one year.

Please note: The units of study listed below are subject to change and are to be used as a guide only.

Course outline


Study plan


Candidates of the Diploma of Language Studies undertake units of study to a value of 48 Credit points in total from one subject area including: Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Greek (Classical), Greek (Modern), Hebrew (Classical), Hebrew (Modern), Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latin, Sanskrit, Spanish.

Majors

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. Majors are included on students' testamurs. The Diploma of Language Studies requires that students complete one major from a language subject area. A major consists of 36 credit points (cp) in senior (2000/3000-level) units of study (6cp each) from a single subject area of study. The exact requirements for majors may differ between subject areas. 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.

Core majors

Further course information

Progression rules

The standard suggested pathway for the Diploma of Language Studies consists of the completion of 48 credit points (8 units of study) studying part time over 3 years, although depending on a student's language proficiency it may be completed in as little as 1.5 years. Students are required to attend all lectures, tutorials and performance-related activities prescribed for their units of study.

An Accelerated Mode pathway is being introduced for the 2015 academic year, commencing in the 2014/15 summer session. This pathway will allow completion of the Diploma in one year.

Follow the link for more information on the the Diploma of Language Studies Accelerated Mode.

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.

Course opportunities

The School of Languages and Culture strongly encourages students to spend a semester (or at least a summer break) in a native speaking country of their language of study where they can study the language and experience the country's culture first hand.

Course outcomes and further study

Graduate opportunities

Career opportunities for graduates of the Diploma of Language Studies depend on the area of study undertaken. A diploma is often a springboard to a postgraduate degree or a way of focusing your study in a particular area by doing a short course. Choices of language majors include: Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Greek (Classical), Greek (Modern), Hebrew (Classical), Hebrew (Modern), Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latin, Sanskrit, Spanish.

Further study

Eligible candidates may proceed to an honours year, 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, to opportunities for independent research projects which prepare students for higher degrees by research.

About honours

An honours year in Language Studies 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. An honours year typically 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 candidature for the Diploma of Language Studies requires the applicant to:

(a) be enrolled in an undergraduate degree or combined degree program at the University of Sydney; or

(b) be enrolled in an undergraduate degree or combined degree program at another recognised tertiary institution; or

(c) have been awarded, or be eligible for the award of, an undergraduate degree from a recognised tertiary institution.

Assumed knowledge

Language students are assessed by the department and placed in the appropriate level class. The faculty offers classes at beginner, intermediate and advanced levels.

How to apply

Domestic students

How to apply

Australian citizens, permanent residents, New Zealand citizens, and holders of a permanent humanitarian visa, apply through the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences - click on the 'Apply now' icon on this page to proceed with your application.

Please note: not all courses are offered in the July semester intake.

International students

How to apply

Not available to International Students

Further admission requirements

Not available to International Students

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

Indicative international tuition fees for undergraduate students not available for Diploma of Language Studies.

Annual review

Annual review not available for Diploma of Language Studies.

Additional incidental fees and health insurance

Additional incidental fees and health insurance not available for Diploma of Language Studies.

Potential for inaccuracy

Potential for inaccuracy not available for Diploma of Language Studies.