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School of Languages and Cultures

Ranked #1 for Modern Languages in Australia
We offer a wide range of language studies. Join us to discover the world's cultures first hand and become a truly global citizen.

Placing first in Australia and 26th in the world for modern languages,* we lead the country in the research and teaching of languages and cultures. Our language offerings include Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Hebrew (Classical and Modern), Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Modern Greek, Sanskrit and Spanish. We also offer study options in Asian Studies, Hebrew, Biblical and Jewish Studies, European Studies, and International Comparative Literature and Translation Studies.

With Australia’s growing diversity, we equip our students with cultural and linguistic competency and enable them to become successful and responsible citizens of the country and of our interconnected world.

For students who haven't had the opportunity to learn a new language, we offer the largest study in-country program at the University. Undergraduate students can go on global study adventures to nine destinations through our In Country Open Learning Environment (OLE) units and learn about a culture and its language first-hand. 

*2018 QS World University Rankings by Subject 

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Visit the What's On calendar to see our upcoming events and seminars.

Co-presented with Sydney Ideas

When: 6 November 2018, 6–7.30pm 
Where: Old Geology Lecture Theatre, Edgeworth David Building, Science Rd, the University of Sydney
Cost: Free and open to all; registrations required
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From Cannes to Sundance, the number of international film festivals are on rise, showing a growing appetite and visibility worldwide. By a nature global, what are the opportunities international film festivals offer in connecting cultures and ideas? Could it perhaps set the scene and shape a future vision of Australia's multicultural society?

Join our discussion featuring Australian film icon David Stratton as we explore the role of international film events in 21st-century Australia. Our expert panel features influential film festival curators from different language and culture backgrounds.

Screening the World is a research cluster coordinated by Benjamin Nickl, Michelle Royer, Giorgia Alu, Andrea Bandhauer, Lucia Sorbera and Fernanda Penaloza.

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School of Languages and Cultures