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School of Languages and Cultures

Ranked #1 for Modern Languages in Sydney
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 Sydney and 26th in the world for modern languages, we lead in the education and research 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 various destinations through our Open Learning Environment (OLE) In-Country units and learn about a culture and its language first-hand.  

*2019 QS World University Rankings by Subject

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World Literatures and the Global South Conference

23–25 August 2019

Co-convened with the Peking University Australian Studies Centre and the World Literature Association, the School of Languages and Cultures is proud to host the third international congress of the World Literature Association.

This international conference will engage with literary production on and from the Global South in their own languages as well as in translation.

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We regularly host a range of events presented by the School, our various Departments and research groups.

Browse the School's Events calendar to see our full listing of upcoming events.

Head of School (Acting)

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