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Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Advanced Studies (Languages)

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Overview

The Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Advanced Studies (Languages) will provide you with the opportunity to combine your passion for the study of languages and cultures with practical skills in multilingual translation and to develop high-level intercultural competency and communication skills. 

You will complete two language majors, attain foundational knowledge in translation theory and gain real-world experience through practical translation projects.

Our majors include:

The degree will allow you to engage in the study of different cultures, as well as the opportunity to undertake exchange semesters and short courses with our international partners. You will work with a team of leading academics and researchers of multilingualism and graduate with advanced skills in analysing cross-lingual and cross-cultural issues and a toolkit for practical translation in multilingual contexts. The course also allows students to pursue an additional major or minor in a non-language subject area such as business, economics, humanities/social sciences or science.

This course is endorsed by the National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters (NAATI). Graduates who wish to become Certified Translators will need to take the certification test. Depending on your level of language proficiency you may need to undertake further study in order to take the certification test.

Please note, this degree is not endorsed for interpreting.

Subject areas

Minors can be completed in any of the Majors listed below as well as standalone minors in Celtic Studies, Diversity Studies, Sanskrit, Social Policy or Writing Studies.

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Admission, fees and how to apply

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What you'll study

The sample study plan below includes two language majors and a fourth year in Multilingual Translation which includes translation projects specific to the languages majors, along with advanced coursework in translation studies. Multilingual Translation develops professional skills in translation and content localisation and graduates will be able to translate across three languages. The fourth year study will prepare you to work and excel in both business and public sector professions in Australia, the Asia-Pacific, and globally, or to progress to postgraduate research.

Completion requirement

Under normal progression, a full-time student completes prescribed units of study to the value of 24 credit points per semester. Part-time students may undertake prescribed units of study up to the value of 12 credit points per semester. You are required to attend all lectures, tutorials and other activities prescribed for your units of study.

Sample study plan

Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Advanced Studies (Languages)

Year

Sem

 Unit of study 

1

1

Language major 1

Languages program unit

Elective unit

Language major 2

 

2

Language major 1

Open Learning Environment units

Elective unit

Language major 2

2

1

Language major 1

Languages program unit

Elective unit

Language major 2

 

2

Language major 1

Language major 1

Elective unit

Language major 2

3

1

Language major 1

Language major 1

Elective unit

Language major 2

 

2

Language major 1

Open Learning Environment units

Elective unit

Language major 2

4

1

Language advanced coursework

Multilingual project

Elective unit

Language major 2

 

2

Language advanced coursework

Multilingual project

Elective unit

Language major 2

Assumed knowledge

Depends on the areas or units of study. For language studies: pathways are available for applicants with no prior language experience, as well as for those with prior experience in the respective language of study.

Admission criteria

Admission to this course is on the basis of the following criteria:

Admission pathways are open to domestic applicants on the basis of equity or other adjustment factors, including for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants. For details, visit admission pathways.

Course opportunities

Most subject areas within the Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Advanced Studies (Languages) allow for students to take part in an international exchange program. The program enables students to enhance their skills in a language other than English and their knowledge of other societies and cultures.

Career Pathways

Our graduates can be found in a broad range of careers and roles, including:

  • anthropologist
  • archaeologist
  • archivist
  • art historian
  • business administrator or manager
  • editor or publisher
  • foreign affairs and trade officer
  • government policy officer
  • historian
  • heritage specialist
  • information specialist
  • journalist
  • language specialist
  • media and communications officer
  • museum or gallery curator
  • researcher
  • sociologist
  • translator.
     
Future study

Eligible candidates may proceed to an honours year in the languages, or in their area of study, 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.

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Domestic students

Indicative Undergraduate Student Contribution Amount


The student contribution amount for a Commonwealth Supported Place is an indication only of the amount payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). The exact student contribution that you pay will depend on the calendar year in which you undertake your study in the course, and the specific units of study in which you enrol. For further information about how to calculate your specific total student contribution, please refer to the University's Tuition Fees website.

Annual review and fee increases


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

Additional incidental costs


Please note that for some courses there are additional costs in addition to the student contribution. Some of these additional costs are significant, for example, course-specific materials, tools, protective clothing, and equipment. Please consult the University's web page for more information: https://sydney.edu.au/students/materials-and-equipment.html.

Visa/MasterCard/American Express/JCB surcharge


Please note that a surcharge of 1.53% will apply for payments made by Visa, MasterCard, American Express or JCB. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

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 so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.

International students

Indicative International Tuition Fees for Undergraduate Students


The tuition fee for international undergraduate students is an indication of the fees payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). Depending on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and if your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL, your tuition fee will differ from the indicative amount. For further information about how to calculate your specific total tuition fees, please refer to the University's Tuition Fees website

Annual review and fee increases


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

Combined undergraduate degree tuition fees


For international students, for combined undergraduate degrees, a single indicative course tuition fee applies for the duration of your study in the combined degree, regardless of the units of study that are undertaken as part of your combined degree. Importantly, the single indicative course tuition fee is subject to annual review, and will increase each year of your study in the combined degree.

Additional incidental costs and health insurance


For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the tuition fees. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, course-specific materials, tools, protective clothing, and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from https://sydney.edu.au/students/materials-and-equipment.html. 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 a government approved provider of the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) scheme. This is a requirement of the Australian Government, unless otherwise exempted by the Government. Further information is available from https://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/living-costs/health-insurance.html.

Visa/MasterCard/American Express/JCB surcharge


Please note that a surcharge of 1.53% will apply for payments made by Visa, MasterCard, American Express or JCB. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

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 so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.

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