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Diploma of Language Studies

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Overview

The Diploma of Language Studies is a flexible pathway program designed to offer you the opportunity to study language either alongside your undergraduate or postgraduate degree, or after you have completed undergraduate studies.

You can choose from fourteen languages offered by the School of Languages and Cultures. This diploma will ensure that you are confident with language skills and have a strong understanding of the culture and societies in which that language is spoken.

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Admission, fees and how to apply

Depends on your qualification, citizenship status

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The details on this page based on your selections are a guide only, and are subject to change.

Your fee

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What you'll study

Candidates of the Diploma of Language Studies may undertake units undertake units of study to a value of 48 credit points of up to three-years part-time. A typical unit of study has a value of 6 credit points. The Diploma can be completed in three ways:

(a) completion of a selected major (48 credit points), or

(b) completion of a selected minor, and 12 credit points of diploma electives, or

(c) completion of 48 credit points of diploma electives.

Units of study are to be chosen from any of the subject areas listed below, which may include an optional major or minor.

  • Arabic Language and Cultures
  • Biblical Studies and Classical Hebrew
  • Chinese Studies
  • French and Francophone Studies
  • Germanic Studies
  • Greek (Ancient)
  • Modern Greek Studies
  • Hebrew (Modern)
  • Indonesian Studies
  • Italian Studies
  • Japanese Studies
  • Korean Studies
  • Latin
  • Sanskrit (minor only)
  • Spanish and Latin American Studies

Units of Study

Applying for admission

Students commencing the Diploma of Language Studies can select from one of two options: Semester 1 or Semester 2

Semester 1 admission is for students who wish to study a diploma in any language offered by the University of Sydney, including beginners.

Semester 2 is for students who wish to study a diploma in any language offered by the University, but is only available for students who have prior learning in a language.

Completion requirement

Under normal progression, a full-time student completes prescribed units of study from 18-24 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.

Assumed knowledge

No prior knowledge of the language you wish to study is necessary.

The Faculty offers classes at beginner, intermediate and advanced levels. If you have prior experience with the language you are studying you can be assessed by the relevant department and placed in the appropriate level class.

Admission requirement

To be eligible for admission, you must either:

  • be enrolled in an undergraduate degree or combined degree program at the University of Sydney and have approval for concurrent enrolment from the Deans of the Faculties; or
  • be enrolled in an undergraduate degree or combined degree program at another recognised tertiary institution; or
  • have been awarded, or be eligible for the award of, an undergraduate degree from a recognised tertiary institution.

Course opportunities

Where possible 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.

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.  

Future study options

Eligible candidates may 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.

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


For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the student contribution. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, course-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from https://sydney.edu.au/students/materials-and-equipment.html.

Visa/MasterCard surcharge


Please note that a surcharge of 1.53% will apply for payments made by Visa or MasterCard. 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.

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, protected 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 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.

Visa/MasterCard surcharge


Please note that a surcharge of 1.53% will apply for payments made by Visa or MasterCard. 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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