Diploma in Languages

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The Diploma in Languages is a concurrent qualification, taken at the same time as your graduate degree. It will generally add an extra year of full-time study to your degree. 

Course Description


Learn a language by studying the Diploma in Languages alongside your graduate degree at the University of Melbourne.

The Diploma in Languages can be taken by students without previous language training, or by those seeking to develop existing language skills.

Studying a language through the Diploma in Languages enables you to focus on your desired field of study without missing out on the opportunity to improve your competitiveness in the international career market with a language qualification.

Domestic students enrolled in a Graduate Coursework or research higher degree program will have access to Commonwealth Supported Places in the Diploma in Languages. International Graduate Coursework and RHD students will attract international undergraduate fees for the Diploma in Languages.

Areas of study

You can study the following languages in the diploma:

  • Ancient Greek
  • Arabic
  • Chinese
  • French
  • German
  • Hebrew
  • Indonesian
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Latin
  • Russian
  • Spanish

Learning outcomes

On completion of the Diploma in Languages, students should:

  • have acquired a mastery of both oral/aural and writing/reading skills comparable to that of a student majoring in a language discipline
  • have gained a basic understanding of selected aspects of the culture (or cultures) and of the society (or societies) associated with the language
  • communicate effectively in a variety of oral and written formats, and, in the case of those students undertaking a language major, read, write, listen and speak another language with fluency and appreciate its cultural contexts

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How to apply

Applications open twice each year for start-year (semester one) and mid-year (semester two) entry. It is also possible to commence the diploma in the summer semester if required. A place in the diploma cannot be deferred. You must apply for the diploma prior to the semester in which you wish to commence it.

Start your online application

Go to Student Admin, then Enrolment, then New Course Applications and Offers and select Apply for another University of Melbourne course.

Application deadlines

For more information please see the Students Concurrent Diplomas web page.

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