Language and Intercultural Communication

Language Learning and Intercultural Communication in the Contemporary World

Degree type

PhD, Masters by research

Closing date

25 September 2023


Hobart, Launceston

Citizenship requirement

Domestic / International

About the research project

As the world becomes more like a global village, communication among people from different languages and cultural backgrounds has increased exponentially. However, languages and cultures differ significantly from one to another, which poses significant challenges to people engaged in intercultural communication. Moreover, the Digital Age has dramatically transformed how people communicate. In particular, the influence of educational technology on language and communication is undeniably substantial in contemporary society. The interplay of language, communication and educational technology is complex, interrelated, and interdependent in the ever-changing environment. Therefore, understanding and responding to the environmental challenges in the current second language (L2) educational landscape requires a deep grasp of not only L2 language skills but also effective intercultural communication skills.

Language learning constitutes a dynamic process with numerous factors influencing its progress. With the rapid technological advancements and increasing cultural diversity, it is essential to investigate how these factors reshape the L2 language learning environment. Candidates who are interested in one or more of the following areas are encouraged to apply:

  • Educational technology
  • Intercultural communication and translation studies
  • Teaching Chinese/English as a second/foreign language
  • Second language acquisition

Primary Supervisor

Meet Dr Isabel Wang


Applicants will be considered for a Research Training Program (RTP) scholarship or Tasmania Graduate Research Scholarship (TGRS) which, if successful, provides:

  • a living allowance stipend of $31,500 per annum (2023 rate, indexed annually) for 3.5 years
  • a relocation allowance of up to $2,000
  • a tuition fees offset covering the cost of tuition fees for up to four years (domestic applicants only)

If successful, international applicants will receive a University of Tasmania Fees Offset for up to four years.

As part of the application process you may indicate if you do not wish to be considered for scholarship funding.

Other funding opportunities and fees

For further information regarding other scholarships on offer, and the various fees of undertaking a research degree, please visit our Scholarships and fees on research degrees page.


Applicants should review the Higher Degree by Research minimum entry requirements.

Ensure your eligibility for the scholarship round by referring to our Key Dates.

Additional eligibility criteria specific to this project/scholarship:

  • Applicants must be able to undertake the project on-campus

Selection Criteria

The project is competitively assessed and awarded.  Selection is based on academic merit and suitability to the project as determined by the College.

Additional essential selection criteria specific to this project:

  • Basic research skills, such as analytics and problem-solving skills
  • Interpersonal and communication skills
  • Advanced level of digital literacy

Additional desirable selection criteria specific to this project:

  • Time management skills, perseverance, and resilience
  • Statistics knowledge and skills in research

Application process

  1. Select your project, and check that you meet the eligibility and selection criteria, including citizenship;
  2. Contact Dr Isabel Wang to discuss your suitability and the project's requirements; and
  3. In your application:
    • Copy and paste the title of the project from this advertisement into your application. If you don’t correctly do this your application may be rejected.
    • Submit a signed supervisory support form, a CV including contact details of 2 referees and your project research proposal.
  4. Apply prior to 25 September 2023.

Full details of the application process can be found under the 'How to apply' section of the Research Degrees website.

Following the closing date applications will be assessed within the College. Applicants should expect to receive notification of the outcome by email by the advertised outcome date.

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