Studying with us, you'll learn from fluent experts who will help you improve your language skills. You’ll also get to experience different cultures, undertake work placement or internships, and meet new people.

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Diploma of Languages

Most comprehensive in Australia

Study Australia's most comprehensive and flexible Ancient Languages program

Set yourself apart as a graduate

Combine languages with another area of study and gain a competitive edge as a graduate

Flexible learning

Practice your new language skills with peers online and in the classroom.

Study options in this degree

The Diploma of Languages can be undertaken as a stand-alone qualification or in conjunction with another degree.

A major is an area of focus in your degree. During your studies, you’ll choose an area that interests you, and then study a group of units related to that area. Find out more at What is a Major?

Available: Online and on campus in Hobart.

Explore the languages that shaped western thought in science, philosophy, medicine, and literature. Beautiful and fascinating, these ancient languages will provide you with a deeper understanding of modern culture. This is a unique course recognised as the most dynamic (and best off-campus) ancient languages course in Australasia. Our introductory units begin with Latin and are designed for students with no experience in ancient or modern languages.

Available: Online and on campus Hobart and Launceston.

A knowledge of China with Mandarin language skills means a huge variety of diverse careers are open to you. As Australia's relations with China have expanded, so has the demand for skills in Chinese language and an appreciation of cultural forms.

Learn more about the histories and cultures of China as you immerse yourself in Mandarin. Our program is geared toward practical use of the Chinese language and takes a holistic approach to developing your literacy in Chinese through the skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing. Industry opportunities include diplomacy, tourism, finance, translators and interpreters, law, technology, business and education.

Available: Online and on campus in Hobart and Launceston

Engage in a deep of exploration of German language and culture that includes literature, history and society. German is the language of some of the world’s best-known innovators, scientists, entrepreneurs, philosophers, musicians and artists. It is spoken by approximately 100 million people in major European countries like Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

German language skills are an asset in many careers across international relations, business, engineering and medicine, teaching, science and music.

Available: Online and On-Campus Hobart

You may know about Bali and Komodo dragons, but after studying Indonesian, you’ll learn that our close neighbour has an extraordinary literary history. Learning Indonesian is an intellectual passport to one of the most exciting and diverse cultures in South East Asia.

Many of Australia's key national interests, from security and borders to agriculture and trade, are heavily dependent on Indonesia. As we strengthen our strategic relations with Indonesia, the importance of your knowledge will also grow. Being non-scriptic and non-tonal, Indonesian is a relatively easy language to learn. It is also very accessible since it is spoken by more than 250 million people in Indonesia, and understood by the Malay-speaking population in other parts of Southeast Asia.

Available: Online and on campus in Hobart and Launceston.

The third-largest economy in the world, Japan is a world leader in areas of popular culture like anime, manga and gaming.

Your studies will provide a gateway to Japanese popular cultures and global literacy. Gaining critical insights through this lens can impact your understanding of your own culture in surprising ways. Japanese language skills are an asset in a range of occupations like engineering, manufacturing, research, economics, or politics.

Our staff support and work closely with a vibrant student community, in which students are regularly encouraged to actively participate to enhance their study and deepen their understanding of Japanese language and culture.

Find out more about what you'll study, entry requirements, fees and scholarships - and to apply.

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Career opportunities

Learning a new language has profound advantages for your career development. It prepares you well for a wide range of jobs with the ability to travel and work in different countries. Speaking more than one language can give you an edge across many fields such as, public relations, consulting, marketing, real estate, trade, defence, journalism and more.

If you reach a level of fluency, you can also pursue language-specific careers, such as teaching, translating and interpretation.

Strong future demand for
Translators & Interpreters

Projected demand by 2025^^

Mandarin is second most common language spoken at home, other than English in Australia

Australian Bureau of Statistics (2016)

21% of Australian's speak a
language other than English at home

Australian Bureau of Statistics (2016)

^^ National Skills Commission - Skills Priority List June 2021