Language Studies - 3417

Program Summary

Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences


Campus: Sydney

Career: Undergraduate

Typical Duration: 3 Years  

Typical UOC Per Semester: 6

Min UOC Per Semester: 6

Max UOC Per Semester: 24

Min UOC For Award: 48

Domestic Entry Requirements: See Domestic Entry Requirements

International Entry Requirements: See International Entry Requirements


Diploma of Language Studies (Major)

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Program Description

The Diploma in Language Studies is designed to provide students with the opportunity to acquire proficiency in a second language. It requires the completion of 48 UOC in a language stream and related courses as approved by the School of Humanities and Languages. It may be taken concurrently with another degree program or by graduates.

Program Objectives and Graduate Attributes

The Diploma in Language Studies allows students to undertake a major from the languages and related studies listed below and offered by the School of Humanities and Languages.

Languages offered:

Language Studies for Commencing Mid-Year Students

If your language skills are assessed as Level A in Introductory, Intermediate, Advanced or Professional you cannot commence study until Semester 1.

Program Structure

The basic requirements for the award of the Diploma in Language Studies are:

Over a period usually equivalent to six semesters of study, students complete 48 UOC in language or related courses offered by the School of Humanities and Languages.

Academic Rules

1. To qualify for the award of the Diploma in Language Studies, students must complete, over a period of usually six semesters of study, 48 UOC in language and related courses offered approved by the School of Humanities and Languages. Graduates must have achieved a minimum level of competence in the relevant language equivalent to that attained by students who have completed six semesters of study in a language commencing at Introductory Level.

2. A candidate for the Diploma shall:

(i) have been awarded the Bachelor from the University of New South Wales or another tertiary institution, or

(ii) with the approval of the program authorities concerned, be enrolled concurrently within the University of New South Wales in an undergraduate program of the University of New South Wales which does not offer a major stream in the language concerned.


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Admission Requirements

To be eligibile to enrol in the Diploma program, students must already hold a tertiary degree or currently be enrolled in a degree program at UNSW.

Application for Admission - Diploma in Language Studies

Credit Transfer

Credit Transfer is not available in the Diploma of Language Studies. Students who have completed language studies prior to admission may commence the Diploma at a higher level.

Important Information

The Academic Rules for the UNSW Arts and Social Sciences Undergraduate programs and the online enrolment facility provide students with a wide range of course choices. The online enrolment facility checks that students meet the enrolment requirements for individual courses but not that a course complies with Program Rules. Students are responsible for ensuring they are enrolling in accordance with the Academic Rules outlined above. Students should not assume that because they have enrolled in a course online that the course is automatically credited to their degree program.

Further Information

Contact the UNSW Arts and Social Sciences Student Centre for advice.
Tel: + 61 2 9385 2289
Location: Room G1 Ground Floor, Morven Brown building (C20)
Opening Hours: Monday to Friday 9am - 5pm
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