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Diploma in Modern Languages

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  • Study mode:

    On Campus

  • Payment options:

    HECS-HELP may be available

  • Duration:

    Up to 4 years part-time

  • Start date:

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  • Awarded by:

    University of New England

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  • Career Outcomes:

    Interpreter | Translator | Language Teacher | Editor | View all

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About this course

Whether you're a wannabe Francophile or looking to enhance your employment options, the Diploma in Modern Languages from the University of New England (UNE) is the language course for you.

In this course, you'll gain proficiency in one language, choosing from Chinese, French, German, Italian, Indonesian, Japanese or Spanish. In addition, you'll develop fluency in the culture, context and customs of your language, setting you up with a competitive and cultural advantage in both work and travel.

You may choose to work overseas after completing this course, or simply enjoy the challenge, satisfaction and personal growth of learning a new language.

If you come from a teaching background, this course gives you the option to add your language as an additional teaching area.


To be eligible for entry into this course, applicants must meet the following entry requirements:

  • Have completed Australian senior secondary studies with an ATAR equal to or above this year's admission cut-off; OR
  • Have completed an overseas secondary or tertiary qualification/s deemed equivalent; OR
  • Have completed, or part-completed, an approved Australian post-secondary or tertiary qualification; OR
  • Have completed an approved admission scheme or pathway; OR
  • Satisfied the requirements of an approved inter-institution agreement; OR
  • Obtained other equivalent qualifications and/or vocational experience; OR
  • Satisfied the requirements for non-standard admission; OR
  • Hold a four-year pre-service teaching qualification of a recognised Australian University or tertiary institution (or overseas equivalent as assessed by Australian Education International - National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition); OR
  • Hold a bachelor's degree and a one- or two-year pre-service teaching qualification of a recognised Australian University (or overseas equivalent as assessed by Australian Education International - National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition).

Areas of study

In this language course, you will declare one major from the following seven options. Some of the subjects you may study include:

Chinese major:

  • Chinese language (1A, 1B, 2A, 2B and 3A)
  • Chinese calligraphy
  • Intermediate Chinese: listening
  • Advanced Chinese 1: writing
  • Advanced Chinese 2: translation
  • Advanced Chinese 3: tradition and modernity
  • Contemporary Chinese culture
  • Cultural expression in modern Asia
  • In-country language unit


  • French language (1A, 1B, 2A, 2B, 3A and 3B)
  • French language extension 2C
  • French language through culture (1 and 2)
  • French cinema
  • French translation (1 and 2)
  • Representations of war
  • Women in French texts
  • Writing the self
  • In-country language unit


  • German language (1A, 1B, 2A, 2B, 3C and 3D)
  • Professional German (3A and 3B)
  • German social movements in the European context
  • Contemporary short stories
  • Contemporary German film
  • Love, betrayal and politics
  • Societies in transition
  • In-country language unit


  • Indonesian language (1A and 1B or 1A [in-country] and 1B [in-country])
  • Indonesian language (2A and 2B; 3A and 3B)
  • Indonesian in-country study (A, B, C and D)
  • Contemporary Indonesian culture
  • A history of Indonesian and its role in society
  • Reading Islamic texts: state, religion and conflicts
  • In-country language unit


  • Italian language (1A, 1B, 2A, 2B, 3A and 3B)
  • Introduction to modern Italian literature and culture
  • Modern Italian novel
  • 19th century Italian literature
  • 20th century women writers in Italy
  • Italian Renaissance literature
  • 14th century Italian literature
  • The Italian detective novel
  • In-country language unit


  • Japanese language (1A, 1B, 2A, 2B, 3A and 3B)
  • Written Japanese (4A and 4B)
  • Cultural expression in modern Asia
  • Introduction to Japanese sociolinguistics
  • Extensive reading in Japanese
  • Introduction to Japanese popular culture
  • In-country language unit
  • Languages teaching (I and II)
  • Teaching languages in the primary school
  • Professional experience 1 (20 days)


  • Introductory Spanish (I and II)
  • Intermediate Spanish language (I and II)
  • The sound of Spanish: diction, dialects and diversity
  • Hispanic culture and heritage
  • Advanced Spanish language
  • Talking cine: Spanish conversation on film
  • Travellers' tales: the invention of Latin America
  • Theory and practice of translation
  • Latin American voices
  • Latin American rhythms and politics: from tango to rock
  • In-country language unit
  • Languages teaching (I and II)
  • Teaching languages in the primary school
  • Professional experience 1 (20 days)
University of New England Established in 1938, the University of New England (UNE) is Australia’s longest standing provider of distance education and continues to be at the forefront of innovations in online learning. The university offers over 200 courses at the undergraduate, postgraduate and higher degree research levels. UNE is committed to offering a variety of flexible study options so that students are able to manage their personal commitments while undertaking a university education.
The University of New England (UNE) prides itself on providing the highest quality student support to ensure that students have the necessary tools to pursue their goals. Students can easily access a plethora of dedicated services including counselling, disability needs, academic and study skills, Aboriginal affairs and career development.

With over 60 years of distance education experience, UNE has devised flexible online study options over 3 study periods a year so that students are able to utilise their time more effectively or even accelerate their degree. For courses that require hands-on experience, UNE offers Intensive School programs where students are exposed to vital practical components of their course.

To support ongoing learning, students can get the help they need via email, phone or online chat. You can expect a well-rounded and supported experience throughout your UNE study journey.

Campus locations

This course can be delivered on campus to provide you with practical training in a face-to-face learning environment. It is available to study at the following locations:

  • New South Wales: Armidale

You can also choose to study this course entirely online.

Where Will It Lead Me?

Upon successful completion of this course you will receive a nationally recognised Diploma in Modern Languages from the University of New England.

Graduates will enjoy employment opportunities across a wide range of industries, both in Australia and internationally. You may choose to seek employment in the following areas:

Advertising and marketing; Alternative energies and resources; Architecture and the built environment; Arts and creative industries; Education; Engineering; International relations and diplomacy; Public relations; Foreign affairs and policy; Intelligence and security; International business and management or Translating and editing

UNE is committed to a holistic approach to education, ensuring that all graduates also possess the following transferable attributes:

  • Communication skills
  • Capacity for problem solving
  • Information literacy
  • Awareness of ethical conduct and social responsibility
  • Independence and collaboration
  • A thirst for lifelong learning

Curious about where a career in arts could take you? Potential job outcomes may include:

How Much Will It Cost?

Finance options

Eligible students can apply for HECS-HELP to cover the upfront costs of all or part of your fees.

The University of New England also offers a number of scholarships to successful applicants.

You may be eligible to receive HECS-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the HECS-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $55,874 (2017-18 income year).

Find out more about government study loans here.

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