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Diploma in Languages, B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #207 (QS) Newcastle, Australia| Online
The Diploma in Languages from University of Newcastle will enrich your personal growth and develop in-demand skills – opening many doors to diverse careers and unique opportunities.


As part of this Diploma in Languages from the University of Newcastle, students will be able to study a range of languages alongside your undergraduate degree including French, German, Japanese and Chinese. 

You’ll learn how to read, write and speak the language of your choice, while learning more about the relevant culture.

Language graduates often cite great personal satisfaction as one of the many rewards. Gain a deeper appreciation of cultural differences that open your mind and future to exciting opportunities in Australia and overseas.

Studying the Diploma in Languages at UON unlocks opportunities to careers involving travel, overseas postings and teaching, along opportunities in sectors that have foreign-language clients, markets and stakeholders.

  • Learn in-demand language skills and open doors to diverse careers, travel and unique opportunities.
  • Study diverse language options include Australian Sign language (Auslan), Chinese, French, German and Japanese.
  • Open to all students to study alongside your undergraduate degree.
  • One extra year, two qualifications: Adding this valuable skill only slightly extends your study so you gain two qualifications in less time.
  • Flexible course delivery and study options empower you to complete your studies quickly or gradually to suit your needs, lifestyle and goals.
What you will studyWhen you study the Diploma in Languages, you will gain proficiency in a Language Other Than English (LOTE), or acquire skills in a range of languages other than English, as well as Australian Sign Language (Auslan). Overseas study opportunities are available to learn the language in country.

Our languages diploma offers courses that cover a range of language competencies in formal and informal contexts, including speaking, listening, reading and writing in addition to this students will have the opportunity to learn about the cultural foundations and business environment of the countries in which the language is native. At UON, you can focus on just one language, or elect multiple languages.

You can choose from:

  • Chinese
  • French
  • German
  • Japanese

Career opportunities

UON Diploma in Languages graduates enjoy diverse career opportunities, with their added qualification and language skills opening doors in Australia and around the world. Students will only be adding one year of study to their undergraduate degree but graduating with two qualifications - a bachelor degree and a diploma. Dual qualifications gives an added boost to your employment chances in almost any job or industry.

Career pathways using your Diploma in Languages include roles in:

  • commercial industries
  • education
  • government
  • journalism
  • language translation
  • law and policy development

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 24 months
    • Average part-time duration 72 months
    • Intensity Flexible
  • Credits
    160 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus, Online

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Beginner's Chinese 
  • Elementary French 
  • German Language
  • Aboriginal Languages: New Approaches
  • Elementary Japanese 

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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General Requirements

CRICOS Provider 00109J 

  • Admission to our undergraduate degree programs usually requires successful completion of a senior secondary school qualification similar to the Higher School Certificate (HSC), the highest educational award in New South Wales schools.

Tuition Fee

Living costs for Newcastle

  • 1333 - 2400 AUD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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