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Campus
Magill

Duration
1 year(s) full-time

Mode
On-campus

Program Code
MDLA

Study as
Part-time

Entry Requirements
TAFE/RTO (Guaranteed): N/A
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Prerequisites
None

Assumed Knowledge
None

Key features

  • Graduate with two qualifications when you study this diploma concurrently with your undergraduate degree.
  • Complement your undergraduate qualification and increase employment opportunities when you graduate with global skills.
  • Learn from world-class educators and researchers – in fact, we’re number one in South Australia for research in Cultural Studies, Linguistics, and Journalism and Professional Writing1.
  • Benefit from our on-campus learning facilities, including a Multimedia Languages Lab where you can connect in real-time with native speakers around the world.
  • Immerse yourself in your chosen language and culture by embarking on an international student exchange or in-country study program (not relevant for students studying English as an Additional Language).
  • Enhance your employability with an additional language.

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Snapshot

Snapshot

This diploma is designed to complement your undergraduate qualification, increase employment opportunities, and to ensure you have the global skills and understanding needed in today’s job market.

You will study French, Italian, Japanese or English (as an Additional Language) concurrently while you study your undergraduate degree. Students who already have an undergraduate degree are be able to study this diploma as a stand-alone qualification.

You will also have the opportunity to immerse yourself in your chosen language and culture through our exchange and in-country study programs.

All students studying an undergraduate degree at the University of South Australia, or are enrolled in an undergraduate degree at any Australian university, are able to study this diploma concurrently. 

Why Diploma in Languages

Why this Degree

This diploma increases your employment prospects - being able to converse in a second or third language is recognised as a valuable skill in today’s global workplace.

As an undergraduate student you can complete this diploma at the same time as your undergraduate qualification - regardless of what degree you are studying - enabling you to graduate with two qualifications in just one extra year of study.

You will learn from world-class educators and researchers1 and benefit from our on-campus learning facilities, which include a Multimedia Languages Lab where you can connect in real-time with native speakers globally.

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Real-world connections

The ability to converse in a second or third language is recognised as an invaluable skill for people looking to work internationally or locally.

The diploma combines with your undergraduate degree to give you the skills you need to live and work across languages and cultures.

Your career

The ability to use language effectively is a great skill, particularly in a world of linguistic and cultural diversity. Knowledge of other languages and understanding of intercultural relationships is a skill held in high regard by many employers. Having a proficiency in another language can expand your career options to include roles such as:

  • cultural liaison officer: help to identify the needs of individuals and families from different cultural groups, and ensure there are resources and support programs to meet those needs
  • interpreter/translator: work with groups, individuals and organisations to convert, in written and spoken language, one language into another language
  • tutor: provide one-on-one academic assistance to help students

There may also be opportunities for you to work for education providers, professional services firms and not-for-profit organisations with headquarters, alliances and networks in international markets.

What you'll learn

What you Learn

Learning from world-class researchers and academic staff, you will do an in-depth study of French, Italian, Japanese or English (as an Additional Language). This diploma develops your proficiency in listening, speaking, reading and writing in your chosen language, your understanding of the related culture and society, and offers experience in applying these in real world situations.

Study hours

For each course you study, you will need to allocate time for various classes such as lectures, tutorials, workshops, seminars and practicals. Plus you will need additional hours to study in your own time to complete assignments, readings and projects and contribute to online discussion forums (independent study). So as a general rule, if you are studying full-time you would need to allocate 12 – 26 hours of study when at university and 14 – 28 hours of independent study per week. 

Assessment

Assessment

Your studies will incorporate practical, professionally focused and research-based learning, so assessment types will vary. There may be essays, assignments and examinations. You could also expect:

  • portfolios
  • projects
  • presentations
  • continuous assessments

Global opportunities

Enrich your studies and your life – make overseas study part of your qualification. Australian and international students may have the option to do an exchange, short-term program or study tour overseas. We have links with universities worldwide. You can choose short-term or semester-long study from a range of universities and countries depending on your area of study and cultural interests.

Take a look at the global opportunities available.

Global opportunities

What courses you'll study

Structure

Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
SPECIALISATION: ENGLISH AS AN ADDITIONAL LANGUAGE
FIRST YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2, or 3)
English for Academic Use in Australia LANG 1052 4.5 Note(s): 1
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
English for Academic and International Communication LANG 1053 4.5 Note(s): 1
SECOND YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
English and the Art of Speaking and Writing LANG 2032 4.5 Note(s): 1
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
English in the Professions LANG 2033 4.5 Note(s): 1
THIRD YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
World Literatures and English LANG 3030 4.5 Note(s): 1
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
English: Past and Future LANG 3035 4.5 Note(s): 1
Second Semester (Study Period 7)
Advanced Languages Studies: Translation and Research LANG 3034 9
SPECIALISATION: FRENCH STUDIES
FIRST YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2, or 3)
French 1A LANG 1022 4.5 Note(s): 1
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
French 1B LANG 1023 4.5 Note(s): 1
SECOND YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2, or 3)
French 2A LANG 1024 4.5 Note(s): 1
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
French 2B LANG 1025 4.5 Note(s): 1
THIRD YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2, or 3)
French 3A LANG 3004 4.5 Note(s): 1
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
French 3B LANG 3005 4.5 Note(s): 1
Second Semester (Study Period 7)
Select one of the following:
European Languages In-Country LANG 3036 9 Note(s): 2
Or
Advanced Languages Studies: Translation and Research LANG 3034 9
SPECIALISATION: ITALIAN STUDIES
FIRST YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2, or 3)
Italian 1A LANG 1026 4.5 Note(s): 1
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Italian 1B LANG 1027 4.5 Note(s): 1
SECOND YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2, or 3)
Italian 2A LANG 1029 4.5 Note(s): 1
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Italian 2B LANG 1028 4.5 Note(s): 1
THIRD YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2, or 3)
Italian 3A LANG 3012 4.5 Note(s): 1
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Italian 3B LANG 3013 4.5 Note(s): 1
Second Semester (Study Period 7)
Select one of the following:
European Languages In-Country LANG 3036 9 Note(s): 2
Or
Advanced Languages Studies: Translation and Research LANG 3034 9
SPECIALISATION: JAPANESE STUDIES
FIRST YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2, or 3)
Japanese 1A LANG 1033 4.5 Note(s): 1
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Japanese 1B LANG 1034 4.5 Note(s): 1
SECOND YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2, or 3)
Japanese 2A LANG 1031 4.5 Note(s): 1
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Japanese 2B LANG 1032 4.5 Note(s): 1
THIRD YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2, or 3)
Japanese 3A LANG 3006 4.5 Note(s): 1
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Japanese 3B LANG 3007 4.5 Note(s): 1
Second Semester (Study Period 7)
Select one of the following:
Asian Languages In-Country LANG 2039 9 Note(s): 2
Or
Advanced Languages Studies: Translation and Research LANG 3034 9

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Scholarships

Every year, over 2,500 UniSA students are supported in their studies through scholarships and grants worth millions of dollars. Check out the scholarships below. One of them may be perfect for you. Visit our scholarship search page for more.

Your campus

We have six campuses in metropolitan and regional areas, each with advanced facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments.

Magill

Magill is a quick drive, cycle or bus trip from the city. On campus there are TV, radio and sound studios, social work studios, a cognitive neuroscience laboratory, a psychology clinic, a language lab, a journalism newsroom, a theatre, a gym and a swimming pool. It’s only a short walk to local shops. Explore Magill >

Your study spaces

You will have access to the on-campus Multimedia Languages Lab where you can connect in real-time with native speakers from around the world.

Your study spaces

Your study experience

Our campuses have fantastic facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments. But you’ll also discover that your journey at UniSA is about social experiences, healthy living and getting involved. You’ll find student gyms, community clinics, tech zones and chill-out spaces. There are campus sport activities to keep you active, and if you are keen to explore the social side of university life, there are movies, cooking demonstrations, parties and loads more.

Adelaide has a variety of accommodation options to suit different requirements and budgets. Options include dedicated student accommodation or private rentals. See our long-term accommodation pages for plenty of options. If you need somewhere to live, our new student accommodation by urbanest is on Bank Street in Adelaide’s lively cultural precinct, an ideal perfect location for students. It is within easy reach of UniSA’s city and metropolitan campuses, Rundle Mall shopping, the Central Market, Chinatown, and the West End’s vibrant nightlife. It is also across the road from the Adelaide train station, and on bus and tram routes.

Student services

Student services

Our student support services will make your life at university easier. We want you to be successful, and if you need help, we're here to assist. We provide a full range of support services, including:

  • academic counselling
  • personal counselling
  • social support services, including family support and nearby childcare
  • common rooms
  • prayer rooms
  • security officers
  • Wirringka Student Services, offering Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students a supportive place to study
  • services offered through our student association, USASA

When you become a UniSA student you can contact Campus Central for help with anything related to your degree. They will help you with your enrolment, ID cards, fees, timetables and any other questions you might have.

24/7 digital environment

Our learnonline facilities include a personal learning environment with virtual classrooms, lecture recordings, emails, learning support, administration, library access and results. The environment is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so you can tailor your learning to your life. We are continually investing in innovative digital technologies for a high-quality student learning experience.

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How to apply

To apply to study with us go to the top of this page and click Apply. You will be directed to our online application portal.

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