Start date
February

Campus
Magill

Duration
3 year(s) full-time

Mode
On-campus

Program Code
MBAA

Prerequisites
None

Assumed Knowledge
None

Fees
AUD$ 29,400 per annum (per 1.0 EFTSL) for students enrolled in 2023

English Language Requirements
  • IELTS total [6.0]
  • IELTS reading [6.0]
  • IELTS writing [6.0]
Equivalent English qualifications (PDF)

International Admission by Country
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CRICOS Code
081802F

Degree overview

  • Enhance your employment prospects by studying a double major of your choice from disciplines in the Humanities and Social Sciences. Taking a second major will develop your capabilities to explore and understand diverse ways of thinking, which is highly regarded by prospective employers.
  • Study at a university ranked No.1 in SA for Learner Engagement in the Humanities1.
  • Engage with community and industry partners and explore employment pathways through placements and mentoring in the Professional Directions Program
  • Use this degree as a pathway to further study, including teaching.
  • Immerse yourself in a language and culture and gain international experience as part of the Global Experience study tours, in-country study program, or Hawke Ambassador Volunteer Experience Program
  • Benefit from our on-campus learning facilities, including our Multimedia Languages Lab where you can connect in real-time with native speakers around the world.
  • Connect with the Research Centre for Languages and Cultures (RCLC).
  • Apply for the Bachelor of Arts/Master of Teaching (Secondary) packaged option– it’s a pathway straight into postgraduate study.
    UniSA is an unstoppable university for unstoppable people. As one of the World’s Top Young Universities2, we’ll ensure you get the experience your future profession demands so it’ll feel like you’re studying one minute and in a career the next.

12021 Good Universities Guide –Humanities, Cultural and Social Sciences (Undergraduate)
2UNSTOPPABLE® is a Kellogg Company trade mark used under licence. Ranked #46, 2022 THE Young University Rankings, Ranked #29, 2021 QS Top 50 Universities Aged Under 50.

Snapshot

Snapshot

This degree is flexible, opens up a diverse range of career possibilities. 

As a student studying the Languages major you will embark on an in-depth study of French, Italian or Japanese language (find out about other languages available through cross-institutional study by talking to the program director). You will also be given the opportunity to immerse yourself in your chosen language(s) and culture(s) through our exchange and in-country study programs. 

You will:

  • acquire competence in the speaking and writing of one or more major world language(s) both face-to-face and online;
  • be equipped with transferable language and intercultural skills required for work in international and multilingual professions and industries, part of which can be spent studying the chosen language in-country.
  • be equipped to work independently and collaboratively to construct effective arguments and produce creative and critical texts across a wide range of multilingual genres and media.
  • have a defined set of speaking, writing, editing and relevant analytical skills in the target language that can be used in a broad range of multilingual professional contexts.

You will also graduate with advanced writing, presentation, digital, communication, research and problem-solving skills that can be transferable across a range of roles and languages and are highly regarded by prospective employers.

If you finish your degree with a credit or higher Grade Point Average (GPA), you could also be eligible for the one-year Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree. You could also continue your studies with a Master of Teaching and teach languages in Australia and overseas. If this interests you, please read How Do I Become a Teacher before selecting your courses.

If you would like to apply directly into the Bachelor of Arts/Master of Teaching (Secondary) package option, please apply via SATAC using 444521.

If you apply to the Master of Teaching packaged degree option (444521), you will apply into the Bachelor of Arts and in your first year select your specialisation as Languages.

If you're a high school student and you achieved a 6 or 7 for your IB French/Italian/Japanese or an A+ for SACE Stage 2 French/Italian/Japanese, you may be eligible for advanced standing (credit). Please contact the course coordinator for more information.

What you'll learn

What you Learn

Under the guidance of world-class researchers you will embark on an in-depth study of French, Italian, Japanese or English (for non-English speaking students). You will develop your proficiency in listening, speaking, reading and writing in your chosen language, as well as your understanding of the related culture and society.

You will also be given the opportunity to immerse yourself in your chosen language(s) and culture(s) through exchange and in-country study programs. This degree allows you to select two majors ensuring you graduate with a broad knowledge of two areas of interest. You can choose your second major from the following:

In addition to your two majors, you will also be required to complete two core courses, four courses from a selected list of minors (also from the above list), and Professional Directions Program 1 & 2 or two electives.

Degree structure

Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
FIRST YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Truth, Lies and Being Human HUMS 1060 4.5 Note(s): 1
Major 1 4.5 Note(s): 2,6
Major 2 4.5 Rule(s): 1
Minor 4.5 Note(s): 7,9
Second Semester (Study Period 5, 6, or 7)
Intercultural Communication LANG 1054 4.5 Note(s): 1
Major 1 4.5 Note(s): 2
Major 2 4.5 Rule(s): 1
Minor 4.5 Note(s): 7,9
SECOND YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Major 1 4.5 Note(s): 2
Major 2 4.5 Rule(s): 1
Minor 4.5 Note(s): 7,9
Elective 4.5 Note(s): 8
OR
Professional Directions Program 1 COMM 2098 4.5 Note(s): 8
Second Semester (Study Period 5, 6 or 7)
Major 1 4.5 Note(s): 2
Major 2 4.5 Rule(s): 1
Minor 4.5 Note(s): 7,9
Elective 4.5 Note(s): 8
OR
Professional Directions Program 2 COMM 2099 4.5 Note(s): 8
THIRD YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Major 1 4.5
Major 2 4.5 Rule(s): 1
Major 2 4.5 Rule(s): 1
Second Semester (Study Period 5, 6 or 7)
Major 1 4.5
Major 2 4.5 Rule(s): 1
Major 2 4.5 Rule(s): 1
European Languages In-Country LANG 3036 9 Note(s): 4
OR
Asian Languages In-Country LANG 2039 9 Note(s): 3
OR
Advanced Languages Studies: Translation and Research LANG 3034 9 Note(s): 5
Students may choose their Language Major from the following: Note(s): 2
ITALIAN STUDIES
Italian 1A LANG 1026 4.5 Note(s): 6
Italian 1B LANG 1027 4.5
Italian 2A LANG 1029 4.5
Italian 2B LANG 1028 4.5
Italian 3A LANG 3012 4.5
Italian 3B LANG 3013 4.5
FRENCH STUDIES
French 1A LANG 1022 4.5 Note(s): 6
French 1B LANG 1023 4.5
French 2A LANG 1024 4.5
French 2B LANG 1025 4.5
French 3A LANG 3004 4.5
French 3B LANG 3005 4.5
JAPANESE STUDIES
Japanese 1A LANG 1033 4.5 Note(s): 6
Japanese 1B LANG 1034 4.5
Japanese 2A LANG 1031 4.5
Japanese 2B LANG 1032 4.5
Japanese 3A LANG 3006 4.5
Japanese 3B LANG 3007 4.5

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, as well as to 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. You can expect them to include:

  • individual and group presentations
  • critical analysis
  • essays
  • reflective journals
  • research assignments
  • portfolios
  • case studies
  • online quizzes
  • reports
  • assignments

Global opportunities

Enrich your studies and your life – make overseas study part of your qualification. You may have the option to undertake an exchange, short-term program or study tour overseas while you study. We have links with universities worldwide, as well as a range of travel grants available to make going overseas much more accessible.

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

Why Bachelor of Arts (Languages)

Why this Degree

This degree enables you to explore your interests and develop high-level expertise across two distinct yet complementary disciplines, increasing your employment prospects and expanding your horizons.

French is the official language of at least 29 countries, including Africa, Asia and the Pacific, with around 80 million speakers of French globally. It is also one of the most widely taught foreign languages in the world. France is one of the ten wealthiest countries in the world and a major trading partner with Australia. 

Italian is the second most widely spoken language in South Australia, after English, and one of the most widely taught languages in the world. Approximately 63 million people in the world speak Italian. Italy is one of the ten wealthiest countries in the world and a major trading partner with Australia.

Japanese is spoken by around 130 million people in Japan, and is one of the most widely taught languages in South Australia. Japan is one of the world’s largest economies and one of Australia’s most important trading partners.

Studying French, Italian and/or Japanese will give you direct access to speakers of those languages, and three of the most vibrant, high tech cultures in the world. The opportunities are endless.

In this degree, you will learn from world-class educators and researchers1 and benefit from our state-of-the-art learning facilities, including the Multimedia Languages Lab where you can connect in real time with native speakers from around the world. You will also connect with the Research Centre for Languages and Cultures (RCLC).

You will also connect with the Research Centre for Languages and Cultures (RCLC).

You will have opportunities to engage with community and industry partners through placements and mentoring conversations as part of your studies through the Professional Directions Program.

There are also opportunities to study a portion of your degree overseas, as part of the Global Experience study tours, or the University’s Hawke Ambassador Volunteer Experience Program (full semester). As part of this program you will volunteer with an international non-government organisation (NGO), usually in an overseas destination.

You could continue your studies with a Master of Teaching with Languages as a Learning Area. If this interests you, please read How Do I Become a Teacher before selecting your courses.

12018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA).

Real-world connections

As part of this degree you have opportunities to complete placements, either overseas or locally. Locally, you can engage with community and industry partners through placements and mentoring conversations in the Professional Directions Program. You may choose to engage with the Hawke Ambassador International Volunteer Experience Program. These are great opportunities for you to build professional relationships and networks.

You can also make community and industry connections and gain valuable experience by taking part in any of the following:

Career outcomes

Your career

Employers in a range of professions and industry sectors are rewarding graduates with knowledge of other languages and understanding of intercultural relationships with job opportunities in Australia and overseas. Your knowledge of languages and cultures and their contexts, combined with strong analytical and research skills, can lead to further study or a career in such diverse fields as:

  • Government, diplomacy and trade
  • Defence, intelligence and security
  • Interpreting and translation
  • Migrant, refugee, and multicultural services
  • Community and social services
  • Health, wellbeing and aged care
  • Policy and research
  • Education
     

Education providers, professional services firms and not-for-profit organisations are among those with headquarters, alliances and networks in international markets.

If you are interested in pursuing teaching roles you may choose to continue your studies with a Master of Teaching (Secondary).

Further career pathways are available depending on your combination of majors.

How to apply

Applying to study with us:

  • go to the top of this page and make note of the relevant SATAC code*, then click Apply
  • you will be redirected through to the SATAC website to continue your application

*There are two SATAC codes – one for this degree, and one for this degree packaged with the Master of Teaching. You can apply to study this degree on its own. However if you already know you would like to combine it with a Master of Teaching, you can apply for both together.

If you apply to the Master of Teaching packaged degree option (444521), you will apply into the Bachelor of Arts and in your first year select your specialisation.

Alternative Pathways

Australian
There are other pathways you can follow to study this degree, including: 

International
There are other pathways you can follow to study this degree, including: 

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 scholarships page for more.

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Your study experience and support

As a UniSA student, you will have unique access to work placement opportunities, overseas study tours and exchanges, networking events, internships, guest speakers and more.

Our campuses are equipped with state-of-the-art facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops and laboratories, as well as spaces that simulate real work environments. These are all supported by the latest technologies and a 24/7 online learning platform. We have health services on campus, gymnasiums, technology zones and great student lounges. You will also gain access to a range of community clinics, which provide professional and cost effective services in areas of health, business, law and psychology. 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 lots more.

Adelaide also has a variety of accommodation options to suit different requirements and budgets. Options include dedicated student accommodation and private rentals. See our long-term accommodation pages, or explore our student accommodation by Scape on Bank Street in Adelaide’s lively cultural precinct, an ideal 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 international student services provide you with all the support you need at university. We want you to succeed, and if you need help, we're here to assist. You can access a full range of support services, including:

  • career advice and mentoring
  • help with student visas and health cover
  • personal counselling
  • academic counselling
  • fees and finance help
  • common rooms
  • prayer rooms
  • security officers
  • accommodation services 
  • as well as services offered through our student association, USASA.

We also offer study support from our Learning Advisers face-to-face or online. They are here to help you develop academically and professionally during your studies, and can offer help with the English language too. When you become a UniSA student, you can also contact Campus Central for help with anything related to your degree. They will help you with your enrolment, ID cards, fees, timetables and more.

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.

Student services

Your campus

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

Location This degree is delivered at the following campus.

Your study spaces

As an arts student, you will have access to:

  • on-campus Multimedia Languages Lab, where you can connect in real-time with native speakers from around the world
  • The Hartley Playhouse Theatre – a 200-seat auditorium ideal for live performances
  • on-campus TV Studio featuring one of the largest green screens in SA and home to national television shows aired on Channel 44
  • a broadcast-standard digital radio studio which produces UniCast, a 24 hour online radio station
  • a purpose-built, high-end sound and vision Media Suite, featuring an 85 inch LCD panel, Denon Hifi and Dolby Atmos 5.1.2 surround sound, which can be used to host meetings and showcase student work to industry clients
Your study spaces

Your program director

I am Director of the Bachelor of Arts Programs, Lecturer in Applied Linguistics, and Fellow of the Advanced Higher Education Academy, UK. 

My academic background is in Languages and Applied Linguistics (BA Hons, PhD), following extensive experience in clinical practice across a range of health and medical domains in Australia. My work places a strong focus on developing reciprocal, trusting relationships in my teaching, mentoring and engagement with students, and in my research in partnership with colleagues, community and industry. My teaching and research inform each other. I coordinate and teach core courses in the Bachelor of Arts, and my research focuses on language and communication in professions and organisations in various contexts. These include state and nationally funded projects in health care, aged care, education, counselling, and policing.  

The upshot is that our Bachelor of Arts program develops each student’s interests, strengths and aspirations, enabling each student to explore and prepare for a wide range of career and life goals. The unique double major structure combines theory and practice with real-world experience to develop strong interdisciplinary skills that are highly valued by industry, government and community. 

Dr Fiona O'Neill

Program Director

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“My objective is to become a secondary language teacher. I chose this degree because it offered me a diverse range of disciplines and combinations that I could choose from. This ability to specialise allowed me to tailor my degree in a way that best suited my needs as a student. What I love most about Uni life is that the courses are comprehensive yet manageable, the staff are kind and supportive, and the friends and connections I have made are an invaluable part of my life.”

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Bachelor of Arts (Languages)

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Amrit Kumbhar

Bachelor of Arts (Languages)