unisa logo

Start date


1 year(s) full-time

Program Code


Assumed Knowledge

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

International Admission by Country
See full entry requirements


Degree overview

  • Enhance your capacity to work as a global professional by developing proficiency and intercultural expertise in the English Language.
  • Develop skills in critical thinking and problem solving across a range of social and cultural contexts with intellectual and linguistic independence.
  • Advance your speaking, writing and listening skills in English.
  • Learn from world-class educators and researchers in Language, Communication and Culture1.
  • Degree for speakers of English as a second language.

12018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA).



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

Students who already have an undergraduate degree are able to study this diploma as a stand-alone qualification.

What you'll learn

What you Learn

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

Degree structure

Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
English for Academic Use in Australia LANG 1052 4.5
English and the Art of Speaking and Writing LANG 2032 4.5
World Literatures and English LANG 3030 4.5
Language Ideology and Policy LANG 3039 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
English for Academic and International Communication LANG 1053 4.5
English in the Professions LANG 2033 4.5
Multilingualism: Contact, Change and Mobility LANG 3038 4.5
Language Learning and Assessment LANG 3037 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 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.

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

Why Diploma in Languages (English Language)

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.

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.

12018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA)

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.

We also host regular University-wide employee master classes, employment expos, and alumni events in Australia and overseas.

How to apply

How to apply for international students will give you helpful information about the application process at the University of South Australia. When you are ready, apply through our International Application System. If you would like to talk to someone near you about studying at the University of South Australia, we have agents all over the world who can assist you. Find an Education Agent in your country.


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.

More scholarships

Your study experience and support

As a student at the University of South Australia 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, laboratories, and areas 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 have access to a range of community clinics, which provide professional and cost effective services in areas of health, 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 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, a 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

International Student Services will make your life at university easier. We want you to be successful, and if you need help we will be there to assist. Support services include:

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

We also offer study support from our Learning Advisers. You can work with them face-to-face or online. They are here to help you develop academically and professionally during your studies. They also offer help with the English language. 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.

Student services

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.

Location This degree is delivered at the following campus.

Ask UniSA

More FAQs