Diploma in Languages

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Diploma in Languages


Program summary

Broaden your horizons by learning a language.

This program is an excellent way to complement your studies, improve your career prospects, or simply enhance your cross-cultural knowledge.

Learn Indonesian, Italian or Japanese from beginner to advanced levels. You can choose to study this program on its own, or it can be studied as the same time as your bachelor degree.

This is an eight course program and is offered part-time over a minimum two years at the Sippy Downs campus.

You can choose to complete all eight courses in one language or combine two languages with four courses each. You’ll begin with the basic structure of your chosen language and develop simple conversation skills. As you progress through the course you’ll continue to develop your listening, reading, speaking and writing skills at a more challenging level.

While completing this program you’ll have the option to gain an enriching cultural experience by studying at a reputable education institution in the country where your language is natively spoken.

This option allows you to travel to Indonesia, Italy or Japan to gain first-hand experience in the speech and culture of the country. Also, by participating this in-country study experience you’ll be able to complete your qualification in less time.

This well-rounded program also include studies on languages and linguistics in general including the history of human language, linguistic theory and socio-cultural factors affecting language use. You’ll also learn about the culture and society of your chosen country.

Career opportunities

Language proficiency enhances your ability to get a job or develop your existing career.

The following occupational areas are options for you to use this qualification: as a primary and secondary school language teacher, interpreter, translator, exporter/importer, in tourism and hospitality, journalism, subtitling, and in many governmental agencies.

Application and admission advice

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Contact Student Central

+61 7 5430 2890
Ground floor, Building C, Sippy Downs

What will I study

Select your location, starting year and starting semester below to display your Recommended Study Sequence.

Program structure

To graduate from the Diploma in Languages a student has two pathway options:

Option A:

Select 8 courses (96 units) towards a single language study area:


* Typically students will include in-country studies in this option.
^ Excludes HIS231 Migrants' Lives in the World.
~ Students commencing in Semester 2 and completing a major in Indonesian or Italian will need to complete In-Country studies or increase the duration to a minimum of 3.5 years. Studying overseas as part of a Diploma program students will not be eligible for OS-HELP.

Option B:

Select 4 courses (48 units) towards one language study area**: 

PLUS select 4 courses (48 units) towards a second language study area**: 

**excluding courses LNG110, JPN212, IND212 and HIS231

Note: Program structures are subject to change. Not all USC courses are available on every USC campus.

Total units: 96

Recommended study sequence

Students who commenced prior to the current semester must complete the courses from their original program structure unless otherwise advised. For courses no longer included in the current sequence, use the course links in your structure for details of requisites and scheduling. This is a recommended study sequence to complete your program within the specified full-time duration.

Program requirements

In order to graduate you must:

  • Successfully complete 96 units as outlined in the Program Structure
  • You must select and register your compulsory major(s)/minor(s) as soon as possible
Program notes
  • As part of your USC program, you may apply to participate in in-country language studies to undertake courses with an overseas higher education provider. Please see Study Overseas for application steps
  • Studying overseas as part of a Diploma program students will not be eligible for OS-HELP
  • Students commencing in Semester 2 and completing a major in Indonesian or Italian will need to complete In-Country studies or increase the duration to a minimum of 3.5 years
  • Completing this program within the specified (full-time) duration is based on studying 48 unit points per semester (normally 4 courses)
  • Most courses are valued at 12 units unless otherwise specified
  • Courses within this program are assessed using a variety of assessment methods which may include essays, seminar presentations, reports, in-class tests and examinations
  • Register your selected major or minors

How to apply

Am I eligible to apply?
Domestic students 

Apply via Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC) — Use the relevant QTAC code specified on Why study this program?


The below applicants can apply online directly to USC:

  • USC Tertiary Preparation Pathways (TPP) students who are currently enrolled in, or have had an enrolment in the previous two years; or
  • USC / TAFE Articulation program students; or
  • USC students who have completed an undergraduate program within the last two years, or are due to complete their program prior to their proposed semester of commencement;
  • USC students who are currently enrolled in one program and want to study another program concurrently.
International students

Apply direct to USC International

More information

International students should contact USC International

How to enrol

Refer to the Academic Calendar for key semester/session/trimester enrolment dates.

Current students

Refer to the Academic Calendar for key semester/session/trimester dates.

Enrolling is a 2 step process:

Step 1 - Enrol in your courses

You can enrol in courses for Study period 2 now. This gives you the opportunity to plan your study well in advance.

Note: If you enrol in a course but don't select a class time (step 2), you'll be charged the fee for the course at census date. You can swap, drop or add courses up until the end of week 2, and remove courses from your enrolment up until census date. View key dates in the academic calendars.

View the instructions to complete Step 1 in the video below or the Enrol in your courses PDF guide.

Step 2 - Select your class times 

Check the Academic calendar for the timetable release date for each study period. When the timetable has been released you can use the Timetable Planner* to plan your class times.

All students (excluding Headstart, Cross institutional and Visiting students)

Once Class selection opens*, select your class times in USC Central by following the instructions in the video below or the Select your class times PDF guide.

Tip: Select your classes as soon as Class selection opens as classes can fill quickly.

* We will be in contact with you to let you know when the Timetable Planner is available and Class selection opens.

How to enrol once class selection has opened

If class selection is open and you are yet to enrol in your courses, you can enrol in your courses and select your class times in one step.

Check the Academic Calendar for Class selection open date to confirm.

View the instructions in the video below or the How to enrol when class selection has opened PDF Guide (565KB).

Headstart, Cross-institutional and Visiting students

Complete and submit a Class preference form to select your class times.

New students 

Domestic students: Once you have applied and received your offer of a place from USC, follow the steps for Getting Started at USC to respond to your offer, plan your study and enrol in your courses.

International students should view the Getting Started Guide for International students for enrolment steps.

Plan your study

Before you re-enrol it's important to plan your study to make sure you study the right courses at the right time so you can finish your degree when you plan to.

Follow the Planning your study instructions to plan your courses for the upcoming semesters/trimesters/sessions. You can vary your study load between full-time (3-4 courses) or part-time (1-2 courses) in each study period. If you need some assistance, contact Student Central.

Confirm your enrolment

View your class timetable in USC Central to confirm you are enrolled in the courses you selected. Close to the beginning of the semester/trimester/session, your course details can be found in My Courses in Blackboard.

To prove your enrolment to Centrelink, print an unofficial transcript from USC Central. Refer to the steps at View your Unofficial Transcript in the USC Central Guide.

Once you are enrolled, learn how to manage your enrolment.

More information

Search for answers and ask questions via askUSC, or contact Student Central.

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