Diploma in Languages

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Diploma in Languages


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Program summary

Student profile
Ann Robertson
Program coordinator

Ann Robertson

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 at 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.


The 2017 Australian Federal Budget proposes changes to fee arrangements for higher education students. If these changes are passed by the Federal Parliament, domestic students who have a completed higher education qualification and are studying Diploma or Associate Degree programs may not be eligible for Commonwealth Support from Semester 1, 2018. We will provide further information on any changes to fees as soon as it is available.

Application and admission advice

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+61 7 5430 2890
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The recommended study sequence ONLY represents the CURRENT program structure. Students MUST follow their commencing structure and use this recommended study sequence to guide enrolment.

Program structure

Total units:

Study sequence

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
  • Completing this program within the specified duration is based on following the recommended study sequence
  • The unit value of all courses is 12 units unless otherwise specified
  • It is each students responsibility to enrol correctly according to your course requisites, program rules and requirements and be aware of the academic calendar dates
  • 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
  • Courses within this program are assessed using a variety of assessment methods which may include essays, seminar presentations, reports, in-class tests and examinations
  • Refer to the Managing your progression page for help in understanding your program structure, reviewing your progress and planning remaining courses.
  • Apply for 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:

  • Tertiary Preparation Pathway (TPP) student currently enrolled in, or have had an enrolment in the previous two years
  • 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 / TAFE Articulation program students
  • USC students who are currently enrolled in one program and want to study another program concurrently
  • Former USC student who has been excluded from study at USC
International students

Apply direct to USC International

More information

How to enrol

New to USC?

Once you have applied and received your offer of a place from USC, follow the steps to Get Started at USC to respond to your offer, plan your study and enrol in the correct courses (subjects).

Continuing students

Before you enrol it's important to check your commencing program structure and the published recommended study sequence to make sure you study the right courses at the right time and will be ready to graduate from your degree when you plan to.

To better understand your program structure and for instructions on how to review your progress and plan your remaining courses, visit the Managing your progression page.

Visit How do I enrol? for enrolment instructions and key dates.

Need assistance?

View step-by-step instructions to enrol at How do I enrol?

Refer to the Academic Calendar for key dates, including the last day to add, drop or swap a course or class and Census dates.

Search for answers and ask questions about enrolling or contact Student Central.

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