There has never been a better or more affordable time for Australian students to pick up a language at university. Rich with possibility for self-discovery and career development, under the Australian Government’s Job-ready Graduates Package studying a language at university can now also significantly reduce the cost of your studies and the size of your HECS debt.  So, go on. Find your best self in another language.

Indonesia’s geographic proximity and strategic importance to Australia make it vital to understand its people, politics, history, languages and culture. Studying Indonesian will equip you with the skills you need to pursue a variety of careers including in diplomacy, international trade and cooperation, humanitarian aid, defence, intercultural communication, education, translation, media and journalism, tourism and the creative industries.

China is a powerhouse of the world economy and is increasingly important to Australia within government and private sectors. Majoring in Chinese means you’ll be proficient in Mandarin, conversant in the culture, history and politics of China and will broaden your career options. Currently Mandarin is spoken by more than 1 billion people around the world, representing about one fifth of the global population. It is one of the world’s most commonly used languages, second only to English.

Learning Italian will exercise your mind, enhance your appreciation of European cultures, and enrich your experience when you travel to Italy. Moreover, as Australia has one of the largest populations of Italian speakers outside of Italy, studying Italian can also be a great way to connect with communities here in Australia. Italy is also at the cutting edge of technological development, from fashion and design to astrophysics and medical research.

Japan is one of the most dynamic nations in Asia. Australia’s relationship with Japan is one of the most engaged and durable diplomatic and trade relations in the region. Understanding Japan’s language, culture and history are vital for the economic development and prosperity of the Indo-Pacific region. Japanese investment in Australia includes financial services, information technology, agribusiness and communications technology – so knowledge of Japanese culture, history and language can open up many career opportunities.

French is one of the world’s major international languages spoken by over 270 million people in 43 countries, on all five continents. Accessing these global networks of French speakers can enhance and extend careers in international relations, development studies, business, science and the arts. It’s one of the five official languages of the United Nations and is used by important international bodies such as the World Health Organization and the International Court of Justice. Studying French will prepare you for exciting careers in Australia and around the world.

Spanish is spoken by more than 450 million people across 23 countries and is an official language of the United Nations and the European Union. It is one of the most important languages in global popular culture, music, literature, film, diplomacy, and commerce, with increasing local importance as Australia engages more closely with Latin America. Competency in Spanish can increase your competitiveness in the Australian and global job markets across a range of areas including international relations, diplomacy, community development, translation and interpretation, teaching, communications, research and government.

University Language Courses Links
Australian National University https://www.anu.edu.au/study/study-options-1/languages
Australian Catholic University https://www.acu.edu.au/study-at-acu/find-a-course/humanities-and-social-sciences/languages
Australian Catholic University https://www.acu.edu.au/study-at-acu/find-a-course/humanities-and-social-sciences/languages
Charles Sturt University https://study.csu.edu.au/courses/islamic-and-arabic-studies
Macquarie University https://www.mq.edu.au/study/find-a-course/languages-and-linguistics/_
The University of Newcastle https://www.newcastle.edu.au/degrees/diploma-in-languages


The University of Sydney https://www.sydney.edu.au/arts/study/our-degrees-explained/study-languages-at-university.html
University of New England https://www.une.edu.au/study/languages-linguistics-international/languages
University of Technology Sydney https://www.handbook.uts.edu.au/intl/area/info.html
University of Wollongong https://www.uow.edu.au/study/literature-language/
UNSW https://www.unsw.edu.au/arts-design-architecture/study-with-us/study-areas/languages-cultures
Western Sydney University https://hbook.westernsydney.edu.au/majors-minors/arabic-major/
Charles Darwin University https://www.cdu.edu.au/indigenous-futures-education-arts/humanities-and-social-sciences/languages-charles-darwin-university
Australian Catholic University https://www.acu.edu.au/study-at-acu/find-a-course/humanities-and-social-sciences/languages
Griffith University https://www.griffith.edu.au/study/humanities-languages/languages?location=dom
James Cook University https://www.jcu.edu.au/course-and-subject-handbook/courses/undergraduate-courses/majors-and-minors/ba-languages-and-linguistics-major
Queensland University of Technology https://www.qut.edu.au/study/languages
The University of Queensland https://languages-cultures.uq.edu.au/Study
University of the Sunshine Coast https://www.usc.edu.au/study/courses-and-programs/majors-and-minors/japanese-studies
Flinders University https://www.flinders.edu.au/study/languages-culture
The University of Adelaide https://future.ask.adelaide.edu.au/app/answers/detail/a_id/2489/~/studying-a-language
University of South Australia https://study.unisa.edu.au/languages/
University of Tasmania https://www.utas.edu.au/humanities#global-cultures-and-languages
Australian Catholic University https://www.acu.edu.au/study-at-acu/find-a-course/humanities-and-social-sciences/languages
Deakin University https://www.deakin.edu.au/custom-discipline-pages/study-languages-at-deakin
La Trobe University https://www.latrobe.edu.au/department-of-languages-and-cultures/study/languages
Monash University https://www.monash.edu/arts/languages
RMIT University https://www.rmit.edu.au/about/schools-colleges/global-urban-and-social-studies/our-teaching-areas/language-studies
The University of Melbourne https://study.unimelb.edu.au/discover/inside-melbourne/languages
Curtin University https://www.curtin.edu.au/study/offering/course-ug-japanese-major-ba–mjru-japan/
Murdoch University https://www.murdoch.edu.au/course/undergraduate/mj-jpna
The University of Western Australia https://www.uwa.edu.au/study/uwa-language-hub
University Fee Calculator Links
Australian National University https://www.studyassist.gov.au/help-loans-commonwealth-supported-places-csps/student-contribution-amounts
Australian Catholic University https://www.acu.edu.au/study-at-acu/fees-and-scholarships/domestic-student-fees/course-costs
Charles Sturt University https://study.csu.edu.au/apply/fees-costs/commonwealth/current-year
Macquarie University https://www.mq.edu.au/study/admissions/fees-and-costs/domestic-coursework-student-fees/commonwealth-supported-places/undergraduate-students/commonwealth-supported-places-2022
The University of Newcastle https://www.newcastle.edu.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0009/674649/2022-Commonwealth-Supported-Student-Contributions-Commencing-Students.pdf
The University of Sydney https://www.sydney.edu.au/study/study-options/fees-and-loans/tuition-fees-for-domestic-students.html#csp
University of New England https://www.une.edu.au/study/fees-and-costs/tuition-fees/2022-commonwealth-supported-places
University of Technology Sydney https://cis.uts.edu.au/fees/index.cfm
University of Wollongong https://www.uow.edu.au/student/finances/domestic-undergraduate/contribution/
UNSW https://www.student.unsw.edu.au/fees/csp
Western Sydney University https://www.westernsydney.edu.au/currentstudents/current_students/fees
Charles Darwin University https://www.cdu.edu.au/current-students/student-admin/fees-payments
Griffith University https://www.griffith.edu.au/students/enrolment-timetables-fees/paying-your-fees/student-contribution-amount/new-student-contribution-bands-in-2021
James Cook University https://www.jcu.edu.au/students/fees-and-financial-support/commonwealth-supported-fees-and-payment-options
Queensland University of Technology https://www.qut.edu.au/study/fees-and-scholarships/understand-your-fees
The University of Queensland https://my.uq.edu.au/files/21999/cohort8-dom-sca-2021-onwards-2022.pdf
University of the Sunshine Coast https://www.usc.edu.au/study/fees
Flinders https://students.flinders.edu.au/finances-and-admin/fees/fees-and-charges/commonwealth-supported-students
The University of Adelaide https://www.adelaide.edu.au/student/finance/domestic/contribution/
University of South Australia https://i.unisa.edu.au/campus-central/Fees-and-Finance/Commonwealth-supported-students/student-contributions/
University of Tasmania https://www.utas.edu.au/study/scholarships-fees-and-costs
Deakin University https://www.deakin.edu.au/study/fees-and-scholarships/fees-and-costs/fees-estimator
La Trobe University https://www.latrobe.edu.au/students/admin/fees-and-money/course
Monash University https://www.monash.edu/students/admin/fees/course/domestic-fee/2022-student-contribution-amount-calculator
RMIT University https://www.rmit.edu.au/study-with-us/applying-to-rmit/local-student-applications/fees/fees-by-level-of-study/undergraduate-study
The University of Melbourne https://students.unimelb.edu.au/your-course/manage-your-course/fees-and-payments/understanding-your-fees
Curtin University https://www.curtin.edu.au/students/essentials/fees/understanding-your-fees/tuition-fees/
Murdoch University https://handbook.murdoch.edu.au/fees/course-options
The University of Western Australia https://www.fees.uwa.edu.au/help/
University Person(s) Position School / Department / Faculty Email Phone Notes
Australian National University For Asian and Pacific languages: education.chl@anu.edu.au
For all other languages: students.cass@anu.edu.au
For Asian and Pacific langauges: +61 6125 3207
For all other languages: +61 2 6125 2898
For Asian and Pacific languages: Make an appointment with College of Asia & the Pacific course advisor: https://asiapacific.anu.edu.au/students/student-centre/appointment-bookings
Australian Catholic University Dr Anna Menicucci Course Coodinator, Diploma in Langauges (Spanish and Italian) Global & Education Pathways anna.menicucci@acu.edu.au
Charles Sturt University Future students can submit an enquiry here: https://www.csu.edu.au/contacts/future Future students contact phone number: 1800 275 278
Macquarie University Dr Bénédicte André Course Authority, Diploma of Languages and Bachelor of International Studies Department of Media, Communications, Creative Arts, Language and Literature benedicte.andre@mq.edu.au Future students contact phone number: +61 (2) 9850 6767
The University of Newcastle Dr Marie-Laure Vuaille-Barcan Group Leader for Screens, Languages, English and Creative Writing School of Creative Industries, Humanities and Social Science marie-laure.vuaille-barcan@newcastle.edu.au +61 2 4921 5550 Languages offered: AUSLAN, French, German, Japanese, Mandarin, Australian Indigenous Languages, Indonesian.
The University of Sydney sonia.wilson@sydney.edu.au


University of New England Future student enquiries: 1800 818 865 (8:30am–4:30pm, Mon–Fri) You can choose from seven languages to study: Chinese, French, German, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, and Spanish.
University of Technology Sydney Dr Angela Giovanangeli



Dr Alice Loda



Dr Mark Tutton

Head, International Studies and Languages Cluster

Course coordinator, Bachelor of International Studies

Course coordinator, Diploma in Language








+61 2 9514 7679







University of Wollongong Assoc. Prof Xiaoping Gao Discipline Leader for Languages & Linguistics School of Humanities & Social Inquiry xiaoping@uow.edu.au
UNSW UNSW Future Students Office
T: 1300 UNI NSW (1300 864 679)
Western Sydney University Dr Xiangdong Liue Academic Program Advisor, Languages and Linguistics X.Liu@westernsydney.edu.au
Charles Darwin University For Greek: Dr George Frazis

For Chinese: Amy Yu

For Indonesian: Dr Nathan Franklin

For Yolngu: Yasunori Hayashi

For Bininj Kunwok: Yasunori Hayashi

For Greek: george.frazis@cdu.edu.au

For Chinese: amy.yu@cdu.edu.au

For Indonesian: nathan.franklin@cdu.edu.au

For Yolngu: yasunori.hayashi@cdu.edu.au

For Bininj Kunwok: yasunori.hayashi@cdu.edu.au

For Greek: +61 8 8946 6486

For Chinese: +61 8 8946 7736

For Indonesian: +61 8 8946 7171

For Yolngu: +61 8 8946 6278

For Bininj Kunwok: +61 8 8946 6278

Griffith University Contact Griffith University about future study here: https://www.griffith.edu.au/study/contact-us?location=dom
James Cook University enquiries@jcu.edu.au 07 4781 5255 or free call (within Australia) 1800 246 446
Queensland University of Technology Enquiry form: https://www.qut.edu.au/additional/stay-connected Phone: (07) 3138 0620
The University of Queensland languages-cultures@uq.edu.au (07) 3365 6311 Languages offered: Indonesian, Korean, Japanese, Chinese, Russian, Spanish, German and French.
University of the Sunshine Coast Dr Levi Durbidge Lecturer in World Languages School of Business and Creative industries ldurbidge@usc.edu.au
Flinders University Dr Christèle Maizonniaux


Professor Eric Bouvet


Bachelor of Languages Coordinator

Interim Teaching Program Director

College of Humanities, Arts and Social Scicences christele.maizonniaux@flinders.edu.au





(08) 8201 2184

(08) 8201 2104

(08) 8201 7900

Languages offered: French, Indonesian, Italian, Modern Greek and Spanish
The University of Adelaide Check relevant discipline coordinators here: https://able.adelaide.edu.au/student-support/academic-contacts#undergraduate-discipline-advisors
University of South Australia Dr Enza Tudini Program Director: Languages enza.tudini@unisa.edu.au (08) 8302 4592
University of Tasmania Submit an enquiry with the University of Tasmania here: https://www.utas.edu.au/enquire?seedData=/study/languages Languages offered: Arabic, Chinese, Indonesian and Spanish
Deakin University Get in touch with Deakin’s language course advisers here: https://www.deakin.edu.au/custom-discipline-pages/study-languages-at-deakin
La Trobe University Make an appointment with La Trobe’s Future Students team via this page: https://www.latrobe.edu.au/study


Chat directly with La Trobe’s Future Students team via this page: https://www.latrobe.edu.au/contact/chat

1300 135 045
Monash University Make an appointment with Arts course advisor via this form: https://calendly.com/monash-arts/course-support?utm_source=y12hub&utm_medium=website&utm_campaign=destination_monash__Brand&utm_content=arts&month=2022-08
RMIT University Assoc. Prof Kerry Mullan Convenor of Language Studies School of Global, Urban and Social Studies kerry.mullan@rmit.edu.au +61 3 9925 2264
The University of Melbourne For European languages:

Assoc. Prof Mara Favoretto

For Asian languages:

Dr Craig Smith

For European languages:

Discipline chair, (European and Latin American) Languages

For Asian languages:

Senior Lecturer in Translations Studies (Chinese)

For European languages:

School of Languages and Linguistics

For Asian languages:

Asia Institute

For European languages:


For Asian languages:


For European languages:

+61 3 8344 5183

For Asian languages:

+61 3 8344 4630

Enquiries can also be directed here: https://forms.your.unimelb.edu.au/4746909
Curtin University For Korean:

Assoc. Prof Jo Elfving-Hwang

For Korean:

Director, Korean Research Centre of Western Australia

For Korean:

School of Media, Creative Arts and Social Inquiry

For Korean:


For Korean:

+61 8 9266 7410

For Chinese and Japanese:

1300 222 888 (Future Students)

Languages offered: Chinese, Japanese and Korean.
Murdoch University For Indonesian: Mr Irianto Tedja For Indonesian: Lecturer in Indonesian For Indonesian: College of Arts, Business, Law and Social Sciences For Indonesian: I.Tedja@murdoch.edu.au For Indonesian: +61 8 9360 2874
The University of Western Australia For Chinese:

Dr Yu Tao

For French:

Dr Paul Gibbard

For German:

Dr Dale Adams

For Indonesian:

Assoc. Prof David Bourchier

For Italian:

Dr Marinella Caruso

For Japanese:

Dr Kyoko Kawasaki

For Latin:

Dr Chris Mallan

For Korean:

Dr Nicola Fraschini

For Spanish:

Dr Anna Gadd

For Chinese:

Senior Lecturer in Chinese Studies

For French:

Senior Lecturer, Discipline of European Languages and Cultures

For German:

Lecturer in German Language

For Indonesian:

Associate Professor, Discipline of Asian Studies and Languages

For Italian: Senior Lecturer, Discipline of European Languages amd Cultures

For Japanese: Lecturer, Discipline of Asian Studies and Languages

For Latin: Associate Professor, Discipline of Classics and Ancient History

For Korean: Lecturer, Discipline of Asian Studies and Languages

For Spanish: Lecturer, Discipline of European Languages and Cultures

For Chinese:

School of Social Sciences

For French:

School of Humanities

For German

School of Humanities

For Indonesian:

School of Social Sciences

For Italian:

School of Humanities

For Japanese:

School of Social Sciences

For Latin: School of Humanities

For Korean: School of Social Sciences

For Spanish: School of Humanities

For Chinese:


For French:


For German:


For Indonesian:



For Italian:



For Japanese:



For Latin:



For Korean:


For Spanish:



For Chinese:

+61 8 6488 3959

For French:

+61 8 6488 2175

For German:

+61 8 6488 2177

For Indonesian:

+61 8 6488 2074

For Italian:

For Japanese:

For Latin:

+61 6488 2127

For Korean:

+61 6488 3963

For Spanish:

Languages offered: Chinese, French, German, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latin, and Spanish

#1  Why should I study a language at university? 

Language study at university is an exciting option for students. If you are already studying a language (or languages) at school, or if you already have some knowledge of a language, you can continue to advance your skills at university. You might also consider studying a new language. It’s never been easier or more affordable to do either—you can include language study in many degrees offered at Australian universities, or you might consider adding a Diploma of Languages to your undergraduate degree. Check the University Languages Portal Australia or relevant university websites for more information about your options.


#2  What languages can I study at university? 

The languages available depend on which university you attend. University Languages Portal Australia has a comprehensive list of what’s available at each Australian university. You can also reach out to your preferred university’s student advisers, to discuss what’s on offer and how to include language study into your degree.


#3  How will studying a language at university reduce the cost of my degree?

The Job-ready Graduates Package was an October 2020 reform to higher education funding by the Australian Government. As a result of these reforms, the cost of a language major for domestic students is now about one quarter ($4,124) of the cost of most other law, accounting, administration, economics, commerce, communications, social sciences and humanities majors ($15,142). You can significantly reduce the cost of your university studies by adding a language to your degree.

Each subject or unit of study of your degree  is classified into a student contribution band (Bands 1-4), depending on the study area of the unit (this may be different from the study area of your course). The amount you pay for a unit of study is usually the maximum allowed by the Government for that band. Under the Job-ready Graduates Package, languages are designated a Band 1 “priority” study area, so the maximum you will pay for studying a language at university is $4,124 per full-time equivalent year of study (EFTSL) — or about $500 per subject or unit of study. This is the maximum a university is permitted to charge Commonwealth-supported domestic students, however each university determines its course fees based on these Government funding rates, so the exact cost of studying a language may depend on the university and course you choose. Please check the relevant university website for information about the exact fees you will be pay for studying a language as part of your degree


#4  How much will studying a language at university reduce the cost of my degree?

In general terms, a three-year undergraduate degree at an Australian university involves completing units of study equating to a total study load of three (3) Equivalent Full-Time Student Load (or EFTSL). At most Australian universities a standard subject or unit of study is worth 0.125 EFTSL. Thus completion of a three-year degree at most Australian universities involves completion of 24 subjects or units of study. Under the Job-ready Graduates Package, if you were to select all 24 units of study from Band 1 study areas (including languages), the maximum you will pay for your degree (as of 2023) as a Commonwealth supported domestic student via HECS-HELP is $12,372 [3 x $4,124]. By comparison, if you were to select all 24 units of study from Band 4 study areas (Law, accounting, administration, economics, commerce, communications, and most social sciences and humanities), the total cost of your degree (as of 2023) will be $45,426 [3 EFSTL x $15,142].

In practice, most students will select units of study from across a range of [Band 1-4] study areas. So the actual total cost of your degree will fall somewhere between $12,372 and $45,426. However, under  the Job-ready Graduates Package, the more Band 1 units of study you incorporate into your degree, the less costly your degree will be, and the smaller your HECS-HELP debt will be at the conclusion of your studies.


#5  Do I need to major in a language at uni in order to reduce the cost of my degree? What if I just want to try a language subject or two as an elective?

No. You don’t need to major in a language to minimise the cost of your studies. As a Commonwealth supported domestic student, under the Job-ready Graduates Package each unit of study from Band 1 study areas  (including languages) that you add to your degree will incrementally reduce the cost of your degree. Even picking up a couple of language subjects as an elective will reduce the cost of your degree and the size of your HECS-HELP debt at the conclusion of your studies.  


#6  How much will I pay for a language subject at uni? How does this compare to other subjects?

Under the Job-ready Graduates Package, languages are designated a Band 1 “priority” study area, so the maximum you will pay for studying a language at university is $4,124 per full-time equivalent year of study (EFTSL) or about $500 per subject or unit of study (assuming a weighting of 0.125 EFTSL per subject or unit of study. NB. Per subject EFTSL weighting can vary between Australian universities, and even between faculties within the same university.) This is the maximum a university is permitted to charge Commonwealth-supported domestic students.

By comparison, under the Job-ready Graduates Package, as of 2023, the maximum student contribution for Band 4 study areas including Law, accounting, administration, economics, commerce, communications, and most social sciences and humanities is $15,142 per full-time equivalent year of study (EFTSL) or about $1,893 per subject or unit of study (again assuming a weighting of 0.125 EFTSL per subject).


#7 How many language subjects (or units of study) do I need to earn a language major at university?

A language major normally consists of a sequence of eight subjects or units of study undertaken over the course of a three-year undergraduate degree (assuming a weighting of 0.125 EFTSL per subject). Course requirements for achieving a major do, however, vary among Australian universities.


#8 Will I still save on HECS if I study a language at uni as part of a Diploma in Languages?

Yes. A Diploma is a standalone or “add-on” university qualification typically equivalent to one year of full-time study (or 1 EFTSL).  At most Australian universities, a Diploma of Languages involves undertaking the same eight subject sequence that a three-year Bachelor degree student undertakes to receive a language major. Under the Job-ready Graduates Package, languages are designated a Band 1 “priority” study area, so the maximum you will pay for studying a language at university is $4,124 per full-time equivalent year of study (EFTSL) — or about $500 per subject or unit of study. This is the maximum a university is permitted to charge Commonwealth-supported domestic students.  

As of 2023, a one-year / 1 EFTSL / eight subject Diploma of Languages course will cost you $4,124 to complete — or about a quarter of the cost ($15,142) of completing a Diploma in Band 4 study areas including Law, accounting, administration, economics, commerce, communications, and most social sciences and humanities.


#9 How will studying a language at university improve my employment prospects?

Speaking another language increases your job opportunities and gives you an advantage over monolingual English-speakers in business, international relations, politics and much more. There are language-specific careers, such as interpreting and translating, language teaching, and travel and tourism. But there are many other areas where a language gives you an edge: diplomacy, national security and strategy, trade, defence, journalism, development and many other fields. As language learning enhances your problem-solving and communication skills, learning a language also prepares you well for a wide range of jobs.

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