Language Studies - 3417

Program Summary

Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences


Campus: Kensington Campus

Career: Undergraduate

Typical Duration: 3 Years

Typical UOC Per Semester: 6

Min UOC Per Semester: 6

Max UOC Per Semester: 24

Min UOC For Award: 48

International Entry Requirements: See International Entry Requirements


Diploma of Language Studies (Major)

Information valid for students commencing 2013.
Students who commenced prior to 2013 should go to the Handbook's Previous Editions

Program Description

The Diploma in Language Studies is designed to provide students with the opportunity to acquire proficiency in a second language. It requires the completion of 48 UOC in a language stream and related courses as approved by the School of International Studies. It may be taken concurrently with another degree program (excluding those programs where language studies are available as a major or minor stream) or by graduates.

Program Objectives and Graduate Attributes

The Diploma in Language Studies allows students to undertake a major from the languages and related studies listed below and offered by the School of International Studies.

Languages offered:

Program Structure

The basic requirements for the award of the Diploma in Language Studies are:

Over a period usually equivalent to six semesters of study, students complete 48 UOC in language or related courses offered by the School of International Studies.

Academic Rules

1. To qualify for the award of the Diploma in Language Studies, students must complete, over a period of usually six semesters of study, 48 UOC in language and related courses offered approved by the School of International Studies. Graduates must have achieved a minimum level of competence in the relevant language equivalent to that attained by students who have completed six semesters of study in a language commencing at Introductory Level.

2. A candidate for the Diploma shall:

(i) have been awarded the Bachelor from the University of New South Wales or another tertiary institution, or

(ii) with the approval of the program authorities concerned, be enrolled concurrently within the University of New South Wales in an undergraduate program of the University of New South Wales which does not offer a major stream in the language concerned.


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Admission Requirements

To be eligibile to enrol in the Diploma program, students must already hold a tertiary degree or currently be enrolled in a degree program at UNSW.

Application for Admission - Diploma in Language Studies

Important Information

The Academic Rules for the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Undergraduate programs and the online enrolment facility provide students with a wide range of course choices. The online enrolment facility checks that students meet the enrolment requirements for individual courses but not that a course complies with Program Rules. Students are responsible for ensuring they are enrolling in accordance with the Academic Rules outlined above. Students should not assume that because they have enrolled in a course online that the course is automatically credited to their degree program.

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