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Bachelor of Languages

A single three year undergraduate degree offered by the ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences

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  • Length 3 year full-time
  • Minimum 144 Units
Admission requirements
  • Field of Education
    • Language and Literature not el
  • Length 3 year full-time
  • Minimum 144 Units
Admission requirements
  • Field of Education
    • Language and Literature not el

ANU offers an outstanding variety of programs for Australia's next generation of language leaders, with more languages offered than at any other university in Australia. The ANU Bachelor of Languages is a wonderful way to take advantage of that, through the study of two (or more) languages, in combination with other areas of interest.

Your language education experience is designed to engage you with the structural, grammatical and idiomatic components of your chosen language or languages. This is further contextualised using cultural, social and historical concepts, issues and topics. You can start at beginning level, or at higher levels if you have past experience. Exciting opportunities exist for you to immerse yourself in your chosen language and culture through study abroad, and to combine your language study with a range of other areas.

Career Options

Graduates from ANU have been rated as Australia's most employable graduates and among the most sought after by employers worldwide.

The latest Global Employability University Ranking, published by the Times Higher Education, rated ANU as Australia's top university for getting a job for the fourth year in a row.

Employment Opportunities

Graduates may find work in diplomacy, trade, defence, translation, journalism, language analysis, language teaching, tourism, trade and many other fields.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of a Bachelor of Languages, graduates will be able to:

  1. communicate proficiently and confidently in at least one language
  2. identify the structure and uses of languages studied
  3. recognise and contrast the societies and cultures of the languages chosen, and their socio-historical context
  4. construct a global schema of the connections between the languages studied and their geographical, social and cultural origins
  5. recognise the importance and value of intercultural communication.

Admission Requirements

Admission to all programs is on a competitive basis. Admission to undergraduate degrees is based on meeting the ATAR requirement or an equivalent rank derived from the following qualifications:

• An Australian year 12 qualification or international equivalent; OR
• A completed Associate Diploma, Associate Degree, AQF Diploma, Diploma, AQF Advanced Diploma, Graduate Certificate or international equivalent; OR
• At least one standard full-time year (1.0 FTE) in a single program of degree level study at an Australian higher education institution or international equivalent; OR
• An approved tertiary preparation course unless subsequent study is undertaken.

Click HERE for further information about domestic admission.

More information about ATAR requirements for individual programs can be found HERE.

The National Register of higher education providers is an authoritative source of information that will help you confirm your institution of choice is registered to deliver higher education in Australia.

The Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT) website is HERE. Based on surveys done by thousands of students across Australia you can find out about universities that interest you, doing side-by-side comparisons.

The table below is a guide to the entry level required for domestic applicants. Exact entry level will be set at time of offer.

Domestic applicant entry requirements

Queensland Band equivalents are a guide only - selection is made on an ATAR equivalent that is not available to students.

International applicant entry requirements

International applicants may view further information on admissions requirements at Entry Requirements for International Undergraduate Applicants

The University reserves the right to alter or discontinue its programs as required.

ATAR:
80
QLD Band:
10
International Baccalaureate:
28

Bonus Points

ANU offers bonus points for nationally strategic senior secondary subjects, and in recognition of difficult circumstances that students face in their studies. 

Bonus points are applied to Bachelor degree applicants with an ATAR at or above 70. Points are awarded in accordance with the approved schedule, and no more than 10 points (maximum 5 academic points and maximum 5 equity points) will be awarded. Academic bonus points do not apply to programs with an ATAR cutoff of 98 or higher.

Visit the ANU Bonus Points website for futher information.

Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP)

For more information see: http://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/costs-fees

Annual indicative fee for international students
$35,904.00

Scholarships

ANU offers a wide range of scholarships to students to assist with the cost of their studies.

Eligibility to apply for ANU scholarships varies depending on the specifics of the scholarship and can be categorised by the type of student you are.  Specific scholarship application process information is included in the relevant scholarship listing.

For further information see the Scholarships website.

Program Requirements

The Bachelor of Languages requires completion of 144 units, of which:

A maximum of 60 units may come from completion of 1000-level courses

 

The 144 units must include:

Either

48 units from completion of one of the following language majors:

Ancient Greek

Arabic

Chinese Language

French Language and Culture

German Language and Culture

Hindi Language

Indonesian Language

Italian Language and Culture

Japanese Language

Korean Language

Latin

Persian

Sanskrit Language

Spanish

Thai Language

Vietnamese Language

 

Or

24 units from completion of the one of the following advanced minors

Advanced Ancient Greek

Advanced French Studies

Advanced German Studies

Advanced Hispanic Culture

Advanced Hispanic Linguistics

Advanced Hispanic Studies

Advanced Italian Studies

Advanced Latin

Advanced Spanish Studies

 

Either

24 units from courses listed in the International Communication major

 

Or

24 units from completion of one of the following language minors, which must be in a different language o the advanced minor:

Ancient Greek

Arabic

Chines Language

Classical Chinese

French Language and Culture

German Language and Culture

Hindi Language

Indonesian Language

Italian Language and Culture

Japanese Language

Japanese Linguistics

Korean Language

Latin

Russian

Persian

Sanskrit Language

Spanish

Thai Language

Vietnamese Language

 

24 units from completion of one of the following language minors, which must be in a different language to both the language major and the advanced minor completed above:

Advanced Ancient Greek

Advanced French Studie

Advanced German Studies

Advanced Hispanic Culture

Advanced Hispanic Linguistics

Advanced Hispanic Studies

Advanced Italian Studies

Advanced Latin

Advanced Spanish Studies

Ancient Greek

Arabic

Chinese Language

Classical Chinese

French Language and Culture

German Language and Culture

Hindi Language

Indonesian Language

Italian Language and Culture

Japanese Language

Japanese Linguistics

Korean Language

Latin

Russian

Persian

Sanskrit Language

Spanish

Thai Language

Vietnamese Language

 

A minimum of 12 units from completion of courses listed in the Linguistics major

 

A minimum of 6 units from completion of courses listed in any of the following majors:

Asian Studies

Computer Science

Contemporary Europe

English

International Communication

Latin American Studies

Mathematical Modelling

Mathematics

Middle Eastern and Central Asian Studies

Pacific Studies

 

48 units from completion of elective courses offered by ANU

 

Unless otherwise stated, a course used to satisfy the requirements of one list may not be double counted towards satisfying the requirements of another list.

Honours

For information about honours, please see Bachelor of Languages (Honours)

Majors

Minors

Specialisations

Elective Study

Once you have met the program requirements of your degree, you may have enough electives to complete an additional elective majorminor or specialisation.

Study Options

Year 1 48 units Major 1000 level Course 6 units Minor Course 6 units Linguistics Major Course 6 units Elective Course 6 units
Major 1000 level Course 6 units Minor Course 6 units Linguistics Major Course 6 units Elective Course 6 units
Year 2 48 units Major 2000/3000 level Course 6 units Minor Course 6 units Course from min 6 unit list Elective Course 6 units
Major 2000/3000 level Course 6 units Minor Course 6 units Course from min 6 unit list or Linguistic major course Elective Course 6 units
Year 3 48 units Major 2000/3000 level Course 6 units Major 2000/3000 level Course 6 units Elective Course 6 units Elective Course 6 units
Major 2000/3000 level Course 6 units Major 2000/3000 level Course 6 units Elective Course 6 units Elective Course 6 units

Single degree

Three years full time (144 units) - 4 courses per semester (24 units)
A maximum of 60 units of 1000 level courses
One of the following language majors (48 units):
•    Ancient Greek
•    Arabic
•    Chinese Language
•    French Language and Culture
•    German Language and Culture
•    Hindi Language
•    Indonesian Language
•    Italian Language and Culture
•    Japanese Language
•    Korean Language
•    Latin
•    Persian
•    Sanskrit Language
•    Spanish
•    Thai Language
•    Urdu Language
•    Vietnamese Language
One of the following language minors (24 units):
•    Advanced French Studies
•    Advanced German Studies
•    Advanced Hispanic Culture
•    Advanced Hispanic Linguistics
•    Advanced Italian Studies
•    Advanced Spanish Studies
•    Ancient Greek
•    Arabic
•    Chinese Language
•    Classical Chinese
•    French Language and Culture
•    German Language and Culture
•    Hindi Language
•    Indonesian Language
•    Italian Language and Culture
•    Japanese Language
•    Japanese Linguistics
•    Korean Language
•    Latin
•    Russian
•    Persian
•    Sanskrit Language
•    Spanish
•    Thai Language
•    Urdu Language
•    Vietnamese Language
A minimum of 12 units from completion of courses in the Linguistics Major
A minimum of 6 units from courses in any of the following majors:
•    Asian Studies
•    Contemporary Europe
•    English
•    International Communication
•    Latin American Studies
•    Middle Eastern and Central Asian Studies
•    Pacific Studies
Eight Electives from across the ANU  (48 units)


Double degree

•    This degree requires 96 units
•    A maximum of 36 units of 1000 level courses
One of the following language majors (48 units):
•    Ancient Greek
•    Arabic
•    Chinese Language
•    French Language and Culture
•    German Language and Culture
•    Hindi Language
•    Indonesian Language
•    Italian Language and Culture
•    Japanese Language
•    Korean Language
•    Latin
•    Persian
•    Sanskrit Language
•    Spanish
•    Thai Language
•    Urdu Language
•    Vietnamese Language
One of the following language minors (24 units):
•    Advanced French Studies
•    Advanced German Studies
•    Advanced Hispanic Culture
•    Advanced Hispanic Linguistics
•    Advanced Italian Studies
•    Advanced Spanish Studies
•    Ancient Greek
•    Arabic
•    Chinese Language
•    Classical Chinese
•    French Language and Culture
•    German Language and Culture
•    Hindi Language
•    Indonesian Language
•    Italian Language and Culture
•    Japanese Language
•    Japanese Linguistics
•    Korean Language
•    Latin
•    Russian
•    Persian
•    Sanskrit Language
•    Spanish
•    Thai Language
•    Urdu Language
•    Vietnamese Language
A minimum of 12 units from completion of courses in the Linguistics Major
A minimum of 6 units from courses in any of the following majors:
•    Asian Studies
•    Contemporary Europe
•    English
•    International Communication
•    Latin American Studies
•    Middle Eastern and Central Asian Studies
•    Pacific Studies



About this degree

Single degree
In a Bachelor of Languages degree program you will study a total of 144 units. Typically you will take 4 courses per semester (total of 24 units) as a full time student giving you a total of 24 (6-unit) courses across your whole degree.
You'll need to take one language major (8 courses), one language minor (4 courses), take two courses (12 units) from the Linguistics major,  and one courses (6 units) from the following majors - Asian Studies, Contemporary Europe, English, International Communication, Latin American Studies,  Middle Eastern and Central Asian Studies, Pacific Studies. You'll also get to choose eight electives (48 units) from courses right across ANU. You can use these electives to try a range of courses or to take a major or minor in a non-Arts subject.

Double degree
In a Bachelor of Languages degree program you will study a total of 96 units. Typically you will take 4 courses per semester (total of 24 units) as a full time student giving you a total of 16 courses across your whole degree. However, for each semester you are likely to take 2 courses from your Bachelor of Languages degree and then 2 courses from the other half of your double degree – still a total of 4 courses a semester.
You'll need to take one language major (8 courses), one language minor (4 courses), take two courses (12 units) from the Linguistics major,  and one courses (6 units) from the following majors - Asian Studies, Contemporary Europe, English, International Communication, Latin American Studies,  Middle Eastern and Central Asian Studies, Pacific Studies.

Enrolment Status

While it's possible to enrol in fewer courses per semester, which is called studying part-time, it will take you longer to finish your program and get your degree. If you are an international student you must always be full-time.
•    A course (usually 6 units) can only be counted towards one major or minor.
•    You need to enrol in courses for both First Semester and Second Semester.
•    You can’t study more than four courses (24 units) per semester, eight for the year.
•    You need to enrol in courses for your chosen language major
•    You need to enrol in courses for your chosen language minor
You may take 1000-level courses later in your program. But remember you can’t count more than ten 1000-level courses (60 units) towards your single degree or six 1000-level courses (36 units) towards your Bachelor of Languages half of the double degree

Important things to keep in mind when choosing your 1000-level courses

When you enrol for the first time you will study ‘1000-level’ courses. These courses have ‘1’ as the first number in their course code, such as ARTS1234.

Majors and Minors

See available majors and minors for this program

You will need to enrol in:
Courses for both First Semester and Second Semester
Two 1000-level courses (12 units) from one of the language majors. If your chosen major is Chinese or Japanese, you will need to enrol in the four courses (24 units) in your first year.
Two 1000-level courses from one of the language minors
One Linguistics Major Course
Two 1000-level elective courses (12 units)

I have chosen a major from the approved above list. How do I choose the two 1000-level courses for my major?
•    All of these approved majors have only two 1000-level courses available, one in First Semester and one in Second Semester. You should enrol in both of these courses.  If you have studied a language previously you will need to take a Language Placement Test before enrolling in your chosen language for 2016.

If I have chosen to complete a Chinese or Japanese major, which courses do I enrol in for my major?
For a Chinese major you should enrol in:
•    CHIN1012 - Modern Chinese 1A: Spoken Chinese in First Semester
•    CHIN1013 - Modern Chinese 1B: Written Chinese in First Semester
•    CHIN2022 - Modern Chinese 2A: Spoken Chinese in Second Semester
•    CHIN2023 - Modern Chinese 2B: Written Chinese in Second Semester

For a Japanese major you should enrol in:
•    JPNS1012 - Spoken Japanese 1 in First Semester
•    JPNS1014 - Written Japanese A in First Semester
•    JPNS2003 - Spoken Japanese 2 in Second Semester
•    JPNS2005 - Written Japanese B in Second Semester
(If you have studied Chinese or Japanese previously you will need to take a Language Placement Test to determine the level of courses you should enrol in for 2016)

How do I choose 1000-level courses for my minor?
If your chosen language minor has 1000-level courses listed, you should choose these courses; typically there will be no choice as there are only two 1000-level courses offered.
If you have studied a language previously you will need to take a Language Placement Test to determine the level of courses you should enrol in for 2016.

Electives

Single Degree
While you only need to enrol in courses for a language major, a language minor, you can use your electives to enrol in 1000-level courses for other Arts majors or minors. That way you keep your options open. Once you've selected courses for the major and/or minor you should choose electives to make up the 24 units each semester.

Study Options

Bachelor of Languages - Single Degree

This is a typical study pattern for the first year of a student undertaking a Bachelor of Languages.

Study Options

Year 1 48 units Major 1000 level Course 6 units Minor 1000 level Course 6 units Linguistics Major Course 6 units Elective 1000 level Course 6 units
Major 1000 level Coure 6 units Minor 1000 level Course 6 units Linguistics Major Course 6 units Elective 1000 level Course 6 units

Single Study Plan 2

Chinese Language

Study Options

Year 1 48 units CHIN1012 Modern Chinese 1: Spoken 6 units CHIN1013 Modern Chinese 1: Written 6 units Minor Language Course 6 units Elective Course 6 units
CHIN2022 Modern Chinese 2: Spoken 6 units CHIN2023 Modern Chinese 2: Written 6 units Minor Language Course 6 units Elective Course 6 units

Bachelor of Languages - Double Degree

Study Options

Year 1 48 units Major 1000 level Course 6 units Minor 1000 level Course 6 units Degree B 6 units Degree B 6 units
Major 1000 level Course 6 units Minor 1000 level Course 6 units Degree B 6 units Degree B 6 units

Double Degree Study Plan 2

Japanese Language

Study Options

Year 1 48 units JPNS1012 Japanese 1: Spoken 6 units JPNS1014 Japanese 1: Written 6 units Degree B 6 units Degree B 6 units
JPNS2003 Japanese 2: Spoken 6 units JPNS2005 Japanese 2: Written 6 units Degree B 6 units Degree B 6 units
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