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Diploma of Languages

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

  • Length 1 year full-time
  • Minimum 48 Units
Admission requirements
  • Academic plan ELANG
  • Length 1 year full-time
  • Minimum 48 Units
Admission requirements
  • Academic plan ELANG

Program Requirements

This program requires the completion of 48 units, including:

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



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 This program can only be undertaken on a part-time basis _ _ _
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Admission Requirements

Admission to all programs is on a competitive basis, taking into account all relevant academic qualifications. If you hold more than one qualification, admission will be based on your overall record. Tertiary qualifications are generally weighted more heavily than secondary. If you have completed an approved tertiary preparation course or alternative entry scheme, you will be assessed on the results of that scheme alone, unless you have undertaken subsequent study.

Click HERE for further information about domestic admission pathways.

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

From 2010, the UAI/ENTER/TER will be referred to as ATAR (Australian Tertiary Admission Rank) for admission. See for further information.

Queensland Band equivalents are a guide only - selection is made on a UAI 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.


Entry into this program requires the completion of, or concurrent enrolment in, a program of at least Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) Level 7 (ie Bachelors degree) at any Australian or international equivalent university. 

This program can only be undertaken on a part-time basis. Students studying in Australia and holding an International Student Visa may be considered for the Diploma however admission is on a case by case basis as it will require the student to increase their study load. 

For application information, please see the CASS website - Diploma of Languages.

Adjustment Factors

The National Access Scheme 2014

ANU offers bonus points for nationally strategic senior secondary subjects, and in recognition of difficult circumstances that students face in their studies.  Please note that Bonus Points do not apply to the Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery program.

Bonus points are applied to all 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.

Bonus points do not apply to programs with an ATAR cutoff of 98 or higher.

Bonus Points are only awarded to domestic applicants applying for admission through UAC who have not previously attempted tertiary study.

How to apply

Academic Bonus Points: senior secondary students do not need to apply for ANU academic bonus points. They are automatically added in accordance with the schedule.

Educational Access Scheme: senior secondary students do not need to apply if their school is part of the Priority School Funding Program or Country Areas Program. All other applicants should refer to for more information.

Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP)

For more information see:

Annual indicative fee for international students


ANU offers a wide range of scholarships to current and future students to assist with the cost of their studies. The University is committed to enabling all students, regardless of their background, to achieve their best at ANU and realise their potential. 

Eligibility 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.

The Diploma of Languages prepares students for the increasingly multilingual and international life of the 21st century. You will be taken on a language learning journey which is designed to engage you with the written, oral and cultural aspects of your chosen language or languages.

You can choose to study a wide selection of languages, many of which are not available at any other University in Australia.

Career Options

ANU provides you with more choice for your entrance score by offering the new Flexible Double Degree program.

The ANU Flexible Double Degree lets you build skills for your chosen career without forfeiting your passion.  It's your choice to build a double degree partnership that suits your head and your heart.

Employment Opportunities

This diploma will suit you if you are interested in working for organisations or businesses that deal with non-English speaking countries, or a government career including foreign aid, or if you want to work in a non-English speaking country when you graduate.

Graduates may find work in international relations, diplomacy, trade, national security and strategy, translation, language teaching, tourism, development and many other fields.

Learning Outcomes

Successful completion of the Diploma of Languages enables students to:

  • communicate proficiently and confidently in the studied language
  • identify the structure and uses of the language studied
  • demonstrate an understanding of the societies and cultures of the language studied, and its socio-historical context
  • construct a schema of the connections between the language studied and its geographical, social and cultural origins
  • recognise the importance of intercultural communication.
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