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Undergraduate Certificate of Languages

A single undergraduate degree offered by the ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences and ANU College of Asia and the Pacific

  • Minimum 24 Units
Admission requirements
  • Academic plan UCLNG
  • Post Nominal UCertLang
  • Mode of delivery
    • Online
  • Field of Education
    • Language and Literature
  • Academic contact
  • Minimum 24 Units
Admission requirements
  • Academic plan UCLNG
  • Post Nominal UCertLang
  • Mode of delivery
    • Online
  • Field of Education
    • Language and Literature
  • Academic contact

Program Requirements

The Undergraduate Certificate requires completion of 24 units

The 24 units must include:

A minimum of 18 units from a 1000, 2000 or 3000 level language course from the following list of alpha codes or courses:

ARAB – Arabic

BURM – Burmese

CHIN – Modern Chinese

FREN – French

GERM – German

GREC – Ancient Greek

HIND – Hindi

INDN – Indonesian

ITAL – Italian

JPNS – Japanese

KORE – Korean

LATN – Latin

MNGL – Mongolian

PERS – Persian

SKRT – Sanskrit

SPAN – Spanish

TEM – Tetum

THAI – Thai

TIBN – Tibetan

TOKP – Tok Pisin

VIET – Vietnamese

A maximum of 6 units from the following course on language:

 LING2013 Teaching Language


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.

Admission Requirements

NOTE: This program is no longer available for applications.


This program is available for domestic students only. Current ANU students are not eligible for this program.

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 and including any eligible adjustments:

- 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.


Entry requirements

Apply directly to The Australian National University. You will be directed to the appropriate application system when you select ‘Apply’.

ATAR 80 or equivalent


Additional Information for applicants

Completion of this certificate may qualify you for entry into the Diploma of Languages.

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 allows you to do side-by-side comparisons of Australian universities, so you can find out more about the universities that interest you.

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

The admission requirements listed on this page are a guide to the entry level required for domestic applicants. Exact entry level will be set at time of offer.


Fee information

This program is only open to Domestic students who are eligible for a Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP)

For 2020 the fees are at a subsidised rate of $1250 for 4 courses

In 2021 they will revert to standard CSP fee rates

For more information see:

QLD Band:
International Baccalaureate:

Adjustment Factors

ANU offers rank adjustments for a number of adjustment factors, including for high achievement in nationally strategic senior secondary subjects and for recognition of difficult circumstances that students face in their studies. Rank adjustments are applied to Bachelor degree applicants with an ATAR at or above 70. Points are awarded in accordance with the approved schedules, and no more than 15 points (maximum 5 subject/performance-based adjustments, maximum 10 equity-based adjustments and maximum 5 Elite Athlete adjustments) will be awarded. Please note that Adjustment Factors vary and do not apply to a select few programs,  please visit the ANU Adjustment Factors website for further information.


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.

NOTE: This program is no longer available for applications.


This program provides you with improved ability to communicate in a foreign language and a foundational understanding of the role of language in communication.


This program is available for domestic students only. Current ANU students are not eligible for this Program.

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.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Communicate in the principal studied language;

  2. Identify the structure and uses of the principal studied language; and

  3. Demonstrate an awareness of the connections between the principal language studied and its geographic, social and cultural origins.

Further Information

Students with prior knowledge of their chosen language will be allocated to the appropriate course based on placement tests. Because of the sequential nature of language study, this certificate is intended for part-time study.

For advanced students of Hindi, Indonesian, Thai, Vietnamese or Sanskrit, ASIA3083 and/or ASIA3108, may be credited as part of the Certificate where no appropriate HIND, INDN, THAI, VIET or SKRT courses are available. These courses must have a Course Topic of Hindi, Indonesian, Thai, Vietnamese or Sanskrit to be included, and an appropriate supervisor must be available.

Can I complete the Undergraduate Certificate of Languages in one semester? 

To complete this certificate, most students will need to be enrolled on a part time basis, across 2-4 semesters, depending on their existing proficiency in their chosen language. Full time study resulting in completion within one semester will only be an option for students with existing advanced level skills in their chosen language. These students would be required to sit a placement test, and this will also be contingent on relevant courses being available in Semester 2 2020.


If I commence the Undergraduate Certificate of Languages in Semester 2 2020 but do not complete it, will I still be eligible for the discounted fees in subsequent semesters?

The discounted rates are only available for enrolments in Semester 2 2020. Enrolment in courses in subsequent semesters will be charged at the normal rate.


I understand that in Semester 2 2020, the courses are guaranteed to be available online. If I am completing the certificate on a part time basis, will online courses be available in subsequent semesters?

 Courses that are offered as part of this certificate will be offered online in Semester 2 2020. Some courses may be available online in subsequent semesters, however this cannot be guaranteed and some face to face courses on campus may be required.

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