Diploma in Languages, Monash University

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Diploma in Languages for 2015


Why study Diploma in Languages?

The course enables students to pursue an interest in one of the languages while simultaneously studying a bachelors degree. It is the equivalent to a full major, and generally adds a further year to the length of studies.

Most of the languages available at Monash can be studied as a diploma.

This course is only available to Monash students.


Entry requirements

View entry requirements and applications for domestic students


1 year full-time
2 years part-time

Fees for 2015

Fees are subject to change annually.

Commonwealth supported place (CSP)
Average annual student contribution
$ 6,152 AUD
Note: see information on how average fee is calculated.

The Student Services and Amenities Fee applies to some students each calendar year.


First Semester (March)


  • On-campus at Caulfield: full-time, part-time
  • On-campus at Clayton: full-time, part-time

In exceptional circumstances and with the approval of the coordinator students with the appropriate language background may be considered for mid-year entry. Please contact Arts Student Services in the first instance.


Faculty of Arts

Course code: 2201

CRICOS code:

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Faculty of Arts
Tel: 1800 MONASH
(1800 666 274)
Web address: http://future.arts.monash.edu/undergraduate-courses/


Sorry, this course is not currently available to International students.

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Admissions information for domestic students

Entry requirements

Minimum entrance requirements

This diploma must be undertaken with an undergraduate or postgraduate degree course. Please note approval from the faculty/university offering the main degree is required.

University entrance requirements

Minimum entrance requirements for admission to Monash University Australia.


Semester one (March)

Applications are made to the faculty once the student has gained admission to another Monash University program.

Queries in regard to applications for this course should be directed to the faculty.

Semester two (July)

This course is not available for Second Semester (July) entry.

Study areas


Not only is China becoming the powerhouse of the world economy, it is among the fastest growing economies in the world, and is of ever increasing importance to Australia within both government and private sectors. Students who want to study Chinese at Monash have the option of starting from a number of different entry points - whether you are an absolute beginner or have studied Chinese in VCE or overseas, there is an appropriate level on offer for you. Students can also pursue studies in the Chinese Translation stream. Chinese translation provides students with a solid foundation in basic Chinese translation and interpreting. Through exploring business and professional translation as well as basic translation, students develop language skills in both written and verbal forms, and cultural sensitivity and knowledge.


French is spoken in 42 countries over 5 continents. It is one of the five official languages of the United Nations and is used by important international bodies such as the World Health Organisation, the International Court of Justice, the OECD and the International Olympic Committee. Learning French at Monash gives students access to a culture with a key role in the past, present and future development of western civilisation. Students develop a critical understanding of fundamental areas of French studies, such as literature, film, philosophy and politics.


Our German program is designed for students who want to specialise in German language, linguistics and culture. Students explore each of these areas and look at how they relate to German society.


Monash has been teaching Indonesian culture and language for 50 years. Our Indonesian language students come from a range of backgrounds and begin at a variety of levels - from no prior knowledge of the language to proficient speakers. Students develop knowledge of the broader social, political and cultural contexts that make up the Indonesian environment and are encouraged to engage with our community of scholars who specialise in Indonesia and the Southeast Asian region.


Knowledge of Italian is useful in itself, but is also essential to the study of other areas like history, literature, music, art and economics. Italian studies students at Monash explore contemporary literature, cinema and theatre, as well as medieval and Renaissance history and culture.


Communicating in Japanese requires cultural knowledge as well as language ability. At Monash, we have established ourselves as a national leader in developing innovative and effective programs for teaching Japanese. We teach Japanese from 3 entry points catering for everyone from the absolute beginner to semi-native speakers. In additional to language skills, students learn about Japanese culture and society, history, the media, and its broader Asian context.


Did you know that Korean is Australia's second largest trading partner? This means that employers in business and trade, law firms, schools and universities, and Federal and State Governments have a need for people with Korean expertise. Teaching of Korean at Monash incorporates interactive and multimedia resources to enhance students' learning and bring Korean culture to the classroom. Students can study Korean language from an absolute beginner's level through to proficient.


Spanish is the language of over 400 million people. It is spoken officially in 23 countries, and is the second language of the US. At Monash, language classes - even beginners - are taught in Spanish, so you get to listen to Spanish from your very first class. While developing their language skills, students also explore the rich diversity of Spanish and Latin American cultures, including literature, film, music and history, allowing them to develop cultural competency alongside their linguistic skills.