Diploma of Languages

The University of Melbourne

This program enables students to gain a qualification in language study while completing an undergraduate degree at the University of Melbourne. It can be taken by students without previous language training, or by those seeking to develop existing language skills. Studying a language through the program enables students to focus on their desired majors of study without missing out on the opportunity to improve their competitiveness in the international career market with a language qualification.

Course Fee:

International: $32,512

Entry Requirements:

Current enrolment in Arts, Biomedicine, Commerce, Design, Music and Science degrees at the University of Melbourne. Also available to students currently enrolled in selected masters and doctoral degrees.


The Diploma in Languages is a concurrent diploma that is taken in conjunction with a bachelors degree, and may not be taken on its own. The Diploma consists of a three-year sequence of first, second and third-year language study and may add up to one year to the duration of the student's degree. In fast track mode both the Degree and Diploma may be completed in three years.

Subjects you can Study:

Ancient Greek; Arabic; Chinese; French; German; Hebrew; Indonesian; Italian; Japanese; Latin; Russian; Spanish.

Study Pathways:

The DL provides a pathway to graduate level language study.

Further information:

The final 50 points of the Diploma in Languages may be HECS-exempt for some students. Students can begin the Diploma in Languages at the same time as their undergraduate degree, or at any time up to the start of the final semester. If students decide to begin the Diploma later in their degree, they need to have studied the language as part of their degree and their study options may be limited.

Accepts International Students:


Provider CRICOS: 00116K

Campus ATAR/OP Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Parkville No info Yes Part time 3 years

Why study with us

At the University of Melbourne, your success begins from the day you set foot on campus. 

The unique and proven Melbourne Model, Australia’s most progressive curriculum, allows you the flexibility to uncover and explore your passions, assisting you to achieve greatness, no matter what you decide to do – during your studies and for your career. From solving real-world problems to forming powerful relationships as you go, your success is already in the making.

At Melbourne, you’ll be exposed to different ideas, approaches and ways of thinking that will help you adapt and change successfully – something that’s crucial in a world where careers, jobs and employer demands are shifting as fast as you can read this.

The Melbourne Model offers pathways into law, engineering, medicine, architecture, teaching and more. Combining undergraduate and graduate study gives you a higher qualification than a double degree. In fact, 97 per cent of Melbourne undergraduates and 98 per cent of postgraduates are employed three to five years after graduating (QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2018).

Facilities and Services

Ideally located in the heart of Melbourne, the University of Melbourne is an integral part of the city’s history and culture and boasts the world-class facilities, student accommodation and collaborative learning precincts only a premium, inner-city university can offer. The support Melbourne offers students – from housing advice, career and employability information, study assistance, disability and counselling – is one reason why Melbourne students are more likely to complete their degree than those at any other Australian university (Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency Report 2017).

With our communities of interest – including places of worship, the student union Queer Space, and Murrup Barak for Indigenous students – everyone feels welcome.

Admission and Selection

The University of Melbourne’s Study website is a ready resource for everything you need to know about studying at Australia’s leading university. From eligibility requirements for domestic and international students and submitting an application through VTAC to applying for special entry schemes and scholarships, you’re set up for success from the get-go.

Study options

At Melbourne you’ll start with one of our undergraduate degrees. Whether it’s one of the Melbourne Model degrees in arts, biomedicine, commerce, design, music or science – or a specialist degree co-designed with industry such as agriculture, fine arts or oral health – you’ll progress through your studies while building networks, knowledge and shared experiences that will set you on the path to success. 

You can then choose to join the workforce or specialise at graduate level. And, in the meantime, study at partner institutions across the world.

Now, with a whole raft of new Graduate Degree Packages and scholarships on offer, your options and pathways are deeper and broader, and your success more assured than ever.


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