Diploma in Languages

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What is a Diploma in Languages?

The Diploma in Languages is an extra undergraduate qualification that can be taken while studying another degree. It is the equivalent of a language major (48 points of study) and is appropriate for both beginners and those with a language background, as there are several entry levels. Languages offered are Chinese, French, German, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean and Spanish.

Why study a Diploma in Languages?

Undertaking language studies will boost your appeal to prospective employers.

Many organisations require personnel who can communicate effectively with international companies or are able to easily move overseas to work.

The Diploma in Languages provides you with:

  • Competency in a language other than English comparable to that of an Arts student majoring in the discipline;
  • an understanding of the culture(s) and society(ies) associated with the language;
  • increased cross-cultural understanding;
  • enhanced possibilities for professional experience in the country(ies) where the language is spoken.

Studying a language also hones general skills. For example, language learning requires keen listening, and switching between languages develops flexible thinking patterns and sharper evaluation and comprehension. These skills are valuable for any career.


Students enrolled in a Monash Arts or non-Arts undergraduate (single or double) or postgraduate masters by coursework degree


Students may be eligible for up to 24 points credit if they have already completed some language electives.


The diploma will usually add one year to your studies and will be completed concurrently with your main degree over a three to four-year period.

Completion time may be reduced if you receive credit for electives already done, or undertake summer semester units, including intensive study abroad programs available in some languages (see study in-country section).

High-achieving students may be able to reduce the time required by overloading in later years.

Study in-country

Diploma in Languages students can undertake an in-country intensive program of four to eight weeks duration. Programs are offered over the Australian summer break in Shanghai and Beijing (Chinese), Prato (Italian), New Caledonia (French), and Yogyakarta (Indonesian). Semester-length programs are also available. More information on our in-country language programs and study abroad options …

Application procedure

Read the full application details.

For non-arts students entry to the diploma requires the approval of your home faculty. Students admitted into the diploma negotiate a suitable program of study in consultation with their home faculty, and the relevant language discipline.

You should discuss your application with your home faculty and seek approval before lodging the application form.

Students who have completed some language electives at university may be eligible to apply for mid year intake into the Diploma in Languages.


Students cannot defer their place in the course. They should re-apply for entry in the year they wish to commence studying the diploma.

Further Information

Arts Coursework Office
Second floor south wing
20 Chancellors Walk
Clayton campus
Telephone: (03) 9902 6011


School of Languages, Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics
4th Floor South (Room: S423) Menzies Building
Telephone: (03) 9905 2223
Email: llcl.enquiries@arts.monash.edu.au

CRICOS provider: Monash University 00008C