Why Study Languages at Monash?

In one of its documents the United Nations makes the statement that “genuine multilingualism promotes unity in diversity and international understanding.” Knowing other languages is a way of respecting other peoples and cultures and being a good citizen of our many-cultured world.

What Do We Do in the School of Languages, Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics?

There are more than 6800 languages in the world today. At Monash University we teach twelve of them: four Asian (Chinese, Indonesian, Japanese and Korean), five European (French, German, Italian, Spanish and Ukrainian), as well as two classical languages, Latin and Ancient Greek. We offer Arabic, too, through a special arrangement with Deakin University.

We teach these languages, and we conduct research into the cultures and societies that use these languages and are shaped by them. Students who study with us acquire and develop language skills – speaking, listening and understanding, reading and writing. But they receive much more than that. They gain access to the worlds of culture that each new language learnt unlocks. They receive an opportunity to participate, with their teachers, in the pursuit of knowledge about particular languages, literatures and cultures, and about language, literature and culture in general.

What You Can Study With Us

If you have previously studied a language other than English, you can continue to develop your expertise from the level appropriate to you. If you have not, you can start from the very beginning.

You can study a language for a few semesters, or take a full three-year major within your Bachelor’s degree, or continue to postgraduate study or a research degree.

You can combine your study of languages with almost any other course of studies at Monash. Students from faculties other than Arts who wish to do a significant amount of language study can enrol in a Diploma in Languages. (See “How can I study a language at Monash?” for more details.)

It makes sense to combine the study of particular languages with Linguistics, Asian Studies, European Studies, as well as Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies. You can study English as an International Language, and at postgraduate level you can take Translation and Interpreting Studies.

What Do Our Graduates Do?

In our world of limitless communication, practically all careers involve working with people whose first or main language is not English. Graduates who have studied languages will be found in international relations and diplomacy, international trade and banking, in business, the arts, publishing and the media, in the law, medicine and engineering, in collaborative scientific research, in teaching at all levels from primary to tertiary, in every part of the public sector and the corporate world. There is no pathway through life and work that is not benefited or enriched through the study of languages.

Languages at Monash

Students who choose to study language at Monash learn in a cumulative way, acquiring language skills together with cultural knowledge.

The University’s many links to universities throughout the world allow students to study for their Monash degrees in countries where the language of their choice is spoken. Through Monash Abroad they may apply for financial support to help them do so. Intensive in-country programs are available for some languages.

Do yourself a service: study a language – or two, or three – at Monash, and expand your world.

Professor Marko Pavlyshyn