FAQ

Interpreting your Search Results

While most subjects run the length of a semester (or trimester) with a smallish number of contact hours each week, other subjects are run as "intensives". These usually require attendance every day over a small period of time, usually 1-3 weeks. A "Regular" answer here therefore indicates that the subject is offered over the course of a semester (or trimester), while an "Intensive" answer here indicates that the subject is offered in intensive mode. A "Both available" answer indicates that the same subject is offered in both modes at this university.

Some languages are only able to be offered on a rotating cycle, such as every two years. "Next offered" gives the year in which the particular subject is next expected to be available at this university. Click on the "More Information" button below the results box to find out more.

This is the identifying code for this particular subject at this university. Note that "subjects" are also known variously as "units" and "courses", and likewise other terms may be used in place of "subject code" on university websites.

Some universities have pre-exisiting arrangements with other universities for the teaching of languages subjects. A "Yes" answer here means this subject is taught via another university on behalf of the university which offers the subject. To find out more, click on the "More Information" button below the results box. A "No" answer here means this subject is taught by the offering university, i.e. the one whose logo appears at the top of the results box. Read more about cross-institutional enrolment here.

Some languages are only offered to students who have proficiency in a related language. For example, Javanese may only be offered to students who have proficiency in Indonesian; or Portuguese may only be offered to students who have proficiency in another Romance language. A "Yes" answer here indicates that there is a requirement of proficiency in a related language; click on the "More Information" button below the results box to find out more. A "None" answer here indicates that there is no requirement for proficiency in a related language. Note that this question does not deal with non-language subjects which may be required before enrolment; click on the "More Information" button to find out more.

More and more subjects are available online, which opens up new possibilities for study for students right around the country! A "Fully online" answer here indicates that the subject in question has no on-campus requirement at all. An "On-campus" answer here indicates that the subject is either taught entirely on-campus, or it has a mix of on-campus and online contact hours. A "Both available" answer here indicates that the same subject is available either Fully online or On-campus - the student generally decides which mode during/after enrolment.

There are many students who already have some experience learning a language, and who wish to continue learning that language at university. A "Yes" answer to this question indicates that this language is also available at this university at a level appropriate for non-beginners, such as those who have studied the language through to Year 12. To find out about post-beginner level subjects, click on the "More information" button below a results box to be directed to the university's online handbook where you can search for higher-level subjects. A "No" answer indicates that this language is only available at this university at an introductory/beginner level (though note there may be a sequence of two or three subjects at beginner level).

Availability of languages

Find a language subject listed on this website which interests you, and investigate whether you can take it cross-institutionally.

Only a few of the world’s 7,000 languages can be learned at universities in Australia. A few others can be studied in universities outside Australia. In some instances there may already be plans for the introduction of a language somewhere around the country, or the language may be offered in alternate years. Contact us with your specific query.

Have a look at our general information about Australian Indigenous languages: More information can be found here.

Enrolling

No, unfortunately you can’t! To enquire about enrolling in a subject, contact the appropriate university directly.

Every university has different cut-off dates for enrolment. You will need to contact the university directly for key dates specific to the subject you are interested in. Follow the ‘More Information’ link given for the subject.

The subjects listed on this site are all beginner-level subjects, which means the expectation is that you have not studied that language before. However, some beginner-level subjects require a background in a related language. For example, introductory Javanese is often only offered to students who have studied Indonesian to a particular level, and introductory Portuguese may require previous study of another Romance language. If you are interested in a particular subject at a particular university, click on the ‘More Information’ link to go to the university’s Handbook entry to find pre-requisites relevant to that subject. Note that prerequisites for individual subjects will differ from university to university.

If you are a student at one university and you would like to study a subject at another university, you need to know if both universities will allow ‘cross-institutional enrolment’. Most universities do, but there will be some conditions or limitations, including specific deadlines that will need to be met. For more information, see the Cross-Institutional Enrolment section of this website.

You will need to contact the university directly for all relevant costs. If you are enrolling in a subject cross-institutionally, you are required to be enrolled simultaneously in both universities. You will only pay once for the subject you are taking, but may also be required to pay Student Services and Amenities Fees at both universities. For more information, see the Cross-Institutional Enrolment section of this website.

Yes, a subject taken at a university other than your own will usually only be approved by your university if it will count towards your degree. For more information, see the Cross-Institutional Enrolment section of this website.

Degree Structures

A ‘major’ is a sequence of subjects that you complete throughout your degree, allowing you to specialise in a particular discipline. A ‘minor’ is a secondary sequence, requiring fewer subjects for completion. The number of subjects required for a major differs between universities. An ‘elective’ is a subject chosen from a list of additional subjects in order for you to meet your degree requirements.

You will need to contact the university directly to ask what sequences are possible within your degree structure.

Most universities that offer a language at undergraduate level will also offer that language to postgraduates. Contact the university directly to confirm availability.

Intensive language courses are offered at a number of universities, either as short courses available to the general public, or in the form of condensed periods of study (for already-enrolled students) such as summer semesters. Intensive language subjects may also be offered ‘in-country’, meaning your period of study would be completed during a period living in a location in which that language is spoken.

Some universities will permit students to enrol in a single subject, without that subject counting towards a degree. This is called ‘non-award’ study. There are fees involved in this, and the fees will differ depending on the subject, and whether you intend to complete the assessment tasks. If you are interested in studying in this way, contact the university directly for more information.

A Diploma of Languages, sometime called the the Diploma of Language or the Diploma of Modern Languages, is a sub-degree that you can do while doing your undergraduate degree at most universities offering language courses. At some universities you can even just do a Diploma of Languages on its own. A Diploma is equivalent to 3 years of language study (a major), and is a great way of giving you access to language study. Having a Diploma of Languages is also really useful for travel and work. Check the website of the university you're interested in to find out if they offer a Diploma of Languages, and what their specific requirements are.

Delivery

You will need a computer and internet access. Contact the university directly for any specific requirements for software or applications.

If the subject is available ‘fully online’ you should not need to attend the campus for any regular contact hours. You may, however, be required to attend the campus to organise your Student ID card or for other administrative reasons. Some ‘blended’ courses may require you to attend one or more intensive sessions. Contact the university directly for specific requirements.

Language subjects vary greatly in how many contact hours are required—the same language offered at beginner level will have different contact hours at different universities. Universities also differ on what they define as ‘contact hours’. Click on the ‘More Information’ link for the subject listing—this will take you to the university’s Handbook listing which should provide you with their description of contact hours.

Proficiency

Ab-initio is a Latin term meaning ‘from the beginning’. It is used interchangeably with the terms ‘beginner’, ‘introductory’ or ‘elementary’ to refer to a course of study that assumes no previous knowledge of the language.

Most universities will require you to complete a proficiency test and/or satisfy specific entry requirements to ensure you are enrolled at the correct level. Contact the university directly to discuss what might be most appropriate for you.

Navigating the Portal: Some examples

Click on Search by University on the home page and then select the individual universities you are interested in, or select the 'All WA' option if you would like to see all options available at all universities in WA.

Click on Search by Language on the home page and select 'Spanish'. You can narrow your search to limit the results to specific universities, states and modes of delivery (intensive, online, etc). If you don't wish to filter your results at all, you can also go to the What languages can I study page and select 'Spanish' from this list. This will generate results for every Spanish beginner-level subject at every university around Australia.

Click on the ‘More Information’ link for this subject—it will take you directly to the university’s own website. In most instances the link will be to the university’s ‘Handbook’ entry for that subject, and this should provide you with the most up-to-date information for things such as contact hours, enrolment dates and when the subject is next offered.

Information for Year 12 Students

Some universities offer ‘bonus points’ to students who have completed studies in a language other than English to Year 12 level. These bonus points raise your Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) which may make it easier for you to get into the course of your choice. The bonus points scheme is an example of the value that many universities place on learning languages. See Why study languages? for more information.

We strongly encourage you to continue with your current language study at university if at all possible! To find out whether the language you are studying at school is offered at university-level (and if so, where), go to our What languages can I study? page. Although ULPA does not currently provide detailed information on subjects offered by universities for students who already have some language proficiency, this information is coming soon! In the meantime, we do indicate in the results box for a particular subject whether that language is in principle available at non-beginner level at that same university. You can then contact the university or universities directly to find out if they have subjects appropriate to your level of proficiency.

Use our site to help your students discover which university offers their language - see our What languages can I study? page. We also provide information on language bonuses and ways to encourage your students to continue with their studies - see our Why study languages? page for more.

Top