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All languages offered for study within the School of Languages and Cultures can be undertaken at a beginners through to advanced level. Programs in these languages are available to undergraduate and postgraduate students.

Go to our online language course placement advisor and answer a short questionnaire. In most cases the system will recommend the starting course you should enrol in. For more complex cases, you will be advised how to proceed.

Language Course Placement Advisor

Further information about each language is available below.

Chinese

Chinese majors and extended majors can be undertaken by students from:

  • Stream A - introductory level (no previous knowledge of Chinese)
  • Stream B - intermedidate or post-secondary level (for students who have studied Senior Chinese at school  
  • Stream C - advanced level (for students who have completed Senior Chinese at school and have spent 6 months in China or Taiwan, or equivalent) 
  • Stream D - advanced level (native, dialect or background speakers of Chinese)

Separate starting points and pathways apply for students in each category. A sample pathway for each stream that shows courses over 3 years is available.

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French

French majors and extended majors can be undertaken by students from:

  • Stream A - introductory level (beginners or students who have done less than 2 years of French at secondary school)
  • Stream B - intermediate level (students who have studied 2 years of ab initio (beginner) French at high school, or Year 12 French more than 2 years ago)
  • Stream C - students who have studied Year 12 French at school in the last 2 years
  • Stream D - students who have completed Year 12 French and spent 6 months or longer in a French-speaking country (entry via placement test)

Separate starting points and pathways apply for students in each category. A sample pathway for each stream that shows courses over 3 years is available.

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German

German majors and extended majors can be undertaken at:

  • Stream A - introductory level (that is little or no previous knowledge of German or students who completed Year 12 German no more than five years ago) 
  • Stream B - post-secondary level. For students who have successfully completed Year 12 German no later than five years ago

Separate starting points and pathways apply for students in each category. A sample pathway for each stream that shows courses over 3 years is available.

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Indonesian

Indonesian majors and extended majors can be undertaken by students from:

  • Stream A - introductory level (no previous knowledge of Indonesian) 
  • Stream B - intermediate level (for students with Senior Indonesian or equivalent) 

Separate starting points and pathways apply for students in each category. A sample pathway for each stream that shows courses over 3 years is available.

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Japanese

Japanese majors and extended majors can be undertaken by students from:

  • Stream A - introductory level (no previous knowledge of Japanese)
  • Stream B - for students who have studied Year 12 Japanese at school and spent less than six months in Japan 
  • Stream C - for advanced students of Japanese who have completed Year 12 Japanese in the past 3 years and received a VHA. OR Students who have completed Year 12 Japanese in the past 3 years and received a HA or SA and have also spent more than six months studying in Japan.
  • Stream D - for non-native/background speakers/advanced students and heritage speakers.

Separate starting points and pathways apply for students in each category. A sample pathway for each stream that shows courses over 3 years is available.

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Korean

Korean majors and extended majors can be undertaken by students from:

  • Stream A - introductory level (no previous knowledge of Korean)
  • Stream B - Post-secondary students of Korean
  • Stream C - For advanced students of Korean

Separate starting points and pathways apply for students in each category. A sample pathway for each stream that shows courses over 3 years is available.

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Russian

Introductory language courses assume no prior knowledge in Russian. Other students should consult the Discipline Coordinator for advice on planning their courses.  

A sample pathway for each stream that shows courses over 3 years is available.

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Spanish

Spanish majors and extended majors can be undertaken by students from:

  • Stream A - introductory level (no previous knowledge of Spanish) or by continuing students of Spanish (students who have studied Senior Spanish at school)
  • Stream B - by students who are native or fluent speakers of Spanish

Separate starting points and pathways apply for students in each category. A sample pathway for each stream that shows courses over 3 years is available.

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