La Trobe University

Diploma in Languages


Start dates
Semester 1 and 2 (March and July) 2018
You can study a Diploma in Languages as a stand-alone award (three years part-time) or combine it with a degree at either undergraduate or postgraduate level at any Australian university. Combining the Diploma in Languages with your current degree will usually require you to complete an additional year of study.
Fees and costs
Please check out our Fee calculator for an estimation of course fees.

*N/A: Not applicable, N/P: Not published, NC: New course, RC: Range of criteria.
Additional information on the 2018 intake is now available at the ATAR Wizard.

Learn a language and enhance your international career prospects by studying Chinese, French, Greek, Hindi, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese or Spanish. In addition to practical language skills, you can develop a solid understanding of the culture and society associated with your chosen language. You can study the Diploma in Languages as a stand-alone course, or you can combine it with a degree at any Australian university.

The qualification awarded on graduation is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) as Level 5.

Entry requirements


There are no prerequisites for entry into the Diploma in Languages. Intermediate and advanced levels are available with prior language knowledge or study.

NB: Meeting minimum prerequisites does not guarantee an offer of a place. Entry into all La Trobe courses is based on competitive selection and there may be limited places available.

*The presentation of entry requirements is currently transitioning to the new Australian Government admissions transparency format. Please check back in July for the new statement.

Career outcomes

Specialist language skills can help you find work in multinational corporations, legal firms, and health and welfare agencies. Graduates may also find roles in fields such as teaching, management consulting, multicultural radio, television, publicity/marketing, journalism, tourism, hospitality and travel.

Fees and costs

Course fees

Your course fees will depend on the subjects you choose to study: each subject has its own costs. The total course fee may vary depending on the subjects you choose, your study load, the time it takes to complete your course and your approved Credit for Prior Learning.

Find out more about undergraduate course fees.


Scholarships are available for both current and future students. Find out what La Trobe scholarship opportunities might be available to you.

How to apply

Apply now to start in Semester 2, 2018.

How to apply for an undergraduate degree

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Additional information

Students applying for the Diploma in Languages as a stand-alone course will be required to supply a 300-word statement as to why they want to study the language. Mid-year entry may be available.

See Student Handbook for more details

The Handbook contains detailed course information designed for enrolled students, including course structures, electives and options. The delivery of this course can vary between campuses. For detailed information please select the relevant campus: