How to study a language at UQ
There are several ways in which you can study language courses at UQ:
- As an elective course within many UQ undergraduate degrees (e.g. Business, Economics, Law, Engineering, Architecture, Information Technology, Science), including the BA or dual degrees with the BA.
- If you are enrolled in a BA you can also do a minor (4 courses), a major (8 courses) or an extended major (12 courses).
- You can complete a major (8 courses) in the Bachelor of International Studies.
- Students enrolled in a dual degree with the BA can study a language as an elective, major or extended major in the BA component of the dual degree.
- By enrolling in an Undergraduate Diploma in Languages, which must be taken concurrently with another undergraduate degree OR
- Through a Diploma in Arts (from 2011), if you are already a university graduate.
- As an elective in another postgraduate degree – where permitted.
- In a postgraduate coursework degree leading to professional translation and interpreting qualifications such as MAJIT and MACTI.
- As a cross-institutional student, if you are enrolled at another university and have their permission to take a language at UQ towards that degree.
- Through the Community Access Program, if you are not enrolled in a degree program.
- As a year 12 student through the Enhanced Studies Program.
Whichever option suits your circumstances, you will be able to choose from our extensive range of language courses from beginners to advanced level - we can give you a placement test to see where you fit in. As well as language courses, some disciplines also offer courses related to society, culture (literature, film, theatre etc) taught in English or in the target language.
Languages can be taken within an Arts degree or any dual degree with Arts. You can complete a minor over two years, a major over three years (Chinese and Japanese majors can be taken in two years), or just a first year sequence.
You may also be able to complete a related major taught in English in areas such as Asian studies or World Cultures. Most other UQ degrees allow you to take language courses as electives, and in some you may be able to complete a full major. Check with the Faculty concerned for the rules of those degrees or look it up in Programs & Courses.
Undergraduate Diploma in Languages
The Diploma in Languages allows students who do not have room for a language in their main undergraduate degree to complete a major (#16 = 8 courses). You can enrol concurrently with any undergraduate degree being undertaken at UQ, either from first year, or in a subsequent year.The Diploma will usually be completed at the rate of one language course pre semester plus 2 other courses undertaken during the period of a 3 year degree program. For a four year degree, the Diploma will usually be completed at the rate of one language course per semester .
Further details can be found here
Graduates in any field are eligible to apply for a graduate Diploma in Arts in any of the languages offered at UQ (suitable for beginners, or those without a major in the language).
Language courses can also be taken as part of a postgraduate degree in interpreting/translation, or as electives in postgraduate degree programs in other fields.
If you are enrolled in a degree program at another recognised tertiary institution, you may apply to study any of the languages that are taught by UQ on a Cross-institutional basis and you will get credit for your cross-institutional study back at your home university. UQ students can also cross-enrol at Griffith University to study Italian. Students of Griffith, QUT and UQ can apply to cross-enrol through the Brisbane Universities Languages Alliance.
Community Access Program
Some language courses are available through the Community Access Program. This program is for students who are not enrolled in a degree program and who just want to do a course out of interest. There are two modes: assessed and non-assessed. Further details can be found here.
Enhanced Studies Program
The UQ Enhanced Studies Program (ESP) provides high achieving secondary school students with an opportunity to extend their studies in an area of interest and to ‘test drive’ university life. Students accepted into the program can study one course (subject) during Semester One of Year 12. Further details can be found here.