Promoting intercultural communication and understanding, the School is dedicated to excellence in the teaching and research of major world languages and the cultures in which they are spoken, in applied linguistics and in translating and interpreting.

Eight languages are available to UQ students:

Chinese French German Indonesian
Japanese Korean Russian Spanish

All these languages can be studied at beginners through to advanced level. Programs in these languages are available to undergraduate and postgraduate students.

Linguistics: undergraduate students can complete a major or extended major in Linguistics.

Applied Linguistics is a postgraduate program, but there are some undergraduate courses in Applied Linguistics.

Formal qualifications in Translation and Interpreting (Chinese or Japanese) are available at postgraduate level only, although most of our undergraduate language programs offer introductory courses in translation or interpreting.

Although most of our students are enrolled in a degree program, the school also welcomes other students:


Student Information section

Bachelor of Arts (Honours)

For students who would like to develop and consolidate the knowledge and skills acquired during undergraduate study.

Undergraduate Students

An extensive number of undergraduate courses in language and studies courses are offered.

Postgraduate Coursework Programs

Postgraduate coursework programs enable students to upgrade their skills, and enhance their employment prospects and professional development.

Postgraduate Research Programs

Postgraduate Research Programs, PhD or MPhil Programs and Postdoctoral Research

Student Resources and Facilities

The School provides many state of the art resources for students.

Information For Current Research Higher Degree Students

Overseas Study Programs

There are many opportunities at The University of Queensland for study overseas.

Placement Interviews

Some students who are not beginners in a language may need a placement interview.

School Ethics Procedures

All research projects involving human participants carried out by students in the School of Languages and Comparative Cultural Studies require ethical clearance. Student applications, up to and including PhD level, are...

Cross-institutional Students

The Brisbane Universities Languages Hub (BULH) is an Australian-first alliance between Queensland's three largest universities to expand higher learning in a range of Asian and European languages

Student Forms and Policies

Including assignment coversheet, essay style guide, extension request form and other useful forms.

Awards and Prizes

Many awards and prizes are open to students within the School.

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