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Diploma in Languages (D-LANG)

DiplomaYear: 2019 Delivered: On Campus (Parkville)

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Award titleDiploma in Languages
Year & campus2019 — Parkville
CRICOS code065143C
Fees informationSubject EFTSL, level, discipline and census date
Study level & typeUndergraduate Coursework
AQF level 5
Credit points100 credit points
Duration12 months full time or 24 months part time

The Diploma in Languages (D-Lang) is a concurrent program and provides students with the opportunity to undertake language study while completing an undergraduate, graduate coursework or RHD program at the University of Melbourne.

There are 12 languages available all offering a sequenced path of study commencing at entry point 1 (beginners), entry point 3 or entry point 5 (post VCE) and continuing through to proficiency level 6 (advanced). Some languages offer advanced entry points (see individual languages for further information). Students are able to commence the program at different entry points pending on proficiency.

The Diploma in Languages will usually add one year duration to your studies. Undergraduate students have the option to fast track and may complete both programs in three and a half or three years. The duration for graduate coursework students varies on their program, advice and permission for graduates should be sought from their home Faculty prior to application.

The Diploma may only be awarded on the completion of both programs. The final 50 points of the Diploma in Languages is HECS-exempt for undergraduate students only. Domestic students enrolled in a Graduate Coursework or Research Higher Degree course will have access to Commonwealth supported places. International Graduate Coursework and RHD students will attract International undergraduate fees for the Diploma in Languages.

Entry requirements

1. In order to be considered for entry, applicants must have:

  • concurrent enrolment in a University of Melbourne undergraduate degree or an approved graduate coursework or research higher degree program.

Meeting this requirement does not guarantee selection.

2. In ranking applications, the Selection Committee will consider:

  • prior academic performance.

Quotas may apply for individual language streams.

3. The Selection Committee may seek further information to clarify any aspect of an application in accordance with the Academic Board rules on the use of selection instruments.

4. Applicants will satisfy the University’s English language requirements for the Diploma by meeting the English language requirements for the undergraduate, graduate coursework or research higher degree in which they are enrolled concurrently.


  • Students are permitted to enter the diploma at the start of any semester before the completion of the companion undergraduate, graduate or RHD program.
  • Undergraduate students are encouraged to complete one year of study before applying for the Diploma in Languages and should complete the appropriate language subjects in the first year of their degree.
  • For undergraduate students, up to 50 points of advanced standing into the Diploma in Languages may be granted. Once a subject has been successfully completed, credit points for the subject cannot be moved between the degree and the diploma to allow additional subjects to be taken in the degree.
  • The Diploma in Languages cannot be awarded until all requirements of both the diploma and the undergraduate degree (or graduate coursework or research higher degree program) have been met.

For application and further admission information for the Diploma please visit the following websites:

Undergraduate students: http://ba.unimelb.edu.au/study/degrees/diploma-in-languages/overview

Graduate students: http://arts.unimelb.edu.au/students/graduate-coursework/enrich-your-program/diploma-in-languages

Core participation requirements

The inherent academic requirements for study in the Diploma of Languages are:

  • the ability to attend classes and actively engage in both independent and group learning;
  • the ability to comprehend complex disciplinary and interdisciplinary information;
  • the ability to explain and evaluate complex concepts, theories and issues at work in a variety of texts;
  • the ability to clearly communicate a knowledge and application of language principles and practices during assessment tasks.

Students must possess behavioural and social attributes that enable them to participate in a complex learning environment. They must take full responsibility for their own participation and learning and adhere to the expectations outlined in the Student Charter.

Students also contribute to the learning of other students in collaborative environments and must therefore demonstrate a wide range of interpersonal skills which consider the needs of other students. Assessment may include the outcomes of tasks completed in collaboration with other students. Integrity, concern for others, interpersonal skills, interest, and motivation are all personal qualities that are deemed necessary for students enrolled in the BA.

The Bachelor of Arts (BA) welcomes applications from students with disabilities. It is University and Faculty policy to take all reasonable steps to enable the participation of students with disabilities. Students who feel their disability will prevent them from participating in tasks involving these inherent academic requirements are encouraged to contact Disability Liaison. Adjustments can be provided to minimise the impact of a disability; however, students should participate in the course in an independent manner.

Intended learning outcomes

Diploma in Languages graduates:

  • Demonstrate a mastery of both oral/aural and writing/reading skills comparable to that of a student majoring in a language discipline;
  • Possess a basic understanding of selected aspects of the culture (or cultures) and of the society (or societies) associated with the language;
  • Communicate effectively in a variety of oral and written formats, and read, write, listen and speak another language with fluency and appreciate its cultural contexts.

Generic skills

Graduate attributes

The University of Melbourne educational experience prepares well-rounded graduates who are academically outstanding, practically grounded and socially responsible. Melbourne's graduates are distinguished by their broad outlook and openness to different perspectives.
Melbourne's degrees develop research and reasoning skills that equip graduates to be influential citizens with high leadership potential. The University's graduates engage with national and global issues and are attuned to social and cultural diversity. They have high levels of self-awareness and value their personal integrity and well-being.

Integrity and self-awareness

  • Melbourne graduates are motivated, self-directed and well-organised, with the ability to set goals and manage time and priorities. They are able to work effectively both independently and in groups. They are also highly self-aware and reflective, with skills in self-assessment, and place great importance on their personal and professional integrity. The opportunities offered by the Melbourne experience help prepare graduates who are enthusiastic, self-assured and confident of their knowledge, yet flexible, adaptable and aware of their limitations. Melbourne's graduates are willing to explore, experiment and learn from mistakes. They have empathy and concern for the welfare of others and can manage their own well-being.

Active citizenship

  • Melbourne graduates have engaged with contemporary local, national and global issues and developed an appreciation of the Asian region. They have a high regard for human rights, social inclusion, ethics and the environment. Melbourne graduates are aware of the social and cultural diversity in communities and can work collaboratively with people from diverse linguistic and cultural backgrounds. In particular, they have an understanding of and deep respect for Indigenous knowledge, culture and values. The Melbourne experience supports a commitment to civic service in graduates' lives and careers, equipping them to be active, well-informed citizens who make substantial contributions to society. Graduates have the potential to be leaders in their professions and communities, with the capacity to work effectively across disciplines and cultures. Through advocacy and innovation they are able to lead change for a sustainable future.

Academic distinction

  • A Melbourne degree provides graduates with in-depth knowledge of their specialist disciplines and skills in examining issues with multiple disciplinary perspectives. Melbourne graduates are critical, creative thinkers with strong reasoning skills. They can apply knowledge, information and research skills to complex problems in a range of contexts and are effective oral and written communicators. The Melbourne educational experience prepares graduates to be entrepreneurial and innovative thought-leaders. Melbourne graduates bring research and inquiry skills to challenges in their workplaces and communities. They are adept lifelong learners who generate bold and novel ideas by critically evaluating alternative possibilities and viewpoints.

Course structure

All students are required to complete 100 points in the program, the equivalent of a major, through the following progression sequence. The Language program is based on proficiency so each student must meet the requirements of each level before they can proceed to the next level:

  • 25 points (2 subjects) of level 1
  • 37.50 points (3 subjects) of level 2
  • 37.50 points (3 subjects) of level 3

Please Note: Undergraduate students completing Chinese Studies entry point 1 (beginners) require 125 points of study, therefore it is not possible to complete the equivalent of a Chinese Studies major through the D-Lang, students are required to take the further 25 points (2 subjects) within their bachelor’s program pending on capacity and course requirements.

Subject options

Undergraduate students can commence the Diploma in their first year or second year of their respective Bachelor degrees. Similarly, Graduate coursework and RHD students may, with co-ordinator approval may commence before their final 50 points of study.

  • Students enrolling in the Diploma concurrently with a Bachelor degree from first year will complete 100 points of study in addition to their Bachelor degree program.
  • Students enrolling in the Diploma concurrently with a Bachelor degree from second year, having completed 25 points of language at Level 1 will complete a further 75 points of language study within the diploma.
  • Students enrolling in the diploma at third year, having completed 25 points of level 1 and 25 points at level 2 in their Bachelor degree will complete the remaining 100 points of the diploma. Students choosing this option will be able to complete 350 points in total.
  • Students enrolled in a Graduate Coursework or RHD program will contact their course co-ordinator or supervisor to discuss their specific course progression.

It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that s/he meets the requirements of the Diploma by enrolling in the correct number of subjects at the appropriate year level.

Majors, minors & specialisations


Specialisations are available in:

Name Credit Points
Ancient Greek 100
Arabic Studies 100
Chinese Studies 100
French Studies 100
German Studies 100
Hebrew 100
Indonesian Studies 100
Italian Studies 100
Japanese Studies 100
Latin 100
Russian Studies 100
Spanish and Latin American Studies 100

Further study


Students wishing to qualify for entry to the BA (Honours) should note that Diploma graduates must have completed a Bachelor of Arts degree to be eligible to apply for the BA (Honours), otherwise they may apply for a Graduate Diploma in Arts (Advanced). The Honours program comprises a research project as well as specialist subjects. For more information on entry to Honours, see the Arts Honours webpage.

Coursework Masters

If you wish to continue your professional studies at postgraduate level, the studies you undertake in your major can provide a direct pathway to coursework masters degrees in a wide range of areas. Entry is based on academic merit and in most cases requires completion of a Bachelor degree or equivalent. For more information on entry into a coursework masters degree see the University graduate programs webpages.

Research Higher Degrees

If you wish to undertake advanced research and explore particular study areas in more depth, there will be opportunities to proceed to a range of Research Higher Degrees at masters and doctoral level, usually upon completion of an Honours degree. For more information about research higher degree study in Arts and the entry requirements, see the Arts Graduate Research Programs webpages and the Graduate Research Hub.

Last updated: 21 July 2019