Diploma of Languages

Program code


Available at


Gold Coast

Mount Gravatt


South Bank





2 years part-time

Credit points


Indicative fee

$6,684.00* per year (more)
* 2020 indicative annual CSP fee

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Admission requirements

Commencing in

Trimester 1, Trimester 2 and Trimester 3

Next start date

Trimester 3, 2019 (more)

Applications close

Sunday, 13 October 2019

Why choose this program?

The Diploma of Languages is offered over a minimum of 2 years part-time.

The ability to communicate in other languages will help you in almost any career. You can study the Diploma of Languages along with your Bachelor degree. With this option, you will be able to continue learning a language taken at school or start a new language as a beginner while also gaining a separate second degree in another area. Alternatively, you can study only the Diploma of Languages if you are not enrolled in any degree at Griffith University.


You can specialise in one of the following languages at either the Gold Coast or Nathan campus:

  • Chinese
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Spanish.

Note: Applicants seeking admission into the Diploma of Languages for Trimester 2 must be able to provide evidence that they have sufficient proficiency in their chosen language to commence mid-year. Applications for Trimester 2 entry require approval from the Program Director who will assess that a student's proficiency is suitable for mid-year admission to this program.

Applicants seeking admission in Trimester 3 are only able to undertake Italian or Japanese.

Attendance information

The Diploma of Languages is offered on campus at the Nathan and Gold Coast campuses. The Diploma can be undertaken as a single part-time program or full-time in conjunction with a Griffith University degree program.

Language streams

The language stream is compulsory for all students in this program and must be completed in one language. Students with prior knowledge of the language are required to have a placement assessment prior to enrolling. Students must undertake a language stream in a language in which they are not native speakers.

All four language streams, Chinese, Italian, Japanese and Spanish are available at Nathan campus. The Japanese and Spanish streams are available at the Gold Coast campus. Some courses in the Chinese and Italian streams are available at the Gold Coast campus but where courses are not on offer students wishing to undertake these streams will have to travel to the Nathan campus.

Students concurrently enrolled in the Diploma of Languages and a Bachelor degree wishing to enrol in greater than 50 credit points per trimester must have a trimester GPA of 5.0 in both programs. Approval from the Diploma of Languages Program Director is required. The Diploma of Languages Program Director may consult the Program Director for the Bachelor degree in making a decision.

Students who have completed a Year 11 and 12 language study should enrol in a second year course. If you are unsure of the course in which to enrol please contact the Language Convenor.

Students undertaking the Diploma on its own will be classed as part-time, because they will be enrolled in fewer than 30 credit points per trimester.

Classes may be scheduled during the day and evening throughout the week.

Trimester 1 or 2 intake is dependent upon entry proficiency.

Note: Language learning is demanding and within each language course you will need to maintain a constant level of class participation and outside-class study and practice throughout the trimester. If you take the Diploma of Languages in conjunction with a degree program, we encourage you to seek advice when planning your study load by consulting the Program Director of the Diploma of Languages and the Program Director of your degree program.

Work-integrated learning

Work-integrated learning (WIL) is a major component of 3534LHS Business Japanese 2. The WIL offering will eventually be incorporated into all available language streams.

My career opportunities

If you choose the Diploma of Languages in addition to your bachelor degree, you will enhance your employment opportunities throughout the world. You may also find opportunities in education and teaching, tourism and hospitality, publishing and journalism, advertising and public relations, international business and commerce, and the arts.

Commonwealth supported students

  • The fee is indicative of an annual full-time load (80 credit points) in a program categorized to one of the Australian Government's three broad discipline areas (student contribution bands). A student's actual annual fee may vary in accordance with his or her choice of majors and electives. The Australian Government sets student contribution amounts on an annual basis.
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Fee-paying undergraduate (domestic) students

These fees are only applicable to domestic students who are not Commonwealth supported including:

  • Full-fee paying domestic students who commenced their program prior to 2009.
  • International students who have been approved to pay domestic tuition fees after obtaining Australian or New Zealand citizenship or permanent residency or a permanent humanitarian visa and who have not obtained a Commonwealth supported place.
Tuition fees
  • A fee-paying undergraduate student pays tuition fees.
  • Students are liable for tuition fees for the courses they are enrolled in as at the census date.
  • The tuition fee is charged according to the approved program fee for the trimester in which the student is enrolled.
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Program fees for the Diploma of Languages (8025)

Year of study Fee category/Band Fee per CP Tuition fee 80cp
2020 Fee Band 27.5 $343.75 $27,500.00
2019 Fee Band 26.5 $331.25 $26,500.00

Eligible undergraduate fee-paying students may defer their tuition fees by taking out a FEE-HELP loan which is part of the Higher Education Loan Program (HELP). Payment of the loan is via the taxation system when income reaches a specified level.

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