Give yourself a professional edge by adding Italian or Spanish to your skill set. As an ACU graduate with fluency in an additional language, you will position yourself for success in today’s competitive global employment market.
As well as language skills, you will have a deeper understanding of intercultural communication and possess the ability to interact and negotiate appropriately and respectfully across a range of cultures.
ACU offers undergraduate students across all faculties the opportunity to complete a Diploma in Languages in conjunction with an ACU undergraduate degree so that you graduate with a bachelor degree and a diploma in the same timeframe. The course is part time, so you take one language unit in any study period. Units are offered in Summer Term, Semester 1 and Semester 2.
The diploma is open to members of the university and to the community, and individual language units can also be taken on a non-award basis.
The Diploma in Languages focuses on developing communicative language skills through active practice.
Minimum duration: 2-3 years part-time.
Campus availability and study mode
- Ballarat (Multi-mode)
- Brisbane (Multi-mode)
- Canberra (Multi-mode)
- Melbourne (Multi-mode)
- North Sydney (Multi-mode)
- Strathfield (Multi-mode)
Study mode definitions
Attendance: Face-to-face and/or via video conference, at an ACU campus or another location.
Multi-mode: A combination of Online and Attendance (including examinations, practicums, residentials, etc.).
Online: Fully online (including assessments).
Sample Course Map
|Year – Study Period||Unit 1|
|Year 1 – Professional term 1||ITAN101|
|Year 1 - Semester 1||ITAN101|
|Year 1 - Semester 2||ITAN103|
Elementary Italian B
|Year 2 – Professional term 1||ITAN201|
Intermediate Italian A
|Year 2 - Semester 1||ITAN202|
Intermediate Italian B
|Year 2 - Semester 2||ITAN203|
Italian for social and professional purposes
|Year – Study Period||Unit 1|
|Year 1 – Professional term 1||SPAN101|
|Year 1 - Semester 1||SPAN102|
Elementary Spanish A
|Year 1 - Semester 2||SPAN103|
Elementary Spanish B
|Year 2 – Professional term 1||SPAN201|
Intermediate Spanish A
|Year 2 - Semester 1||SPAN202|
Intermediate Spanish B
|Year 2 - Semester 2||SPAN203|
Spanish for social and professional purposes
'Pre:' – indicates a unit that must be completed before the next unit can be undertaken (prerequisite).
A blank cell indicates that there are no additional units required for that study period.
This is a sample program only and units will vary between states. Please refer to the handbook for the prerequisite units and the current listing.
Deferment, credit points & course units
- Average first year fee: $2460 Commonwealth Supported (indicative only; subject to passage of legislation)
Important Note on Fees
All costs are calculated using current rates and are based on a full-time study load of 40 credit points (normally 4 units) per semester.
A student’s annual fee may vary in accordance with:
- the number of units studied per semester;
- the choice of major or specialisation; and
- elective units.
The University reviews fees annually.
Essential requirements for admission
An applicant must also comply with the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy.
To be eligible for admission to the course, an applicant must:-
- be enrolled in an ACU bachelor degree and have completed a minimum of 40 credit points; or
- have completed the equivalent of year 12 level.
International students need to meet the English Language Proficiency requirements as defined in the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy.
Applying for admission
Admission Pathways to this course
Work and Life Experience
- Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT)
- Work experience - A Selection Rank can be calculated based on your work experience - you need to document all of your experience and provide supporting documentation.
If you have a Selection Rank but it's not enough for this course
The course is designed for those intending to follow careers in international development, diplomacy, international business, public health, education, social services, government and non-government organisations, church ministry and not-for-profit organisations.
English language requirements
Overall score: 6.0. Individual score of 5.5 in all tests.