Diploma in Languages

For domestic students, the cost of language units in this course is only $820 per unit.

Available to:
Domestic students only.
  • Ballarat
  • Brisbane
  • Canberra
  • Melbourne
  • North Sydney
  • Strathfield

Minimum duration: 3 years part-time.

This course is available to international applicants who hold a valid visa. International applicants requiring a student visa, cannot apply for this course as a stand-alone course for the purposes of attaining a student visa.

Domestic students


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.

Course duration

Minimum duration: 3 years part-time.

Campus availability and study mode

Campus availability

  • 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 – Semester 2 ITAN101
Introductory Italian
Year 1 - Semester 1 ITAN102
Elementary Italian A
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 – Semester 2 SPAN101
Introductory Spanish
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


Deferment is available for one year. Find out more about deferment: Deferment Information.

Credit Points


Course Units (Subjects)

Schedule of Unit Offerings

Start dates

Course costs

  • Average first year fee: $2505 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:-

  1. be enrolled in an ACU bachelor degree and have completed a minimum of 40 credit points; or
  2. 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.

*Disclaimer: The Course entry requirements above are for 2020 Admission.

Inherent Requirements

There are essential components of a course or unit that demonstrate the capabilities, knowledge and skills to achieve the core learning outcomes of the course or unit. Learn more about inherent requirements and how they affect you, and explore the requirements for your course.

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

Career paths

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.


  • Italian
  • Spanish

English language requirements

Overall score: 6.0. Individual score of 5.5 in all tests.

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