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More than 50% of the world’s population uses two or more languages every day.

In today’s globalised society, the ability to communicate in other languages can be an invaluable asset to your career.

When you study a language at Griffith, you’ll develop a solid understanding of how it functions and it’s use in society. Immerse yourself in your chosen language through study tours and overseas exchanges— all while refining your skills and expanding your cultural understanding.

If you are quite fluent or continuing a language learnt at school, you can apply for credit for prior learning.

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Study languages at Griffith

The world of communication opens up for you

Language skills can add an important extra dimension to your resume, and our program prepares you for success in an increasingly multilingual global arena. At Griffith, you'll have the opportunity to develop proficiency in the language of your choice. We offer studies in Chinese, Italian, Japanese and Spanish. You can also study French, German, Korean, Indonesian, Modern Greek and Russian through cross-institutional study.

You'll also explore English from a cross-cultural perspective, as well as developing an understanding of the national languages of Southeast Asia such as Indonesian, Malay, Thai, Vietnamese, Chinese, Japanese, Filipino and Korean.

Start communicating from your first class

Studying at Griffith is the next best thing to learning in the country of origin. Our award winning lecturers are language experts with years of teaching experience. You'll learn and quickly grow your skills in an interactive, lively classroom setting.

Study trips and exchanges make the world your classroom

Griffith offers flexible and international learning experiences. Short study trips or guided exchange trips will heighten your appreciation of other cultures. You can also spend up to a year studying and travelling in another country, while earning credit through Griffith's Global Mobility program.

Flexible study options

In addition to our languages or arts full degree options, you can also take a language through a 1 year Diploma of Languages, added to any other Griffith degree.

Matthew Sue Yek

Bachelor of Arts in Languages and Linguistics honours student

An interest in all things Asian led Bachelor of Arts in Languages and Linguistics honours student Matthew Sue Yek to major in the Korean language. Originally interested in studying Japanese, it was while working as a pastry chef with Korean co-workers that sparked his interest in the language. “I thought it would be great to learn the language and understand more about the culture,’’ he said. Matthew enjoyed the study environment of Griffith and the opportunities offered. “There’s a real sense of community at Griffith. The lecturers are passionate about the language and helping students do their best.” In his second year of study Matthew travelled to Seoul, Korea where he spent a summer semester immersing himself in the country’s language and culture. “Seeing the language in action helped me learn very quickly,’’ he said.

“Being able to meet and interact with Korean students and teachers was a fantastic experience and inspired to me to continue with my studies. I’m looking forward to teaching English in Korea and other Asian countries.”

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Career outcomes

Language proficiency gives you an edge in a competitive job market

Griffith graduates use their language skills to find rewarding employment across the world, in

  • Education and teaching
  • Translation and interpreting
  • Tourism
  • Hospitality
  • Publishing and journalism
  • Sales
  • Marketing
  • Advertising and public relations
  • International business
  • Law
  • Commerce
  • The arts

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Monday 24 February — Monday 24 February

Trimester 1: Teaching and exams

Includes study and exam period from Thursday 28 May to Friday 6 June.

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Friday 8 May — Saturday 9 May

Brisbane Careers and Employment Expo

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Monday 11 May — Thursday 14 May

Mature Student Open Evenings

No matter whether you’re returning to university after a few years off, starting study for the first time or looking for a postgraduate degree to further your career, we can help you find the right study path.

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Wednesday 13 May — Thursday 14 May

Gold Coast Careers Festival

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Thursday 21 May — Thursday 21 May

Cairns Youth and Careers Expo

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Monday 22 June — Wednesday 24 June

Trimester 2: Orientation

Get the right start and find out everything you need to know about starting at Griffith.

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Monday 29 June — Saturday 10 October

Trimester 2: Teaching and exams

Includes study and exam period from Thursday 1 October to Saturday 10 October.

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Saturday 18 July — Sunday 19 July

Tertiary Studies Expo (TSXPO)

TSXPO is for anyone considering further study. Talk to our academic and professional staff about our degrees, flexible study options, admission pathways, how to apply, scholarships and support services. Entry is free.

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Tuesday 21 July — Tuesday 21 July

Sunshine Coast Daily Careers Expo

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Monday 3 August — Monday 3 August

Townsville Careers Expo

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Sunday 9 August — Sunday 9 August

Open Day

On Open Day, you’ll find general information about all our degrees at each campus, as well as essential information about student support services, admissions, scholarships and postgraduate studies. It’s a great time to get to know our campuses, experience life at Griffith, explore your study options and find the information you need to make a decision about your future.

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Monday 14 September — Thursday 17 September

Mature Student Open Evenings

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Monday 19 October — Friday 23 October

Trimester 3: Orientation

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Saturday 12 December — Thursday 17 December

Explore your options

If your OP or ATAR result changes your direction, chat online with our expert study advisers to explore your study options. Find out about admissions pathways, entry requirements and changing your preferences.

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