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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
  • French*
  • German*
  • Indonesian*
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Korean*
  • Modern Greek**
  • Russian*
  • Spanish

* offered via cross-institutional study at University of Queensland.

** offered online, via cross-institutional study at Flinders University

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.”

Study options

It is important to check the degree requirements including placement requirements, before you apply.


We offer a range of scholarships for new and continuing students.

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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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You can gain more than just a degree at Griffith. With plenty of opportunities to balance life and study, you can make memories and mates to last a lifetime.

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Key dates

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Monday 13 July — Saturday 17 October

Trimester 2: Teaching and exams

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

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Tuesday 14 July — Thursday 1 October

Virtual Open House

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Monday 21 September — Friday 25 September

Virtual Open House: Mature Student Week

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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Monday 26 October — Friday 30 October

Trimester 3: Orientation

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

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