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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.”


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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Life at Griffith

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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Monday 8 March — Saturday 19 June

Trimester 1

Our first teaching trimester starts on Monday 8 March 2021 . Trimester 1 examinations run from Thursday 10 to Saturday 19 June.

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Thursday 6 May — Saturday 8 May

Gold Coast Careers and Employment Festival

Tuesday 18 May — Tuesday 18 May

Mature Student Open Evening - Online

Wednesday 19 May — Wednesday 19 May

Mature Student Open Evening - Nathan Campus

Thursday 20 May — Thursday 20 May

Mature Student Open Evening - Gold Coast Campus

Friday 21 May — Saturday 22 May

Brisbane Careers and Employment Expo

Saturday 17 July — Sunday 18 July


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Monday 19 July — Saturday 30 October

Trimester 2

Our second teaching trimester starts on Monday 19 July. Trimester 2 examinations run from Saturday 21 to Saturday 30 October.

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Tuesday 20 July — Tuesday 20 July

Sunshine Coast Careers and Employment Expo

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Friday 23 July — Sunday 25 July

Melbourne Careers and Employment Expo

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Sunday 8 August — Sunday 8 August

Open Day

Gold Coast, Nathan and South Bank campuses

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Monday 13 September — Monday 13 September

Mature Student Open Evening - Online

Wednesday 15 September — Wednesday 15 September

Mature Student Open Evening - Nathan Campus

Thursday 16 September — Thursday 16 September

Mature Student Open Evening - Gold Coast Campus

Friday 17 December — Thursday 23 December

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