Study languages and culture at Flinders for a fulfilling career in a field you’re passionate about. Our degrees prepare you to explore how our culture and the ways we communicate enable us to express ourselves, create new things, make sense of our surroundings and connect with each other.
With a suite of languages in French, Indonesian, Italian, Modern Greek and Spanish, at Flinders you’ll gain the knowledge, skills and connections to create the global career you have always dreamed of.
Ranked the No. 1 university in SA in communications for overall educational experience, skills development, student support and teaching quality, the No. 1 university in SA in Tourism, Hospitality, Sport & Leisure for full-time employment, overall educational experience and skills development*, Flinders is the place to be for all languages and culture degrees.
Studying Languages and Culture at Flinders gives you the chance to develop a broad range of skills and knowledge. No matter which language you are interested in, you will gain transferable skills and industry experience that will help you throughout your career and let you explore your passions and the world we live in.
*The Good Universities Guide 2022 (undergraduate), public SA-founded universities only
No.1 in SA
in Communications for overall educational experience, skills development, student support and teaching quality.
(The Good Universities Guide 2023 (undergraduate), public SA-founded universities only)
Studying applied linguistics means increasing your understanding of how language works in a wide range of personal, social and professional environments. It also encompasses how we interact with each other and how we negotiate and establish identity.
With a major in Applied Linguistics, you’ll learn how to express yourself effectively in written and spoken modes, and how the way you communicate helps or hinders your relationships.
The major in applied linguistics will touch on practical issues such as the relationship between languages, cultures and societies; the acquisition of second and foreign languages; the teaching and learning of languages; language policy; and cross-cultural communication.
Italy has one of the richest cultural heritages in western civilisation and has been a world leader in literature, architecture, painting, sculpture and music for the past 800 years. Today Italy is one of the wealthiest nations in the world and an essential tourist destination. Italy is a major trading partner with Australia—and increasingly with South Australia. Italian is spoken by many Australians, with more than half a million Italian Australians using it every day.
You can study Italian in the Bachelor of Languages, or as a major within a different degree.
French is spoken in more than 50 countries, including some of Australia’s closest neighbours. It’s one of the most widely taught second languages in the world and it’s a stepping stone to learning a range of other Romance languages, from Italian to Spanish to Portuguese. French is a language of diplomacy and the official working language of many major international organisations—like the United Nations, the European Community, the Olympic Games movement and the International Red Cross.
You can study French in the Bachelor of Languages, or as a major within a different degree.
Hellenism is the western world's cultural heritage; it accounts for literary, philosophical, aesthetic and scientific masterpieces going back thousands of years. Greece is not just historically important—there are many employment opportunities in government and social services, education, telecommunications, international relations and information technology for people with knowledge of and language skills in Modern Greek.
You can study Modern Greek in the Bachelor of Languages, or as a major within a different degree.
The Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) postgraduate program is aimed at developing understanding and skills in the area of TESOL.
The courses are also designed to help you develop disciplinary knowledge in the area of second language acquisition, as well as specific knowledge in the area of teaching English to speakers of other languages.
Indonesia is our nearest neighbour and home to more than 260 million people. It has a rich cultural history—and is undergoing a period of unprecedented political, social and economic change. Studying Indonesian is a vital key to understanding our region. In addition to your new language skills, you’ll learn how Indonesia works and the ways people think, feel and live together.
You can study Indonesian in the Bachelor of Languages, or as a major within a different degree.
Globally, Spanish is the second most widely spoken language by first language speakers. It is spoken by over 500 million people in more than 20 different countries in four continents. Not surprisingly, it is one of the six official languages of the United Nations and is also an important trading language in the Asia Pacific region. Learn to speak and read Spanish, delve into the cultures of Spain and Latin America and build a global understanding of the world.
You can study Spanish in the Bachelor of Languages, or as a major within a different degree.
Whatever your area of interest, studying languages and culture at Flinders will help you achieve an amazing career anywhere in the world.
With TESOL, the world is your oyster.
Providing you with practical and theoretical knowledge on how to teach English to speakers of other languages, a degree in TESOL will open up a wide range of employment opportunities locally and internationally.
Gain real-world experience
Flinders’ Work Integrated Learning (WIL) placement program allows you to improve your employability by gaining valuable practical experience in a workplace setting, directly related to your study.
You’ll gain industry-specific, practical experience while earning credit towards your degree in a real workplace. WIL helps you to develop the skills employers want, build your networks, learn what it's like to work in a professional environment and get an edge in the job market.
Our industry partners include:
Yes, it is worth it to study a language! The ability to speak another language will open huge career opportunities for you. You’ll stand out compared to other job applicants and you’ll have an appreciation and understanding for other cultures.
You’ll travel to other countries like a local, rather than a tourist and could work locally or internationally as an interpreter, foreign correspondent, foreign language intelligence analyst or international trade officer.
The Bachelor of Languages and the Bachelor of Arts (majoring in a Language) are 3 years of full-time study, with the option to add an extra Honours year upon completion of the Bachelor degree.
No. Our language degrees are available from beginner to advanced levels. This means that no matter what level you’re at in your language study, we can cater to you.
The answer is... almost anything! With the internationalisation of the job market, graduates with a qualification in a foreign language have greater employment opportunities both in Australia and overseas than ever before. Potential areas of employment include tourism agencies, foreign language teaching, international trade, finance and commerce, diplomatic and defence agencies, translating services, and international development.
No. You can add a language to almost any degree. On the major pages, you’ll find a list of common degrees that combine language study, or if you have a specific degree that you would like to add a language too, we’d love to chat through your options with you. Adding a language to your degree is one of the best ways you can prepare yourself for a global career.
Our course advisors are on hand to discuss your options with you, get in touch today.
Yes! We partner with more than 70 institutions all over the world to allow you to study your Flinders degree, anywhere. You could choose to do one or two semesters, or a short term study program – it’s up to you. Why wait until you graduate to see the world? An outbound exchange is one of the best things you can do to broaden your horizons. More information is available here.
You’ll meet incredible minds to stimulate and inspire you – teachers of international repute armed with up-to-the-minute knowledge, drawing on research that not only meets the world standard, but exceeds it.
Our teaching is designed to take you from learning to earning. You’ll be plugged into industry trends, and take part in professional placement opportunities and practical experiences that make you work-ready upon graduation.
You’ll take this journey in stimulating learning spaces, sharing your ideas with like-minded individuals who challenge and inspire you to achieve more. It’s the perfect environment in which to become the best you can be.
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