Language Studies

Language Studies

Studying a new language will give you the opportunity and skills to learn about different cultures and societies. At Charles Darwin University you can study Indonesian, Modern Greek and Mandarin in undergraduate and postgraduate courses. Indonesia is the world's fourth most populous country and is rich with a diversity of cultures. Being at our doorstep, Indonesia is central to Australia's long-term strategic and economic interests. Studies in Indonesian language, culture and society will enhance students' capacity to engage with Indonesia and Indonesian nationals. Studying Modern Greek language and culture provides the key to understanding the importance of the Hellenic tradition in western intellectual development and its contribution to multicultural Australia. The units are suitable not only for students who have a Greek background but also for students with limited or no previous knowledge of Modern Greek. Mandarin is an official language of the People's Republic of China. It is spoken by hundreds of millions of people worldwide and ranks as one of the most widely spoken languages in the world. China has a five thousand year old culture that has made a major impact throughout the world, with increasing international importance for business and economics in the 21st century.

Career opportunities

Being fluent in another language and being aware of another culture will open doors to a wide range of employment opportunities including:

  • Teaching and education
  • Foreign affairs/government
  • Armed forces and security agencies
  • Tourism and hospitality
  • International commerce/law/business
  • International development
  • International media/journalism
  • Overseas consultancy/management

Study options

You can study languages at the undergraduate level as the Bachelor of Arts program, which can extend into studying Honours. There is a Diploma of Languages available to students who wish to improve their ability to communicate and engage in another language. Students will have the option of attending in-country programs in China, Indonesia, and Greece. These in-country study programs provide students with further opportunities to immerse themselves in the culture of their chosen country.

Current units

CHN101     Chinese Language 1
CHN102     Chinese Language 2
CHN201     Chinese Language 3
CHN202     Chinese Language 4
CHN301     Chinese Language 5
CHN302     Chinese Language 6


INI101     Indonesian Language 1
INI102     Indonesian Language 2
INI201     Indonesian Language 3
INI202     Indonesian Language 4
INI301     Indonesian Language 5
INI302     Indonesian Language 6

GRK101     Greek 1
GRK102     Greek 2
GRK201     Greek 3
GRK202     Greek 4
GRK301     Greek 5
GRK302     Greek 6


LAN201     Negotiated Language Study
LAN211     In-Country Language Study
LAN301     Language Project
LAN311     In-Country Language Study

More information

For general information about applying or registering at CDU, enrolling in units, and the different study options please visit the Study at CDU page. For more specific information about studying languages at CDU please contact:

George Frazis
Associate Professor of Greek Studies
Coordinator Greek In-Country Program
Phone: 08 8946 6486


Amy Yu
Lecturer in Chinese Studies
Coordinator Chinese In-Country Program
Phone: 08 8946 7736

Nathan Franklin
Lecturer in Indonesian Studies
Phone: 08 8946 7171