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Languages and Linguistics

We need your passion for language and culture to help build a better world.

Join us to study a language and linguistics course online or on campus.

You make CDU. 

Make meaning through language

Study a language and linguistics course with subjects in language studies, semantics, speech, language planning, management and maintenance, dictionary making, and more.

You can learn Indigenous languages, Greek, Indonesian or Chinese. 

Choose CDU for language and linguistics courses

  • In-country study program available

    To hone your language skills

  • #4 in Australia for humanities and social services employment outcomes

    According to the Good Universities Guide 2024

  • Focus on unique Indigenous and Asia Pacific perspectives

    Learn from cultural experts and benefit from strong links to Northern Australia and South East Asia

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Why study languages and linguistics?

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Interested in language courses? If you speak English, you can only communicate with around 20% of the world. The power of a second language cannot be understated. Not only are your memory and brain functions greatly improved, but studying languages also helps you understand your own language better, and it can make you more attractive to employers in our increasingly connected global economy.

Within our Bachelor of Arts, you can study languages including Greek, Indonesian, Chinese (Mandarin) or one of three Indigenous languages (Yolngu, Arrernte or Bininj Kunwok). These language courses are reflective of CDU's unique location in the Top End, Australia's gateway to South-East Asia, and Darwin's incredibly multicultural community. 

Prefer the scientific study of languages? Study linguistics at CDU to understand how we communicate, why we communicate the way we do, and how the mechanics of language infiltrate every aspect of our lives. You don't even need to know a second language to excel in your linguistics course, and there are many areas of specialisation you can follow. Deep dive into the structure of languages, how they differ depending on culture and context, how they change and evolve over time, and how our cultural identities are formed through language. Those studying linguistics can also pursue a postgrad qualification in the field through the Master of Applied Linguistics.

Study languages and linguistics online

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When you study languages or a linguistics course at CDU, you can choose to study online and fit your learning around your lifestyle. Select from online, on-campus, full-time or part-time study as it suits you. 

Students studying languages or linguistics can:

  • access round-the-clock academic and technical support
  • enjoy the same 1:1 support from lecturers as their on-campus peers
  • study via a world-class learning platform, called Learnline.

Access all your learning materials on demand and interact with fellow languages or linguistics students through online tutorials and discussions. 

With study abroad programs available for languages students, there are opportunities to take your learning offline and truly immerse yourself in the language you are studying.

Learn more about CDU’s online study experience.

Your career after studying languages and linguistics

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Most of the world is bilingual – not knowing a second language leaves you at a disadvantage! Study languages at CDU to enhance your career opportunities across a wide spectrum of professions, including healthcare, hospitality, education, business, tourism, government and defence, as well as roles in interpreting, translating and language teaching. 

For global organisations with offices dotted around the world or companies who work with foreign clients or supplies, your ability to communicate in different languages is highly valuable. The more people you can communicate with, negotiate with, network with, or sell to, the more attractive you are as a future employee.

The knowledge held by graduates of linguistics courses at CDU can lead to an array of fascinating careers, from forensic linguistics and specialist linguist roles within government and defence all the way to research, journalism, community development initiatives like NGOs, and more. As the underpinnings of Australia's education system are based on applied linguistics, many teachers also choose to study linguistics courses so their learnings can be directly carried out in the classroom. 

CDU's focus on First Nations language contexts also offers linguistics students the opportunity to learn how to revitalise and maintain language. Many First Nations graduates of linguistics study at CDU have gained the knowledge to return to their communities and work on reviving languages.

Study your way with confidence

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    Study pathways

    At CDU, there's a study pathway for everyone.

    Explore our course and student types, admission requirements and pathways to study so you can apply with confidence.

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    How to apply

    Choosing your course was the hard part, now it’s time to apply. Visit our how to apply page for easy-to-follow steps for all study pathways.

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    Flexible study options

    Whatever your motivation is, we can guide you in the right direction. With on-campus, online, part-time and full-time study options, you'll have the flexibility and support to do it your way.

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