Leaders in languages

Leaders in languages

Studying with the Department of International Studies is a gateway to understanding world cultures through language. As an undergraduate student, you can build your language proficiency to a high international standard. At advanced level you can express yourself fluently and are able to use language effectively for social, academic and professional purposes.

As a postgraduate student you’ll build on your existing knowledge of language and culture exploring new areas of research.

In a world where multilingualism is becoming the norm, studying an additional language is a recommended key component of many other study options across the University, including the Diploma of Languages, the Bachelor of Global Business, the Bachelor of Security Studies or the Bachelor of Education.

Find out more about each discipline in the department.

Chinese Studies

Learn the most widely spoken language around the globe and study one of the oldest continuous civilisations: Chinese Studies can open the door.

Chinese is spoken by more than 900 million people and is one of the six official languages of the United Nations. China's long history and  traditions in philosophy, literature, art and medicine make learning Chinese a fascinating experience of exploration and adventure.

Our levels of study

The Chinese Studies program is one of largest of its kind in Australia. We've undergraduate language units from beginners to advanced levels covering culture, history, art, philosophy, literature and translation for native and non-native speakers, with the option to explore these further in the Masters of Research and PhD.

You can enrol in our undergraduate classes or undertake research as part of an MRes or PhD.

What you’ll learn

Chinese Studies offers separate streams for non-background and background speakers. Apart from language units, courses are taught in Chinese and English offering options to study calligraphy, art, classical Chinese, contemporary China, literature and translation studies.

Non-background students are encouraged to study in China, Hong Kong or Taiwan, either in intensive language courses or for one or two sessions within the exchange program.

Master of Research and PhD programs are available in our staff's specialised research areas.

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Talk to one of our experts in Chinese culture, language, literature and translation for your research program or post-graduate studies.

The Department has a strong relationship with a number of universities, offering established exchange programs and opportunities for undertaking joint or cotutelle PhD programs.

Croatian Studies

“Ljub' si rode jezik iznad svega!”

Croatian is the official language of the Republic of Croatia and one of the three official languages in neighbouring Bosnia-Herzegovina. Croatian is also spoken by minority groups across Europe and Croatian communities abroad. As of July 2013, Croatian is one of twenty-four official languages of the European Union.

“Love the language above everything else, my folks” - Petar Preradović, Croatian poet

Our levels of study

Croatian Studies begins at an introductory level and continues to an advanced level. At the undergraduate level, students can study language, culture, history, literature, migrations and transnational identities. Croatian Studies can be explored as part of MRes or PhD.

What you’ll learn

Although the focus of Croatian Studies is on language, we offer expertise in literature, linguistics, translating, migrations, as well as in cultural and ancient history. We've strong relationships with a number of universities and institutions in Croatia interested in exchange programs  and we encourage students to take advantage of this cultural and educational diversity.

Croatian undergraduate units may be taken as part of a number of different degrees as well as in a Diploma of Languages. Separate undergraduate study patterns are offered for students with limited or no prior knowledge of Croatian, and for those who've completed HSC Croatian or have equivalent language skills. Students with a major in Croatian can further their studies by undertaking postgraduate research in the Masters of Research.

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Talk to our experts on language, literature, culture, history and linguistics.

Promoting Croatian culture

We are proudly supported by the Croatian Studies Foundation (CSF) and the Ministry of Science, Education and Sport and State Office for Croats Abroad, Republic of Croatia. The CSF organises annual events to promote knowledge and understanding of Croatian history, language and culture. For further information about the Croatian Studies Foundation, please visit the Croatian Studies Foundation website.

English as a Foreign Language

English is a lingua franca or common language for communication between speakers from different linguistic backgrounds.

English is a very important language for international business, diplomacy, science, technology, education, and entertainment, and it is widely spoken worldwide. About 400 million people speak English as their first language in countries such as the United Kingdom, the United States, Australia, Canada, South Africa, and New Zealand. It’s estimated that one billion people use English as their second or foreign language.

The English as a Foreign Language program is designed for students from non-English speaking backgrounds, aiming to further develop their English language skills for social, academic and professional settings. It provides ample opportunities for students to practise reading, writing, listening and speaking skills through extensive in-class activities, online practice, and independent learning.

Four units are offered on-campus and through external mode:

  • EFLA100 (English as a Foreign Language in Practice)
  • EFLA110 (English as a Foreign Language Consolidation)
  • EFLA201 (English as a Foreign Language Expansion I)
  • EFLA202 (English as a Foreign Language Expansion II)

Students can select one or more units as elective(s), or complete the whole program as a full major in a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Global Business, or as a secondary major.

Two 300 level units are scheduled to be offered in 2018.

Students are welcome to enrol in our Master of Research (MRes) and PhD programs to explore a range of research topics in TESOL, for example, Non-Native English Speaker Teacher issues, use of the L1, language teacher education, bilingualism, and academic writing.   

For academic advice, please contact Dr Lai Ping Florence Ma.

French and Francophone Studies

«Aucune langue ne naît riche, mais c'est l'usage qui l'enrichit.»

French is a world language, spoken by more than 220 million people across Europe, North America, Africa, Asia and the Arab world, and is one of the official languages of the United Nations. The French language gives access to a history of global culture expressed through the arts, literature, cinema, fashion, gastronomy, scientific innovation, and beyond.

Each year we organise cultural and scholarly events to promote knowledge and understanding of French and Francophone history, language and culture.

“A Language is only enriched by its usage.” - Jean-Marie Adé Adiaffi, Ivorian philosopher and critic

Our levels of study

French language studies commence at introductory level and continue to advanced level (Common European Framework of Reference level A1 to C1).

French and Francophone Studies offer flexible entry points to students with pre-existing knowledge by assessing equivalency.

The language programs are integrated with our areas of research activity in Francophone Studies. Students can take options that allow interdisciplinary insights into literature, culture, history and film, at undergraduate level, with the option to explore these further in the Masters of Research and PhD.

You can enrol in our undergraduate classes or undertake research as part of an MRes or PhD.

What you’ll learn

The unique focus on literature and culture of the Francophone world at Macquarie University allows students to learn about the cultural history of France and the global effects of colonisation on the present day French speaking world. Our research specialisms lie in the area of Postcolonial Studies. Undergraduate students will gain critical insights into addressing misconceptions concerning French culture, while MRes and PhD students can choose to specialise in areas of interest.

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Talk to one of our experts on language, literature, and Francophone cultural history.

German Studies

More than 200 million people worldwide speak German. Come and join the conversation.

German Studies at Macquarie University offers in-depth study of the language in the context of German-speaking cultures. German is the language of Austria and Germany and one of the official languages of Liechtenstein, Luxembourg and Switzerland.

Our levels of study

German Studies at Macquarie University commences at introductory level and continues to advanced level (Common European Framework of Reference level C1). The language programs are integrated with our areas of research activity. Students can take options that allow interdisciplinary insights into literature, film, theatre, history, politics and linguistics at undergraduate level, with the option to explore these further in the Masters of Research and PhD.

You can enrol in our undergraduate classes or undertake research as part of an MRes or PhD.

What you’ll learn

Discover the German capital, Berlin, as one of the most dynamic and multifaceted cities in contemporary Europe and engage with its complex history and the current culturally diverse arts scene.

Develop your awareness of the extensive cultural connections, past and present, between Australia and Germany. The Department has strong relationships with a number of partner universities in Germany, offering established exchange programs and opportunities for undertaking joint or cotutelle PhD programs.

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Talk to one of our experts on language and linguistics, literature, performing arts, theatre and film, or cultural history. 

International Studies

Become a truly global citizen: embark on a journey exploring the cultures and languages of the world.

International Studies explores the dynamics of the globalised and changing world. Combining the study of languages, cultures and global society, our programs explore how culture, identity, and politics have converged to shape the world as it is today.

Our levels of study

Students learn about global society and issues, explore a range of cultures and languages, and study overseas to develop authentic intercultural experiences and language skills. You can enrol in our undergraduate classes or undertake research as part of an MRes or PhD.

What you’ll learn

Uncover what it means to be living in a globalised world – join our experts in evaluating global issues across social, cultural, and political spectrums.

There are cohesive areas of study in ten European and Asian cultures and languages. Students can also undertake a range of options at the undergraduate level offering interdisciplinary insights (for example, politics, history, literature, film and theatre, sociology, and anthropology, amongst others).

Students can explore areas of interest further in the Masters of Research and PhD.

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Our programs are integrated with our areas of research activity. We offer critical insights into culture, identity, politics, gender, and race. Talk to one of our experts.

Italian Studies

“Una lingua diversa è una diversa visione della vita.”

Italian is spoken by 64 million people across Europe. Italian Studies at Macquarie University offers in-depth study of the language of great artists, scientists, designers, filmmakers, dramatists and novelists. Learn about Italy's rich cultural and artistic heritage which has significantly influenced Western civilization and continues to fascinate today.

“A different language is a different vision of life.” - Federico Fellini

Our levels of study

Italian Studies at Macquarie University offers introductory level to advanced level (Common European Framework of Reference level C1).  

You can enrol in our undergraduate classes or undertake research as part of an MRes or PhD.

The Department has strong relationships with a number of partner universities in Italy, offering established exchange programs. Find out more about our cotutelle program.

What you’ll learn

The language programs are integrated with our areas of research activity, encouraging insights into Italian contemporary literature, cinema, the Italian Renaissance, Italy’s rich cultural history and varied regional traditions and dialects at undergraduate level, with the option to explore these further in the Master of Research.

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Contact our experts on language and linguistics, literature, performing arts and theatre or cultural history.

Japanese Studies

Learning Japanese will enable you to directly access the largely monolingual, culturally rich Japan to explore its unique diversity.

Japanese language is highly contextual and deeply rooted in culture and history. It is used by approximately 130 million people, mostly in Japan. Learning Japanese is challenging yet very rewarding, allowing you to become directly involved in Japan’s socio-cultural and economic/business environment.

Our levels of study

Both Japanese and non-Japanese students may study Japanese units as part of their major or elective(s) in Bachelor degree(s) or the Diploma of Languages. After graduation, you may undertake postgraduate research programs through Masters of Research and Doctor of Philosophy pathways.

Find more information on undergraduate classes or research as part of an MRes or PhD.

What you’ll learn

Japanese Studies’ research interests are wide-ranging from language acquisition, discourse analysis, social semiotics and multimodality, cross-cultural communication, cross-language speech production/perception and experimental phonetics to classical/contemporary literature, traditional, popular and queer cultures and diverse social issues. Japan encapsulates intriguing ambiguities, cultural hybridity and complex and fluid language use. Japan invites you to critically explore it from your own perspective through your undergraduate and postgraduate research.

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Talk to one of our experts in Japanese culture, language, literature and translation for your research program or post-graduate studies.

Macquarie Japanese Studies Centre

We are proudly supported by the Macquarie Japanese Studies Centre (MJS).  This specialist centre, established at Macquarie in 1995 with the Nippon Foundation Fund, provides the community with innovative and high-quality teaching of Japanese language and culture of international standing through scholarly events, scholarships and grants.

Modern Greek Studies

The Modern Greek language is living testimony to the evolution of Greek thought and culture from Ancient Greece until the present!

Ανακαλύψτε την Ελλάδα μέσω της γλώσσας translates to discover Greece through language. As the language of the first philosophers and scientists, Greek has contributed to a wide range of disciplines – medicine, science, philology, philosophy, technology, theology etc. Greek is the language of Greece and Cyprus and one of the official languages of the European Union. It is also spoken widely in Greek communities around the world.

Our levels of study

Modern Greek Studies commences at introductory level and continues to advanced level (Common European Framework of Reference Level C1). The language components are integrated with topics and themes such as history, literature, social science, linguistics and philosophy which inspires students to continue at postgraduate level, Masters of Research and PhD.

You can enrol in our undergraduate classes or undertake research as part of an MRes or PhD.

What you’ll learn

The program of study includes language, linguistics, literature, oral and cultural history. At undergraduate level, students gain critical insights into the significance of the long linguistic and cultural linage of the Greek world. MRes and PhD students will expand and develop further areas in which to specialise. Areas of expertise include Greek language and language acquisition, intercultural identities, oral narratives.

Students can undertake a Bachelor of Hellenic Studies encompassing Hellenism from antiquity to today through Byzantium.

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Talk to one of our experts in Greek culture, language, literature and translation.

Greek Studies Foundation

We are proudly supported by the Greek Studies Foundation. Cultural and scholarly events are offered annually to promote knowledge and understanding of Greek history, language and culture. Read more about the Greek culture peer-reviewed journal.

Polish Studies

“I don't like work... but I like what is in work – the chance to find yourself. Your own reality – for yourself, not for others” – Joseph Conrad.

The Polish language has a rich cultural tradition dating back many centuries. Part of the Slavonic group of languages including Czech, Slovak, Croatian, Bulgarian and Russian, it is the national language of Poland. Poland is a significant player in the global economy, generating a demand for Polish language skills.

Our levels of study

Polish is offered as distance education. The study program commences at introductory level progressing through to advanced level (Common European Framework of Reference level A1 to C1) and adopts an interdisciplinary approach to the study of linguistics, literature, culture, history and art.

You can enrol in our undergraduate classes or undertake research as part of an MRes or PhD.

Polish is offered as a major or an elective in a degree program. A Diploma of Languages can be completed alongside a degree or by students who've previously completed a degree. Students with prior Polish language skills, including Polish HSC, may commence their studies at a higher level. Selected Polish units are available for non-award study.

What you’ll learn

Polish Studies equips students with knowledge of the Polish language and a broader set of skills in reading, writing and textual analysis, as well as academic research into language, literature, history and art in the Polish cultural context. Polish Studies provides a unique opportunity for qualifying students to study overseas at a partner university, the Jagiellonian University in Kraków, Poland.  

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For more information and guidance contact Dr Kamila Walker.

Polish Studies Foundation

The Polish community, together with Macquarie University, formed the Polish Studies Foundation to raise money to support and promote the Polish Studies program at Macquarie University.

Promoting Polish language and culture

We are proudly supported by the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Sydney.

Russian Studies

More than 250 million people worldwide speak Russian; it is one of the most commonly spoken languages in the world.

Russian has long served as a means of international communication between nations of the Russian Federation, as well as the countries of the former Soviet Union, Eastern Europe and Central Asia. It’s also one of the official languages of the United Nations.

The Department of International Studies strongly encourages its language students to take the opportunity to travel and study abroad as part of their undergraduate program. The university provides generous travel scholarships for this purpose and has a range of overseas exchange partners.

Our levels of study

Macquarie University offers a flexible program in Russian Studies. Courses including language, culture and cinema, are taught by highly qualified native Russian speakers, and can be taken for degree or non-degree purposes, on campus or through distance education at undergraduate and MRes or PhD levels.

Students can either major in Russian or incorporate it as an elective in their chosen academic program.

If students do not wish to undertake a degree, a Diploma in Languages (Russian) may be a suitable option. It can be completed together with or after a degree in another field at Macquarie or another tertiary institution.

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Talk to our expert on cognitive linguistics, literature and culture of Russia and the former Soviet Union.

The Department has strong relationships with a number of partner universities across Russia, offering established exchange programs, short-term language programs and opportunities for undertaking joint or cotutelle PhD programs.

Spanish and Latin American Studies

With more than half a billion speakers across the world, learning Spanish is a truly global opportunity.

Spanish and Latin American Studies at Macquarie University offers in-depth study of the language in the context of Spanish-speaking cultures. Spanish has official status in 21 countries in the Americas, Africa and Europe, and is a significant community language in many more.

Our levels of study

Spanish and Latin American Studies commences at introductory level and continues to advanced level (Common European Framework of Reference level C1). All units are also offered online. Students can take options that allow interdisciplinary insights into gender relations, history, mobility, politics, foreign policy, literature and popular culture at undergraduate level, with the option to explore these further in the Masters of Research and PhD.

You can enrol in our undergraduate classes or undertake research as part of an MRes or PhD.

What you’ll learn

Discover Latin America through its diverse contemporary realities and  develop your awareness of the extensive cultural connections, past and present, between Latin America and Europe.

The Department has strong relationships with a number of partner universities across Latin America and in Spain, offering established exchange programs, short-term language programs and opportunities for undertaking joint or cotutelle PhD programs.

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Talk to one of our experts on transnational contemporary culture, travel history, Latin American politics and economic development.

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