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Languages and linguistics

Studies in languages and linguistics at Macquarie will prepare you for a range of careers across the globe such as interpreting and translation, teaching, journalism, business or international relations.

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Asia holds 60% of the global population, and the world’s biggest continental economy, making language and cross-cultural skills very valuable.

Our distinctive cross-cultural approach ensures you gain an understanding of Asian issues across the social, cultural, political and economic spectrum, as well as practical skills with your chosen language.

Potential careers:

  • communications and media specialist
  • consultant
  • educator
  • foreign and ethnic affairs consultant
  • international business professional
  • travel and tourism adviser
  • translator and interpreter
  • international lawyer
  • international public sector worker
Connect with a wide range of people and opportunties when when you develop in-demand Asian language and cross-cultural skills at Macquarie.

Open the door to a range of international careers when you choose from the broadest range of European languages offered in NSW.

Whether you’re interested in travel, history, film, literature, politics, or international business, expertise in other languages and cultures will lead you to new, life-changing insights and experiences.

Potential careers:

  • human rights officer
  • journalist
  • international aid worker
  • policy adviser
  • corporate social responsibility officer
  • translator and interpreter
  • travel and tourism consultant
  • marketing communications consultant
  • cultural events coordinator
  • international business specialist
Connect deeply with people, history, film, literature, politics and business with the European language and cross-cultural skills you'll develop at Macquarie.

Macquarie offers study in Latin, Ancient Greek, Ancient Hebrew, Coptic and hieroglyphs across a range of courses.

Ancient languages are a key to understanding ancient history, reading significant literary works in their original languages, and better understanding contemporary language and culture.

Potential careers:

  • researcher
  • archaeologist
  • historian
  • librarian
  • archivist
  • paralegal
  • teacher (with further study)
  • tour guide
  • translator
Deepen your understanding of history, literature, and contemporary language and culture when you study Ancient Languages at Macquarie.

Linguistics is the systematic study of human language, and its uses and applications in human society.

At Macquarie you’ll conduct scientific research to analyse and address complex issues in human communication, readying you for careers from international business to helping increase global literacy.

Potential careers:

  • heath care worker
  • journalist
  • language teacher
  • speech pathologist
  • researcher
  • translator or interpreter
  • editor or publisher
  • broadcaster
  • language policy developer
Learn to address complex issues in human communication through research and analysis at Macquarie. Our Linguistics courses ready you for a world of careers.

Study with one of Australia’s largest and most diverse linguistics departments for internationally recognised qualifications.

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) lets you assist refugees, migrants, international students and more. Our innovative program equips you through course work and a teaching practicum.

Potential careers:

Teacher of English as a second or foreign language, teacher of a language other than English, leader within language teaching institutions, TAFE or technical college teacher of ESL, private language school teacher, language teacher at institutions for migrants.

Assist refugees, migrants, international students and many more with the skills you'll learn at Macquarie. Our ESL courses include real teaching experience.

Broaden your horizons and deepen your understanding of humans and their cultures

Employability

Flexible study options

Flexible study options

At Macquarie you have the freedom to combine almost any field of study, giving you a more diverse skill set and expanding your career options. From 2020, you can join your languages and linguistics degree with any of our 50+ undergraduate degrees.

Industry relevant courses

Industry relevant courses

Language is the key to connecting with people and understanding their cultures. The skills you will develop through the study of language and linguistics are in demand across countless industries in our increasingly globalised world.

Top 40 in the world for Linguistics (QS rankings by subject, 2019)

Top 40 in the world for Linguistics (QS rankings by subject, 2019)

Widest range of European languages offered in NSW

Widest range of European languages offered in NSW

Ranked in the top 1 per cent of universities in the world (QS World University Rankings, 2019)

Ranked in the top 1 per cent of universities in the world (QS World University Rankings, 2019)

Practical learning

Real-world, hands-on experience

Real-world, hands-on experience

Our award-winning Professional and Community Engagement (PACE) units offer you opportunities for real industry experience as part of your degree. You'll also be able to put your language learning into practice through our leading Student Exchange program.

World-class facilities

World-class facilities

Our linguistics department is the largest and most diverse in Australia, and on of the best-equipped clinical research environments in the world. Your learning will be enhanced by on-campus facilities like the Australian Hearing Hub, and labs for translation and interpreting.

What our students say

Luke Gallen

Luke Gallen

Bachelor of International Studies and Bachelor of Laws

I wanted to study a degree that would challenge me and provide me with various career options. I also wanted to learn a language and go on exchange. My course has allowed for all of this – the highlight being a trip to China through Macquarie’s Global Leadership Program, where I was able to develop my professional and cultural skills and meet officials from the Australian Embassy, the UN and AIIB in China.

When I graduate I want to work in a firm with an international focus or work within international relations and specialise in the Australia–Asia relationship.

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