Frequently Asked Questions
Can I start a language at university?
YES ! There is no assumed knowledge at our first year level so you can take a language at university even if you have not studied it at any level in high school. More than a third of our students are total beginners.
The Languages Program also offers a major in English Language and Linguistics (ELL). Linguistics is the description of how language works and how it changes over time and across different groups & contexts. ELL looks mostly at how English works but the categories of linguistics can be applied to the description of any language.
If I already have a degree and would like to take up a language, what should I do?
University graduates wishing to acquire competence in a language can enroll in a Graduate Diploma in Arts. If you want to do more than a minor in a language you should enroll in the Diploma in Languages.
Can I major in TWO languages?
Yes, you can. A BA requires 144 Credit Points. A major in French or Italian is either 54 or 66 CP, a major in ELL is 52 or 58 CP, a major in Japanese is between 54 and 82 CP, depending on level of entry and a major in European Studies is 52 CP. Therefore possibilities of doing two majors do exist.
Can I start two languages?
Yes you can but Staff do not recommend students to start two languages at the beginners’ level if they are total beginners in both languages. It may be confusing and would represent a heavy load.
What are my chances of studying in a country where they speak the language I am learning?
The University of Wollongong has an extensive network of exchange agreements with universities all around the world where you can study and have your studies credited towards your degree at Wollongong.
If you have done a major in French, you can also apply for a teaching assistantship in France. Assistants are employed by the French government to provide 12hrs of conversation in English in a a school in France or New Caledonia. Information can be found on the French Embassy webpage.
If you have a major in Spanish, you can apply for a teaching assistantship in Spain. Assistants are employed to teach English and information is available from the Spanish educational advisor at the Spanish Education Office in Australia. http://www.mecd.gob.es/australia/convocatorias/programas/auxiliares-de-conversacion-australianos.html
Can I learn a language and study linguistics?
Yes. Taking ELL and a modern language as two majors is an excellent mix of studies. ELL can also be taken as a minor with your language minor. If you have done a major in ELL with your other language study you are well placed to undertake post grad studies in translating & interpreting, in TESOL or in teaching at secondary level.
The Language Centre is located at the southern end of Building 19 on the ground floor in room G100. Open: 9:00am - 5:00pm
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