Bachelor of Arts - Language Majors

Language proficiency isn't just about knowing words in another language it's about communication. It requires an understanding of the subtleties of culture, society, history, body language and relationships. It is this unique combination of specialist skills that makes multilingual individuals so highly prized in government and business.

The UWS Bachelor of Arts Language majors allow you to choose the language that best suits your career aspirations and current level of language proficiency. Languages available for study include Chinese and Japanese.

There are different entry levels available for commencing study in Languages:

  • Beginners level is for those with no previous study of the language.
  • Intermediate level is for students who are non-native speakers with study of the language to HSC 2 unit level, or are native speakers of the language but with no comprehensive formal study.
  • Post-intermediate level is for students who are non-native speakers of the language with substantial formal study and near-native competence, or who are native speakers of the language with above intermediate level of literacy.

A Language major comprises a sequence of eight subjects (units) with six subjects at Levels 2 and 3 (with no less than two of these at Level 3). Students should enrol in the language progression sequence that they think best fits their level of skill. Students may consult with the Languages and Linguistics staff if they are unsure of their entry level.

Local International
Delivery Mode On campus On campus
Location Bankstown or Parramatta campus
Bankstown or Parramatta campus
Duration 3 Years Full Time/
6 Years Part Time
3 Years Full Time
Course Code 720510 [Bankstown]
720515 [Parramatta]
1706.1[CRICOS Code 040992A]
Entrance Rank 65.00 ATAR [Bankstown]
65.00 ATAR [Parramatta]
Please refer to Admission Requirements
Fee Information Local Course Fees (opens in a new window) International Course Fees (opens in a new window)

Part time-study is only available to local students and is generally completed by day classes as there are limited night classes.

Career Opportunities

As a graduate of the Bachelor of Arts with a major in Chinese or Japanese, you will be prepared for work in a range of professions where language skills are required. You may work in government or non-government organisations and community-based industries, environmental education, information technology and the media, entertainment, leisure and tourism industries, or social policy development.

Possible job titles include arts administrator, writer/author, foreign language journalist, politician, diplomat, cultural and public policy analyst/advisor, researcher, historian and primary/secondary teacher (with further study). 

In addition, graduates may choose to broaden their language-related skills by studying a postgraduate Interpreting and Translation course, opening up further career options. 

Subject Information

How to Apply

All domestic applications for entry to UWS undergraduate courses must be made through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) (opens in a new window). Step by step instructions are available on the Apply Now pages.

Instructions for international applications are available on the UWS International Admissions pages.

For admission information refer to the Bachelor of Arts page. Request a Course Information Pack


If you are interested in completing a higher research degree, for example Masters Honours, information is accessible from UWS Research (opens in a new window).