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Study mode

Online
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Campus locations

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Duration

1 year full-time, 2 years part-time
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Admission information

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CSU has a variety of pathways and admissions requirements for study. Details of the types of 'bonus points' and other ATAR-related adjustments commonly available to applicants are set out in the CSU institutional admissions information and CSU's general admissions policy.

You can also view details about the applicants who commenced this course last year in the ATAR profile and See the student profile.

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Session availability

Session 2; Session 1; Session 2 201760; 201830; 201860

Please note: all sessions may not be available at all locations or through all study modes. Please check the Course offerings section for more information.

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International students

  • This course is not available to international students.

Course highlights

The Diploma of Language and Culture is designed to meet a variety of student needs. You may wish to enrol in the diploma as a pathway to a bachelor's degree, or you might want to combine your current university studies with your passion for languages or travel.

Gain an extra qualification

The Diploma of Language and Culture can be studied before, after or alongside your bachelor's degree. With just one extra year of full-time study, you can graduate with not one but two qualifications.

Customise your study program

The Diploma of Language and Culture is available in two strands: the International Exchange program and the Arabic Language program. In both programs you'll also study international relations and choose from a wide range of electives, such as Media and Culture, Politics of Identity, and Business Economics.

Benefit from our flexibility

Studying online provides real flexibility, allowing you the freedom to choose when and where you complete your degree. Subject to university approval, you can also fast-track or slow down your study program to fit in with your other commitments.

Study in the digital age

CSU uses the latest technology to connect you with your lecturers, fellow students and learning materials. You will have access to our comprehensive communication systems, online forums, wikis, blogs, podcasts and library resources.

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Please note that the following subjects have a Workplace Learning component:

Residential schools are a great way to practise what you are learning in a hands-on environment, and to meet your lecturers and classmates.

Some online courses include a residential school, where you will attend a CSU campus during certain sessions throughout your course.

The following subjects may have a residential school component:

THL132 The European Reformations, 1400-1700
THL100 Introduction To Biblical Languages

From the early stages of your degree, you can apply for a range of international programs through CSU Global. You could take a session or two on exchange at one of CSU’s partner institutions across the world, go on a study tour during the holidays, or complete some of your practical placements in an unique location.

Are you after a unique CSU study experience? By participating in a CSU Global international study program you can gain a new perspective on where your degree can take you, and even complete your degree that little bit faster. CSU Global has many options available to fit with your course, interests and study needs.

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Career opportunities

In a world where many people hold tertiary qualifications, the Diploma of Language and Culture offers you a way to stand out from the crowd.

Cultural awareness

Use your heightened cultural awareness and language skills to work in multinational corporations, government agencies or foreign language communities.

Global opportunities

CSU's qualification helps prepare you for the globalised economy of the 21st century, where employment opportunities are found nationally and internationally.

Transferable skills

Successful completion of an overseas exchange showcases your organisational skills, independence and maturity to prospective employers.

In a world where many people hold tertiary qualifications, the Diploma of Language and Culture offers you a way to stand out from the crowd.

Cultural awareness

Use your heightened cultural awareness and language skills to work in multinational corporations, government agencies or foreign language communities.

Global opportunities

CSU's qualification helps prepare you for the globalised economy of the 21st century, where employment opportunities are found nationally and internationally.

Transferable skills

Successful completion of an overseas exchange showcases your organisational skills, independence and maturity to prospective employers.

Credit and pathways

Getting into uni isn’t just about your ATAR; we understand that if you’re given the chance to study something you’re passionate about, you can really shine. We offer a range of pathway options, including Early Entry – Schools Recommendation Scheme, Regional Bonus Points, and Indigenous Access Program (IAP) to help you get on track to your dream career.

Credit for prior learning and credit for current competencies will be granted to eligible applicants.

More about Credit

We understand that if you’re given the chance to study something you’re passionate about, you can really shine. We offer a range of pathway options, including Early Entry – Schools Recommendation Scheme, Regional Bonus Points, and Indigenous Access Program (IAP) to help you get on track to your dream career.

Credit for prior learning and credit for current competencies will be granted to eligible applicants.

More about Credit

If you’ve studied before, you may be able to fast-track your postgraduate degree with Recognition for Prior Learning (RPL). If you’ve completed relevant tertiary study, you could be awarded credit for your postgraduate degree. Get in touch to see if you’re eligible for credit based on your previous qualifications or industry experience.

Credit for prior learning and credit for current competencies will be granted to eligible applicants.

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The language and International Culture immersion component of the Diploma will be delivered by CSU partner organisations. All partner organisations have been specifically selected and vetted to ensure that the programs delivered to CSU students meet the requirements of CSU in relation to the delivery of University standard programs which meet, or exceed the level 5 knowledge, skills and application expectations of the AQF. The international universities that will facilitate the placement of students from the Diploma of Language and Culture will be drawn from the university's existing exchange partnership base. In order for a university to become an exchange partner with CSU the Division of International Education and Partnerships undertakes an analysis of the requesting universities world and country reputation for the provision of both undergraduate and post graduate awards. The standards of each university are benchmarked against the respective award level expectations dictated by the AQF. This ensures the potential partner complies with the local in-country requirements for the provision of tertiary studies as well having a standard that meets or exceeds that required under the AQF for comparable levels of study. Universities selected for this cohort of students to undertake their exchange program must have a language and culture suite of subjects that complies with the standards expected of level 5 and above under AQF expectations.

Universities that do not meet CSU’s expectation in relation to the university quality or delivery of academic programs are not pursued as a potential exchange partner. In some cases a university may have an academic department that has the ability to deliver a program that is to the standard required by CSU and the AQF despite the whole university not being able to maintain such a standard. In such a case an agreement may be formalised however the student movement will be restricted to a specific discipline area. In addition to the over arching quality control that occurs when an agreement is implemented when a student requests to go on exchange specific subjects must be approved by the Courses Director. Such approval entails the subject outcomes, objectives and syllabi being identified for the selected overseas subject and aligned to the requirements of the CSU subject and the outcomes expected by the AQF. Approval or otherwise is at the discretion of the Course Director and students will not undertake exchange without such approval. Credit for the overseas study is provisionally granted and only confirmed when evidence of passing the approved subjects is provided at the conclusion of the exchange period.

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Course offerings

The Diploma of Language and Culture is only available to study on campus.

The Diploma of Language and Culture is only available to study online.

You can study the Diploma of Language and Culture online or on campus.

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Enrol TypeModeCampusFee typeSession1Session2Session3Admission Code
DirectOnlineWagga WaggaCGSYYNEALC

LEGEND
CGS: Commonwealth Government supported places
FPPG: Fee-paying postgraduate places
FPOS: Fee-paying overseas student places
Admission Code: For your reference if required during your application process
NO TAC: An admission code is not required for applications to CSU Study Centres
TEMP: An admission code has not yet been assigned for this course

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Campus locations listed for online students are purely for administrative purposes and have no relevance to the student experience.

Enrol TypeModeCampusFee typeSession1Session2Session3Admission Code
DirectOnlineWagga WaggaCGSYYNEALC

LEGEND
CGS: Commonwealth Government supported places
FPPG: Fee-paying postgraduate places
FPOS: Fee-paying overseas student places
Admission Code: For your reference if required during your application process
NO TAC: An admission code is not required for applications to CSU Study Centres
TEMP: An admission code has not yet been assigned for this course

Emily Parr - Diploma of Language and Culture

"CSU Global gave me the opportunity to live and study in Paris, France for my second last semester. Since graduation it's helped me gain employment in the travel industry."

Emily Parr - Diploma of Language and Culture

Subjects

For each 8 point subject you are enrolled in, you should expect to spend 10 to 12 hours per week working on assignments and assigned readings, tutorial assistance, individual or group research/study, forum activity, workplace learning, and attending lectures, residential schools, or examinations.

If you are studying four subjects per session, this is equivalent to a full-time job. The workload for some subjects may vary as a result of approved course design.

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The below information is for new students. Current students should select their subjects by checking the Handbook for the year of their enrolment

The course consists of 8 subjects (64 points).  The components of the course vary depending on whether a student selects the Arabic Language Program or the International Exchange Program.

DIPLOMA OF LANGUAGE AND CULTURE - Arabic Language Program
The Arabic Language Program is made up of 5 core subjects and 3 restricted electives.  Subjects have a value of 8 points unless otherwise stated.  The course structure is as follows:

Arabic Language Program – Core subjects (5 subjects)
ISL260 Introduction to Arabic Reading
POL111 International Relations
ISL261 Beginner Arabic Language 1
ISL262 Beginner Arabic Language 2
ISL263 Intermediate Arabic Grammar 1

Restricted Electives (choose 3 subjects)
ART113 European Art 1850-1920
ART114 Modern Art 1920-1970
CLT209 Media and Culture
COM219 Media, Communication and Globalisation
HST211 Gender, Sexuality, and identity in Europe from 1890
HST212 Film and History
LIT101 Language and Text
POL210 Politics of Identity
SOC101 Introductory Sociology
SOC102 Social Inequality
ISL100 Islamic Worldview and Faith Essentials
ISL151 Islam in the Modern world
ISL181 Sirah (Life of Prophet Muhammad)
PHL101 Applied Ethics
PHL103 Theories of Human Nature
THL100 Introduction to Biblical Languages
THL132 The European Reformations 1400-1700
ECO130 Business Economics
ECO220 Macro-economic Analysis

Subject choice may be affected by the availability of the above subjects in certain sessions, as well as the mode of offering (online / on campus).
 

DIPLOMA OF LANGUAGE AND CULTURE -  International exchange
An alternative course structure for students opting for the international student exchange pathway is described below.

Core subject (1 subject)
POL111 International Relations

PLUS

Restricted Electives (chosen 3-4 subjects)
ART113 European Art 1850-1920
ART114 Modern Art 1920-1970
CLT209 Media and Culture
COM219 Media, Communication and Globalisation
HST211 Gender, Sexuality, and identity in Europe from 1890
HST212 Film and History
LIT101 Language and Text
POL210 Politics of Identity
SOC101 Introductory Sociology
SOC102 Social Inequality
ISL100 Islamic Worldview and Faith Essentials
ISL151 Islam in the Modern world
ISL181 Sirah (Life of Prophet Muhammad)
PHL101 Applied Ethics
PHL103 Theories of Human Nature
THL100 Introduction to Biblical Languages
THL132 The European Reformations 1400-1700
ECO130 Business Economics
ECO220 Macro-economic Analysis

PLUS

EXA124 International Study Exchange (24 points)
OR
EXA132 International Study Exchange (32 points)

[i.e. either 3 subjects (24 points) or 4 subjects (32 points) overseas on your International Study Exchange]


Actual enrolment patterns are formulated with Course Director once the International Exchange load is decided.
Upon successful completion, EXA (exchange) subjects will be converted to Transfer Credit with the corresponding point value.

It is not possible to specify an enrolment pattern – the plans below are general guides only.  Students will receive advice from the Course Director or nominee about subjects that best suit their needs and interests.  It will be the student's responsibility to select subjects based on this advice, subject availability, pre-requisites, assumed knowledge and/or enrolment restrictions.

ARABIC LANGUAGE PROGRAM part-time:

Year 1 - Session 1

POL111 International Relations
ISL260 Introduction to Arabic Reading

Year 1 - Session 2
ISL261 Beginner Arabic Language 1
Restricted Elective 1

Year 2 - Session 1
ISL262 Beginner Arabic Language 2
Restricted Elective 2

Year 2 - Session 2
ISL263 Intermediate Arabic Grammar 1
Restricted elective 3
 

INTERNATIONAL EXCHANGE PROGRAM
Students must complete at least one session of study before completing International Study Exchange. Actual enrolment patterns will be formulated with Course Director once the International Exchange load is decided.  Full-time and part-time enrolments are possible – below is a sample full-time pattern:

Year 1 - Session 1
POL111 International Relations
Restricted Elective 1
Restricted Elective 2
Restricted Elective 3

Year 1 - Session 2
EXA132 International Study Exchange (32 points)

Graduation requirements

As a CSU student, throughout your course you have a responsibility to continue to develop skills in English language, literacy and numeracy as appropriate to your discipline. This ongoing development will enable you to effectively participate in your course and graduate prepared to enter the workforce.

Students must satisfactorily complete 64 subject points.

Fees and costs

If you are an Australian or New Zealand permanent resident find out more about domestic fees. Eligible students can defer these fees through the HECS-HELP government student loan system.

If you are an international student, find out more about international fees.

Additional course-related expenses you may need to consider.

  • Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF).
  • Textbooks (you may be able to purchase these second-hand).
  • Travel and accommodation expenses for any workplace learning, field trips or residential schools.
  • Uniforms (e.g. shirts, polo tops, scrubs or overalls).

Tax deductions: in some instances you may be able to claim a tax deduction for self-education expenses. Please seek independent qualified taxation advice to find out if you qualify.

If you are an Australian or New Zealand permanent resident, find out more about domestic fees.

Eligible students can defer these fees through the HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP government student loan system.

Additional costs you may need to consider include the Student Services and Amenities Fee.

If you are not an Australian or New Zealand permanent resident, find out more about international fees.

Additional costs you may need to consider include the Student Services and Amenities Fee.

In some instances a tax deduction may be claimed for self-education expenses. Please seek independent qualified taxation advice.

Already studied with CSU? Our 10 per cent Alumni discount applies to this course.

Online students receive one free textbook per subject.

If you are an Australian or New Zealand permanent resident, find out more about domestic fees.

If you are not an Australian or New Zealand permanent resident, find out more about international fees. Additional costs you may need to consider include the Student Services and Amenities Fee.

Support

Finishing high school this year? Taking a few years off to find out what you really want to do in life? Need to attend classes from anywhere in the world?

When you study with CSU, we’ll be with you all the way, helping you develop your study and academic skills in person, online or over the phone. Whatever your situation, Student Central is your first point of call as a CSU student. Our friendly support team can answer all your questions, whether you are studying on campus or online.

When you study with CSU, we’ll be with you all the way, helping you develop your study and academic skills in person, online or over the phone. Whatever your situation, Student Central is your first point of call as a CSU student. Our friendly support team can answer all your questions, whether you are studying on campus or online.

When it comes to postgraduate study, we understand that having the right kind of support is key to your success. You’ll enjoy flexible learning that allows you to fit study into your life, at a time that suits you. Our team are only a phone call or email away and you can even use our online chat for any questions you may have. We can also help you connect with scholarships, grants, loans, and assistance that can make further study affordable. At CSU, we’re with you every step of the way.

As a HDR candidate, we recognise you’ll need specialised support to help you achieve your research goals. Our dedicated Research Office is your central point of contact for researchers and supervisors. CSU also has a number of Research Support Services designed to support researchers, supervisors and HDR candidates across their research endeavours and careers. Academic and personal support is available including Indigenous services, international support, counselling, disability services, equity and diversity, health information, spiritual support, mentoring, child care support, professional development and more.

Prospective Higher Degree by Research candidates may apply for a scholarship to cover their tuition fees, living costs and research costs. Please visit the CSU Higher Degree by Research Scholarships for more information. The main round of Australian Government funded Research Training Program scholarships is open for applications in September and October each year.

We have a wide range of scholarships available to help you with the costs of studying at CSU. There are scholarships based on academic performance or your personal circumstances. Other scholarships and grants cover specific costs like accommodation and textbooks, and some offer funds that you can use in any way to enhance your university experience. Find a scholarship to suit your needs and apply now.

Indigenous students can access the Indigenous Academic Success Program (IASP). This free program is available to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students enrolled at CSU. It gives you one-on-one access to tutors to help you with your assessments and prepare you for exams.

International students

Gain an internationally recognised qualification with CSU at one of our vibrant regional campuses, or study online from the comfort of your own home - anywhere in the world!

You can also study accounting, business and information technology courses at a CSU Study Centre in Brisbane, Melbourne or Sydney.

Browse through the tabs below for more information or visit our International website to discover more about an Australian university experience like no other.

Please note: if you choose to study online with CSU, the course study mode will not meet necessary requirements for granting Australian student visas.

There are minimum Academic and English Language requirements for admission to CSU courses. These requirements ensure that our students have the best chance for success. Minimum requirements can vary from country to country, so please take some time to review our entry requirements  before starting your application. If you cannot find the requirements for your country please contact us.

At CSU, we understand that you are making a financial investment in your future and we want to make sure that you receive the best value for money for your education. That’s why our students enjoy more affordable course tuition fees than other Australian universities, while still receiving a high standard of education.

Tuition fees are set for the duration of your course and don’t go up each year.

CSU Alumni receive a discount on fee-paying postgraduate courses – so if you study your bachelor’s degree with us, and decide to continue your studies at CSU, you could save 10 per cent off your postgraduate tuition.

Please note: whether you study on campus or online, textbooks and other items that you may be required to purchase during your study are not included in the tuition fees.

More information on tuition and other fees.

More information on fees for on-campus study in Australia.

Aside from course tuition fees, all students who choose to study on campus incur other fees such as accommodation, Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF), Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) and other living expenses.

If you choose to study online, some subjects may require you to attend compulsory residential schools in Australia. Residential schools are held on campus in Australia for up to five days during certain sessions.

Please check the residential schools tab in the Course highlights section above (or your offer of admission if your application is successful) for more information on which subjects may have a residential school component.

Online courses for international students do not meet the requirement for an Australian Student Visa, therefore you will need to check that you can obtain an appropriate visa for any residential school session. For more information about visas, visit the Australian Government Department of Immigration and Border Protection. More information about residential schools can be found on our Future Students Hub.

CSU campuses offer a uniquely Australian living experience. Most of our campuses have accommodation on-site with many of the buildings nestled among gum trees with native wildlife like kangaroos and kookaburras sharing the space. Off-campus accommodation options can also be arranged.

Few universities in Australia can match the range of accommodation available at CSU’s campuses. Campus life offers all the facilities of a small village with community spirit, helping you to meet lots of new friends while living in a safe and secure environment.

Find out more about CSU’s accommodation options.

Whether you choose to study online or on campus, our international support services can make all the difference. From managing visa requirements to study support, and career advice, we’ve got you covered and our friendly staff will help make your university experience one you will never forget.

At CSU, we work with trained international recruitment agents in more than 40 countries to help you find the course and study option that is right for you. Our agents can assist you to apply for study either on campus in Australia or online. Depending on your country of citizenship you may be required to apply to CSU via an agent. Visit our International agents page for more information.

How to apply

Applying to CSU is easy. Choose how you want to apply below, or get in touch with CSU and we can help you with your application.

Universities Admissions Centre
(UAC)

Are you a school leaver wanting to study on campus?

Important dates

30 Sep 2017
UAC on time applications close

Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre
(VTAC)

Want to study at Albury-Wodonga Campus and don’t live in NSW or ACT?

Important dates

16 Jan 2018
VTAC first round offers released

Charles Sturt University
(CSU)

Are you a non-school leaver or do you want to study online?

Important dates

30 Oct 2017
2018 Session 1 Application closing date

30 Oct 2017
2017 Session 3 Extended Application date

23 Feb 2018
2018 Session 2 Applications open

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Apply direct to CSU

Are you a non-school leaver or do you want to study online?

Important dates

30 Oct 2017
2018 Session 1 Application closing date

30 Oct 2017
2017 Session 3 Extended Application date

23 Feb 2018
2018 Session 2 Applications open

Check the full list of application dates open_in_new

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