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Immersion in another culture is one of the greatest educational experiences you can have. CSU's Diploma of Language and Culture introduces you to a new language and the fundamentals of international relations. If you choose, you can also embark on a life-changing exchange to one of CSU's 35 partner universities worldwide.

Available as a stand-alone course or a study program that complements your primary degree, the Diploma of Language and Culture will equip you with an attractive portfolio of skills and experience.

  • Why study this course?

    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.

  • 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.

  • Subjects

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

    Course structure

    The course consists of eight standard subjects as follows:

    Arabic Language Program:

    ISL260 Introduction to Arabic Reading
    POL111 International Relations
    ISL261 Beginner Arabic Language 1
    ISL262 Beginner Arabic Language 2
    ISL263 Intermediate Arabic Grammar 1
    Pus 3 Restricted electives

    Restricted Electives:

    ART113 European art 1850-1920
    ART114 Modern Art
    CLT209 Media and Culture
    COM219 Media, Com and Globalisation
    HST211 Gender, Sexuality, and identity
    HST212 Film and History
    LIT101 Language and text
    POL210 Politics of Identity
    SOC101 Introduction to Sociology
    SOC102 Social Inequality
    ISL100 Islamic Faith Essentials
    ISL151 Islam in the Modern world
    ISL181 Islamic history 1
    PHL101 Applied Ethics
    PHL103 Theories of Human Nature
    THL100 Intro to Biblical Languages
    THL132 European reformations 1400-1700
    ECO130 Business Economics
    ECO220 Macro-economic analysis

    Not all electives are available in each session by distance study. Some subjects are only available on campus. Please see the Handbook for details

    Alternative course structure for students opting for the international student exchange pathway is:

    International Exchange

    You may choose to study either 3 subjects (24 points) or 4 subjects (32 points) overseas on your International Study Exchange:

    POL111 International Relations
    4 Restricted electives
    EXA 124 International Study Exchange (24 points)

    Or

    POL111 International Relations
    3 Restricted electives
    EXA 132 International Study Exchange (32 points)


    Actual enrolment pattern will be formulated with Course Director once the International Exchange load is decided.
    Upon successful completion of EXA subjects will be converted to TCR with the corresponding point value.

    Restricted Electives: Students must complete three or four subjects from the following list. Other subjects can be negotiated with the Course Director.



    ART113 European art 1850-1920


    ART114 Modern Art

    CLT209 Media and Culture


    COM219 Media, Com and Globalisation


    HST211 Gender, Sexuality, and identity

    HST212 Film and History


    LIT101 Language and text


    POL210 Politics of Identity

    SOC101 Introduction to Sociology


    SOC102 Social Inequality


    ISL100 Islamic Faith Essentials

    ISL151 Islam in the Modern world


    ISL181 Islamic history 1


    PHL101 Applied Ethics

    PHL103 Theories of Human Nature


    THL100 Intro to Biblical Languages


    THL132 European reformations 1400-1700

    ECO130 Business Economics


    ECO220 Macro-economic analysis



    Not all electives are available in each session by distance study. Some subjects are only available on campus. Please see the Handbook for details.

    Enrolment pattern

    Arabic Langauge Program
    Part Time Only

    Session 1

    POL111 International Relations
    ISL260 Introduction to Arabic Reading

    Session 2

    ISL261 Beginner Arabic Language 1
    Restricted Elective 1

    Session 3

    ISL262 Beginner Arabic Language 2
    Restricted Elective 2

    Session 4

    ISL263 Intermediate Arabic Grammar 1
    Restricted elective 3

    Other Language by International Exchange

    Students must complete at least one session of study before completing International Study Exchange.

    Actual enrolment pattern will be formulated with Course Director once the International Exchange load is decided.  Full-time and part-time enrolments are possible with advice from Course Director. 

    Suggested full-time enrolment pattern

    Session 1

    POL111 International Relations
    Restricted Elective 1
    Restricted Elective 2
    Restricted Elective 3

    Session 2 [level 3]
    EXA 132 International Study Exchange (32 points)
     Upon successful completion of EXA subjects will be converted to TCR with the corresponding point value.


    International exchange arrangements in the course are based around international agreements that have been established by the Division of International Education and Partnerships in which the international partners have agreed to accept CSU students into their institution so that the students can complete, at university-level, study in the language of the country in which the institution resides.

  • Residential schools

    The following subjects may have a residential school component:

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

  • Admission information

    There are no specific admission requirements for the Diploma in Language and Culture.

    See standard CSU admission criteria

  • Cost of study

    Please note: the International Study Exchange program involves cost of travel and accommodation to be paid by the student. Limited funding assistance is available and students should contact CSU Global for details.

    Fees - please visit the fees and costs page or contact us for current fee information.

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

  • Course details

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

    Enrol TypeModeCampusFee typeSession1Session2Session3Admission Code
    DirectDistance EducationWagga 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

    Graduation requirements

    Students must satisfactorily complete 64 subject points.

  • How to apply
    Apply direct to CSU

    An online application to CSU takes about 15 minutes to complete. Find out more

    Apply online

    This course is not available to international students.

    Thinking of deferring?

    Find out more about deferral

  • About the School

    School of Humanities and Social Sciences

    CSU’s School of Humanities and Social Sciences provides a supportive environment that builds authentic relationships, promotes critical thinking and encourages students to achieve their full potential. The School has more than 60 academic staff with specialisations in areas such as English, history, human services, justice studies, philosophy, politics, social work and sociology. Based on the Albury-Wodonga, Bathurst, Dubbo and Wagga Wagga campuses, the School offers a diverse environment, producing high quality research that makes a significant contribution to policy and practice.

  • Preparing for Study

    We recommend the following Study Link subjects for this course:

    • SSS021 - Transition to University Study
    • SSS013 -  Introductory Statistics for the Social Sciences
  • Academic expectations

    For each 8 point subject at CSU, students should normally expect to spend between 140-160 hours engaged in the specified learning and assessment activities (such as attending lectures or residential schools, assigned readings, tutorial assistance, individual or group research/study, forum activity, workplace learning, assignments or examinations). The student workload for some subjects may vary from these norms as a result of approved course design.

    Students will be assessed on the basis of completed assignments, examinations, workplace learning, or other methods as outlined in specific subject outlines.

    Where applicable, students are responsible for travel and accommodation costs involved in workplace learning experiences, or attending residential schools (distance education students).

    Expectations relating to academic, workplace learning, time and cost requirements for specific subjects are provided in the subject abstracts and in course materials.

    Throughout their studies, CSU students have a responsibility to continue to develop skills in English Language, literacy and numeracy as appropriate to their discipline. This ongoing development will enable students to effectively participate in their course and graduate as competent professionals.

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