Bachelor of Arts - Language Majors



Delivery ModeOn campus
LocationBankstown; Parramatta
Duration 3F / 6P
UAC Code720510 [Bankstown]; 720515 [Parramatta]
Entrance Rank70.00 ATAR [Bankstown]; 72.85 ATAR [Parramatta]
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Key :  FFull time study,  P = Part time study,  A =  Accelerated full time study

Part-time refers to study load, not to timetabling of evening classes.



Delivery ModeOn campus
LocationBankstown; Parramatta
Course Code1706.3 [CRICOS Code 040992A] 
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Key :  FFull time study,  P = Part time study,  A =  Accelerated full time study

Part-time refers to study load, not to timetabling of evening classes.


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 Western Sydney University 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 are Arabic, Chinese, Indonesian 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.


Access information about the units (subjects) you will complete as well as important admission information:

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Career Opportunities for the Bachelor of Arts - Language Majors

As a graduate of the Bachelor of Arts with a major in Languages, 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.

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


Interpreters work to communicate between two parties when there is a language barrier. They translate expressions into an identifiable verbal language for each party.

International organisations

International organisations such as the United Nations or European Union advise on policy and maintain fair international relations. International organisations fill a variety of roles in communications, administration and law


Further study can open the path to educating in both a primary and high school environment, with a specialisation in Indigenous Australian studies.


Translators transfer meaning from written text in one language to written text in another language. Written text to be translated may include business documents, manuals, books or articles.

Academic Profile

Associate Professor Ruying Qi

Dr Ruying Qi is Associate Professor, PhD Supervisor, Head of the China Liaison Unit, Director of Bilingualism Research Lab @WSU-JNU in the School of Humanities and Communication Arts, and an adjunct member of ARC Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language. Her research focuses on bi- and multilingual development, bilingual first language acquisition, Chinese language and culture pedagogy, and its applications …

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How to apply

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

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