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What majors can I study?
The following are just some of the majors you can study in this
What you’re in for
Learning a second or third language opens up your eyes to a
whole new world. If you are interested in languages but don’t
have the desire to learn another one, a foreign language is not
the only path you can take. Many courses are available in
English, linguistics or applied linguistics, which all look at the
human language in very different ways.
Many of those who line up to do a language at university
already have a good grounding in a foreign language from
school, although a number of institutions now accept the raw
beginner. Beginners might do a special intensive course in first
year or over the summer break before joining the mainstream
course at the start of the next semester.
Courses and specialisations
Since language studies are often found in the most common of all
degrees (the bachelor of arts and the bachelor of business), they
are readily available at campuses throughout the country. The
options are broad and the task of finding your niche can be an
exciting challenge. Courses cover specialisations in a wide range
of languages, although most languages have only a small
number of students and are offered at only a few campuses, so
you will have to keep an open mind about where you go to study.
If you want more than language skills, another option is to
combine language studies through a double degree with
something like engineering, business, law or education. If it
includes an Asian language, you will be in demand in the
employment market. Think about where you may like to take your
language, both in terms of personal fulfilment and career, and
ensure that the subjects and opportunities offered by the
institution match what you’re looking for.
Where to study
The best language courses study the history, culture and even
the economics of the societies in which the languages are used,
as well as the languages themselves. There are also other things
to keep in mind when looking for a language course. Are native
speakers freely available? Does the institution run study tours or
summer schools in other countries? If not, do they have other
ways of teaching language in context? Do they subsidise
exchange trips to study in other countries (which may be
essential for advanced learning)?
For details about entry difficulty and the cost of
Commonwealth Supported Places (CSPs) at different institutions,
see ‘What’s on offer and who’s there’. Note that while public
universities only offer CSPs, private higher education providers
may offer full-fee places in this field.
44% $45 889
38% $45 652
33% $50 355
60% $49 091
45% $48 005
19% $53 074
43% $59 465
39% $49 604
Is it worth it? (continued)
WHAT GRADUATES SAY
GETTING A JOB
For an explanation of abbreviations, see page 587
Translating and interpreting
To find out which higher education providers have courses with these
specialisations, use the Index on page 562.
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