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Some people have a gift for speaking foreign languages, and remembering vocabulary and tenses with ease. If that's you, a language degree at Griffith could be the first step to turning your talent into a career.

In today's globalised society, the ability to communicate in other languages can be an invaluable help in a variety of occupations.

When you study a language at Griffith, you'll develop a solid understanding of how it functions and how it's used in society. You'll also have the opportunity to immerse yourself in your chosen language through study tours and overseas exchanges—refining your skills and expanding your cultural understanding.

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Study languages at Griffith

The world of communication opens up for you

Language skills can add an important extra dimension to your resume, and our program prepares you for success in an increasingly multilingual global arena. At Griffith, you'll have the opportunity to develop proficiency in the language of your choice. We offer studies in Chinese, Italian, Japanese, International English and Spanish. You can also study French, German, Korean, Indonesian, Modern Greek and Russian through cross-institutional study.

You'll also explore English from a cross-cultural perspective, as well as developing an understanding of the national languages of Southeast Asia such as Indonesian, Malay, Thai, Vietnamese, Chinese, Japanese, Filipino and Korean.

Start communicating from your first class

Studying at Griffith is the next best thing to learning in the country of origin. Our award winning lecturers are language experts with years of teaching experience. You'll learn and quickly grow your skills in an interactive, lively classroom setting.

Study trips and exchanges make the world your classroom

Griffith offers flexible and international learning experiences. Short study trips or guided exchange trips will heighten your appreciation of other cultures. You can also spend up to a year studying and travelling in another country, while earning credit through Griffith's Global Mobility program.

Harry Harding

From Ipswich schoolboy to Chinese talk show host and Internet pop sensation, the journey to international stardom is a dream come true for Griffith University languages graduate Harry Harding. Harry has been working as a journalist and a presenter at GDTV World channel in Guangzhou, South China for the past three years, where he hosts a talk show, a travel show and a documentary program. Such is Harry's prodigious talent that rival Hong Kong-based stations HKSTV has poached him, offering him a new position as a television presenter.

'Griffith gave me the language and communication skills to tackle this enormous challenge and communicate effectively with guests and co-workers from all different backgrounds and cultures,' he said.

Harry Harding

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Career outcomes

Language proficiency gives you an edge in a competitive job market

Griffith graduates use their language skills to find rewarding employment across the world, in

  • Education and teaching
  • Translation and interpreting
  • Tourism
  • Hospitality
  • Publishing and journalism
  • Sales
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  • Advertising and public relations
  • International business
  • Law
  • Commerce
  • The arts

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Life at Griffith

You can gain more than just a degree at Griffith. With plenty of opportunities to balance life and study, you can make memories and mates to last a lifetime.

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Monday 30 October — Saturday 17 February

Trimester 3

Our third trimester starts on Monday 30 October. Trimester 3 examinations run from Saturday 10 to Saturday 17 February 2018.

Learn more about studying in Trimester 3

Saturday 16 December — Thursday 21 December

Know Your Options - Online

Chat online with our expert study advisers after you have received your entry score, to discuss your study options. Find out about pathways, entry requirements and program options, plus what you can do if your score was higher or lower than expected.  Find out more

*Excluding Sunday 17 December.

Monday 22 January — Wednesday 31 January

Q&A Sessions

Book a 30 minute, personalised appointment with a member of our student recruitment team, to help find the right degree for you and get personalised advice about your study options. You can also find out about scholarships and discover pathways to university.   Find out more

Monday 5 February — Friday 21 December

Ongoing Q&A sessions

Book a 30 minute, personalised appointment with a member of our student recruitment team, to help find the right degree for you and get personalised advice about your study options. You can also find out about scholarships and discover pathways to university.   Find out more

Monday 26 February — Saturday 23 June

Trimester 1

Our first teaching trimester starts on Monday 26 February 2018 . Trimester 1 examinations run from Saturday 9 to Saturday 23 June.

Sunday 8 April — Monday 9 April

Tertiary Studies and Careers Expo - Adelaide

Visit the Griffith University stand at the Tertiary Studies and Careers Expo in Adelaide to find out about your study options, how to apply and university life.  Find out more

Tuesday 1 May — Saturday 16 December

Future-proof your career - The Griffith STEM Roadshow - Lismore

Learn how you can future-proof your career with study in STEM. Hear from Griffith lecturers, researchers and students about Griffith programs and how you can prepare yourself for the careers of the future.  Find out more

Wednesday 2 May — Thursday 3 May

Gold Coast Careers Festival

Visit the Griffith University stand at the Gold Coast Careers Festival to find out about your study options, how to apply and university life.  Find out more

Thursday 3 May — Sunday 6 May

VCE and and Careers Expo - Melbourne

Visit the Griffith University stand at the VCE and Careers Expo in Melbourne to find out about your study options, how to apply and university life.  Find out more

Wednesday 9 May — Saturday 16 December

Future-proof your career - The Griffith STEM Roadshow - Townsville

Learn how you can future-proof your career with study in STEM. Hear from Griffith lecturers, researchers and students about Griffith programs and how you can prepare yourself for the careers of the future.  Find out more

Thursday 10 May — Saturday 16 December

Future-proof your career - The Griffith STEM Roadshow - Cairns

Learn how you can future-proof your career with study in STEM. Hear from Griffith lecturers, researchers and students about Griffith programs and how you can prepare yourself for the careers of the future.  Find out more

Friday 11 May — Saturday 12 May

Brisbane Careers and Employment Expo

Visit the Griffith University stand at the Brisbane Careers and Employment Expo to find out about your study options, how to apply and university life.  Find out more

Monday 14 May — Saturday 16 December

Pathways to Medicine Information Evening - Gold Coast campus

What you need to know to maximise your chances of gaining a place to study Griffith's Doctor of Medicine.  

Tuesday 15 May — Saturday 16 December

Mature Student Open Evening - South Bank campus

If you’re considering returning to university for postgraduate study, or starting for the first time, come along to a Griffith University Mature Student Open Evening to speak to our specialist advisers about pathways to study and support for non-school leavers and mature age students.  

Tuesday 15 May — Saturday 16 December

Future-proof your career - The Griffith STEM Roadshow - Toowoomba

Learn how you can future-proof your career with study in STEM. Hear from Griffith lecturers, researchers and students about Griffith programs and how you can prepare yourself for the careers of the future.  Find out more

Tuesday 15 May — Saturday 16 December

Pathways to Medicine Information Evening - South Bank campus

What you need to know to maximise your chances of gaining a place to study Griffith's Doctor of Medicine.  

Thursday 17 May — Saturday 16 December

Mature Student Open Evening - Gold Coast campus

If you’re considering returning to university for postgraduate study, or starting for the first time, come along to a Griffith University Mature Student Open Evening to speak to our specialist advisers about pathways to study and support for non-school leavers and mature age students.  

Monday 21 May — Friday 25 May

Q&A Sessions

Book a 30 minute, personalised appointment with a member of our student recruitment team, to help find the right degree for you and get personalised advice about your study options. You can also find out about scholarships and discover pathways to university.   Find out more

Tuesday 22 May — Saturday 16 December

Parent and Student Advice Night - Nathan campus

Tour the campus and get personal study and subject selection advice with our expert study advisers at this informative on-campus event. Meet current Griffith students and their parents and hear about their experiences of the transition from school to university.  

Thursday 24 May — Saturday 16 December

Parent and Student Advice Night - Gold Coast campus

Tour the campus and get personal study and subject selection advice with our expert study advisers at this informative on-campus event. Meet current Griffith students and their parents and hear about their experiences of the transition from school to university.  

Tuesday 29 May — Saturday 16 December

Future-proof your career - The Griffith STEM Roadshow - Mackay

Learn how you can future-proof your career with study in STEM. Hear from Griffith lecturers, researchers and students about Griffith programs and how you can prepare yourself for the careers of the future.  Find out more

Wednesday 30 May — Saturday 16 December

Future-proof your career - The Griffith STEM Roadshow - Rockhampton

Learn how you can future-proof your career with study in STEM. Hear from Griffith lecturers, researchers and students about Griffith programs and how you can prepare yourself for the careers of the future.  Find out more