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We’re the only online university to be awarded the maximum 5 stars for student satisfaction, every year for the last 14 years*

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We’re the only online university to be awarded the maximum 5 stars for student satisfaction, every year for the last 14 years*


See why UNE gets the maximum 5 star rating from graduates for Overall Experience year after year.
Number 1 in Overall  Experience  in NSW - Good Universities Guide 5 Star Rating


UNE's language courses offer you a gateway to the diverse languages of Europe, Asia and Latin America, including Chinese, French, German, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese and Spanish. Languages are taught by experienced staff with national and international reputations in their fields of expertise and research. You also have the opportunity to study overseas for periods of 3-6 weeks, one trimester, or one year, as part of your degree. If you decide to study overseas, you will experience another country in a way that a tourist never could, while making friends, learning about other cultures, and expanding your general knowledge and language skills.


Diploma in Modern Languages

This course will enable you to communicate and become proficient in one language and culture - you can choose from Chinese, French, German, Italian, Indonesian, Japanese or Spanish. This 8 unit Diploma can be studied over up to 4 years part-time, either as a stand-alone award, or as a concurrent enrolment with another UNE Bachelor degree.


Bachelor of Languages

This degree will help you acquire a thorough knowledge of one or more languages, and a deep understanding of its linguistics and culture. Majors are available in Chinese, French, German, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese and Spanish. You will also have the opportunity to study for a year in the country of your chosen language(s) as part of your degree.


Currently, agreements or bilateral exchange agreements exist with universities in China (Xi'an), France (Angers, Saint-Etienne) and French-speaking Canada (Quebec City), Germany (Oldenburg, Trier) and Austria (Graz, Klagenfurt), Indonesia (Gajah Mada, Muhammadiyah), Italy (Macerata), Spain (Jaén, Alicante) and Japan (Kagoshima, Aichi-ken, Tokyo, Kanazawa). Such agreements mean that tuition fees are waived, that help is given with finding accommodation and that an element of pastoral care is provided. Some financial assistance is available in connection with study at certain of these universities.


Bachelor of International Studies

The Bachelor of International Studies comprises units with a global perspective from several disciplines. Topical issues include global security, earth in crisis, Islamic studies, cross-cultural communication, trade, the European Union, and Australia's relations with the US, Asia and the Pacific Islands. You can choose from two of three majors to specialise in such as Global Politics and Peace; Societies (featuring sociology, development and religion); and Languages.


Bachelor of Arts

You can major in a language as part of a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree. The BA gives you the flexibility to tailor a unique degree to suit your individual interests and strengths. It provides the skills of independent thinking and cultural awareness that underline the creation of an equitable, humane and innovative society.


Bachelor of Languages and International Studies

This degree aims to equip you with the skills and knowledge that will enable you to function effectively, both in Australia and overseas, in an international business/commerce context. You will spend a year in the country of your language major, with one semester of academic study at a partner university, followed by either one semester of work placement or an additional semester of academic study.


Master of Arts

You can choose from several majors in the Master of Arts which comprise Language, Linguistic and Cultural units. Available majors are: Asian Studies, Chinese Studies, Classical World, French Studies, German Studies, Indigenous Studies, Indonesian Studies, Italian Studies, Linguistics and Studies in Religion.


These units and most of the above majors are also available in the Graduate Certificate in Arts.


Linguistics can be studied as a major within the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Social Science, Master of Arts or the specialist degree Master of Applied Linguistics.


Master of Applied Linguistics

The Master of Applied Linguistics (MAAL) degree provides a professional qualification for those working in language teaching, language program management, TESOL, social services, health, education and the law, as well as those who work with linguistic and cultural minorities. No previous linguistics study is required, and the degree can be completed in as little as one year.


UNE's MAAL degree was Australia's first fully online Masters degree in Applied Linguistics, and our staff have over 15 years of experience in offering this high-quality interactive postgraduate course using the latest online technology. You will be part of a global classroom, interacting with your lecturers and with students from more than 30 countries via online discussion forums. You'll explore languages of the world, language acquisition, language in education, language in legal and other professional contexts, and intercultural communication - all at a time and place that suit your work or family commitments.


Choose from the General Program leading to the Master of Applied Linguistics, or the TESOL Major, leading to the Master of Applied Linguistics (TESOL).

Cultural Studies

Cultural Studies includes a range of units in literature and sociocultural areas of study, which can be taken as part of a language major or studied as electives. This is a fascinating and challenging area of study, where you will have the opportunity to explore major novels, plays and films from a range of cultures (some in translation), as well as gaining an in-depth knowledge of the societies in which the language is spoken.


You can study literature and sociocultural units in combination with a range of subjects, such as Media and Communications, English, History, Music, and Theatre and Performance.

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Please see course details for individual course rules and admissions criteria. Note some degrees have mandatory intensive schools which require attendance on campus.
Course list subject to change

Studying Online

At UNE, online study is about the kind of flexibility and support that can only come from a university that has long understood the challenges faced by adults studying from home.


We have three teaching periods (trimesters), giving you greater choice about when and how much they study each year.


We know that a vital part of online study is your engagement with the learning community. Communication with your classmates, teaching staff and university support staff will enhance your study experience and ensure that your skills extend beyond the subject matter. UNE’s teaching staff are experts in their field which is why UNE consistently receives five stars from students for teaching quality.

How Does
Online Study Work?


Online study can also be referred to as 'distance education' (also off-campus, or external study) and provides an opportunity for you to study without having to physically attend a campus.


To make sure your learning can take place when it suits you, UNE provides online facilities which allow you to send questions, submit assignments, engage with other students, order library books, check your results and access other resources, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. 



As a UNE student, you will have access to our professional support services including:

  • 24/7 Online Tutor Support
  • Academic Skills & Assignment Support
  • Career Development
  • Individual Counselling — for personal and academic issues
  • Special Needs Office — if you need adjustments to how you study because of temporary or permanent disability
A small number of units have intensive schools that enable students to engage in practical exercises, tutorials and lectures during intensive periods on campus in Armidale. These are a requirement for some units that have an important practical component, often in the sciences – please check the Course & Unit Catalogue for details.

Life On Campus at UNE

Studying on campus in Armidale gives you the traditional university experience, with the added benefit of small class sizes and great access to lecturers. Our Academic staff are passionate about what they teach and are keen to see you succeed.


We have affordable accommodation options that put you right at the heart of the action, giving you maximum independence and access to academic, sporting and social facilities.


Our Residential Colleges give you the benefit of academic and social support networks and a rich tradition of vibrant inter-college competitions in sporting and cultural activities.


All of this means that you get every opportunity to reach your full potential and get the very best start (plus some great memories along the way).

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Free Pathways to Study

The Pathways Enabling Course prepares you for admission to an undergraduate course at UNE. It is free from course fees and available online. The course awards you with the minimum entry requirements and can provide credit towards your UNE degree.
  • Prepare for university without paying course fees
  • Gain admission to university
  • Flexible online study
  • Develop valuable skills and knowledge
  • Complete study that can count towards your degree
  • Start in any three teaching periods


Complete the UNE “MyFutureFinder” and in 10 minutes you’ll have a free, detailed report delivered to your inbox, including a comprehensive profile of your personality, a customised matching of careers to your personality, and finally, the UNE courses that qualify you for those careers.

  • No cost
  • Completed in just 10 minutes - we understand your time is valuable
  • Individualised report based on your unique answers
  • Comprehensive, insightful and useful
  • Plain language explanations
  • Immediate delivery of your report on completion
  • Share and compare with your family and friends

How to Apply

Applications now open for Trimester 1, 2020 (March).

Prior to applying we suggest you:
1. Check out our 
Course and Unit Catalogue
, to see all the degrees UNE has to offer. You can search by course or for specific subjects. If you find yourself thinking 'that might be good', then have a look at which degree program is linked to those subjects.
2. Check if you need to add any 
entry requirement documentation
 to your application.
Check the closing dates for applications.
 Some courses have earlier closing dates and requirements.
4. You may also be eligible for credit for study you've previously undertaken successfully, find out about 
Advanced Standing
Please note: International students who wish to study wholly online are only permitted to do so if they are studying online from overseas or are studying in Australia on a visa other than a student visa.

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