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Undergraduate certificate or diploma

Diploma in Languages

06 October 2023

Are you keen to develop your language skills? A language diploma could be for you. Find out about doing a Diploma in Languages (DipLang) through our Te Kaupeka Toi Tangata | Faculty of Arts.


Diploma in Languages

Degree Structure - Duration
Up to 6 years part-time


Diploma in Languages

Degree Structure - Start In
Semester 1 or 2 (February or July)




2024 tuition fees estimate per 120 points:

  • Domestic — $6,748
  • International — $31,600


Diploma in Languages


If you are interested in learning or developing further skills in languages and would like to develop cultural competencies in these areas, a language diploma could be for you.

This is a great option if you are studying alongside another degree programme, as you can study up to two languages at the same time and graduate with an additional qualification.

Diploma in Languages

What will my study involve?


  • Gain extensive knowledge in languages of your choice which will increase your employability in many occupations and areas of work.
  • Complete 120 points of courses in total in language courses, as well as non-language courses such as in culture or history.
  • Complete the Diploma part-time within 6 years or full-time alongside your other degree.
  • This Diploma is a great pathway to the Bachelor of Arts.

Diploma in Languages

Subjects and courses

DipLang courses can be selected from a variety of language and non-language courses examining culture.

The Diploma requires 120 points of courses in total, with at least 75 points above 100-level. 60 points must be in language studies above 100-level, and up to 30 points can be from non-language studies, such as in culture or history (if studying one language only).

You can choose to specialise in up to two languages:

Diploma in Languages

Career opportunities

Study in languages and culture offers a variety of career opportunities, especially overseas. Graduates may find work in industries such as government, tourism, teaching, foreign trade, media, journalism, and diplomacy. Fluency in multiple languages is a highly employable trait in several occupations.

UC Graduates will also be equipped with cultural awareness, advanced communication, and critical analysis skills.

Find out more about what can you do with a degree from UC.

2024 tuition fees estimate (per 120 points):

  • Domestic — $6,748
  • International — $31,600

2023 tuition fees estimate (per 120 points):

  • Domestic — $6,564
  • International — $30,000

SSL estimate (per 120 points):

  • 2024 — $1,100.40
  • 2023 — $992.40

Planning my study

Diploma in Languages

How do I plan my diploma?

The Diploma in Languages (DipLang) is made up of a minimum total of 120 points of courses, with at least 75 points above 100-level, chosen from Bachelor of Arts language subjects:

  • At least 60 points must be in language courses above 100-level.
  • Up to 30 points can be from non-language courses, if only studying one language.

The Diploma can be completed part-time within 6 years. Full-time study in the Diploma is unlikely to be an option for everyone. Contact a Student Advisor for more information.

Credit can be transferred to the Bachelor of Arts (and some other degrees) provided you have not already graduated with the Diploma.

For the full degree requirements, see the Regulations for the Diploma in Languages.


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