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 an attractive option for students who are studying alongside another degree programme, as you can study up to two languages at the same time and graduate with an additional qualification.

* Subject to Universities New Zealand CUAP approval, due December 2017.

Entry requirements

Admission to UC with University Entrance, or equivalent, is required to enrol for a Diploma in Languages. For information on gaining admission to UC please see how to apply for undergraduate qualifications.

Some diplomas have additional entry and course requirements; please check the Regulations for the Diploma in Languages for full details.

You are also required to meet UC’s English language requirements.

Qualification structure and duration

The Diploma in Languages (DipLang) is made up of a minimum total of 120 points, with at least 75 points for courses above 100-level.

  • A minimum of 75 points must be in language courses.
  • Up to 45 points can be from non-language courses. 
  • One subject specialisation must total 90 points. 

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

Subjects and courses

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

Students can choose to specialise in up to two languages:

For the up-to-date schedule of courses for each subject, visit the Regulations for the Diploma in Languages.

How to apply

Find out how to apply for undergraduate qualifications.

Further study

The Diploma in Languages can be used as a stepping stone to a Bachelor of Arts.

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 you can do with a degree from UC.

More information

For the full diploma requirements see the Regulations for the Diploma in Languages. For information on staff, facilities and resources visit the College of Arts | Te Rāngai Toi Tangata.

For more information email info@canterbury.ac.nz or freephone 0800 VARSITY (827 748).

For assistance with planning your programme of study contact the Liaison Office (new students), or a College of Arts Student Advisor (advancing students).