European Language, Culture and Translation Studies

Become a bilingual citizen of the world at WA’s largest European language teaching centre

Immerse yourself in European languages and culture, and discover more about how we can communicate between languages.

Our students learn to see the world through new languages, become bilingual citizens of the world and move between cultures with ease. They learn to translate words and ideas between the European languages and cultures of French, German, Italian and Spanish.

Our teaching and research encompass the ways different languages and cultures have shaped modern Australia, and explore how the literature, history, film and art of European societies open up new understandings of what it is to be human and to function in human societies.

We offer 10 languages for study

The largest European language teaching centre in WA

Award-winning teachers, students and alumni

Excellence in Teaching, Dr Bonnie Thomas, Senior Lecturer Humanities/French Studies

Our research projects

As the largest provider of language studies in WA, our research examines the political, social and cultural aspects of contemporary Europe with a particular focus on the French, German, Italian and Spanish languages. We learn about the intricacies of language and language history, and aim to drive our students to success.


Translation and Inter-Cultural Research Cluster

The Translation and Inter-Cultural Research Cluster (TICRC) at The University of Western Australia was founded in June 2013. It represents an inter-school research initiative based in the Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Education and aligns within the strategic development plan of the Faculty and the University to achieve international research excellence in the Arts and Humanities.

The strategic development of TICRC aims to serve two main purposes:

  • It aims to promote research on contemporary language and cultural studies by drawing upon UWA’s research and teaching expertise on Southeast Asian Studies, East Asian Studies, English and Cultural Studies, European Languages and Studies, Linguistics, Sociology and Anthology, Natural Language Engineering and Computing Sciences.
  • It offers a much-needed platform for UWA’s research of and international collaboration on translation and inter-cultural studies to advance understanding of social and cultural issues of contemporary significance such as translation and multilingualism, migration, cross-national identity construction and cross-cultural strategic communications.

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International exchange partners

We encourage students to study abroad and truly immerse themselves in the language and culture of their chosen language major. Studying at UWA will allow you access to international exchange programs and opportunities with local cultural associations. We offer connections to study with more than 15 institutions worldwide.

  • University Lyon 3 Jean Moulin
  • Sciences Po Lille
  • Sciences Po Paris
  • Sciences Po Grenoble
  • University of Strasbourg
  • University Sorbonne Nouvelle Paris 3
  • University of Montreal
  • Laval University
  • Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, Milan
  • Bocconi University, Milan
  • University of Bergamo
  • Free University of Berlin
  • Humboldt University
  • RWTH Aachen
  • Stuttgart Winter University
  • University of Tubingen
  • Autonomous University of Barcelona
  • Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile


Local cultural associations

  • Alliance Française
  • Goethe Institut
  • Dante Alighieri Society
  • Instituto Cervantes

European Languages and Studies courses


Community program and volunteers

We have an active program for European Languages and Studies within the community. We are currently seeking volunteers in the following three areas:

  • Foreign language speakers for out-of-class language practice.
  • Promotion of languages at university events and school visits.
  • Guest speakers who use languages in their professional lives.

If you would like to get involved, contact Professor John Kinder.

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Office hours 8.30am to 5pm, Monday to Friday