European Languages and Cultures

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



Hear about our research

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.

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 Cultures courses

Hear about our courses
European Languages

Hear about our four European languages available: French, German, Italian, and Spanish. Explore how these languages can unlock a new realm of experiences and perspectives on the world.

Hear about our courses
Bachelor of Modern Languages

The Bachelor of Modern Languages enables students with a particular interest in world languages and cultures to study two languages in depth. We offer the largest range of languages of any WA university where you can choose from eight modern languages. Hear about how you can combine Modern Languages with a number of other degrees.

Find out more

Community program and volunteers

We have an active program for European Languages and Cultures 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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