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.

Minimum ATAR
Years Full-Time

The learning experience

UWA facilities include lecture theatres, case study rooms and break-out areas for group work and individual study.

Careers and further study

Career Pathways

With a Bachelor of Modern Language, you’ll have the knowledge and skills to work in a range of areas and organisations.

Potential career paths include:

  • Cultural interpreter
  • Translator
  • Diplomat
  • Foreign affairs and trade officer
  • Journalist
  • Linguist
  • Teacher

Further Study

Further study will allow you to gain a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD). It will open up opportunities in academia and research to help you pursue your goals in a wide range of careers, depending on your area of research.

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Entry requirements

Admission requirements

To be considered for this course you need to: 

  • achieve the University’s minimum entry score
  • demonstrate English language competence
  • satisfy any prerequisites for your preferred majors (refer to individual major descriptions for prerequisite details)

You can view the prerequisites and recommended subjects for your chosen course here.

View our admission requirements for specific information, depending on your education history.

Assured Pathway information

If you have a professional career in mind, take advantage of one of our Assured Pathways. An Assured Pathway gives you an assured place in one of our postgraduate professional courses (such as Law, Engineering or Medicine) from the start of your studies with us. The pathways combine a range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses, providing you with a clearer direction to your career of choice.

Admission entry to UWA 

We offer a number of other pathways for you to gain entry into our undergraduate degrees if you do not meet the standard admission requirements. Learn more about our admission entry pathways.

About the Bachelor of Modern Languages

In the Bachelor of Modern Languages students achieve high levels of competency in the four macro skills of reading, listening, speaking, and writing, while acquiring a range of transferable skills including communication, teamwork, problem-solving and interpersonal skills. 

UWA offers an extensive range of languages – more than any other university in WA and more than most universities in Australia. Choose two of Chinese, French, German, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, and Spanish, or choose one language and undertake your second major in Linguistics. All of our languages are available to absolute beginners. Chinese, French, German, Indonesian, Italian, and Japanese also have higher entry points depending on prior study or background knowledge. 

Research shows that learning languages makes you cognitively more flexible, better at multi-tasking, and more creative. Studying languages at UWA also gives you access to a wide range of study abroad and exchange opportunities. Immerse yourself in language and culture as you study units towards your degree.

It is also possible to combine the Bachelor of Modern Languages with another degree, such as the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Business, Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) or Bachelor of Science. Studying the Bachelor of Modern Languages alongside any of these degrees will give graduates an edge in the jobs market, both in Australia and overseas.

Bachelor of Modern Languages

Quick details

Minimum ATAR
  • 80
  • February and July
Full time completion
  • 3 years full-time
  • TBA
  • UP054

Why study Modern Languages at UWA?

  1. Gain a competitive advantage in almost any field (both internationally and in Australia) through knowledge of a language other than English.
  2. Have the opportunity to participate in an exchange program at leading universities.
  3. Get to know students from a wide range of disciplines and work closely with supportive tutors in interactive, engaging language classes.

A day in the life of a translation studies student

Step into Claire's life and experience what it's like to be a Master of Translation Studies student for the day. 

You'll learn to

  • understand how culturally specific social structures affect interpersonal communication, and determine how to apply this knowledge to your own
  • demonstrate knowledge of the basic structures and patterns of words, sentences, and conversations in the target language(s) and in your first
  • demonstrate knowledge of key aspects of the history, society, and culture of countries where the language(s) studied is/are spoken
  • demonstrate competence in a set of transferable skills, including (but not limited to) digital literacy, information management, research skills, critical thinking, and oral and written communication

Hear about the Bachelor of Modern Languages

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Become a bilingual citizen of the world at the largest language hub in Western Australia

Become a bilingual citizen of the world at the largest language hub in Western Australia

Graduate with two degrees

The combined degree option allows you to pair your Bachelor of Modern Languages degree with another passion, broadening your career options and giving you an edge in a rapidly changing workforce.

You can combine the Bachelor of Modern Languages with:

You’ll graduate with two Bachelor degrees in just four years, opening up a world of possible career paths while broadening your knowledge, networks and horizons.

Duration: 4 years
ATAR: 80 (Business), 82 (Arts or Science)

Master of Translation Studies

Follow your Bachelor degree with a Master in Translation Studies. Gain world-class specialised and professionally endorsed (NAATI) translation training between English and one of eight Asian and European languages.

Find out more about a Master in Translation Studies.