European languages

In European languages, you will specialise in one or more of FrenchGermanItalian or Spanish and Latin American Studies while developing a deep understanding of the interconnections between different languages and cultures, and their global impact over time.

The course examines European languages within a global cultural context, and you will graduate with knowledge and skills that are applicable to a great variety of careers in business, government, non-government organisations, education, communication, and the cultural sector.

Teaching Program

At Monash, our language programs combine practical language tuition with insights into the culture, literature, philosophy and society, within a European and global context.

You will develop a high level of communicative language competence – from introductory level up to a level of near-native language competence including translation skills and specialised registers – and a critical awareness of fundamental areas that use the language such as literature, film, philosophy, politics, cultural studies and linguistics. There are flexible entry points (beginners, intermediate and proficient), ensuring language study at a level that suits your background.

Through the study of language, history, film, literature, arts, and popular culture, you will be exposed to some of the most influential ideas that have shaped our world, and also the new ideas that are challenging the status quo and imagining a new, sustainable and just world. You will also be able to immerse yourself in the language with opportunities for study abroad and internships in Europe, Latin America and New Caledonia, such as the Sorbonne in Paris or with the Spanish Ministry of Education.

In the European languages program you will develop writing and research skills appropriate to advanced independent study. We prepare our students for life-long learning, both academically and vocationally. Learning pathways extend from first year undergraduate subjects to Honours and beyond.


Undergraduate studies

Master's by coursework

Graduate Research

Find out more about the Arts Graduate Research Program.

Complete an entry level test to determine which unit you will be placed in, and find out more on the language framework page.


We welcome applications from prospective PhD and MA students wishing to conduct research relating to European Languages and within the areas of expertise of our staff:

  • Modern and contemporary history and culture
  • Dictatorships, historical memory and transitions to democracy
  • Applied linguistics
  • Gender and sexuality
  • Theatre and drama
  • Transcultural and migration studies, and multiculturalism
  • National identities
  • Cinema
  • Popular culture
  • Philosophy
  • Crime fiction



Our academics enjoy strong national and international profiles and pursue global interests. View all staff.

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