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About European languages

Designed with three entry points for beginner, intermediate and proficient speakers, this area of study will see you specialise in one or more of French, German, Italian or Spanish and Latin American Studies.

Through this multidisciplinary major you will become a proficient or advanced speaker of one or more European languages. You will specialise in one or more of French, German, Italian or Spanish and Latin American Studies.

You will develop a deeper understanding of the interconnections between different languages and cultures, and their global impact over time. The major is structured around three entry points: beginners, intermediate and proficient. An extended major will be available to students who want to reach proficient level in two European languages.

Why study European languages?

There is a growing need for professionals with not only excellent language skills, but also intercultural literacy, and a real ability to communicate and translate across languages, cultures and societies. We provide you with an understanding of European languages within a global cultural context, and knowledge and skills that are applicable to a great variety of careers in business, government, non-government organisations, education, communication, and the cultural sector.

Through the study of language, literature, history, film, 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.

What will you study?

In European languages, you will specialise in one or more of French, German, Italian 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.

There are lots of units to choose from including:

  • Power, place and people: European legacies, global resistance, and transculturation;
  • Crime Scenes: Interrogating societies through crime narratives
  • Translation across cultures
  • Imagining Europe
  • Screening Europe: transnational histories, narratives and identities.

What careers will you be ready for?

Employers look for candidates with excellent language skills, intercultural literacy, and the ability to communicate and translate across languages, cultures and societies. You’ll graduate with knowledge and skills that are applicable across a huge range of sectors.

  • International relations
  • Tourism
  • Diplomacy
  • Interpreting and translation
  • Marketing and communications
  • Teaching
  • International business and much more.

Who will be teaching you?

The European languages staff bring a broad range of academic and life experiences to the teaching program. Their interests lie in religion, political cultures, literature, linguistics, gender and sexualities. At the heart of what they do is the adventure of communicating across cultures.

Global study

With Monash’s impressive international links, you’ll get the opportunity to immerse yourself in European languages.

Examples of short term programs include:

  • Cuba study tour
  • Global immersion guarantee
  • Exploring Tuscany: tradition, innovation and sustainability
  • Berlin encounters: German culture, history and politics in the centre of Europe
  • New Caledonia and Global French: Immersion into post-colonial francophone in South Pacific

Exchange programs include:

  • Institute of Political Science (Sciences Po), Paris, France
  • Free University of Berlin, Germany
  • University of Florence, Italy
  • Autonomous University of Madrid (UAM), Spain.

GIG: Global Immersion Guarantee

The Monash Arts Global Immersion Guarantee (GIG) is an award-winning initiative that will enable you to explore first-hand the relationships between society, technology and the environment. It’s a two-week, funded study trip for all eligible first-year Monash Arts, single or double degree students to one of six destinations – China, India, Indonesia, Italy, Malaysia or the Pacific Islands.

Australia’s leading university language program

When you study languages at Monash, you'll be studying at Australia’s largest international university, ranked in the top 1% in the world for Languages, Humanities and Social Sciences. We offer the most comprehensive, flexible and well-integrated program incorporating language acquisition with cultural competence. Choose from a wide range of Asian and European languages: Chinese, Indonesian, Japanese, and Korean; and French, German, Italian, and Spanish and Latin American studies (within the European Languages Area of Study). Find out more about Languages at Monash.

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This area of study is offered in the following courses or can be taken where you have 8 free electives. To see if you can take this area of study within a double degree select from the course offering below.

Why study European languages at Monash?

Listen to the experts explain the benefits and opportunities you will gain from having in-depth knowledge of European culture, history and languages.

Career options

  • International relations
  • Tourism
  • Diplomacy
  • Interpreting and translation
  • Marketing and comms
  • Teaching
  • Insurance and banking
  • Study from the Prato Centre in Europe

    Conveniently located near Florence, Italy, the Monash Prato Centre becomes your home away from home. The perfect European base for absorbing language and culture from Spain, France, Germany and of course Italy.

    "I translated Q&A sessions between English/Australian directors and the French public. Then I worked at Berlin Feminist Film Week, and that was my inspiration for launching FEM&IST FILMS in Australia."

    - Amanda Jane Barbour, Artistic Director, FEM&IST FILMS

    "Studying German at Monash was about so much more than learning a language. Far from being the brusque language many people imagine, I learned to see German as the product of a poetic culture whose philosophy, literature, politics and art have shaped so much of our modern thinking."

    - Aimee Barrett

    "The various subjects that I selected over the past three years have incorporated cultural studies, linguistics and history, and have really broadened my perspectives and knowledge of not only Hispanic culture, but of my own culture and language."

    - Natasha Zanrosso

    "I strongly recommend every Monash student take the opportunity to go on exchange. My studies in Bologna helped me to achieve fluency in Italian and also engendered a healthy amount of personal growth."

    - Maeve Martyn, Bachelor of Arts (Italian Studies & History double major)