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Learning a language is the best way to truly understand another culture. Knowing an Asian or Pacific language is the best way to engage with the Asia Pacific region.

We offer more Asian and Pacific Languages than any other institution in Australia. Our School’s deep knowledge and expertise in the languages of the Asia-Pacific region is an essential pillar in the expertise and excellence of the College.

Expertise in an Asian or Pacific language makes you a more effective and empathetic communicator. You will learn cross-cultural communication skills, and gain incisive understanding of the language and culture you study. You will add potential for transdisciplinary knowledge to your education and greatly increase the relevance of your qualification to almost any field.

The College of Asia & the Pacific is home to the largest number of regional experts and specialist academic programs in the English-speaking world, and play a vital role informing public policy and Australia’s intellectual engagement with the societies, cultures and economies of Asia and the Pacific. Our programs provide a global perspective on the biggest issues facing society and will equip you with the skills you need to become an international citizen.

When it comes to learning a language, there is no substitute for mobility and immersing yourself in the culture. All students who participate in an approved overseas study program at the College of Asia & the Pacific are provided with opportunities for study at amazing learning destinations around Asia and the Pacific. Funding ranging from $500 to $7,000 is available to every student. Visit our Exchange and Study Abroad page for more information.

The languages we offer are Burmese, Cantonese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Literary Chinese, Chinese (Mandarin), Mongolian, Sanskrit, Taiwanese, Tok Pisin, Tetum, Thai Tibetan and Vietnamese.
Find out more about each language here.

We also offer access to Hindi, Sanskrit Tetum, Thai, Tok Pisin Tibetan and Vietnamese online via Open Universities Australia.


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Updated:  7 July 2017/Responsible Officer:  Director, Culture, History & Language/Page Contact:  CHL webmaster