Department of International Studies: Languages and Cultures

Department of International Studies: Languages and Cultures

Our department is a University leader in languages and culture offering multiple degree programs with one of the largest ranges of modern languages in Australia. You can study:

  • Chinese
  • Croatian
  • English as a foreign language
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Modern Greek
  • Polish
  • Russian
  • Spanish

as well as the cultures where these languages are spoken. We pride ourselves on exposing our students to a multi-disciplinary approach to understanding global, regional and local cultural contexts.

During your studies, you'll explore languages, cultures and identities and get hands-on experience to aid your degree through our PACE (Professional and Community Engagement) program as well as study abroad opportunities. We also encourage students from outside our department to enrol in our People units. More information on all of these areas of study can be found in the Handbook.

Consider expanding your horizons. A six-month exchange at one of our partner universities offers intensive immersion in the culture of the language being studied and enhances your global engagement by aligning academic study with practical experience. 

A Diploma of Languages enhances your other academic and professional skills and prepares you for the multilingual global environment through increasing proficiency in the language of study.

Higher degree research

The department offers research degrees at both Master of Research and PhD level. We investigate the role of language in world-class research concerning the creation and representation of cultural identities and their impact on linguistic and literary products in social life.

Our research focuses on the nexus between language and culture. We explore a diverse range of research areas using multidisciplinary and cross-disciplinary approaches, publishing in fields that can be loosely grouped under 'multicultural, intercultural and cross-cultural studies'.

While some research is centred in language and translation, another strong area of interest is in the theory and history of cultural productions – such as literature, film and theatre performance – in national and transnational contexts.

If you are interested in taking up Higher Degree Research in International Studies, find a supervisor  to discuss your ideas. More information about applying can be found through the Higher Degree Research Office.

On campus, orientation and support

On campus

The University provides support and information for students regarding on-campus food, childcare and travel needs.

Stay fit and active beyond the classroom with Macquarie’s Sport and Aquatic Centre which has a wide range of fitness classes and sporting facilities and a variety of membership options to suit your needs.


New and returning students are encouraged to attend Orientation week to celebrate the new session. Relax, explore and meet new people before lectures start the following week. Check out what is happening during 'O Week' and keep an eye on your emails for your invitation.


Need a little more help? Academic support is available for you providing academic and program advice, as well as peer support, study skills programs and training and support resources throughout your semester.

For help outside of your studies, the Health and Wellbeing teams can help by providing guidance on how to adjust to University life, counselling services, disability support services, student advocacy and much more. Don't forget, you can also tap into the student social clubs and groups as a way of connecting with others who share your passions.

Support is also readily available for Indigenous students and International students who need personal or academic advice.

Contact us 

Domestic student enquiries: visit
International student enquiries: Submit an online enquiry


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