Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Top Language Universities: Australia

In an ideal world we'd cover every country, but since this blog is in English we've been working through English-speaking countries. We've already shown you the top language universities in the UK, U.S. and Canada so now we're on to our final English-speaking country in the series, Australia.

Macquarie University

Macquarie in New South Wales has a good number of language courses. Aside from the usual suspects, you can also find Croatian studies, which is rare. There's also the opportunity to study Japanese and Chinese, which is fairly common across Australian universities.

Wollongong, New South Wales.
University of Wollongong

Aside from the fantastic name, the University of Wollongong also boasts some of the best tuition in Australia. Japanese, Mandarin and Indonesian feature alongside European languages to offer a good selection for prospective language students.

The University of Western Australia

The University of Western Australia (UWA), though limited in its selection of languages offered, is one of Australia's best language universities. The university focuses on European language studies and if you're interested in French, German or Italian, UWA could be the place for you.

The University of New South Wales

The University of New South Wales in Kensington, Sydney offers all the language courses you'd expect to get. The lack of more alternative courses is a little disappointing, however. That said, they are one of the top institutions in Australia and are clearly good at the languages they do offer.

Monash University

Monash University in Melbourne offers a good range of languages including Hebrew, Indonesian and Ukrainian. It's good to see institutions that don't just offer EFIGS (English, French, Italian, German and Spanish) and have branched out to lesser-known languages.
 
The main quad at the University of Sydney.
The University of Sydney

Though most people wrongly think that Sydney is the capital of Australia, the university there is one of the top institutions in the world and offers the widest range of language studies in Australia. As well as the usual selection of languages offered, you can also study Aramaic, Hebrew, Indonesian, Pali and Sanskrit. There's not many places in Australia that offer all of those.

The University of Melbourne

The University of Melbourne in, you've guessed it, Melbourne, is highly recommended for language learning and covers all the popular language combinations such as the main European languages, French, Italian, German and Spanish as well as Russian and even Swedish!

Parliament House, Canberra.
Australian National University

The Australian National University (ANU) based in Canberra tops our list. It would have to since it's the national university. The university offers a huge range of language courses from classics such as Latin and Ancient Greek to modern languages from Europe and across Asia, including Japanese, Korean and Chinese.

If you're Australian or just want to study languages down under, then ANU is the place to be.