International Languages and Cultures

International Languages and Cultures at Waikato delivers on advanced language skills to meet the world's need for multilingual and culturally sensitive speakers. Speaking another language will not only enhance your business and social skills but will also prepare you for success in a multicultural work environment.

We offer many possibilities to study languages and enable you to use multimedia applications to make international communication easier. You'll significantly increase your marketability and open doors for adventurous overseas job opportunities. Our languages programme is QS-rated in the top 250 subjects in the world.

We offer a range of options for studying languages with papers in Chinese, French, Japanese, Te Reo Māori and Spanish. You can choose to major in International Languages and Cultures endorsed in Chinese, French, Japanese or Spanish or take language papers to round off your degree. We allow you to combine languages with other courses, such as law or science, to further enhance your preparation for the workforce.

Students also benefit from travelling abroad to study their language through immersive learning opportunities. Chinese students, for instance, travel to China to gain first-hand language skills and cultural understanding.

Waikato gives you the space to become versatile to deal with texts in a variety of media formats to meet communication and translation needs. The International Languages and Cultures programme at Waikato is highly reputed and increases employability for those seeking job opportunities in other cultures and with different people groups.

Career Opportunities

  • Diplomat
  • Hospitality Operator
  • International Lawyer
  • Tour Guide
  • Translator or Interpreter
  • Travel Agent

100 level

Chinese Language 1: Part ACHIN13115.0 Points
Chinese Language 1: Part BCHIN13215.0 Points
French for Beginners 1FREN13115.0 Points
French for Beginners 2FREN13215.0 Points
International Languages and CulturesINTL10115.0 Points
Japanese 1: Part AJAPA13115.0 Points
Japanese 1: Part BJAPA13215.0 Points
Spanish for Beginners 1SPAN13115.0 Points
Spanish for Beginners 2SPAN13215.0 Points

200 level

300 level

Reading and Translation SkillsCHIN30620.0 Points
Political and Economic Modernisation in Chinese-speaking AsiaCHIN30720.0 Points
Translation Methodology and PracticeCHIN32120.0 Points
Chinese Language 3: Part ACHIN33120.0 Points
Chinese Language 3: Part BCHIN33220.0 Points
Study Abroad 1CHIN38020.0 Points
Study Abroad 2CHIN38120.0 Points
Study Abroad 3CHIN38220.0 Points
Directed StudyCHIN39020.0 Points
International Trade and FinanceECON30620.0 Points
History and Variation of FrenchFREN30520.0 Points
French Civilisation from Versailles to the RevolutionFREN31720.0 Points
French Civilisation from Napoleon to the Great WarFREN31920.0 Points
Translation Methodology and PracticeFREN32120.0 Points
French Language Advanced 1FREN33120.0 Points
French Language Advanced 2FREN33220.0 Points
Study Abroad: Intensive Language AcquisitionFREN38020.0 Points
Study Abroad 2FREN38120.0 Points
Study Abroad 3FREN38220.0 Points
Directed StudyFREN39020.0 Points
An Age of Reason? The European EnlightenmentHIST33820.0 Points
Study Abroad 1INTL38020.0 Points
Study Abroad 2INTL38120.0 Points
Study Abroad 3INTL38220.0 Points
Directed StudyINTL39020.0 Points
Modern Japanese Popular Culture and MediaJAPA30720.0 Points
Translation Methodology and PracticeJAPA32120.0 Points
Japanese 3: Part AJAPA33120.0 Points
Japanese 3: Part BJAPA33220.0 Points
Study Abroad 1JAPA38020.0 Points
Study Abroad 2JAPA38120.0 Points
Study Abroad 3JAPA38220.0 Points
Directed StudyJAPA39020.0 Points
International MarketingMKTG35320.0 Points
European IntegrationPOLS31420.0 Points
Latin American LiteratureSPAN30520.0 Points
Spanish Advanced LanguageSPAN31020.0 Points
Spanish in ContextSPAN31220.0 Points
Translation Methodology and PracticeSPAN32120.0 Points
Study Abroad 1SPAN38020.0 Points
Study Abroad 2SPAN38120.0 Points
Study Abroad 3SPAN38220.0 Points
Directed StudySPAN39020.0 Points

Graduate Study

International Languages and Culture is not currently a subject for the BA(Hons) or MA. However, graduates of a BA in International Languages and Culture with a B average may be eligible to enter graduate papers in the language they have chosen for the INTL&C major, at the discretion of the Chair of the School of Arts.

Prescriptions for the GradCert(IntLang&Culture) and GradDip(IntLang&Culture)

A Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma are available to graduates who have not included International Languages and Culture at an advanced level in their first degree.

For further details, contact the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Office.

To complete a major in the Chinese language pathway, students must gain 120 points above 100 level in International Languages and Cultures, comprising INTL201, CHIN231, CHIN232, CHIN321, CHIN331 and one other 300 level paper from the range CHIN301-CHIN382.

To complete a major in the French language pathway, students must gain 120 points above 100 level in International Languages and Cultures, comprising INTL202, FREN231, FREN232, FREN321, FREN331 and one other 300-level paper from the range FREN301-FREN382.

To complete a major in the Japanese language pathway, students must gain 120 points above 100 level in International Languages and Cultures, comprising INTL201, JAPA231, JAPA232, JAPA321, JAPA331 and one other 300-level paper from the range JAPA301-JAPA382.

To complete a major in the Spanish language pathway, students must gain 120 points above 100 level in International Languages and Cultures, comprising INTL202, SPAN231, SPAN232, SPAN310, SPAN321 and one other 300-level paper from the range SPAN301-SPAN382.

It is recommended that students intending to major in International Languages and Cultures include INTL101 and, if needed, the appropriate 100 level language acquisition papers in the first year of their programme of study in order to meet prerequisites for study at 200 and 300 levels.

Note: Students with prior knowledge of the language they wish to specialise in must consult the Programme Convenor before enrolling in language acquisition papers.

Please note: For all graduate subject requirements check the information provided in the papers section above.


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