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International Languages and Cultures

International Languages and Cultures at Waikato offers four streams - Chinese, French, Japanese, and Spanish. With advanced language skills, you'll meet the world's need for multilingual and culturally sensitive speakers, enhancing your business and social skills and preparing you for success in a multicultural work environment.

Four streams to choose from

When you take a BA in International Languages and Cultures, you choose a single stream.

Chinese

Japanese

Spanish

French


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.

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Key information

Study Location:Hamilton
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Career opportunities

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

100 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
CHINE131Chinese Language 1: Part A20A (Hamilton)
An introductory paper designed for students with no previous knowledge of Chinese. It takes an integrated approach involving all four of the skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking. Students with prior knowledge of Chinese should consult the Convenor of Chinese regarding placement.
CHINE132Chinese Language 1: Part B20B (Hamilton)
This paper is the continuation of CHINE131/CHIN131 and focuses on the four skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing the Chinese language at an elementary level.
FRNCH131French for Beginners 120A (Hamilton)
Learn the basics of written and spoken French communication including greetings, family, city life and daily routines. No previous knowledge of French is needed.
FRNCH132French for Beginners 220B (Hamilton)
Deepen your knowledge of French from FRNCH131 or two years' secondary study in a range of contexts including past events, travel and careers.
INTLC101International Languages and Cultures20B (Hamilton) & 20G (Online)
A cultural perspectives paper with a thematic focus on languages and cultures of China, France, Japan, Spain and Latin America.
JAPAN131Japanese 1: Part A20A (Hamilton)
This paper assumes no previous knowledge of Japanese. It takes an integrated approach to the four skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking.
JAPAN132Japanese 1: Part B20B (Hamilton)
This paper continues from JAPAN131.
SPNSH131Spanish for Beginners 120A (Hamilton) & 20G (Hamilton)
The first of two papers which offers an introduction to Spanish language for real beginners. The emphasis is on communication underpinned by knowledge of the grammatical system of the language. This course aims to improve students' proficiency in both written and spoken Spanish and it takes students towards level A1 of the Common E...
SPNSH132Spanish for Beginners 220B (Hamilton)
The continuation of SPNSH131. This paper aims to build confidence in the language skills already acquired. Equal attention is given to each of the skills: reading, writing, speaking and listening. This course aims to improve students' proficiency in both written and spoken Spanish and takes students to level A2 of the Common Europe...

200 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
CHINE231Chinese Language 2: Part A20A (Hamilton)
This paper focuses on the four skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing the Chinese language at an intermediate level.
CHINE232Chinese Language 2: Part B20B (Hamilton)
This paper is the continuation of CHINE231.
FRNCH231French Language Intermediate 120A (Hamilton)
Building on prior knowledge of French, this paper you will help you to work toward level B1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages and learn about the French-speaking world
FRNCH232French Language Intermediate 220B (Hamilton)
This paper extends knowledge of French acquired in FRNCH231 and takes students to level B1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.
INTLC221Understanding East Asia20B (Hamilton)
This paper offers a critical examination of historical traditions and contemporary life in East Asia, with a focus on China and Japan, and their roles within a global context. This paper is taught in English and is open to all students, including those who have no prior knowledge of Chinese and Japanese.
INTLC222European and Latin American Cultures: Tradition and Modernity20A (Hamilton) & 20A (Online)
This paper explores aspects of European and Latin American cultures, history and society. This paper is taught in English and is open to all students, including those who have no prior knowledge of French and Spanish.
JAPAN231Japanese 2: Part A20A (Hamilton)
This paper continues from JAPAN132. In combination with JAPAN232 it completes the main corpus of grammar and introduces further skills fundamental to communicative competence.
JAPAN232Japanese 2: Part B20B (Hamilton)
This paper continues from JAPAN231. In combination with JAPAN231 it completes the main corpus of grammar and introduces further skills fundamental to communicative competence.
SPNSH200Spanish for Business and Tourism 120A (Hamilton) & 20A (Online)
In this intermediate paper, students will acquire knowledge of Spanish in a practical and professional context related to business and tourism. Additionally, students will acquire geographic literacy and cultural understanding of the Spanish-speaking world and basic linguistic competence in Spanish.
SPNSH201Spanish for Business and Tourism 220B (Hamilton), 20B (Online), 20G (Hamilton) & 20G (Online)
Continuing from Spanish for Business and Tourism I, students will develop further skills in geographic literacy and cultural understanding of the Spanish-speaking world as well as linguistic competence in Spanish. This will provide a solid foundation in the vocabulary and discourse used in Spanish when dealing with different types ...
SPNSH231Intermediate Spanish 120A (Hamilton) & 20A (Online)
This intermediate language acquisition paper enables students to gain competence in grammar and conversation as well as in Spanish and Latin American cultures and conversation. This course aims to improve students' proficiency in both written and spoken Spanish and it takes students to level B1 of the Common European Framework of R...
SPNSH232Intermediate Spanish 220B (Hamilton) & 20B (Online)
This paper is a continuation of SPNSH231. Students further develop skills in reading, writing, speaking and understanding Spanish. There is a focus on practical work, as well as written and spoken Spanish. This course aims to improve students' proficiency in both written and spoken Spanish and takes students to level B2 of the Comm...

300 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
CHINE306Reading and Translation Skills20A (Hamilton)
This paper is designed primarily for native speakers of Chinese . It is taught bilingually and aims to improve students' bilingual reading skills and develop students' ability to translate from and into Chinese and English
CHINE307Political and Economic Modernisation in Chinese-speaking Asia20B (Hamilton)
This paper explores the different models of political and economic modernisation adopted in the four predominantly Chinese-speaking regions of Mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Singapore. Note: This paper is taught in English.
CHINE321Translation Methodology and Practice20B (Hamilton)
This paper develops students' ability to translate from Chinese to English and vice versa, utilising a variety of readings. Note: This paper is designed for non-native speakers of Chinese only. Native Chinese speakers are eligible to enrol in CHINE306.
CHINE331Chinese Language 3: Part A20A (Hamilton)
This paper focuses on advanced Chinese language learning and is a continuation of Chinese Language Part 2.
CHINE332Chinese Language 3: Part B20B (Hamilton)
This paper focuses on advanced Chinese language learning and is a continuation of Chinese Language 3: Part A.
CHINE380Study Abroad20X (Block)
This paper involves intensive language and/or society and culture instruction at education institutions in Chinese-speaking Asia.
CHINE390Directed Study20A (Hamilton), 20B (Hamilton) & 20D (Hamilton)
This paper involves an investigation of a particular topic in the field of Chinese Studies.
FRNCH321Translation Methodology and Practice20B (Hamilton)
This paper applies translation theory, methodology and ethics to a variety of contexts including journalism and subtitling.
FRNCH331French Language Advanced 120A (Hamilton)
This paper strengthens French language skills and introduces different registers such as formal and familiar French. It aims to take students to upper level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.
FRNCH332French Language Advanced 220B (Hamilton)
This paper develops advanced French using extended study of current affairs dossiers in a journalistic context. It aims to take students part way towards level C1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.
FRNCH380Study Abroad: French Language Intensive20G (Block)
This paper will enable students who have passed the intensive summer school course in French offered by the University of New Caledonia to credit this study to their degree.
FRNCH390Directed Study20A (Hamilton), 20B (Hamilton) & 20S (Hamilton)
At the discretion of the relevant Programme Convenor, students undertake independent but guided research on a topic of the student's choice
INTLC380Study Abroad 120X (Block)
This paper will enable students to undertake appropriate individual study abroad programmes as part of their undergraduate degree. Each study programme should have a significant component of time spent offshore, with a series of assessments being agreed in advance with the paper convenor.
INTLC390Directed Study20A (Hamilton), 20B (Hamilton) & 20D (Hamilton)
At the discretion of the relevant Programme Convenor, students undertake independent but guided research on a topic of the student's choice
JAPAN321Translation Methodology and Practice20B (Hamilton)
This paper examines the methodology and practice of Japanese to English and English to Japanese translation, utilising a variety of readings and media such as recipes, user manuals and movie subtitling.
JAPAN331Japanese 3: Part A20A (Hamilton)
This paper for pre-intermediate learners continues from JAPAN232. In combination with JAPAN332 students learn additional grammar and vocabulary and are expected to make a great progress on the intermediate-level study of Japanese language learning.
JAPAN332Japanese 3: Part B20B (Hamilton)
This paper continues from JAPAN331. In combination with JAPAN331 students learn additional grammar and vocabulary and are expected to make a great progress on the intermediate-level study of Japanese language learning.
JAPAN380Study Abroad20X (Block)
This paper enables students to undertake appropriate individual study abroad programmes as part of their undergraduate degree. The programme should have a significant component of time spent offshore, with a series of assessments being agreed in advance with the paper convenor.
JAPAN390Directed Study20A (Hamilton), 20B (Hamilton) & 20D (Hamilton)
This paper is designed for students to engage and learn research skills through a chosen research topic within the field of Japanese Studies. This paper gives students the opportunity to undertake research independently under the guidance of the Convenor or a relevant lecturer.
SPNSH300Spanish Internship20B (Hamilton) & 20C (Online)
This is an applied internship in Spanish that involves a total language immersion and an authentic application of previous Spanish knowledge in the form of professional collaboration and specified tasks.
SPNSH305Topics in Latin America20A (Hamilton)
This paper conducted in Spanish serves as an introduction to Latin American culture and literature. It considers a wide range of Latin American literary texts and epochs. It is intended to give students a comprehensive knowledge of constructed narratives within the literary canon and major forms of artistic expression.
SPNSH310Advanced Spanish Language20A (Hamilton)
This is an advanced language paper designed to enhance oral, aural and written proficiency in the language. This course aims to improve students' proficiency in both written and spoken Spanish and takes students to level C1 of the Common European Framework of References for Languages.
SPNSH321Translation Methodology and Practice20B (Hamilton)
This paper applies translation theory to a variety of texts and contexts such as journalism,literature, humour, film, and subtitling. SPNSH321 takes students to level C2 of the Common European Framework of Reference of Languages.
SPNSH380Study Abroad 120X (Block)
This paper enables students to take study abroad in Spain or in any other Hispanic country.
SPNSH390Directed Study20A (Hamilton), 20B (Hamilton) & 20S (Hamilton)
This paper will enable students to undertake supervised individual study in the summer as part of their undergraduate degree.

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Subject links

East Asian Studies Programme
European Languages Programme


For more information about subject requirements please refer to the catalogue of papers for the most up to date information. If you have any questions and need more advice contact one of our friendly student advisors phone: 0800 800 145 or +64 7 838 4080 or email: wfass@waikato.ac.nz

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.


Contacts

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences:
Phone: 0800 800 145 or +64 7 838 4932
General and Undergraduate Email Enquiries: intl-fass@waikato.ac.nz
Graduate and Postgraduate Email Enquiries: intl-grad@waikato.ac.nz