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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.

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Key information

Study Locations: Hamilton
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Career opportunities

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

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.

100 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
ARTSC110Old Worlds - New Worlds19A (Hamilton) & 19A (Tauranga)
This cross-disciplinary paper offers students with a rich background for study within the Bachelor of Arts. It is structured around metaphors of journey and cultural encounter and focuses on a variety of texts, images and sounds.
ARTSC111Social Science Theory and Action19A (Hamilton) & 19A (Tauranga)
This paper introduces University of Waikato social scientists as researchers. Each presenter's research will be discussed to demonstrate how it illustrates key themes of the social sciences and their specific disciplines.
CHINE131Chinese Language 1: Part A19A (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 B19B (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 119A (Hamilton)
Students with no prior knowledge of French will acquire basic written and oral communicative skills for everyday situations, corresponding to level A1 of the Common European Framework of reference for Languages.
FRNCH132French for Beginners 219B (Hamilton)
This paper develops the skills acquired in FRNCH131 and takes students to level A2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. This is the appropriate entry point for students with two years' secondary school study of French.
INTLC101International Languages and Cultures19A (Hamilton)
A cultural perspectives paper with a thematic focus on China, France, Japan, Spain and Latin America
JAPAN131Japanese 1: Part A19A (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 B19B (Hamilton)
This paper continues from JAPAN131.
SPNSH131Spanish for Beginners 119A (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.
SPNSH132Spanish for Beginners 219B (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.

200 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
CHINE231Chinese Language 2: Part A19A (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 B19B (Hamilton)
This paper is the continuation of CHINE231.
FRNCH231French Language Intermediate 119A (Hamilton)
Building on prior knowledge of French, this paper uses internet documents with a recent textbook. It takes students partway towards level B1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.
FRNCH232French Language Intermediate 219B (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 Asia19B (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 Modernity19B (Hamilton)
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 A19A (Hamilton)
This paper for beginners 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 B19B (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.
SPNSH231Intermediate Spanish 119A (Hamilton)
This intermediate language acquisition paper enables students to gain competence in grammar, culture and conversation.
SPNSH232Intermediate Spanish 219B (Hamilton)
This paper is a continuation of SPNSH231. Students further develop skills in reading, writing, speaking and understanding Spanish.

300 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
CHINE306Reading and Translation Skills19A (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 Asia19B (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 Practice19B (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 A19A (Hamilton)
This paper focuses on advanced Chinese language learning and is a continuation of Chinese Language Part 2.
CHINE332Chinese Language 3: Part B19B (Hamilton)
This paper focuses on advanced Chinese language learning and is a continuation of Chinese Language 3: Part A.
CHINE380Study Abroad19C (Block)
This paper involves intensive language and/or society and culture instruction at education institutions in Chinese-speaking Asia.
CHINE390Directed Study19A (Hamilton), 19B (Hamilton) & 19Y (Hamilton)
This paper involves an investigation of a particular topic in the field of Chinese Studies.
FRNCH317French Culture from Versailles to the Revolution19A (Hamilton)
A study of France's literary, social, and historical movements from the Golden Age of Versailles through to the Enlightenment and the Revolution it inspired.
FRNCH321Translation Methodology and Practice19B (Hamilton)
This paper applies translation theory, methodology and ethics to a variety of contexts including journalism and subtitling.
FRNCH331French Language Advanced 119A (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 219B (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 Intensive19T (Block)
This paper will enable students who have passed the intensive suummer school course in French offered by the University of New Caledonia to credit this study to their degree.
FRNCH390Directed Study19A (Hamilton), 19B (Hamilton) & 19S (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 119C (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.
INTLC381Study Abroad 219C (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.
INTLC382Study Abroad 319C (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 Study19A (Hamilton), 19B (Hamilton) & 19Y (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 Practice19B (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, games and movie subtitling.
JAPAN331Japanese 3: Part A19A (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 B19B (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 Abroad19C (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 Study19A (Hamilton), 19B (Hamilton) & 19Y (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.
SPNSH305Topics in Latin America19A (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 Language19A (Hamilton)
This is an advanced language paper designed to enhance oral, aural and written proficiency in the language.
SPNSH321Translation Methodology and Practice19B (Hamilton)
This paper applies translation theory, methodology and ethics to a variety of texts and contexts including the world of journalism,literature, humour, film, subtitling and short texts (e-based texts).
SPNSH380Study Abroad 119C (Block)
This paper enables students to take study abroad in Spain or in any other Hispanic country.
SPNSH390Directed Study19A (Hamilton), 19B (Hamilton) & 19S (Hamilton)
This paper will enable students to undertake supervised individual study in the summer as part of their undergraduate degree.

Annuska Robinson My degree enabled me to get into the JET Programme and to obtain a working visa in Japan. Without it, I would not have been able to take up such a position.

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Scholarships and prizes

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Subject links

East Asian Studies Programme
European Languages Programme


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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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