International Languages and Cultures

International Languages and Cultures at Waikato offers five specialisations - Chinese, French, Japanese, Korean, and Spanish.
Become a global citizen with International Languages and Cultures

Why study International Languages and Cultures?

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.

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. 

We offer a range of options for studying languages with papers in Chinese, French, Japanese, Korean, and Spanish. You can choose to major in International Languages and Cultures, specialise in one language whilst completing a minor in another. Or you can major in International Languages and Cultures and take a range of cultural communication papers. You can add a major, or a minor in International Languages and Cultures to any other subject such as business, management, law or science, to further enhance your preparation for the workforce.

Students can also benefit from opportunities the University provides to travel abroad to study their language through immersive learning opportunities. Chinese-language students, for instance, can study in China through the University Exchange programme 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

  • Business Leader
  • Diplomat
  • Hospitality Operator
  • International Lawyer
  • Tour Guide
  • Translator
  • Travel Agent


Scholarships and prizes

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Subject Requirements

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:

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.

International Languages and Cultures papers