The School of Languages and Cultures offers undergraduate, honours and postgraduate studies in a range of Asian and European languages, literatures and cultures.

The subjects taught in the School include Asian Studies, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Modern Language Studies and Spanish.

Ever think about studying a language?

What a great idea! Learn how language shapes—and is shaped by—our understanding of the world in this RNZ chat with VUW's Prof Paul Warren, Dr Sasha Calhoun, and AProf Stephen Epstein.

The best of both worlds

Our new blended learning courses combine digital education with on campus interaction. Learn in Wellington’s beautiful backyard and hone your skill in the classroom. Could it get any better?

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Career spotlight

Victoria's new Careers Service Administrator, Rachel, shares her incredible adventure teaching English in Spain and has great advice for students wanting to do the same!

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Asian Languages and Cultures

Study the cultures and languages of the world's biggest, most populous continent, Asia. Become a truly global citizen with the communication skills to bridge cultural and linguistic gaps.

Available subjects

  • Asian Studies
  • Chinese
  • Japanese
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European and Latin American Languages and Cultures

The benefits of learning another language go well beyond just being able to communicate—it actually changes your brain. Study a European language and culture and gain a global perspective.

Available subjects

  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Spanish
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  • Student Victoria Munn stands smiling in front of trees.

    BA student wins prestigious Guggenheim internship

    Victoria Munn, a graduating Bachelor of Arts student with majors in Art History and Political Science, is off to Venice in the new year to intern at the world-famous Peggy Guggenheim Collection museum.

  • Dr Claudia Bernardi, Dr Barbara Pezzotti, author and judge Giancarlo De Cataldo, and Dr Alfio Leotta sit at a table and address the audience.

    Esteemed Italian author visits Victoria roundtable

    On Tuesday 29 November, staff of the Schools of Languages and Cultures (SLC) and English, Film, Theatre, and Media Studies (SEFTMS) hosted a roundtable discussion with Judge Giancarlo de Cataldo, author of Romanzo criminale.

  • The banner of the Victoria International Leadership Awards 2016 against the backdrop of a beautiful stained-glass window.

    SLC students awarded leadership honours

    On Tuesday 13 December, students of the School of Languages and Cultures (SLC) were celebrated at the Victoria International Leadership Programme (VILP) awards ceremony.