Study Language and Culture

Sharon Harvey (centre) with Mr Liu Xiaolu (Vice Dean) and Ms Wu Xiaoling (Admission Officer) of the School of International Education – Wuhan University.

On Wednesday 14 December 2016 Head of School (Language and Culture) Sharon Harvey joined Pro Vice Chancellor (International) Professor Nigel Hemmington and Lester Khoo, Director International Relations and Development in a signing ceremony to establish a Memorandum of Understanding with delegates from Wuhan University, China.

Wuhan University is ranked fifth in China. This relationship will enable students majoring in Mandarin to study at Wuhan University, and will also enable other students interested in learning more about China to go on a one semester exchange or similar.

The study of language, society and culture is at the core of the broad spectrum of knowledge known as the humanities. AUT's language and culture programmes focus on language in its widest sense — creative writing, English and its relationship with new media, translation and interpreting, international studies and the importance of intercultural competencies, discourse analysis and language teaching.

At AUT you can also study a range of specific languages. Culture is at the heart of everything we do — we realise that language and culture are inextricably bound, one can't exist without the other.

Scholarship update January 2017: Auckland University of Technology (AUT) in partnership with the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment (MBIE) offer scholarships to assist refugees to enroll in the Graduate Certificate in Arts (Interpreting) in order to enhance their career opportunities and meeting interpretation needs for government and non-government sectors. More information on the scholarships >>

Closing date for this scholarship: 15 February 2017. 

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School of Language and Culture news and events.

Undergraduate programmes
Bachelor of Arts overview


Graduate Diploma and Graduate Certificate in Arts

Language and culture minors

Minors and electives give you the opportunity to broaden your programme of study.

  • Asian Studies
  • Language Teaching
  • Spanish

See the complete list of minors and electives

Postgraduate programmes
Doctor of Philosophy
Master of Philosophy
Master of Arts Overview
Master of Arts — Applied Language Studies
Master of Adult Literacy and Numeracy Education [Closed to new enrolments from 2017]
Master of Creative Writing
Master of English and New Media Studies
Master of Professional Language Studies — Language Teaching
Bachelor of Arts (Honours)
Bachelor of Arts (Honours) — Applied Language Studies
Postgraduate Diploma in Arts
Postgraduate Certificate in Arts

Programme information
Undergraduate Study Guide 2017
Postgraduate Study Guide 2017
Timetable information

Diploma and certificate programmes
Certificate in Employment Skills English
Language Teaching: Specialisation in Teaching ESOL or International Languages
Diploma in English Language
Diploma in Chinese
Diploma in Japanese
Diploma in Interpreting and Translation (also available online).

English for university study
Certificate in English for Academic Study
Certificate in English Language

Short courses
Language Teaching: Specialisation in Teaching ESOL or International Languages
NZ Sign Language and Deaf Culture

Application information
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Opportunities for students
Student exchange
Workplace experience
Technos International Week
Careers in language and culture (Future Career Sheets)

International partnerships

Research centres and affiliations
Centre for Creative Writing
Centre for Refugee Education

Contact us
AUT School of Language and Culture
Level 8, AUT Tower (WT Building)
Corner Rutland and Wakefield Streets
Auckland 1010
Phone: 0800 AUT UNI

Last updated: 12-Jan-2017 1.11pm

The information on this page was correct at time of publication. For a comprehensive overview of AUT qualifications, please refer to the Academic Calendar.