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

The subjects taught in the School include Asian Studies, Chinese, Classical Studies, French, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Pacific Studies, Samoan Studies, Spanish and Latin American Studies, Modern Language and Literary Translation Studies, and Second Language Learning and Teaching.

Looking up the steps to the Temple of Heaven in Beijing.

Learn about Asia in Trimester 3

Analyse and compare historical, religious, social and cultural issues in selected Asian regions in ASIA 111 Introduction to Asian History and Cultures.

Find out more

Study Spanish in Trimester 3

Have you ever dreamed of trekking to Machu Picchu? Bring the riches of Latin America and Spain into reach by learning Spanish. SPAN 101 offers a flexible way to get started on your Spanish-learning journey.

Find out more
View of Machu Picchu in the Peruvian Andes.
Woman reading French book by the sea.

Explore the world in Trimester 3

Critically engage with a wide variety of global texts and objects located in Wellington and beyond with our course FHSS 110 Exploring the World through Languages and Cultures.

Find out more

Discover Southeast Asia in Trimester 3

Use visual culture to learn about the cultural history of Southeast Asia in ASIA 204 Special Topic: Southeast Asian Civilisation.

Find out more
Mural of Burmese people holding parasols.
More news

Latest news

  • Hannah Prior

    Mandarin Superstar 2020

    School of Languages and Cultures student Hannah Prior has been featured as part of this year's New Zealand Chinese Language Week. As well as studying Mandarin, Hannah also speaks French and Spanish. Check out the fantastic video showcasing her excellently pronounced Mandarin.

  • BA in Anthropology and Pacific Studies student Etelini Manoa.

    Being Tongan in Aotearoa

    Born and raised in New Zealand, Etelini Manoa is a young Tongan woman in her second year of a BA majoring in Anthropology and Pacific Studies at the School of Languages and Cultures.  Etelini highlights the importance of learning the Tongan language and culture and explains why she is celebrating Tonga Language Week.

More events

Upcoming events