Study Latin and gain an insight into your world today by exploring how ancient cultures have contributed to the development of our modern world.

Open up the world of classical antiquity through Latin

Ever wanted to discover how the ancient Romans thought about themselves? To learn what all the Harry Potter spells mean? This – and more – will be open to you once you start studying the language of Latin.

As a student of Latin, you will read Roman history, oratory, poetry, philosophy, satire and drama, all in the original language. Knowledge of Latin is very useful for research and training in fields such as biochemistry, medicine, the history and philosophy of science, archaeology, Biblical studies, history, philosophy, art history, Romance language studies, English literary studies and music. Language classes tend to be smaller than other university subjects, so you’ll enjoy all the social benefits of learning in small groups.

Where can Latin take you?

Studying Latin will set you up well for any career that requires communication, problem solving, memorisation, writing, critical thinking, and resolving ambiguity. Classics graduates have gone on to become bankers, doctors, lawyers, artists, software designers, university professors, politicians, novelists and video game hint-book writers – to name just a few!

My Classics courses were rigorous, varied, and authentic. Classics has broadened my world view and enabled me to conduct investigations from varied sources of information, which was integral to my earlier work in a public policy think tank. Both these skills and the ancient languages remain vital to my current career as a Latin teacher.

Carla Schodde
BA (Honours), major in Classics
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Where do I start?

Before you begin studying a language, there are a couple of steps you will need to take:

1. Pick how you’ll study your chosen language

There is a wide range of options available to students interested in studying Latin

2. Apply/Enrol

You’ll need to create an account and apply for your chosen course.

Visit your chosen course page and begin the application process.

3. Proficiency Placement

If you have previously studied Latin and your ability and background is greater than a beginner level, please get in contact with the course coordinator and they will provide you with more information on what level may be appropriate for your level of proficiency. You may be required to sit a short placement test or fill out a questionnaire to assess what level will be most appropriate for you.

Latin course coordinator: Dr K.O. Chong-Gossard

If you have no prior knowledge of Latin you will begin your studies at Latin 1 entry point. If you have previously studied Latin, you will be placed in one of the below entry points:

Latin 1 entry point
Students with no or little previous knowledge of the language usually enter the progression at Latin 1.

Latin 3 entry point
Students commencing at Latin entry point 3 must have completed VCE Latin or equivalent.

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