As the fourth most-spoken language in the world, learning Hindi offers links into diverse networks, cultural enrichment and unprecedented career prospects.

Hindi is one of the national languages of India spoken by 550 million speakers. India is soon-to-be the world’s most populous country is projected to be the world’s second largest economy by 2050.

There are many Hindi influences on the English language. For example, words like “bungalow” and “jungle” have Hindi origins. Hindi’s grammar is also related to English. It follows a phonetic script which means students can usually progress in pronunciation quite quickly.

Program Aims

By the end of Hindi courses students will follow Hindi-language media, write in Hindi using correct grammar and genre-appropriate vocabulary and write and perform presentations and interviews in formal Hindi.

As well as harnessing formal spoken and written language skills, students are encouraged to engage with Hindi across different cultural contexts, including Hindi literature and Bollywood films. 

Students are encouraged to study in India through short courses or through student opportunities through a unique ANU-Jindal Global University partnership. ANU is also home to the ANU South Asia Research Institute so students gain access to world-leading language and country experts.

Career opportunities

In today’s globalised world, multilingualism is a highly sought-after skill. This means many Hindi-speaking graduates themselves in emerging and fufilling fields such as:

  • Communications
  • Consulting
  • Diplomatic/ Foreign Affairs
  • Entrepreneurism
  • International development
  • International business
  • Interpreting and translation
  • Journalism and media
  • Linguistics
  • Policymaking
  • Publishing
  • Research and academia
  • Start-ups
  • Think tanks, policy institutes and research centres

Courses on Offer

HIND1100     Hindi 1

HIND1200     Hindi 2

HIND2300     Hindi 3

HIND2400     Hindi 4

HIND3500     Hindi 5

HIND3600     Hindi 6

Study Online

The six Hindi language courses are available online and on-campus. Hindi can be studied as part of an ANU degree, as a non-award subject or cross-institutionally, and is taught online through Open Universities Australia.

Online classes are not self-paced, and students will need to log in to a weekly online classroom to attend a minimum of 1.5 hours of classes. All students will need access to a computer, camera (inbuilt or external), a headset with microphone, reliable internet and a smartphone or scanner.

Interested in learning more about the program or how to enrol? We would love to hear from you! Get in touch using our languages enquiry form.

Global Learning Options

Students have multiple opportunities throughout their studies to study in India, and students are encouraged to have that immersive experience to complement their language learning.

Most short programs are supported by the Australian Government’s New Colombo Plan, with grants provided to students to assist with travel and/or living costs. Please contact the College Student Centre for more information or visit the global programs website.


Updated:  24 April, 2017/Responsible Officer:  Dean, ANU College of Asia & the Pacific/Page Contact:  CAP Web Team