About us

Established in 1934, Institute of Modern Languages was set up by The University of Queensland Senate to give more adults the chance to deepen their lives by inviting the community into the University through language learning. IML-UQ is a powerful tool for facilitating language learning and cross-cultural communication, especially useful in today's multicultural society. IML-UQ also provides a vehicle for previous UQ students to remain connected with its alumni in a meaningful way over the decades in which students are no longer engaged in formal study. This task is aided by accredited and dedicated language tutors, teaching in over 30 languages.

Language courses for everyone

We believe education is a life long journey. Everyone can join our global voyage. Whether you want to travel the world, learn to speak a language, follow new interests or maintain your language skills, IML gives you that opportunity in over 80 courses in 30 languages in a practical and supportive learning environment for adults.

We use a communicative approach to teaching and learning. All four skill areas are covered. Learn to speak, listen, read and write for applications in authentic situations where a collaborative team effort is encouraged in class. Cultural segments are integrated with the language acquisition program focusing on general background studies pertaining to the countries and peoples where the targeted language is in use.

Everyone 16 years and over is welcome. There are no entry requirements.

NAATI Translation and Interpreting services

Our professional translation service offers NAATI certified official translations in over 80 languages into English and vice versa Australia-wide. We can also supply NAATI accredited interpreters in Brisbane, South East Queensland and interstate for requests such as court, medical or business interpreting.

Why you should choose IML

IML courses in 30 languages are taught by qualified, enthusiastic language tutors who are either native speakers or have native proficiency. You don’t need to enrol in a degree to study at IML. Our classes are open to the general public, have no pre-requisite or placement tests and are some of the most affordable in Brisbane. The cost of most IML courses is roughly $12 per hour. All lessons are held at The University of Queensland, St Lucia Campus, where you can take advantage of the extensive campus facilities, transport options, and modern classrooms. Lessons vary depending on the type of course, with courses offering between 2 and 6 contact hours per week.