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Number of students enrolled in university language courses, 2005–12

Number of students enrolled in university language courses, 2005–12

Spanish was the most popular language course at universities in the early 2000s, followed by Japanese and French. Spanish and Japanese generally trended down over the period, while French enrolments were more stable, with peaks in 2009 and 2010. Chinese languages and German were the next most popular, followed by Italian, Latin, Samoan, Ancient Greek, Korean and Russian. During this period students also enrolled in Tongan, Ancient Egyptian, Portuguese, Cook Islands Māori, Hebrew, Arabic, Croatian and Polish but enrolments were very small. 

Māori language enrolments, which are not shown on this graph, were much higher than foreign languages in this period, with over three times as many students as Spanish in 2012.

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Kerryn Pollock, 'Classical and foreign-language studies - Modern languages', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/graph/43526/number-of-students-enrolled-in-university-language-courses-2005-12 (accessed 25 November 2020)

Story by Kerryn Pollock, published 22 Oct 2014