French is spoken on all five continents.
French is one of the most widely spoken languages in the world. There are currently over 274 million French speakers worldwide and it is estimated that this number will rise to 700 million by 2050. It is a truly global language, extensively spoken in Africa and Europe; it is also present in North America, the South Pacific and South East Asia. Learning French will give you an edge in securing an internationally oriented career.
French is a language of diplomacy and one of the working languages of major international organisations such as the United Nations, the European Union and the International Red Cross. French plays an important role in cultural exchanges, technical and scientific collaborations between France and Australia.
RMIT students with a proficiency in French greatly increase their employability in many areas. While studying at RMIT, they also have the chance to be involved in exchange programs, internships, a volunteer mentoring program and the RMIT French Club, which organises a wide range of extra-curricular activities.
Program and course information
Diploma of Languages
Study a language while you complete another degree! The Diploma of Languages can be taken concurrently with any RMIT program to really add value to your degree and open up a range of new career opportunities.
The following Higher Education 12 credit point French courses are offered for both undergraduate and postgraduate students. Studying a language as part of a degree can augment work-ready skills and is an enriching ‘add-on’ to a separate major field of study.
The course guides provide full details including course descriptions, pre-requisites (if any), learning outcomes, learning activities and assessments:
- LANG1167 French 1
- LANG1182 French 2
- LANG1186 French 3
- LANG1196 French 4
- LANG1249 French 5
- LANG1251 French 6
- LANG1272 French Language and Society
- LANG1273 French Language in Context
- LANG1335 New Caledonia in the 21st Century
- LANG1261 Language and Culture through Cinema
Single and short courses
The Languages discipline also offers its Higher Education language electives and innovative short courses and workshops to the general public that are administered through RMIT Short Courses.
All new students undertaking the French language program with some prior knowledge of the language need to sit our placement test. Email the French coordinator Dr Chantal Crozet at email@example.com for more information and to enrol in the next available session to sit the test.
- Placement procedure for French language courses (PDF 39 KB)
- RMIT French courses and their equivalents in the CEFR/ DELF/DALF examinations (PDF 68 KB)
Languages academic mentoring program
This peer academic mentoring program involves intermediate and advanced students mentor new students for 1 – 2 hours each week, to assist with specific language or study related difficulties.
The program aims to enhance the students’ language learning experience, resulting in increased confidence and motivation. The students discover different learning styles, network with other students, learn effective ways to communicate, and share successful language learning strategies.
Students have the opportunity to study abroad and gain course exemptions. RMIT has close to 200 partner universities in 31 countries to choose from. You can also take advantage of a number of international study tour opportunities.
Scholarships and grants for studying in France are also available from the Embassy of France.
Working with industry
Organised by RMIT’s Dr Kerry Mullan, Melbourne Salon is a place where curious and open-minded people can engage in French-Australian cross-cultural dialogues. Talks will usually be in English; subsequent discussions in French or English.
European Union (EU) Centre at RMIT
The EU Centre provides a focal point for teaching, research and outreach activities with the EU, Australia and the Asia Pacific Region.
Alliance Française de l’Australie
The Alliance Française favours and supports cultural activities around the world, with the aim of developing links and exchanges between different cultures. RMIT Languages staff and students are actively involved in events and cultural programs run by the Alliance.
ISFAR – The Institute for the Study of French-Australian Relations
ISFAR conducts research and serves as a resource centre in all areas of French-Australian relations – historical as well as contemporary – and in the sciences and technology as well as in the humanities.
- Dr Chantal Crozet – Senior Lecturer, French Language and Culture Studies
- Dr Kerry Mullan – Senior Lecturer, French Language and Culture Studies
- Dr Alexis Bergantz – Lecturer, French Language and Culture Studies
- Dr Julien Chartier – Tutor, French Language and Culture Studies
- Dr Laura Cherubin – Tutor, French Language and Culture Studies
Speak to our friendly staff about programs, applications, pathways and important dates at RMIT Info Corner.