French

“To have another language is to possess a second soul.” ‒ Charlemagne

French is spoken on all five continents.

French is one of the most widely spoken languages in the world. Forty-nine countries either use French as their official, second or priority language, which represents one quarter of the world’s nations. French 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.

In Australia, French companies also provide employment opportunities for Australians with a knowledge of the French language in areas such as education, international law, fashion, tourism, leisure, telecommunications, translating and interpreting, medical and scientific research, agriculture (wine, wool, sheepskin, cheesemaking) and sport.  Australian companies established in France, such as Rip Curl, Brambles, TNT, Airship Industries, Sola International and ACI also provide work opportunities for bilingual French-English speakers.

With a proficiency in French you will greatly increase your employability in many areas. While studying at RMIT, you also have the chance to be involved in exchange programs, internships and the RMIT French Club, which organises a wide range of extra-curricular activities. Further information about the links between France and Australia and 10 Good Reasons to Learn French can be found on these links.

Program and course information

You can study French as a major in the Bachelor of International Studies (Languages) or as an elective in any program.

The following Higher Education 12 credit point courses are offered for both undergraduate and postgraduate students. The course guides provide full details including course descriptions, pre-requisites (if any), learning outcomes, learning activities and assessments:

Semester 1

Semester 2

Advanced courses

Languages FAQ – frequently asked questions about Languages electives.

French short course

The Languages discipline also offers an upper-intermediate French Conversation Short Course.

Placement test

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 for more information and to enrol in the next available session to sit the test.

Student experience

Social opportunities

You might like to try out the RMIT French Club

International opportunities/ Exchange/study abroad

You will have the opportunity to study overseas and gain credit for courses. RMIT has close to 200 partner universities in 31 countries to choose from. Scholarships and mobility grants are available.

Scholarships and grants for studying in France are also available from the Embassy of France.

Study tours

Biennial tours to New Caledonia (email kerry.mullan@rmit.edu.au for details)

Engagement with Community, Associations and Research Centres

Be sure to check out Melbourne’s French community

Working with industry

Melbourne Salon

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.

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. For example, in the sciences as well as the humanities.

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. 

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.

RMIT Language, Culture, International Education research program (SGSC Centre) 

Language, Culture, International Education

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