“The limits of my language are the limits of my universe.” - Ludwig Wittgenstein

Learning German will provide you with a deeper insight into a region that plays a vital role in central Europe’s intellectual and economic life and its culture and history.

German is one of the most commonly spoken languages in the European Union and is one of Australia’s community languages. Students with a proficiency in the German language are able to greatly increase their employability in many different professions. Learning German can also enhance your enjoyment of literature, music, art and philosophy, since German is the language of Goethe, Kafka, Mozart, Bach and Beethoven. German is also an important language in academia, ranking second as the most commonly used scientific language.

Australia has a large and active German community which provides you with opportunities to practise your German within a social context. To further enrich your learning experiences, you may also have the opportunity to spend time in a German speaking country on exchange.

Here's some further information about why you should Choose German and another publication called Why Learn German

Program and course information

You can study German as a minor 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

Languages FAQ – frequently asked questions about our language electives.

Placement test

Students with prior knowledge of German should contact the course coordinator before enrolling in a German course.

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.

Engagement with Community, Associations and Research Centres

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

Contact us

Associate Professor Kerry Mullan – German course coordinator

Speak to our friendly staff about programs, applications, pathways and important dates at RMIT Connect.

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Acknowledgement of country

RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nations on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business.

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