German is one of the most commonly spoken languages in the European Union, and is one of Australia’s community languages. 

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. It 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 important in academia, ranking as the second most commonly used scientific language.

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

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"The limits of my language are the limits of my universe."

- Ludwig Wittgenstein

Course and subject information

You can study German as a minor in the Bachelor of International Studies (Languages) or as an elective in any course.

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

Semester 1

Semester 2

Explore our Frequently Asked Questions to learn more about languages at RMIT.

Placement test

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

RMIT German courses and their equivalents in the CEFR

Student experience

International opportunities, exchange and study abroad

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

Community associations and research centres

Contact us

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

German course coordinator:

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