A romance language derived from Latin, Italian is synonymous with art history, literature, archaeology, philosophy, music, food, fashion, cinema and cultural heritage. Italy is one of the most historically rich countries in the world, and is the country with the most UNESCO world heritage sites in the world. 

The Italian community has long influenced Australian life, helping shape Melbourne's music, food and coffee culture, and providing you with opportunities to practise your Italian within a social context.

Once you gain proficiency in Italian, you will have the skills to interact with the Italian-Australian business sector, and community, and to pursue an international career.

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“A different language is a different vision of life.”

- Federico Fellini

Course and subject information

You can study Italian as an elective in any course.

The following Higher Education 12 credit point courses 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.

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Students with prior knowledge of Italian should contact the course coordinator before enrolling in an Italian subject.

RMIT Italian 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.

Italian course coordinator:

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