“Language is the skin of the soul” - Fernando Lázaro Carreter

Acquiring Spanish language skills will enable you to pursue a range of career paths ranging from international trade and commerce, diplomatic corps and education.

Spanish is the official language of twenty-three countries and the second most widely spoken language in the United States of America. It is one of the official languages of the United Nations. Spanish belongs to the Indo-European languages family, spoken by more than a third of the world's population and is further classified further as a Romance language, the family that includes French, Portuguese, Italian, Catalan and Romanian. English speakers will understand much vocabulary through cognates which are words that sound the same and have the same meanings, for example:

La diferencia entro lo posible y lo imposible está en la determinación de una persona.
The difference between the possible and the impossible lies in the determination of a person. (Tommy Lasorda)

According to Ethnologue there are currently 534,335,730 total users of Spanish in all countries.  Although Spanish originated on the Iberian Peninsula as a descendant of Latin, today the majority of speakers are in Latin America. There are minor differences that are not so great as to prevent communication. 

The Spanish program actively encourages you to engage with the rich histories and cultures of Spain and Latin America. You may also have the opportunity to spend time in a Spanish speaking country for study tours or for 6-12 months on cultural exchanges. Study abroad and exchange semesters may be available in Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Spain or any Spanish speaking country with coordinator approval.    

Program and course information

Higher education

You can study Spanish 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.

Placement test

The placement test, for those with previous knowledge of the language, takes place at least two weeks before semester commences. It consists of grammar questions, increasing in difficulty, short-answer questions and a couple of written paragraphs. Speaking and listening are tested face to face before or after the written test. Please contact the course coordinator. 

RMIT Spanish courses and their equivalents in the CEFR (DOC 14KB)

Student experience

Social opportunities

You can join the RMIT Spanish club activities and can express interest to become committee members.

Industry and community internship program

You can apply to spend 6-9 months in Spain as English Language assistants for the Spanish Ministry of Education with a stipend paid in Euros.

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.

Study tours

Please contact the course coordinator.

Engagement with Community, Associations and Research Centres

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

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