Diploma of Languages
DurationFull-time 1 year, Part-time 3 years, Part-time 4 years
Enhance your employability and cross-cutural skills by learning a language.
Learn a new language or continue with your current language studies.
Why learn a language?
Learning a language will:
- broaden your career options and enhance your employability
- prepare you for a global career working abroad or for an international company
- complement an international exchange program
- improve your cognitive skills and brain function
- develop your cross-cultural skills and knowledge of other cultures
- connect you with experienced teaching staff who are immersed in the language you have chosen and its associated culture
RMIT offers four main languages in part-time mode:
- Chinese Mandarin
Chinese and Japanese are also offered in full-time mode (one year) for beginners.
The Diploma of Languages will introduce you to the management of linguistic and cultural issues in international organisations and business. You'll gain knowledge of the sociolinguistic and political aspects of language use, policy and planning.
You’ll have the opportunity to take part in extracurricular activities such as student-run language clubs, mentoring programs, international exchange programs and study tours.
You can study the Diploma with many RMIT degrees. Before enrolling, we recommend contacting the program manager to discuss how this program can best fit in with your current studies. Please email email@example.com.
Study will primarily be face-to-face classroom-based activities such as lectures and workshops, supported by online and other types of flexible delivery.
You’ll have opportunities to use the language in an applied and practical way in real and simulated social, cultural and workplace contexts.
You’ll learn through a range of methods supported by multimedia and online tools, which may include:
- social and cultural simulations
- language exchange and immersion activities with native speakers
- peer-assisted learning
- self-directed and online learning
- in-country learning opportunities, including short-term study tours and semester exchange
- academic mentoring programs
- socialising and networking through on-campus language clubs
Assessment tasks in this program will include some of the following:
- assignments and projects
- reflective journals
- role-plays and presentations
- self-assessment and peer-assessment
- oral (speaking), aural (listening) and written exams
- quizzes and tests
All programs are delivered in English. You will have access to online and digital resources through the myRMIT student portal.
RMIT works closely with foreign governments, embassies, chambers of commerce and cultural organisations. These organisations provide support in the form of:
- mobility scholarships for language students
- local and overseas internships
- language learning resources
- support for language assistants and teachers
- hosting collaborative events
You’ll be able to undertake language proficiency tests that are internationally recognised by governments, employers and educational institutions.
RMIT University is committed to providing you with an education that strongly links formal learning with professional or vocational practice.
This program enables you to undertake exchange and Global Experience Office programs at a range of overseas partner universities.
Internships may be completed locally or overseas, working with organisations in a country that speaks your chosen language. Examples of these include:
1 year intensive mode (Chinese and Japanese only) or 3 to 4 years part-time.
Designed for maximum flexibility, this program is made up of eight courses that can be studied in full-time intensive mode or part-time, often to complement additional studies.
The Diploma is offered in four main languages:
The one-year full-time intensive mode of the Diploma is ideal as a gap year or a pathway into another higher education program. In some cases it is the equivalent of a language major and is appropriate for both beginners and those with some basic knowledge of the language. Intermediate-level learners may begin mid-year, subject to placement test results.
Languages offered in intensive full-time mode are Chinese and Japanese.
There is one core course – Intercultural Communication – delivered in English. This course is designed to equip you with the knowledge, skills and critical thinking to communicate, negotiate and continue to learn across diverse social and cultural settings and prepare you for work, study or research in intercultural environments.
The remaining seven language courses are electives, guiding you towards advanced language proficiency while developing your knowledge of related cultures and societies.
Students with no prior language skills will complete all seven courses in the same language.
Students with prior studies in the languages above have the option of combining the language courses with a range of electives (in English) related to language and cross-cultural communication. Or students with prior studies may also learn additional languages as electives within the program.
In many cases, up to four of the eight courses in the Diploma can be cross-credited to both the Diploma and your main RMIT program. You can also fast-track this Diploma by undertaking spring and summer courses.
Choose a program structure
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1 year full time
2-4 years part time
1 year full time
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Program code: DP005
This program prepares you for specialist positions in:
- language teaching
Knowledge of another language and an awareness of cross-cultural communication are valued skills across many different industries.
Language skills provide opportunities for studying and working overseas, and enhance career options in many fields including:
- science and engineering
- community development
- foreign aid
- policy and diplomacy
- foreign affairs officer
- international business manager
- tourism manager
- cultural liaison officer
- language teacher
You must submit a personal statement with your application including:
- the language you wish to study in the program
- your reasons for wanting to study the program
- your personal strengths and attributes relevant to the program, such as languages spoken or studied
Applicants not studying year 12 in 2017 should also include details of any related work or voluntary experience.
All undergraduate and honours degrees have Commonwealth supported places (CSP) available.
In a Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP), your tuition fees are subsidised by the Australian Government. Your share of the fee (student contribution) is set each year by the government and is determined by the discipline areas (bands) of your individual enrolled courses, not the overall program.
As a CSP student, you may be eligible to apply for a HECS-HELP loan, which allows you to defer payment of up to 100% of your student contribution.
Learn more about fees for undergraduate study.
How much can I expect to pay for my Commonwealth supported place?
Courses (subjects) fall into one of three bands. The band determines the student contribution amount for the course.
Amounts listed in the table below are based on a standard, full-time study load (96 credit points per year) with all courses in the same band. A proportionate fee applies for more or less than the full-time study load or for enrolment in courses (subjects) from a combination of bands.
You can learn how to calculate your exact tuition fees for units from different bands at Fees for Commonwealth supported students.
Maximum student contribution amount for Commonwealth supported places in 2018
|Student contribution band by course (subject)||Maximum annual student contribution amount in 2018|
|Band 1: humanities, behavioural science, social studies, clinical psychology, foreign languages, visual and performing arts, education, nursing||$6,444 per standard year
$805 per standard (12 credit point) course
|Band 2: mathematics, statistics, computing, built environment, other health, allied health, science, engineering, surveying, agriculture||$9,185 per standard year
$1,148 per standard (12 credit point) course
Band 3: law, accounting, administration, economics, commerce, dentistry, medicine, veterinary science
|$10,754 per standard year
$1,344 per standard (12 credit point) course
The Australian Government provides financial assistance via the HECS-HELP loan scheme, which allows eligible students (such as Australian citizens or holders of an Australian permanent humanitarian visa) to defer payment of up to 100% of their student contribution.
How does a HELP loan work?
If your HECS-HELP and/or SA-HELP loan application is successful, the Australian Government will pay RMIT, on your behalf, up to 100% of your fees. This amount will become part of your accumulated HELP debt.
You will only start repaying your accumulated HELP debt to the Australian Government once you earn above the minimum income threshold for repayment, which is set each year by the Australian Government (this also applies if you are still studying).
The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) will calculate your compulsory repayment for the year and include this on your income tax notice.
In addition to tuition fees, you will be charged an annual student services and amenities fee (SSAF), which is used to maintain and enhance services and amenities that improve your experience as an RMIT student.
The SSAF is calculated based on your enrolment load and the maximum fee for 2018 is $298.
For more information about calculating your actual SSAF see Paying SSAF.
You may also be required to purchase other items related to your program, including field trips, textbooks and equipment. These additional fees and expenses vary from program to program.