Italian is one of the most widely and commonly used languages other than English in Australia. The Italian language is an accessible and ‘learner friendly’ language and is ranked above Spanish, German and French, as the easiest second language to acquire. The Italian language is also a ‘commercial’ language and students with a proficiency in Italian will have the skills to enter the Italian-Australian business community and tourist industries.

Australia has a large Italian community which provides students with immediate opportunities to practice their Italian within a social context. To further enrich their learning experiences students may also have the opportunity to spend time in Italy for study tours or 6-12 months on cultural exchanges.

The Italian Language Studies team also organises a number of events and activities for students and encourages a wider engagement with Italian culture.

Program and course information

Diploma of Languages

Study a language while you complete another degree! The Diploma of Languages can be taken concurrently with any RMIT program to really add value to your degree and open up a range of new career opportunities.

Higher education courses

The following Higher Education 12 credit point Italian courses are offered for both undergraduate and postgraduate students. Studying a language as part of a degree can augment work-ready skills and is an enriching ‘add-on’ to a separate major field of study.

The course guides provide full details including course descriptions, pre-requisites (if any), learning outcomes, learning activities and assessments:

Languages FAQ (PDF 112 KB) – frequently asked questions about Languages electives.

Single and short courses

The Languages discipline also offers its Higher Education language electives and innovative short courses and workshops to the general public that are administered through RMIT's Single and Short Course Centre.

Student testimonial

‘This was the most fun subject I have done in all my four years at University! I had a great experience and also learned a lot.’

Nikhil Beddoe


To find out more about studying Italian, please contact:

Dr Ana Maria Ducasse – Coordinator, Italian Language Studies

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