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

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

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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 Spanish 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 profiles

Gabrielle Oberman

Bachelor of Arts (International Studies) - Spanish language elective

‘Language learning is of utmost importance, not just for those seeking work overseas. Australian workplaces are becoming ever more diverse and the need for a cultural ‘conscience’ including linguistic skills is important in almost any workplace environment.’

Michael White

Michael White

Bachelor of Arts (International Studies) – Spanish elective

‘I chose to study at RMIT not only because the course I wanted to do (International Studies) was perfect for me, but also due to RMIT’s focus on equipping their students with both work and international experience. Almost every subject I’ve done at RMIT has included a practical side that gives students the opportunity to earn some real experience that goes beyond study. Little things like holding a Spanish food festival and encouraging us to attend and volunteer at the Spanish Film Festival can really help in building confidence with a second language.

‘A second language is such a useful thing to have not only in terms of work, but travel as well. Any way to distinguish yourself from everyone else out there going for the same job as you, is essential.

‘With RMIT it’s hard to go past the central location. Being in the city makes you feel like you’re not just studying but you’re on the cusp of getting out there into the real world.

‘RMIT offers its students countless opportunities to improve their resume and their global passport, and I know that when I finish studying and begin looking for work, my experience with a second language and studying abroad will greatly increase my employability. All thanks to my time at RMIT.’

Veronica Nunez

Veronica Nunez

Bachelor of Health Sciences – Spanish elective

‘I always wanted to study the Spanish language, and RMIT University was the most accessible as it offered a variety of levels and days in which I could choose from. I hope to work within the Health Industry, working alongside different communities and countries other than my own.

‘Learning a second language is invaluable, challenging and rewarding. Travelling overseas and having an awareness of the culture and being able to speak Spanish was empowering. You gain an appreciation and understanding of the diverse cultures that migrate to Australia and speak another language other than English.’

Student experience

Languages academic mentoring program

This peer academic mentoring program involves intermediate and advanced students mentor new students for 1 – 2 hours each week, to assist with specific language or study related difficulties.

The program aims to enhance the students’ language learning experience, resulting in increased confidence and motivation. The students discover different learning styles, network with other students, learn effective ways to communicate, and share successful language learning strategies.

Language Assistants program in Spain 2014-2015

Download flyer to find out more about living and teaching in Spain (PDF 197 KB). Applications close 1 April 2014.

International opportunities

Higher Education Spanish language students have the unique opportunity to use the language in a real social and workplace context by engaging in different learning activities outside the classroom.

International exchange

Students have the opportunity to study abroad and gain course exemptions. RMIT has close to 200 partner universities in 31 countries to choose from. You can also take advantage of a number of international study tour opportunities.

More information on international exchange

Language Assistants program in Spain 2014-2015

Download flyer to find out more about living and teaching in Spain (PDF 197 KB). Applications close 1 April 2014.

Working with industry

The program fosters student engagement mainly via our links with the Spanish Consulate. Thanks to this partnership, we offer to our students the possibility to participate in diverse events such as film and cultural events, information about scholarships offered by the Spanish Government, and many more.


Dr Glenda Mejia – Coordinator, Spanish Language Studies

Dr Ana María Ducasse

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