BP317 - Bachelor of Languages

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Plan: BP317VRI - Bachelor of Languages
Campus: RMIT University Vietnam


Program details
Purpose of the Program
Articulation and pathways
Entrance requirements
External accreditation and industry links
Student expenses and charges in addition to fees
Library, IT and specialist resources

Program details

Award title: Bachelor of Languages
Award abbreviation: BLang
Total credit points: 288
Career: UGRD
Duration: 3 years full time
Location: RMIT University Vietnam, Saigon South Campus
Owning school: School of Communication and Design (840H)
Owning school URL: www.rmit.edu.vn/our-schools-centres/school-communication-design
ASCED code: 091515
CRICOS code:

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Purpose of the Program

The Bachelor of Languages will develop your advanced bilingualism and communication skills and prepare you for a career in language related fields. You will acquire knowledge of the nature and politics of language as well as excellent written and verbal communication skills in a language other than English. You will also gain deep social and cultural knowledge of the countries where the target language is spoken, a greater appreciation for and openness towards other peoples and cultures in general, and enhanced intercultural competence and professional communication skills.

The program provides an overview of popular theory, issues and opportunities in language and related industries. You will have the option to choose a major (or double major), minor (or double minor) and/or electives that prepare you for a career in this field. The professionally oriented minor streams will provide you with a pathway to a further qualification in these areas. These qualities will increase your employment prospects, as employers in many industries will recognise the benefits of such qualities in the multilingual and multicultural communities of today’s globalised world.

The core courses provide a foundation of strong theoretic and practical intercultural knowledge for international social and work life. A project-based capstone course and internship ensure that you will have ample opportunity to apply your studies to real life experiences.

The program offers opportunities for further learning through extra-curricular activities such as student-run language clubs, international exchange programs and study tours. This program requires students to attend classes on campus.

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Articulation and pathways

Students with prior language study undertaken at another tertiary institution may be eligible to apply for credit. You may be eligible for credit into other RMIT University programs for successfully completing this program upon application to other RMIT University programs. Please check with the admissions officer of your program of choice.

Learn more about pathways or if you are eligible for credit transfer and recognition of prior learning.

Upon completion of the Bachelor of Languages, you may be eligible to undertake further studies in related programs at RMIT. RMIT’s School of Global Urban and Social Studies offers a Master of Translating and Interpreting, a Master of Education, a Master of International Development.

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Entrance requirements

Academic entrance requirements:

  • High school graduation diploma with a minimum GPA of 7.0/10.0 for Grade 12, for other international qualifications please view entry requirements by country ((link is external).
  • LOTE for Translating and Interpreting major courses:

Translation and interpretation requires students to translate between languages; accordingly you need to demonstrate advanced language skills in two languages, one of which will be English. You may be required to demonstrate your proficiency in your selected language other than English prior to entry into the program by undertaking a LOTE test.

The proficiency level will be met by attainment of the levels outlined below:

  • Japanese: JLPT: N2; RMIT J6.
  • Chinese:  TOCFL (Test of Chinese as a Foreign Language) = 4 or HSK Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi = 5
  • Vietnamese: VNE = Advanced Level (C1, C2)
  • Other languages will be assessed on a case-by-case basis

Your choice of language other than English may be limited to the above languages, or otherwise where support is available.  

International English language requirements:

Successfully complete RMIT English Advanced or complete one of the following English proficiency tests:

  • IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5+ (no band below 6.0)
  • TOEFL iBT 79+ (with minimum score of 13 in Reading, 12 in Listening, 18 in Speaking and 21 in Writing)
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) 58+ (no communication band below 50)
  • Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) or Proficiency (CPE) 176+ (no band below 169)

Please contact the RMIT Vietnam Student Recruitment team for more information.

Note: TOEFL, IELTS, Pearson and Cambridge results are recognised for two years from the test date. RMIT English results are only recognised for one year from the test date.

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External accreditation and industry links

There is no external accreditation of the program with a specific industry body.

The program is taught by people with extensive industry experience and background. You will have the opportunity to undertake a professional placement during your degree. In addition, students who complete the Bachelor of Languages will be eligible to take an internationally recognised proficiency test in the target language (widely recognised by respective governments, employers and education institutions) and/or the national accreditation for translators and interpreters (NAATI).

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Student expenses and charges in addition to fees

Once you are enrolled as a student in this program you will need to allow for expenses other than university tuition fees.  Additional expenses may relate to the purchase of lecture notes, textbooks, stationery, consumables such as printer paper, fees levied by commercial internet service providers for internet access outside of the university campus, and other relevant costs.

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Library, IT and specialist resources

As a student enrolled in a program at RMIT University you can access the extensive services, facilities and study space provided by the Library. You can access books, journals and other course related materials, such as newspapers and e-books. Through our document delivery service you can also request items from any library in the world.

Computers for study are available at every Library site, where you can access the Internet, or Library eresources. If you have a laptop you can access the RMIT University wireless network in the Library. Library staff can show you how to find information for your assignments or you can work through web-based tutorials or use our online Ask a Librarian service.

The Library is continually expanding our electronic collections to make it easier for you to get the information you need when you need it. All RMIT University students have unlimited access to quality electronic resources such as, e-books, e-journals and newspapers. You can find more information on Library resources and services at:  http://library.rmit.edu.vn/ or http://www.rmit.edu.au/library.

Online learning tools and content

As a student enrolled in this program you may access online learning tools and content for your program and associated courses from the  Canvas learning management system.

Other resources

Course guides for each course in the program will identify print and electronic resources available for you for the completion of all your learning and assessment tasks.

Services available to you as a student at RMIT University

RMIT Vietnam provides the following resources and opportunities to assist your learning and wellbeing so you can achieve your study and career goals.

Services available:

  • transition to tertiary student learning,
  • study skills, academic skills including academic literacy, writing for academic purposes,
  • research, exam preparation and much more,
  • career development and employment,
  • living and wellbeing (including advice on health and personal matters),
  • opportunities for scholarships, leadership and study abroad,
  • opportunities for participating in community engagement, arts, sport, recreation, fitness activities as well as student activism and university governance.
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