DP005 - Diploma of Languages

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Plan: DP005 - Diploma of Languages
Campus: City Campus


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: Diploma of Languages
Award abbreviation: DipLang
Total credit points: 96
Career: UGRD
Duration: 1 year full time, 2-4 years part time
Location: City Campus, Melbourne
Owning school: Global, Urban and Social Studies (365H)
Owning school URL: www.rmit.edu.au/socialhumanities
ASCED code: 091599
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Purpose of the Program

The Diploma of Languages is designed to provide you with an advanced level of proficiency in a language other than English, with a focus on practical language skills. You will be able to speak, comprehend, read and write your chosen language in a wide range of contexts. The program aims to enhance your knowledge of the cultures and societies associated with the language, and equips you with intercultural knowledge for social and workplace application. 

In addition, the Diploma will introduce you to the socio-linguistic and political aspects of language use and will prepare you for employment in culturally diverse organisations in the countries in which the language is spoken. 

The program offers opportunities for further learning through extra-curricular activities such as student-run language clubs, international exchange programs and study tours.

The Diploma is designed to complement undergraduate studies in a range of disciplines at RMIT and can be taken concurrently with any RMIT Undergraduate program, or as a stand-alone program.

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Articulation and pathways

Students with prior language study undertaken at another tertiary institution may be eligible to apply for credit. 

If you are studying the Diploma of Languages concurrently with another RMIT bachelor degree program you may apply for up to 48 credit points of exemptions in both the Diploma of Languages and your bachelor degree program.

Graduates of the RMIT Diploma of Languages with a Grade Point Average of 3.0 or higher, will gain guaranteed entry into the Bachelor of Arts (International Studies)

Graduates of DP005 Diploma of Languages may be eligible for credit into the following programs:

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

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Entrance requirements

If you are currently enrolled in a Melbourne based RMIT undergraduate program you are eligible to apply for entry into the Diploma of Languages without having to meet additional academic entrance requirements.

If not already enrolled in a Melbourne based RMIT undergraduate program, domestic applicants may be eligible for entry into the Diploma of Languages on a part-time or full-time basis, subject to the following minimum academic entrance requirements or equivalent:

  • VCE Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in English other than EAL.

Pre-enrolment placement tests are required for all students, except those who have no background knowledge or have never studied the language at all. Post-enrolment Level 1 in class screening is conducted to maintain homogenous language proficiency levels.

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External accreditation and industry links

In Australia there are no professional bodies that recognise or accredit programs in languages, however RMIT works closely with foreign governments, who provide support in the form of mobility scholarships for language students, language learning resources, support for language teachers and hosting collaborative events.

Graduates of the Diploma of Language are able to undertake formal language proficiency tests that are widely recognised by respective governments, employers and education institutions.

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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

Library resources and services

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 DVDs, past exams, 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, myRMIT (www.rmit.edu.au/myrmit) or Library e-resources. 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://www.rmit.edu.au/library

Online learning tools and content

You can access online learning tools and content for your program and associated courses at myRMIT www.rmit.edu.au/myrmit

Services available to you as a student at RMIT University

RMIT University provides a wide range of resources and opportunities to assist your learning and wellbeing so you can achieve your study and career goals. Services are available face to face and online assisting with:  

  • Transition to tertiary study and learning
  • Study skills and academic skills
  • Enabling assistance if you have a disability, long term medical condition or other form of disadvantage which may impact on your learning
  • Career development and employment
  • Living and wellbeing (including advice on health, housing and financial matters)
  • Opportunities for scholarships, leadership and study abroad
  • Opportunities for participating in arts, sport, recreation, fitness activities as well as student activism and university governance

 We also offer a friendly and supportive environment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

You can find more information at www.rmit.edu.au/students

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