The Chinese language is a pictographic language, with an artistic glamour and a history of thousands of years. It is the language spoken by over a billion people and is among the official languages of the United Nations, whilst China itself continues to become one of Australia’s largest trading partners. University students who graduate with Chinese cultural and language skills will possess a competitive edge in an increasingly globalised job market.
The Chinese language program at RMIT offers a variety of courses ranging from Higher Education electives to short courses to meet students’ professional and personal needs. The courses focus on practical and applied language skills. Students will be able to develop strong cross-cultural communication abilities and foster a broader intellectual engagement with China, and its people and culture.
Opportunities exist for students to spend time in China on study tours and cultural exchanges. Students may also choose to apply for the International Student Exchange Program (ISEP) for the opportunity to undertake further studies in China.
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 36 credit point and 12 credit point Chinese 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 following course guides provide full details including course descriptions, pre-requisites (if any), learning outcomes, learning activities and assessments:
36-credit point Chinese courses:
12-credit point Chinese courses:
- LANG1068 Chinese 1
- LANG1069 Chinese 2
- LANG1070 Chinese 3
- LANG1071 Chinese 4
- LANG1072 Chinese 5
- LANG1073 Chinese 6
- LANG1245 Chinese 7
- LANG1247 Chinese 8
- LANG1266 Chinese for Professional Communication
- LANG1267 Chinese Through Drama
- LANG1261 Language and Culture through Cinema
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.
In order to ascertain your prior level and ensure you maximise your language learning, we have a self evaluation tool for all prospective students who have some knowledge of the language. This tool will help determine the best level of enrolment:
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 mentoring 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.
Higher Education Chinese 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.
The program runs language immersion activities with native Chinese speakers and a student mentoring program 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.
In addition, the Chinese Government HSK scholarships are offered annually to students who sit the HSK test, an internationally recognized Chinese language proficiency test.
Industry and community internship program
In-country internship programs are organised through our international partners in China. Workplace experience in local Chinese communities is also provided to enhance students work-integrated learning.
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.
Chinese Australian Studies Forum
RMIT University established the Chinese Australian Studies Forum in 1998. It works to support Chinese Australians to confidently engage in wider community advancement, their interest in contemporary Australia, and seeks to give voice to those needed.
By working with visiting scholars, the Forum organises symposia, public lectures, joint-authored research and trans-national networks to build ‘both-ways’ education for the Chinese Australian community.
Self evaluation quiz