Whether you’re brushing up or starting from scratch with a whole new language, Deakin’s Diploma of Arabic is designed to sharpen your language skills and deepen your cultural understanding. It’s a great complement to your studies in any discipline, plus you will gain a global perspective and boost your employability.
Cutting-edge technology is used to deliver Deakin’s innovative and national award-winning Arabic language program, which provides both language practice and insights into the Arabic culture. The flexible online program allows students to learn and practice Arabic beyond the confines of the traditional classroom. You will gain fluency by developing skills in grammar, vocabulary and sentence structure through participation in activities across a range of topics. You will also get the chance to learn more about various cultural, sociolinguistic and sociocultural considerations of the Arabic speaking world.
A diploma in Arabic will give you a competitive advantage for roles in business, diplomacy, foreign policy and international development. You will graduate with competency in the language, and ready for a range of local and international careers.
An optional Arabic in-country study program means you can also immerse yourself in international cultures, practising the language with native speakers of Arabic in its natural and authentic environment. The eight-week study program is held at the University of Nizwa in Oman, giving you the opportunity to develop practical language skills and an insight into the culture and way of life in the host country.
The In-Country Language Program is available to students completing a major sequence in Arabic via study abroad. The program is a unique part of language study and an excellent way of accelerating completion of the major. Second and third year students have the opportunity to spend eight weeks studying language and culture in its own environment. This enables students to converse, read and write about more complex topics and to discuss ideas and information. Students also build upon their knowledge of grammar based on what they have learned previously. Upon successful completion of this program, students will be awarded a preclusion for either AIB351 or AIB352. For more information about the In-Country Language program please refer to the Work Integrated Learning website or contact the WIL team: email@example.com.Read More
To qualify for the award of Diploma of Arabic, a student must successfully complete;
- 8 credit points from the specified list of units below and;
- Academic Integrity AAI018 Academic Integrity (0-credit-point compulsory unit)
Arabic major sequence for students with no prior language study.
The Arabic major sequence for students who have completed Arabic at Level 12 or equivalent begins at second level and consists of the following units:
Approved Study Abroad may replace EITHER AIB351 or AIB352
Campuses by intake
Campus availability varies per trimester. This means that a course offered in Trimester 1 may not be offered in the same location for Trimester 2 or 3. Read more to learn where this course will be offered throughout the year.
Trimester 1 - March
- Start date: March
- Available at:
- Burwood (Melbourne)
- Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
- Cloud Campus
Deakin splits the academic year into three terms, known as trimesters. Most students usually undertake two trimesters each year (March-June, July-November).
Additional course information
Course duration - additional information
Course duration may be affected by delays in completing course requirements, such as accessing or completing work placements.
Deakin University offers admission to undergraduate courses through a number of Admission categories. In all categories of admission, selection is based primarily on academic merit as indicated by an applicant's previous academic record.
All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements.
Entry for school leavers will be based on their performance in the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) or its equivalent, with pre-requisite units 3 and 4; a study score of at least 25 in English EAL (English as an additional language) or 20 in English other than EAL.
Entry for non-school leavers will be based on their performance in:
- attainment of a Certificate IV or other qualification at a higher AQF level OR
- current enrolment in a Bachelor degree OR
- successful completion of relevant study at an accredited higher education institution equivalent to at least two Deakin University units OR
- other evidence of academic capability judged to be equivalent including relevant work or life experience
For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection (Higher Education Courses) Policy visit the Deakin Policy Library.
Fees and scholarships
Learn more about fees.
The tuition fees you pay will depend on the units you choose to study as each unit has its own costs. The ‘Estimated tuition fee’ is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students undertaking the first year of this course. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the time it takes to complete your course and any approved Credit for Prior Learning you have.
Each unit you enrol in has a credit point value. The ‘Estimated tuition fee’ is calculated by adding together 8 credit points of a typical combination of units for that course. Eight credit points is used as it represents a typical full-time enrolment load for a year.
You can find the credit point value of each unit under the Unit Description by searching for the unit in the Handbook.
Learn more about fees and available payment options.
A Deakin scholarship could help you pay for your course fees, living costs and study materials. If you've got something special to offer Deakin - or maybe you just need a bit of extra support - we've got a scholarship opportunity for you. Search or browse through our scholarships
This course will allow you to work in business or trade, health or education, IT or engineering, diplomacy or security, arts or sciences. A Diploma of Language will equip you with skills in another language and familiarity with another culture. This will not only give you an edge in terms of your personal qualities but will also expand your options for employment far beyond Australian shores to exciting and challenging positions in the Arab Gulf States, the Middle East and North Africa; China, Taiwan and Hong Kong; or Malaysia and Indonesia.
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Course learning outcomes
Deakin's graduate learning outcomes describe the knowledge and capabilities graduates can demonstrate at the completion of their course. These outcomes mean that regardless of the Deakin course you undertake, you can rest assured your degree will teach you the skills and professional attributes that employers value. They'll set you up to learn and work effectively in the future.
Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes
Course Learning Outcomes
Discipline specific knowledge and capabilities
Acquire theoretical, technical knowledge of the language system (pronunciation, grammar, syntax, and sociolinguistic practices) in Arabic and apply this knowledge in a range of contexts to undertake paraprofessional work and as a pathway for further learning
Communicate effectively and naturally in a range of daily and professional/academic contexts both orally and in writing using appropriate grammar, syntax, pronunciation and sociolinguistic practices in Arabic
Use online technologies and new media for communication and immersion in authentic material in Arabic as well as for autonomous language study
Analyze and evaluate information relating to and expressed in Arabic to support effective and natural language use
Use individual initiative to identify linguistic and sociolinguistic problems and apply knowledge of the systems of Arabic to develop personal strategies for solving problems in communication and cultural interpretation
Demonstrate autonomy, responsibility, and commitment to enhancing mastery of Arabic
Work and study collaboratively with other language students and also native speakers of Arabic
Understand and analyse issues related to the societies that use Arabic in the domestic, regional, and global context
Approved by Faculty Board May 2014
How to apply
For more information on the application process and closing dates, visit the how to apply page.
Please complete the Register your interest form to receive further information about our direct application opportunities.
Credit for prior learning
The University aims to provide students with as much credit as possible for approved prior study or informal learning which exceeds the normal entrance requirements for the course and is within the constraints of the course regulations. Students are required to complete a minimum of one-third of the course at Deakin University, or four credit points, whichever is the greater. In the case of certificates, including graduate certificates, a minimum of two credit points within the course must be completed at Deakin.
You can also refer to the Credit for Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree and how to apply for credit.