Diploma of Arabic

Undergraduate degree

Boost your employability, develop your linguistic skills and expand your career and study pathways with a Diploma of Arabic. Enquire and apply today.

Domestic student information

Experience the Arabic language with overseas study

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Key facts

Duration

3 years part time

Current Deakin Students

To access your official course details for the year you started your degree, please visit the handbook

Course information

Whether you’re brushing up or starting from scratch with a whole new language, Deakin’s Diploma of Arabic is an award-winning program designed to sharpen your language skills and deepen your cultural understanding. By studying Arabic alongside your degree, you'll gain linguistic skills, as well as the essential cultural, historical and social perspectives that will give you a leading edge in a range of exciting careers. 

Want to study an award-winning language program and develop your language skills to build a global career? 

Learning a language is not only fun, it gives you insight into different cultures, develops your adaptability and communication skills, and makes you more employable.

The Arab countries of the Middle East and North Africa form an area of global importance, with broad strategic, economic, religious and cultural influence. Our Arabic language program provides both language practice and insights into the Arabic culture.

Through this diploma, you'll develop communication skills in modern standard Arabic and gain fluency by taking part in activities across a range of topics focusing on grammar, vocabulary and sentence structure. You’ll also learn about cultural, sociolinguistic and sociocultural considerations relevant to the Arabic language, as well as gain knowledge of Middle Eastern history, culture and society.

An optional Arabic In-Country Language Program gives you the chance to practise the language with native speakers of Arabic in its natural and authentic environment. The eight-week study program is held in Oman or Abu Dhabi, where you'll develop practical language skills and learn about the culture and way of life in the host country.

In-Country study 

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.

As a second or third-year student, you can spend eight weeks studying language and culture in its own environment. You'll be able to converse, read and write about more complex topics and build upon your knowledge of grammar.

For more information about the In-Country Language Program please refer to the Work-integrated learning website or contact the WIL team: artsed-wil@deakin.edu.au.

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Course structure

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

Arabic major sequence for students with no prior language study.

Level 1

  • Arabic 1A AIB151
  • Arabic 1B AIB152
  • Level 2

  • Arabic 2A AIB251
  • Arabic 2B AIB252
  • Level 3

  • Arabic 3A AIB351 (2 credit points)
  • Arabic 3B AIB352 (2 credit points)
  • 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:

    Level 1

  • Arabic 2A AIB251
  • Arabic 2B AIB252
  • Level 2

  • Arabic 3A AIB351 (2 credit points)
  • Arabic 3B AIB352 (2 credit points)
  • Approved Study Abroad may replace EITHER AIB351 or AIB352

    Level 3

  • Advanced Arabic Language Skills AIB309
  • Introduction to Translation Skills AIB310
  • Key information

    Award granted
    Diploma of Arabic
    Year

    2020 course information

    Deakin code
    A221
    Level
    Undergraduate
    Approval status
    This course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.
    Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) recognition
    The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 5.

    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.

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    Entry requirements

    Entry information

    Deakin University offers admission to undergraduate courses through a number of Admission categories.

    All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements

    Please note that meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee selection, which is based on merit, likelihood of success and availability of places in the course.

    For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection (Higher Education Courses) Policy visit the Deakin Policy Library

    Entry for applicants with recent secondary education (previous three years) will be based on their performance in a Senior Secondary Certificate of Education, 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 applicants with previous Tertiary, VET, life or work experience 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

    Recognition of 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 Recognition of Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree and how to apply for credit.

    Fees and scholarships

    Fee information

    Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place
    Not applicable
    Estimated tuition fee - (CSP)?
    $6,684 for 1 yr full-time - Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
    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 Recognition of 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.

    Scholarship 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

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    How to apply

    Apply direct to Deakin

    Applications can be made directly to the University through the Applicant Portal. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.


    Need more information on how to apply?

    For more information on the application process and closing dates, visit the how to apply page.

    How to apply


    Register your interest to study at Deakin

    Please complete the Register your interest form to receive further information about our direct application opportunities.


    Contact information

    Arts and Education Student Services and Enrolment Enquiries

    Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
    Tel 03 5227 1359
    artsed@deakin.edu.au

    Burwood (Melbourne) 
    Tel 03 9246 8100
    artsed@deakin.edu.au 

    Cloud (online) 
    Tel 03 5227 1359
    artsed@deakin.edu.au  

    Frequently asked questions

    Deakin runs on trimesters, what dates do they each start?

    Find out more about our key dates

    Am I eligible for a scholarship with this course?

    Find our more about scholarships at Deakin

    Can I claim recognition of prior learning (RPL) for this course?

    Find out more about RPL

    Where can I study with Deakin?

    Find out more about campus locations

    Why choose Deakin

    Want a degree that’s more than just a qualification? Our industry connections, world-class facilities and practical approach to learning are just some of the reasons why Deakin students graduate confident and ready to thrive in the jobs of tomorrow.

    Graduate job ready with practical language experience

    Combine travel and study to broaden your experience

    Experience interactive learning with online study

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    Career outcomes

    The Diploma of Arabic will equip you with skills in the Arabic language that will give you a competitive edge, and expand your employment options far beyond Australian shores to exciting and challenging positions in the Arab Gulf States, the Middle East and North Africa.

    Adding an international aspect to your degree can open doors to better career opportunities in:

    • the arts
    • business or trade
    • diplomacy or security
    • education
    • foreign policy
    • health
    • international development
    • IT or engineering
    • sciences.

    For more information go to DeakinTALENT

    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

    Communication

    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

    Digital literacy

    Use online technologies and new media for communication and immersion in authentic material in Arabic as well as for autonomous language study

    Critical thinking

    Analyse and evaluate information relating to and expressed in Arabic to support effective and natural language use

    Problem solving

    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

    Self-management

    Demonstrate autonomy, responsibility, and commitment to enhancing mastery of Arabic

    Teamwork

    Work and study collaboratively with other language students and also native speakers of Arabic

    Global citizenship

    Understand and analyse issues related to the societies that use Arabic in the domestic, regional, and global context

    Approved by Faculty Board May 2014

     

    *ARWU Rankings 2018
    ^Australian Graduate Survey 2010–2015, Graduate Outcomes Survey 2016–2018 (GOS), Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT) 2018

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