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

Key facts

Duration

3 years part-time

Key dates

Direct applications to Deakin for Trimester 1 2022 close 20 February 2022

Current Deakin Students

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

Course overview

Whether you are 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 will 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. 

Through this diploma, you'll learn communication skills in Arabic and develop an understanding of Arabic culture and ways of life. Gain fluency by taking part in activities across a range of topics focusing on grammar, lexicons, vocabulary and sentence structure. You’ll also learn about cultural, historical sociolinguistic and political dimensions of the societies and cultures that make up the Arabic speaking world. 

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 Arabic culture.

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.

* Overseas study programs to be confirmed in 2022 and beyond, subject to government travel restrictions.

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Course information

Award granted
Diploma of Arabic
Year

2022 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.

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 major sequence

For students with no prior language study.

Level 1

  • Practical Arabic: An Introduction to the Language and Its Sounds
  • Applied Arabic 1B: The Language and its Culture
  • Level 2

  • Arabic and the World 2A: Communicating Using Arabic
  • Arabic and the World 2B: Texts and Contexts in Arabic
  • Level 3

  • Arabic and the World 3A: Contemporary Arabic in a Range of Contexts (2 credit points)
  • Arabic and the World 3B: Applying Arabic in Complex and Contemporary Contexts (2 credit points)
  • Arabic major sequence

    For students who have completed Arabic at Year 12 or equivalent begins at second level and consists of the following units

    Level 1

  • Arabic and the World 2A: Communicating Using Arabic
  • Arabic and the World 2B: Texts and Contexts in Arabic
  • Level 2

  • Arabic and the World 3A: Contemporary Arabic in a Range of Contexts (2 credit points)
  • Arabic and the World 3B: Applying Arabic in Complex and Contemporary Contexts (2 credit points)
  • Approved Study Abroad may replace EITHER AIB351 or AIB352

    Level 3

  • Advanced Arabic Language Skills
  • Introduction to Translation Skills
  • 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)
      • 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

    Course duration may be affected by delays in completing course requirements, such as accessing or completing work placements.

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    Entry requirements

    Current or recent Year 12

    If you are currently studying Year 12 or completed Year 12 in the previous two years and have not attempted higher education or VET/Polytechnic study since, your selection is based on the following.

    VCE Prerequisite subjects

    Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English EAL (English as an additional language) or at least 20 in English other than EAL.

    ATAR

    This course uses the ATAR as part of its selection considerations.

    Selection is competitive and meeting the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee selection.  Our Admission Criteria and Selection Policy outlines the principles of selection.

    Higher education study

    If you have undertaken at least one unit of higher education after secondary schooling, your selection is based on the following.

    Education

    This course uses your entire academic record as part of its selection considerations.

    VCE senior secondary prerequisite studies

    Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English EAL (English as an additional language) or at least 20 in English other than EAL or equivalent, or Certificate IV: or higher, or concurrent Bachelor study.

    All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements. Please read about other ways of satisfying the English language proficiency requirement.

    Selection is competitive and meeting the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee selection.  Our Admission Criteria and Selection Policy outlines the principles of selection.

    VET study

    If you have undertaken at least one unit of Vocational Education and Training (VET) study after secondary school, your selection is based on the following.

    Education

    This course uses your entire academic record as part of its selection considerations.

    VCE senior secondary prerequisite studies

    Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English EAL (English as an additional language) or at least 20 in English other than EAL or equivalent, or Certificate IV: or higher, or concurrent Bachelor study.

    All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements. Please read about other ways of satisfying the English language proficiency requirement.

    Selection is competitive and meeting the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee selection.  Our Admission Criteria and Selection Policy outlines the principles of selection.

    Work and life experience

    If you finished Year 12 more than three years ago or did not finish Year 12, your selection is based on the following.

    Education

    This course uses your entire academic record as part of its selection considerations.

    VCE senior secondary prerequisite studies

    Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English EAL (English as an additional language) or at least 20 in English other than EAL or equivalent, or Certificate IV: or higher, or concurrent Bachelor study.

    All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements. Please read about other ways of satisfying the English language proficiency requirement.

    Selection is competitive and meeting the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee selection.  Our Admission Criteria and Selection Policy outlines the principles of selection.

    Selection adjustments

    Access and equity

    Special entry access schemes (SEAS) enable Deakin to consider disadvantaged circumstances you may have experienced and the impact upon your studies. SEAS also allows us to identify if you’re from under-represented groups when making selection decisions for some courses. SEAS does not exempt you from meeting any of the course entry requirements. Learn more about Deakin’s special entry access schemes.

    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 - (CSP)?
    $3,985 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

    Apply now

    Apply direct to Deakin

    Applications for Trimester 1, 2022 open in August.

    You can apply direct to Deakin via our Application Portal. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.

    Download the course flyer

    To learn more about what a language diploma at Deakin has to offer, download our course flyer.

    Contact information

    Prospective Student Enquiry Centre

    1800 693 888

    myfuture@deakin.edu.au

    Careers

    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

    Experience the Arabic language with overseas study

    Get a unique edge in the global job market

    Top 1% of universities worldwide**

    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 2020