Study Middle Eastern history, culture and society, and develop communication skills in modern Arabic. As a graduate you'll find employment in a wide range of settings, including government departments, major corporations and multicultural associations.

Learn Arabic language skills to get a competitive edge

The Arab countries of the Middle East and North Africa form an area of critical global importance having broad strategic, economic, religious and cultural influence. In Australia, Arabic is the second most common language (excluding English) spoken in the home.*


Undergraduate (your first degree)

An undergraduate degree is generally completed between two to four years, depending on the pattern of study and any recognition of prior learning you may have. Associate degrees, bachelor and bachelor with honours are all undergraduate degrees.


Higher Degrees by Research (supervised research)

Research degrees are research based master’s or PhD programs that focus on a single area of expertise. They provide students the opportunity to carry out highly specialised research under expert supervision.

Deakin creates opportunities for us here and abroad, from international debate teams to in-country programs. I’ve learned from staff from a multitude of Arab nations, with each bringing their own experience and knowledge of culture, contributing to a nuanced understanding of the language.

Chithra Mandalam

Diploma of Arabic student

Career opportunities

Graduates can find employment in the following fields:

  • education sector
  • federal defence agencies
  • government departments
  • immigration departments
  • intelligence agencies
  • major corporations
  • management consultancies
  • media organisations
  • multicultural associations
  • research and translation services.

Learn the language faster in the real world

Studying Arabic at Deakin gives you the option to extend your language skills and get a competitive edge in the job market with an immersive in-country language program. For six weeks you will study the Arabic language and culture in its own environment while gaining course credit.

Flexible study, no matter your course

In addition to our language diplomas, languages can be studied as a major or minor sequence within the Bachelor of Arts and as a major within the Bachelor of International Studies and Bachelor of International Studies (Global Scholar). On top of this, a language may be able to be studied across many of Deakin’s other courses.

Research with us

If you've got a unique take on how the Arabic language can further benefit cross-cultural partnerships or add insight into another field of study, a higher degree by research could be for you.

Learn more about researching with us


*Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2016