Students studying interpreting at RMIT are eligible for financial support under a new round of the Victorian Government’s Interpreter Scholarship program.
The scholarships provide up to $3,400 towards course fees for both the Diploma and Advanced Diploma of Interpreting. Each course is one year long, and both are taught at RMIT’s city campus for a range of languages.
The Diploma will be offered for languages spoken by many of Victoria’s newly-arrived and growing cultural communities. The many languages studied include African languages such as Somali and Dinka, Middle Eastern languages such as Amharic and Assyrian, and Asian languages such as Burmese, Hindi, Khmer, Malay, Thai, and Vietnamese.
Scholarships for the Advanced Diploma are offered for Cantonese, Indonesian, Malay, Tamil, Turkish and Vietnamese, as well as a number of European languages.
Almost 5% of Victorians (266,000 people) stated in the 2016 Census that they spoke English not well or not at all. Multicultural Affairs Minister Robin Scott said properly trained, professional interpreters with the right skills are needed meet the needs of our migrant communities.
Australian citizenship or permanent residency is a requirement for the scholarships. However, applications from asylum seekers will also be considered. The courses are suitable for people who are already bilingual, and who are seeking to learn professional interpreting techniques.
To be eligible to study in 2018, applicants need to apply to RMIT University by Friday 30 November 2017. Successful applicants will be notified in February, in time for the beginning of semester on 26 February 2018.
For more information on the scholarships, visit multicultural.vic.gov.au.
Visit the RMIT website for more information on fees for the Diploma and Advanced Diploma.