International Study Program
A Study Abroad program is a fantastic opportunity for you to study courses at a University in another country for either one semester (around six months) or two (a year).
If your university does not have an exchange agreement with RMIT you can still join us in Melbourne for one or two semesters on a Study Abroad program. You will be immersed in the RMIT experience by studying alongside full time degree students from across the world.
You can design your own program by selecting courses from cross any of RMIT’s disciplines as long as you have the necessary prerequisites. RMIT offers undergraduate and postgraduate degrees for you to select courses from.
The subjects that you study at RMIT can be credited towards your degree if they have been approved by your home institution
Why ‘Study Abroad’?
A Study Abroad program is an excellent opportunity to see the world, experience new cultures and develop as a person and an employee. Benefits include:
- Employability - “One third of employers viewed a graduate with any overseas international experience as more employable” CIHE Report. Employers are increasingly seeking ‘global graduates’
- Networks - New friends and new people linked to the industry you will work in.
- Travel opportunities - Weekends and academic breaks allow you to venture out and explore your surroundings
- Culture – know a culture at first hand
- Learn more about you and the world and it gives you a new perspective on your subject area and on higher education
RMIT is a global university that is proud of its strong connections with industry, work-relevant courses and practical learning. By joining RMIT on a Study Abroad program you will be able to take advantage of all of the networks around you to develop and grow.
What can I study?
You can design your own Study Abroad program by selecting courses from cross any of RMIT University’s disciplines, as long as you have the necessary prerequisites. RMIT offers diploma, undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. Courses of diploma programs are best suited to students from community colleges, vocational or technical institutions.
The majority of students on undergraduate degrees choose courses from our undergraduate programs and the same with Postgraduate students. However it may be possible in some circumstances for undergraduate students to choose some postgraduate courses.
There are also courses that are uniquely for Study Abroad students which give students an insight into Australian culture and society.
What makes up your program?
RMIT University has two semesters:
You will be applying for individual courses (you may know them as modules, classes or units) – not programs
For each semester a full course load is 48 credits. The majority of the courses available at RMIT are worth 12 credits. Therefore students are usually required to study four courses per semester.
- Semester 1 – February to July
- Semester 2 – July to December
Which courses can I choose?
If you are studying an undergraduate level at your home institution, then courses within our ‘Bachelor/Associate Degree’ level of study are probably most appropriate, and if you are currently studying at postgraduate level, then ‘Postgraduate by coursework’ or ‘Postgraduate by research’ will be more appropriate.
(Please note that it can be possible for undergraduate students to study some postgraduate level courses (and vice versa), but undergraduate students need to ensure they have met the pre-requisites for that course).
All RMIT courses are available for selection with the Study Abroad program. If you need your courses to be credited back to your home institution.
When applying you should ensure that you choose:
- Up to eight courses on the application form. This is in case some are not available for your chosen semester and also provides you with greater flexibility.
- Courses that are available in your preferred semester and campus
- Courses that are taught at the same campus. RMIT has three campuses in Melbourne. The Bundoora campus is located on the outskirts of the city and is therefore not easily accessible from the City campus. However due to the close proximity of the Brunswick campus, it may be possible to select mixture of courses between Brunswick and City campuses.
In order to be eligible to apply for RMIT Study Abroad program you must meet the following criteria:
- Completed at least one full year of studies at home institution
- minimum GPA of 2.5 or 60% or equivalent
- met RMIT’s English language requirements
- be 18 years of age or over at time of application.
English Language Requirements
- IELTS Academic – 6.0 (no band less than 5.5)
- TOEFL (Paper based) 550+ (TWE 4.0)+
- TOEFL (Internet based test) Overall score 79, minimum 19 in all sections
- RMIT English Worldwide – Advanced 1
RMIT recognises other English proficiency tests and qualifications completed in certain other countries as proof of English. Postgraduate courses may require higher test results.
How to apply
Prospective Study Abroad students can either apply directly or through a registered RMIT representative in your region. These representatives are knowledgeable about the University and the Australian Education system, and will be able to verify all documentation that you will need to provide. Some representatives also provide a range of services including visa application.
Last updated January 6, 2016