Student Exchange at RMIT University, Melbourne

Exchange students are officially nominated by their home institution to study for one to two semesters at RMIT University under a reciprocal student exchange agreement. Check out our Student Exchange Partners list, if your institution is listed, you can apply for student exchange at RMIT University:

Exchange is suitable for undergraduate, postgraduate and vocational education training students.

Eligibility criteria

At the time of application you must;

  • Completed at least one full year of studies at home institution
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 out of 4 or 60% average (or equivalent)
  • Be 18 years of age or over
  • Meet RMIT's English language requirements (at time of offer acceptance).

For information and details on English language proficiency tests accepted please refer to English equivalency information for international students.

What can I study?

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 diplomas, undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. Courses of diploma programs are best suited to students from community colleges, vocational or technical institutions.

  • Choose up to eight courses on the application form in case some are not available
  • Ensure the selected courses are available in your preferred semester and campus
  • All selected courses should be taught at the same campus (RMIT has three campuses in Melbourne), however due to close proximity, it may be possible to select mixture of courses between Brunswick and City campuses.

View the full list of courses available at RMIT.

How do I apply?

All inbound applications are required to be submitted online through the online application portal.

Application Deadlines:

To start in RMIT Semester 1 (March - July)

Architecture Students only

30 October previous year

30 September previous year

To start in RMIT Semester 2 (July - December)

Architecture students only

30 April current year

30 April current year

Application approval

Once your application has been received, if all is correct and you are eligible, your study plan will be forwarded to the relevant academics at RMIT for approval. This process may take a few weeks.

Receiving an offer

A list of pre-approved courses will be sent to you in your offer letter. While you have been pre-approved for these courses, your enrolment will take place during your orientation at RMIT and is subject to timetable availability and any last minute changes.

Accepting your offer

In order to accept your offer, you will be required to return your acceptance form including the payment details for your Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC). All students (except for Norwegian Insurance Scheme cover holder or a Swedish national with cover through Swedish National Board of student Aid (CSN).) must purchase this insurance in order to obtain your student visa.

Once the health insurance has been processed, RMIT will send you an electronic confirmation of enrolment and from here on you are eligible to apply for a student visa.

How much does it cost?

Tuition fees

Students enrolled in the Exchange Program do not pay tuition fees to RMIT University but continue to pay fees to their home institutions.

Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC)

You will need to purchase appropriate health cover.

Cost of living

Cost of living can vary according to the type of accommodation, the number of people living in the accommodation and the location.

Currency converter

You can use a currency converter to calculate the amount in your own currency. Remember to add your program fees and airfares to get a realistic total.

  • Do not depend on income from part-time work to pay your expenses. Jobs may be difficult to find in Australia.
  • Some expenses are not included in this table because actual costs depend on your lifestyle and preferences.
  • Gas and electricity costs are higher in winter because heating is necessary.
  • Most rental agreements are for a minimum of 12 months and are based on a lease agreement signed by the tenant (you) and the owner of the property.

RMIT USA Exchange Ambassador Program: Semester 2, 2014

Each year, the Australian Federal Department of Education provides a limited number of scholarships to all higher education institutions to promote student mobility to/from certain countries.

Currently, there are 8 x $2,500 scholarships available to inbound exchange students from the U.S.A., to promote the exchange program between the U.S.A. and Australia and be ambassadors for RMIT during their exchange.

Would you like to become an ambassador? We want to have a better understanding of why you chose RMIT, and to gain an insight into the life of an inbound USA student to Melbourne!


  • You must be currently enrolled at RMIT in Semester 2, 2014 as an incoming exchange student
  • Student from one of the partner institutions in the U.S.
  • You are not already a member of the ExploRMIT Ambassador program
  • You haven’t received any ISEP Scholarships from the Australian Government during your exchange semester(s) at RMIT University

How to apply

Applicants must complete a short online application form.

Applications must be submitted to Education Abroad Office by 22 September, 11:59pm.

We will notify you via email with an acceptance and payment form if you have been successful.

Tasks Required to Complete as the Ambassador

  • Answer the questions in the online application and send a photo of yourself in Melbourne for us to create a student profile for promotional materials.
  • Use multiple social media channels to share your experiences throughout Semester 2, 2014
  • Be willing to attend a short filmed interview about your exchange experience during the semester
  • Be available to attend a short group survey (approximately 1hr) during Semester 2, 2014
  • Promote RMIT as an exchange destination once you return to the home institution (eg. Study Abroad Fair/information session/talks at lectures)

Further Information

Please contact us for further information