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.

Course planning for Architecture students

Undergraduate architecture courses are not available to exchange and study abroad students.

To make subject selection as easy as possible, inbound exchange students coming into the Masters of Architecture program will enroll in the following study plan, which is equal to a full-time course load at RMIT:

  • Architecture Design Studio 7 - Arch 1330 – 24 credits
  • Architecture Design Elective 1 - Arch 1338 – 12 credits
  • Architecture Design Elective 2 - Arch 1339 – 12 credits

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

Portfolio Requirements

Certain disciplines and schools have portfolio requirements for inbound study abroad and exchange students. All Art, Design and Communication programs must submit a general folio comprising of 15 – 30 pieces of your own work, and other courses have more specific requirements.

Check portfolio requirements to see whether you need to submit a portfolio with your application.

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.

You will need to fill out the Offer Acceptance form (PDF 268Kb 2p).

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.

College & School Specific Instructions

Certain disciplines and schools have portfolio requirements for inbound study abroad and exchange. Check portfolio requirements to see whether you are required to submit one.

For more general exchange and study abroad information, contact us.