Changes to your studies can affect your student visa and your sponsorship.
Changing to another RMIT program
As an international student, you are eligible to change programs within RMIT University. However, being a sponsored student, changing programs may have implications on your sponsorship. When you are considering a change, it is important that you discuss it first with the Sponsorships Development Team.
You should submit a complete Change of Program for International Students Form (PDF) signed by your program coordinator. The Sponsorships Development Team will liaise with your sponsor for the approval.
Extending your student visa
As a sponsored student, if you do not complete the program by the sponsorship end date indicated in the Financial Guarantee, it is your responsibility to contact the sponsor to lodge an extension request (except AusAID students). On the extension request being approved, a new Financial Guarantee will need to be provided for the extended time by your sponsor.
To renew your student visa, you need to apply for a new electronic Confirmation of Enrolment (eCoE) from International. To do this you must fill out the Confirmation of Enrolment Form (PDF).
You need to indicate why you are applying for an extension, and you must attach the new Financial Guarantee as part of the supporting documentation if you are studying as a sponsored student for the extended period. For more information please visit the Visa renewal process webpage.
Leave of absence
As a sponsored student you must get approval from your sponsor to defer your scholarship.The Sponsorships Development Team can help you seek the support of your sponsor.
You will need to provide evidence of your sponsor's approval with your leave of absence application.
Your leave will also need to be authorised by International Compliance and then approved by your Head of School.
Find out how to apply for leave of absence.
If you are granted leave of absence, you must leave Australia within 28 days. If you are away for more than six months, your visa may be cancelled.
Please contact the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) for information about your visa before submitting a leave of absence application.
Changing to another education provider
As a sponsored student, if you wish to cancel your program at RMIT and transfer to another education provider, you must provide written confirmation from your sponsor that they consider the change to be in your best interest.
If you are granted a release letter by RMIT this does not automatically cancel your program. You must also formally cancel your program.