School of Global, Urban and Social Studies

School of Global, Urban and Social Studies

The School of Global, Urban and Social Studies delivers education, training and research that contribute to a just and sustainable world. Join us today.

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Welcome to RMIT's School of Global, Urban and Social Studies

Located in the heart of Melbourne on RMIT’s City campus, the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies (GUSS) is one of RMIT’s largest schools and provides teaching programs in four discipline areas from undergraduate to PhDs.


The School of Global, Urban and Social Studies (GUSS) a community of socially concerned and globally engaged scholars who challenge conventional ideas about globalisation, sustainability, language, crime and social care through action-oriented teaching and applied research.

As a student in GUSS you will be taught by our passionate and award-winning staff who maintain strong links with industry and professionally recognised bodies. RMIT's programs within planning, social work, translating and interpreting are all professionally accredited. Reviews by external assessors have placed these programs as amongst the best in Australia.

The School is also successful in engaging in valuable industry-connected research, generating more than $6 million each year of external research funding and continuing to build research networks that extend globally. In the most recent national Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) ranking, the School secured a ranking of 4 in Urban and Regional Planning and in Cultural Studies. This ranking places the quality of the School's research above world standard. GUSS’s researchers have been a driving force for much of RMIT’s excellent performance in the United Nations’ global Sustainability Development Goals (SDGs) rankings, including 1st for SDG 10 (Reducing inequalities), 12th for SDG 6 (Clean water and sanitation) and 21st for SDG 11 (Sustainable cities and communities).

Our teaching areas

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Language studies

Language electives give you the opportunity to meet your personal language needs, or gain a competitive edge in the global job market. Overseas study tours are available for all languages.


RMIT's School of Global, Urban and Social Studies (GUSS) is committed to fostering partnerships with industry and communities.

The School's high-profile partnerships and celebrated industry links drive developments in and contribute to various industries, and shape RMIT’s educational offerings, ensuring they are relevant and produce work-ready graduates.



Visit us

Address: 360 Swanston Street, Melbourne
Location: Building 8, Level 10
 Monday to Friday: 9AM–5PM
Phone: +61 3 9925 2328

Postal address

School of Global, Urban and Social Studies
GPO Box 2476
Melbourne, Victoria - 3001

Academic Services team

Current Student school enquiries: RMIT Connect Portal

Academic Services (academic staff support):


Centre for Urban Research:
Social and Global Studies Centre:



The School of Global, Urban and Social Studies is led by a team of professionals with knowledge and experience across their fields, including sustainability, language studies, justice, and social work, and more.

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Acknowledgement of country

RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business. - Artwork created by Louisa Bloomer