Information for international students outside Australia

Information and support for students currently outside Australia, including online/remote study options and plans for students to re-enter Australia.

Last updated: 28 September 2021

Information for international students wishing to re-enter Australia

The Victorian Government is developing an International Student Arrival Plan that will allow international students to re-enter Australia for educational purposes. This plan will require approval by the Australian Government. 

Once approved, RMIT will work with the Victorian Government to return our students as soon as it is safe to do so.

We will continue to update this page as more information and directives become available. If you are an international student currently outside Australia, please continue to check this page and your student email regularly for the latest information.

RMIT recognises international students contribute significantly to our university, the wider community and a diverse and inclusive Victoria. We continue to work in partnership with other Victorian universities and the Victorian Government to advocate for our international students.  

We look forward to welcoming international students back at the earliest opportunity.

Information for international students about remote study for Semester 2 2021

International students outside Australia can continue their studies remotely.

In response to COVID-19, Australian regulators have enabled additional study flexibility, which means that students can study online in Australia or from outside Australia without impacting visa requirements or their ability to attain their Australian qualification.  

If you cannot come to campus and want to continue studying remotely, you will not be penalised for doing so.  

Where possible, RMIT is offering alternative learning options for affected students. Depending on the program and its requirements, this may include different learning activities and assessments, conducting face-to-face studies at RMIT’s Offshore Learning Centres in their home country or guiding students through different program pathways. 

However, for some programs, such as some with accreditation requirements, it is not possible to offer alternative learning options. Please see below for detailed information on the status of potentially affected programs, advice for international students and who to contact for further information.

Students should be aware that if they cannot attend campus, this may result in delays to their progression and program completion.

Students enrolled in double degrees or degrees with courses from different disciplines may need to check information from different Colleges depending on their chosen disciplines.

Programs and courses within the College of Business and Law include accounting, information systems and supply chain, business, economics, finance, marketing, management and law.

Online study options will be offered to all international students in all programs and courses within the College of Business and Law.

If you have any queries in relation to your courses or program, please contact Business Connect.

Schools within the College of Design and Social Context include Architecture and Urban Design, Art, Design, Education, Fashion and Textiles, Global, Urban and Social Studies, Media and Communication and Property, Construction and Project Management.

Schools will work closely with students to develop study plans and offer advice for alternative course options for Semester 2 2021. 

Students are encouraged to view study options for international students – DSC for details on which courses are available and can be completed fully online by international students currently unable to come to Australia. For specific advice on progressing your program or course, contact the College of Design and Social Context by:

  • submitting the Academic Advice form through RMIT Connect 
  • call +61 3 9925 5000 and select option 2.

Programs and courses within the STEM College include computing technologies, engineering, maths, health and biomedical sciences, physical and natural sciences and biological sciences.

RMIT is proactively assisting students affected by travel restrictions with alternative learning, assessment and work integrated learning placement options where possible. In some cases, our students have been able to study online while enjoying a campus experience at one of RMIT’s Offshore Learning Centres.

While this is the case in most situations, there are some programs where these options are not possible due to external accreditation requirements and/or it is not possible to replicate these practical/clinical skills online.

For detailed information on courses that require on campus learning, please see Study options for international students – STEM. These courses are not recommended for international students impacted by the COVID-19 travel restrictions for Semester 2 2021.

Students enrolled into these courses are advised to:

  • make necessary changes to their enrolment  
  • seek specific advice urgently on progressing your program or course.

Please note that this list doesn’t include courses that have on campus learning requirements with alternative learning options already in place.

For advice on how to choose your courses or navigate your program, please contact STEM College Student Lifecycle Team by:

Students enrolled in an accredited program in the School of Health of Biomedical Science are advised to contact their Program Managers directly.

The list of affected programs and contact details are in the Programs and courses for international students.

Programs offered in the College of Vocational Education include Cert III, Cert IV, Diploma, Advanced Diploma and Associate Degrees across a range of disciplines in Creative Industries, Built Environment and Sustainability, Future Technologies, Business and Enterprise and Social Care and Health.

Students are encouraged to view the Programs and courses for international students –VE for detailed advice on the status of their programs, contact details of their Program Managers, and what is possible and not possible for students affected by COVID-19 travel restrictions and advice about what to do next.

For general information about their programs, students can contact RMIT Connect.

International Tuition Fee Bursary

If you're unable to travel to Australia due to ongoing travel restrictions, you may be eligible for the International Tuition Fee Bursary. The bursary covers 10% of tuition fees.

To find out if you’re eligible, go to International Tuition Fee Bursary. 

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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.