Information for international students outside Australia

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

Last updated: 6 July 2022

Information for international students wishing to enter Australia

International arrivals to Australia are no longer required to declare their vaccination status or apply for a medical exemption to enter Australia.

This year we've been thrilled to be able to welcome international students to our RMIT community in Victoria and we look forward to more students arriving throughout the year.

RMIT recognises the significant contribution international students make – not just to our University, but to the wider community and a diverse and inclusive Victoria.

We continue to follow the latest health advice and government guidelines to ensure the safety of students and the wider community.

If you are an international student outside of Australia, please check this page and your student email regularly for the lastest information.

 

Travelling to Australia

To travel to Australia for study with RMIT, students must hold a visa for one of the eligible visa subclasses and commencing and continuing students must be enrolled to study with RMIT in 2022.

Pre-departure information sessions

RMIT delivers face-to-face and online information sessions throughout the year where you can meet RMIT teams in your city (or online), and ask any questions you may have about travelling to Australia for study.

Find out more.

Requirements for travelling to Australia to study

Visas and confirmation of enrolment

Apply for or renew your visa

A prerequisite of travelling to Australia to study with RMIT is that you must hold a valid Australian Student Visa (subclass 500)

You should ensure your visa doesn’t expire earlier than your expected course completion date. Go to Student visas for more information.

Please note, due to COVID-19, some visa processing times have been affected and may take longer to finalise. Go to Global visa processing times on the Australian Department of Home Affairs website for the latest information.

Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE)

You must have an active confirmation of enrolment (CoE) while studying on an Australian visa, and will need this when applying for a visa or visa renewal.

If your CoE is due to expire, find out how to apply for a new one.

Familiarise yourself with Australia's COVID-19 safety requirements

International arrivals to Australia are no longer required to declare their vaccination status or apply for a medical exemption to enter Australia.

Additionally, Australia doesn’t require you to undertake pre-departure COVID-19 testing to enter, leave or transit within Australia. Some COVID safety measures remain in place including wearing masks when required. 

For more information on safety requirements, go Entering and leaving Australia and Commonwealth border entry requirements on the Australian Government website.

Please note: You are responsible for checking COVID-19-related requirements of the airlines you travel with and all countries you travel to and transit through.

Request a free airport pickup

You can get free transfer from Melbourne Airport or Avalon Airport by submitting your pickup request through the booking form.

Ensure you read and accept the terms and conditions outlined in the booking form before submitting your request.

 

Post arrival COVID-19 tests

All international travellers arriving in Victoria, regardless of vaccination status, are strongly recommended to undertake a rapid antigen test or PCR test within 24 hours of arriving.

What to do if you test positive to COVID-19 or are identified as a close contact

Support is available through both the Victorian Government and RMIT if you test positive to COVID-19 or are identified as a close contact. For more information, go to:

Support available through RMIT

For more information about preparing to arrive in Victoria, including accommodation support, making friends and finding jobs, go to International students.

Students, staff and visitors are no longer required to be vaccinated or hold a valid medical exemption to attend any RMIT campus or facility.

Students, staff and visitors no longer need to show proof of vaccination to attend campus.

All students much complete mandatory protocols before attending campus, including having an RMIT student card, and completing the RMIT 2022 COVIDSafe Training Module.

To find out more and complete your protocols, go to Coming to campus – COVID protocols for students

Government resources

Information for international students about remote study for Semester 2 2022

In 2022, the learning experience at RMIT will continue to be a mix of online and face to face. Students will be learning through digital content via Canvas and attending timetabled classes face-to-face in our physical classrooms.

We recognise that some international students will continue to be affected by the COVID-19 travel restrictions. That’s why we’ll continue to provide online options where possible to support our students in progressing their studies, while they remain offshore.

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.

Information on study options for students in DSC is available now on a per-program basis through the link below. If your program does not yet have detailed information in all columns, you will need to contact the school directly (details within the link) or consult your Enrolment Program Structure by clicking on the link within the sheet below.

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.

Through the link below you’ll find the courses that have been identified as NOT recommended for international students that are studying remotely outside of Australia.

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

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.

For advice on how to choose your courses or navigate your program, contact us by:

  • submitting the Academic Advice form through RMIT Student Connect 
  • calling +61 3 9925 500 and select option 3, and then option 1.

For more information about remote study, go to Frequently asked questions.



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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 'Luwaytini' by Mark Cleaver, Palawa.

aboriginal flag
torres strait flag

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.