Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Find the answers to frequently asked questions about staying safe, returning to study and what RMIT is doing to support our community.

If you can't find the answer you're looking for here, you can contact us directly for more information. For the latest detail around remote study, check Canvas or talk to your Course Coordinator.  

Read our statement for the latest on RMIT’s response to COVID-19.

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Return to campus

RMIT's Victorian  campuses are open and all learning and teaching activities are proceeding as planned for students in Higher Education, Vocational Education and the Victorian Certificate of Education.

Students should check Canvas for specific information relating to classes and on campus activities. 

RMIT has rigorous COVIDSafe practices and protocols in place and we are ready to welcome staff and students to campus..

Students can find detailed information about campus safety and access protocols on the Return to campus page.

Masks on campus

Students will be required to wear masks in teaching spaces where 1.5m cannot be maintained. These spaces are clearly signposted. Teaching staff will be exempt from wearing masks when teaching. 

Please carry a mask with you at all times when on campus and wear as required. 

All shared spaces will be open from Monday 1 March including:

  • Library

  • Retail and hospitality

  • Gyms and Fitness Centre

  • Bundoora Clinic

  • Bike Hub – Building 51 

We have rigorous COVIDSafe practices and protocols in place and we look forward to seeing our students and staff on campus. 

Students can find detailed information about campus safety and access protocols on the Return to campus page.

For information on when Semester 1 orientation is and when classes will start, check your relevant 2021 important dates. Most vocational education Semester 1 classes will commence 8 February and most higher education Semester 1 classes will commence 1 March.

All learning and teaching activities will proceed as scheduled from Monday 1 March 2021. This includes students in Higher Education, Vocational Education and the Victorian Certificate of Education.

WIL placements are proceeding as planned.

Students should check Canvas for specific information relating to classes and on campus activities. 

We are proud of our community’s continued response to COVID-19 and willingness to innovate and adapt during this difficult time.

Despite the challenges we face, we remain focused on continuing our leading research and providing quality learning experiences for our students.. 

For detailed information about what protocols students must complete before coming to campus, as well as on-campus safety requirements, please see the Return to campus page.

All Victorian RMIT campuses and locations will be open from 1 March 2021 inlcuding these shared spaces:

  • Library

  • Retail and hospitality

  • Gyms and Fitness Centre

  • Bundoora Clinic

  • Bike Hub – Building 51 

We’re working hard to ensure our campuses and facilities are equipped to safely support the resumption of on-campus activities and prevent the spread of COVID-19. 

RMIT’s COVIDSafe Plan outlines the safety measures required for our facilities and other protocols that must be adhered to. These include:

  • Wearing a face mask in accordance with current Victorian Government advice and carrying a mask at all times
  • Requiring all individuals on campus to complete a daily health declaration
  • Building access restrictions and scheduling of spaces 
  • Regular deep cleaning of facilities and equipment, frequent cleaning of high contact surfaces and stringent hygiene requirements.

More information is available on the  student website and staff website (login required).


While we can’t say with certainty exactly what Semester 1 2021 will look like, we can share what we are expecting and planning for based on current government advice and our own safety protocols.

We expect Semester 1 2021 courses will have a mix of both face-to-face and online classes. All lectures for higher education courses will be delivered online only.

Facilitated classes such as tutorials, lectorials, workshops and practicals will be on campus, online or a mix of both. Classes requiring specialist equipment and spaces will be prioritised for on campus learning. 

Work Integrated Learning (WIL) placements will be considered on a course-by-course basis.

All on-campus activities, spaces and events will be carefully managed in accordance with our COVIDSafe requirements.

While we are planning to have as many activities as possible back on campus, COVID-19 requires us to prepare for all eventualities. Therefore we have contingency plans in place to deliver all learning activities online, should that be required.

We understand that some students may not be able to attend campus due to travel restrictions or legitimate personal circumstances. If you are unable to attend campus in Semester 1 2021, you will either be offered the option to take equivalent online activities or complete activities on campus at a future date.

While RMIT will make every effort to ensure that students who cannot attend campus in Semester 1 2021 are not disadvantaged, students should be aware that, if they cannot attend campus, this may result in delays to their progression and program completion.

Students can find more information on the Return to campus page.

We expect Semester 1 2021 courses will have a mix of both face-to-face and online classes

Go to the Class timetables in 2021 page for detailed instructions.

Students who request to return to campus based on an unsafe learning from home environment (e.g. unsuitable study environment or other wellbeing concerns) will be prioritised to transition to campus. Find out how to request prioritised access.

International students and visas

In response to COVID-19, Australian regulators have agreed to provide additional study flexibility, enabling students to study online in Australia or from outside Australia, without impacting visa requirements or their ability to attain their Australian qualification. 

That means that if you are unable to attend campus and wish to continue studying remotely for the remainder of 2020, you will not be penalised for doing so.   

However, your study progression or graduation may be delayed if you are required to complete practical-based learning activities on campus at a later date.

It is important to think carefully about your personal circumstances if you decide to return to your home country, because the continuing travel restrictions may mean you are unable to return to Australia for some time.

 If you decide to return to your home country, please contact your Course Coordinator as soon as possible to discuss the impact on your studies.

If you have specific questions relating to your area of study and the options available to you, please talk to your Program Manager.

The Australian Government has made the following temporary changes to student visa arrangements to best support international students:

  • The Government will recommence granting student visas in all locations lodged outside Australia. This means when borders re-open, students will already have visas and be able to make arrangements to travel. 
  • International students will be able to lodge a further student visa application free of charge, if they are unable to complete their studies within their original visa validity due to COVID-19. 
  • Current student visa holders studying online outside Australia due to COVID-19 will be able to use that study to count towards the Australian study requirement for a post-study work visa.  

For more information, please visit the Department of Home Affairs website. 

RMIT is unable to advise on an individual’s visa situation or provide any immigration advice. For all information about student visas, please visit the Department of Home Affairs website.

You may also seek advice from an Education Agent, Migration Agent, or Lawyer who is registered by the Migration Agent Registration Authority (MARA).

International Higher Education and Vocational Education students may reduce their study load or take a leave of absence if they can demonstrate compassionate or compelling reasons, including the impact of COVID-19. These changes may require a visa extension at a future time.

Before reducing your study load, it is important to seek advice from your School or Course Coordinator about how these changes could impact your progression and whether there will be opportunities to catch up in an accelerated mode later.

It’s also important to keep comprehensive records of any evidence submitted or agreements made with your School or Course Coordinator about reducing your study load or taking a leave of absence, because you may need this information to extend your student visa and apply for a new eCoE in the future.

If you are under 18 years of age and living in an RMIT-approved accommodation or homestay, your application will be subject to the approval of your parent or guardian.  A leave of absence period without this approval may breach your visa conditions. 

If you are studying on a scholarship, you will need to obtain permission from your scholarship provider.

You must apply to reduce your study load or to take a leave of absence by your census date to avoid fees or penalties. Find out more about how to apply to reduce your study load or take a leave of absence.

The Chinese Service Centre for Scholarly Exchange (CSCSE) has confirmed qualifications will be recognised for online studies, provided students are currently enrolled at RMIT and their studies have been disrupted by COVID-19. Students are advised to maintain records, wherever possible, of their communication with RMIT to provide to the CSCSE, verifying they have been impacted by COVID-19.

If your electronic Confirmation of Enrolment (eCoE) has expired, please contact RMIT Connect. We can assist you with applying for a new eCoE. For more information, see RMIT’s Apply for a new eCoE page.

In response to COVID-19, we're continually working at ways to get you started on your education journey as soon as possible. So, we've now introduced some changes to our fee payment options to give you greater flexibility and make it a bit easier to accept your offer. You now have the option of paying a deposit of AU$9,000.00 (plus OSHC if you would like RMIT to arrange your policy) to accept an offer for any program commencing in Semester 2, 2020, with the balance payable before census. This means you don't need to pay the full semester fee upfront to accept your offer. If you need assistance in accepting your offer, contact our friendly International Team.


Temporary visa holders (including students) in Australia can depart at any time. 

However, the Department of Home Affairs advises that there are only very limited circumstances under which they will be permitted to return to Australia. 

Detailed information about travel exemptions for can be found on the Department of Home Affairs website

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