Semester programs

Undertake study overseas for one or two semesters during your program and fully immerse yourself in a new country and culture.

Open to Associate Degree, Undergraduate and Masters by Coursework students, opportunities exist to study full-time either at RMIT’s campuses in Vietnam or at one of over 200 partner institutions around the world. 

Once you complete your studies overseas, your experience will be credited to your RMIT program.

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Semester exchange

With an opportunity to live in a new city and the chance to fully experience another culture, semester exchange gives you the chance to study for one or two semesters at an overseas exchange partner. RMIT’s exchange network provides you with the opportunity to study at one of our partners located in the Americas, Asia, Europe, Africa, or Oceania. Each of these partners provide a wide range of disciplines and study experiences.

Participating students will have the opportunity to study overseas courses equivalent to RMIT offerings or to personalise their degree further by completing unique overseas courses as electives.

You will need to apply one year prior to going on exchange and first year students are welcome to apply.

  • Semester 1 exchange: Registration opens early March and closes 15 May
  • Semester 2 exchange: Registration opens late July and closes 30 September
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RMIT - Saigon South campus.

RMIT Vietnam

RMIT Vietnam offers a home away from home for RMIT students with two state-of-the-art campuses, providing a vibrant and culturally diverse university experience for students coming from all corners of the globe. 

In Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi, programs and courses on offer are identical to those offered at RMIT Melbourne and are taught in English. If you go on exchange to RMIT Vietnam, you'll remain enrolled as an RMIT student and the way you pay tuition fees will remain unchanged. 

There are three semesters each year at RMIT Vietnam, meaning there are more opportunities to undertake a semester abroad.

  • Semester 1 – February to May: Registration opens early March and closes 15 June
  • Semester 2 – June to September: Registration opens early August and closes 30 November
  • Semester 3 – October to January: Registration opens early August and closes 30 November
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Front of Singapore Institute of Management.

RMIT Studies in Asia

Did you know you can study your RMIT courses at one of our partners overseas? RMIT provides you with the opportunity to study overseas for one or two semesters with key partners located in Singapore, China and Hong Kong. 

So if you’re studying an Undergraduate Business, Engineering, Applied Science, Communication Design, or Fine Arts program, there’s an excellent hassle-free experience available to you for studying your RMIT courses overseas.

Similar to Semester Exchange, you will need to apply one year prior to your RMIT Studies in Asia experience and first year students are also welcome to apply! 

  • Semester 1 in Asia: registration opens early March and closes 15 July
  • Semester 2 in Asia: registration opens late July and closes 30 November
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Carlin | Kwantlen Polytechnic University | Exchange | Canada

"Canada surprised me and better yet allowed me to surprise myself. This exchange taught me to live in the moment and appreciate the journey rather than focus on the destination."

Frequently asked questions

If you're an international student and you intend to apply for other Australian visas after the completion of your studies, you should be aware of the potential impact of exchange/study abroad programs on your eligibility to apply for such visas. Many subsequent visa applications must Meet the Australian Study Requirement.

Under Australian legislation, RMIT is not permitted to provide migration advice. If you have intentions to apply for another Australian visa after the completion of your studies, we strongly advise that you seek advice directly from the Australian Government Department of Home Affairs or from a Registered Migration Agent.

The language of instruction at many of our exchange partner institutions is English. When researching exchange partners make sure you note the language of instruction. Some partners that teach in a foreign language may require proof of competency in that language.

RMIT has over 200 international partners where you can undertake a semester on exchange. If you want to spend a semester overseas at an institution that is not a partner, you can do so through Study Abroad.

If you want to pursue Study Abroad, you will need to complete all the preparation yourself and contact your desired overseas university directly to be accepted before registering with Global Experiences on Mobi.

On Study Abroad, you will be required to pay tuition fees to the host institution upfront, which will differ to RMIT’s and in some cases may be higher than what RMIT charges. While on study abroad, you don't pay fees tuition fees to RMIT. 

Study abroad students are not eligible for HECS-HELP.

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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.