What is student exchange?

Student exchange involves studying for one or two semesters at an overseas host partner institution. Exchange partners, sometimes known as host partners, are universities, colleges and institutes with which RMIT University has a reciprocal agreement. We send RMIT students to our exchange partners and they send the same number of students to us. There are over 200 RMIT host partners across the Americas, Asia, Europe, Africa and Oceania.

Who is eligible?

Undergraduate/Associate Degree/Postgraduate and Diploma of Languages:

  • Students can apply during their first semester.
  • Those without an RMIT GPA yet (eg. students starting their RMIT program, those with credit transfer from another institution) can apply with the support of an academic reference letter, and if successful will receive a conditional offer (students must receive at least a 2.0 GPA once results are released).
  • Students without a GPA who do not submit an Academic Reference Letter are still eligible to apply, but may not receive a place at high demand partner institutions.
  • Students must still successfully complete a minimum of one year (72 credit points) by time of departure.

Vocational Education: students are not eligible for exchange (check out our short-term programs instead).

All exchange students need to meet the eligibility criteria:

  • Minimum RMIT grade point average (GPA) of 2.0. Some RMIT schools and host institutions may require a higher GPA
  • 18 years of age by the official start date of the exchange program at the host institution
  • Current RMIT program enrolment. Students on a Leave of Absence not exceeding one year can also apply

RMIT students are expected to comply with RMIT’s Statement of student responsibilities at all times, both at RMIT and abroad. A formal recording of misconduct will disqualify you from exchange.

What can I study?

You will need to research the exchange partners you are interested in and identify courses offered at that institution which will allow you to transfer the credit to your RMIT program.

We recommend you nominate exchange partners with at least eight courses that are RMIT equivalent; this means you have back-up options should one of your chosen courses be unavailable on arrival. Your full time on-campus load should be equivalent to three or four RMIT courses (36-48 RMIT course credit points).

Where can I go?

We have more than 200 exchange partners across the globe, visit the exchange partners page to research the options in each region, country or city. The exchange partner listing gives a general overview of which disciplines are available to study, and links to further information about the institution.

How much will it cost?

If you are going on an overseas exchange program for one or two semesters, you do not have to pay tuition fees to your host institution (exchange partner). Instead you will continue to pay your domestic or international students fees to RMIT. Arrangements for students on Commonwealth Supported Places (HELP) continue.

Costs vary depending on your destination. As a guide, we recommend you budget at least AU$2,000 for accommodation and living expenses for each month you will be overseas. Lots of our exchange partners provide information on the cost of living in their country, use their websites to help you research destinations in your budget.

You need to have sufficient funds to finance a semester/s overseas. You may be asked to provide evidence of your financial security when applying for your student visa. There are heaps of scholarships, grants and Government funding available to support students wishing to travel overseas

How do I apply?

Step 1  Attend an information session

Step 2  Research and nominate four host partners (a minimum of three is required for your application to be considered eligible) that meet your course/language/budget criteria

Step 3  Submit your online registration by the deadline (May and September each year)

Step 4  If successful, you will be notified and invited to attend a ‘Get Set Nomination Briefing’

Step 5  Create a study plan and get approval from your school by the study plan deadline (August and December each year)

Step 6  Apply to your nominated institution

Step 7  If successful, you will be notified and you can start to make travel arrangements (flights, visas etc)

Step 8  Attend the GEO ‘Pre-departure Session’

Step 9  Get set - your global adventure begins!

Important dates

Semester 1 exchange: registration opens 1 March and closes 15 May

Semester 2 exchange: registration opens 23 July and closes 30 September

Architecture students need to apply by 17 September to Leanne Zilka (leanne.zilka@rmit.edu.au) with a folio of academic work, transcript and draft study plan including RMIT and equivalent host institution courses. Students can only exchange studio up to level 8 and electives.

Associate Degree in Fashion and Textile Merchandising (AD013): Students must complete and submit their registration in Mobi by 17 September to be considered by the Program Manager.

Frequently asked questions

Students who intend to apply for other Australian visas after the completion of their studies should be aware of the potential impact of exchange/study abroad programs on their eligibility to apply for such visas. Many subsequent visa applications involve the need to meet the Australian Study Requirement.

RMIT is not permitted to provide migration advice under Australian legislation. 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 DIBP or from a Registered Migration Agent.

This will not change. While on an exchange you continue to be enrolled as an RMIT student, paying any fees and accruing HECS as usual.

The study plan is a signed agreement between you and your RMIT Program Coordinator to approve the courses you will undertake while on exchange. It ensures that you will receive credit towards your RMIT degree for your overseas studies.

You do not need to complete a study plan until your exchange registration has been accepted. You will attend a one on one session with your GEO advisor for study plan advice.

The registration and application process for exchange programs involves a few steps.  Attending an information session is the best way to learn more. At info sessions you will learn about researching exchange partners, the exchange partner grading system, financial assistance and preparing study plans.  Don’t forget you can visit Global Experience Peer Advisors RMIT Connect from Monday to Friday at City campus.

Visit the exchange registration guide page.

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.
Most countries will require you to obtain a student visa. As part of the visa application process you may be asked to demonstrate sufficient funds to finance a semester/s overseas. If your exchange registration is successful and you are accepted by your nominated host partner institution, you will attend a GEO briefing session which will cover matters like visas, travel insurance and health.

Log in to myRMIT and select the ‘Enrolment online’ link. Select ‘My student record’ and under Enrolment details select ‘View academic history/results’. More information on how your GPA is calculated and calculating your own GPA.

If you are enrolled in two RMIT programs concurrently (e.g Bachelor of International Studies and Diploma of Languages) you GPA will be calculated on your combined average.

Transfer credit from other Australian universities and TAFE/Diploma studies can be accepted as long as this credit is counting towards your current RMIT program.
If you are participating in an exchange you are an international ambassador for RMIT. You are expected to abide by RMIT’s statement of student responsibilities and student conduct requirements throughout your exchange. Any formal misconduct proceedings may affect your eligibility for exchange.
If you are having trouble finding courses or information on the exchange partner website, contact us at the Global Experience Office and we will help you through the process. Please do not contact our host partners directly.

You do not need to seek approval from your school/Program Coordinator until your nomination has been confirmed.

If your registration is successful, you will complete a study plan with credit transfer details for each individual course you intend to study. Study plans are submitted to your Program Coordinator or Business Central for College of Business students, and your approved plan must be uploaded to the online application portal Mobi. More info on the registration process can be found in the exchange registration guide page.

RMIT sends students to the partner institution and they send the same number of students to us. In the event that no places are available, we will start the process with your second choice of exchange partner.

If there are more applications than places available at the exchange partner, we take the following factors into account:

  • your GPA
  • your ability to go on exchange in another semester
  • if you have already been on exchange
  • school interview
  • academic reference
  • quota restrictions on academic program area/level imposed by the exchange partner as part of the exchange balance
  • minimum completion of credit points as required by exchange partner
Yes you can, this is known as Study Abroad. Study Abroad students are full-fee paying students at the overseas institution. Please speak to GEO if you are considering this option.

It’s possible to do an exchange in your last semester, but there are a few things to consider if you are thinking about it:

  • you may not be eligible for an OS-Help loan
  • you may miss convocation due to different semester dates at the host institution and the fact that graduation is dependent on RMIT receiving and processing your academic transcript from your host institution in a timely manner.

Most exchange partners will require you to enrol in a full- time on-campus load, equivalent to three or four RMIT courses ( 36 -48 RMIT credit points). It may be possible for domestic students to go on exchange on a part-time load, please contact GEO for more information. You will need:

  • RMIT academic approval
  • Host institution approval
  • Destination country student visa which permits part-time study