What is YAAD?

YAAD started in the School of Global, Urban and Social Sciences in 2001, under the leadership of Guosheng Chen.

Students participating in YAAD receive comprehensive pre-departure support, giving teams the opportunity to form a bond prior to departure.

As a YAAD participant you will also attend a group in-country orientation designed to prepare you for a smooth transition to the unique culture of mainland China.

Optional internship

We encourage you to self-source an internship after your program (scholarships available). Visit the websites below for information about internship opportunities in China:

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?

Shanghai Jiao Tong University – Antai College of Economics and Management (SJTU – Antai College): Students interested in studying at SJTU – Antai College, please contact GEO.

Tianjin Normal University (TJNU): RMIT students studying Chinese language will study full-time course load of 36 to 48 credit points for electives and a 12 credit core course that is offered online or at TJNU/RMIT.

TJNU offers courses taught in English for the following disciplines:

•    市场概论 Marketing (PDF)
•    数据库原理 Principle and Technology of Database System (PDF)
•    管理学概论 Management (PDF)
•    货币银行学 Introducing Banking and Finance -闫永新 (PDF)


Nanjing University: Teaches courses in English

Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics (NUAA): RMIT Aerospace Engineering students in the second semester of their second year have been going on exchange to NUAA since 2006.View the set-curriculum (study plan) for NUAA Aerospace Engineering.

NUAA offers courses taught in English for the following engineering disciplines:
•    Aeronautical Engineering (PDF 83 KB)
•    Electrical Engineering (PDF 94KB)
•    International Business (PDF 87KB)
•    Mechanical Engineering (PDF 118KB)
•    Software Engineering (PDF 91KB)

Foshan University: Foshan University and RMIT have a long-standing student exchange relationship for Industrial Design students. Student applying can choose a full-time study load of studio-based courses in Industrial Design.

Central China Normal University (CCNU): Students interested in studying at CCNU, please contact GEO

University of Science and Technology of China (USTC): Students interested in studying at USTC, please contact GEO.

How much will it cost?

Exchange students do not have to pay tuition fees to exchange partners. 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 AU$1,000 for accommodation and living expenses for each month you will be in China. Lots of our exchange partners provide information on the cost of living in their city, use their websites to help you research 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 visa.

We have scholarships, grants and Government funding available to support students wishing to study in China.

  • 30 x New Colombo Plan $7,000 scholarships
  • $1,000 scholarship for self-sourced internships (*internship must start immediately after YAAD semester)

How do I apply?

Step 1 Attend a YAAD information session in Semester 1

Step 2 Complete your study plan and seek Program Coordinator approval

Step 3 Complete you 500 word statement of purpose; include your Chinese language skills and history of past overseas travel (destination, purpose of travel)

Step 4 Visit the online application portal Mobi and follow the steps to apply

Step 5 Apply to your host institution, you will be given advice on how to do this

Step 6 If successful, you will be notified and you can start to make travel arrangements (flights, visas etc.)

Step 7 Attend the pre-departure session

Step 8 Get set - your global adventure begins!

Important dates

YAAD only takes place once a year in Semester 2, application deadline:

  • 15 April 

Note: You can also apply for exchange to our Chinese exchange partners during the Semester 2 exchange registration period. 

YAAD exchange partners  

Central China Normal University (CCNU)


Foshan University


Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics (NUAA)


Nanjing University


Shanghai International Business and Economics University

Shanghai Jiao Tong University - Antai College of Economics and Management  

Southeast University


University of Science and Technology China (USTC)


Tianjin Normal University


Tianjin University




Frequently asked questions

Eligible Melbourne based students can apply for the below funding for the YAAD semester

  • New Colombo Plan: 30 x $7,000 scholarships
  • Additional $1,000 scholarship for self-sourced internships

If there are more applicants than available places and/or scholarships, students may be called in for an interview.

The following factors will also be taken into account:

  • Highest GPA
  • Opportunity to go on exchange in another semester if unable to go in this semester
  • Whether you have been on an exchange program before
  • Your Statement of Purpose and references.
Find more frequently asked questions on our exchange page.