In 2020, in response to the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic, RMIT University shifted to delivering classes online. This was a temporary measure introduced to ensure the safety of our students and staff and, thankfully, it did much to protect our community.
Since then, as the global and local response to COVID-19 has shifted, we have seen the considered return of many on-campus classes and activities. At present, in Semester 1 2023, most classes in RMIT programs are already being delivered face-to-face on our campuses, with a small number of courses continuing to offer some online classes during this transition period.
Transitioning remaining online classes back to campus from 30 June
From 30 June 2023, RMIT will progressively transition all remaining online classes in on-campus programs back to face-to-face, on campus delivery.
There may be some limited exceptions where a course is not able to transition to face-to-face delivery in time for the start of Semester 2 2023. If a course will have online classes in Semester 2 2023, it will be shown in myTimetable once the Semester 2 read-only class timetable is available (see Class timetables for exact dates).
The RMIT experience is about practical hands-on learning; and by returning to on-campus class delivery, students will be able to make the most of RMIT's world-class specialist learning spaces and equipment, as well as the many vibrant opportunities that exist outside the classroom, including student clubs, events, fitness facilities, Library locations and more.
While classes will return to campus, digital learning will still form a core part of the learning experience at RMIT. Students will continue to use Canvas to access digital learning resources (such as readings and videos) to support their learning.
Students currently outside Melbourne
For the majority of students who are already studying on campus, the return to full face-to-face delivery of timetabled classes will make no difference to their current learning experience. However, if you are one of the smaller number of students still studying remotely from outside Melbourne or Australia, we encourage you to plan for returning to Melbourne to continue your studies.
This is in accordance with the Education Services for Overseas Students (ESOS) Act and directives announced by the Australian Government in October 2022 which require international students who hold an Australian student visa to return to study in Australia from 30 June.
A range of services are available to help students settle into life in Melbourne, including accommodation options and support and Make friends at RMIT (aka RMIT Kirrip) to help students connect with one another and explore Melbourne.
Students with questions can also Talk to our students about what life at RMIT is really like.