Impact on student visa

If you wish to transfer from RMIT to another education provider, your current student visa may be impacted. For more information about whether or not you would require a new visa to study at the new education provider, please visit the relevant Australian Government department website about changing courses.

Do you need to be released from RMIT?

If you have completed six calendar months of your principal program (the highest study level that your visa covers)
If you have not yet completed six calendar months in your principal program (the highest study level that your visa covers)
You do not need to apply for release from RMIT. Please cancel your program enrolment if you wish to transfer to the new education provider. You must apply for release from RMIT before transferring to the new education provider. Please follow further instructions below.


How to apply for a release from RMIT

You must apply for a release by submitting a completed Application to Transfer Education Provider. Your application must be submitted while you are a current RMIT or RMIT Training student or within 6 months of your last enrolment at RMIT or RMIT Training.

Please allow up to 10 working days for RMIT to assess your application and email you the outcome.  Please ensure your contact details are up-to-date in myRMIT.

You must keep attending classes until your application is approved.

Please note that you should wait for the outcome of your application before you submit an Application for Refund Form.

If your application is approved, your current program enrolment and any packaged future programs at RMIT will be cancelled.

Students under 18 years of age

You will need to provide the following additional documents:

  • Letter from parent/legal guardian supporting the transfer
  • Evidence of new education provider accepting responsibility for accommodation and welfare arrangements

Government sponsored students

You will need to provide the following additional document:

  • Letter from your sponsor supporting your transfer to the new program(s) at the new provider(s); or a financial guarantee from your sponsor for the new program(s) at the new provider(s)

Eligibility for release

Your application will be approved in circumstances where RMIT has assessed the transfer to be in your best interest, including but not limited to the following:

  • You will be reported to the relevant Australian Government department because you are unable to achieve satisfactory progress at the level you are studying, even after engaging with the strategies for improvement provided in RMIT’s Academic Performance Improvement Plan.
  • There is evidence of compassionate or compelling circumstances beyond your control that impact on your plans to study at RMIT.
  • RMIT fails to deliver your accepted program as outlined in the letter of offer.
  • There is evidence that your reasonable expectations about your program are not being met by RMIT.
  • There is evidence that you were misled by RMIT or an education or migration agent representing RMIT regarding the program and the program is therefore unsuitable to your needs and/or study objectives.
  • An appeal (internal or external) on another matter results in a decision or recommendation that you be released from RMIT.
  • You are a government sponsored student and there is written support or a new financial guarantee from your sponsor for the transfer.

Your application may be refused in the following circumstances: 

  • You failed to read or understand the RMIT Offer, Tuition Fee and Refund Policies.
  • Where a student visa was granted, you failed to enrol at RMIT or at pathway provider before the enrolment deadline. In this situation, you should apply to defer your RMIT offer.
  • You are transferring to a standalone ELICOS program (non-package).
  • There is strong evidence that you have not genuinely engaged in study.
  • RMIT has found your supporting documents to be fraudulent.