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:

  • You can apply during your first semester.
  • If you don't have an RMIT GPA yet (eg. students starting their RMIT program, those with credit transfer from another institution) you 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).
  • If you don't have a GPA and don't submit an Academic Reference Letter, you're still eligible to apply, but may not receive a place at high demand partner institutions.
  • You must have successfully completed a minimum of one year (72 credit points) by time of departure. (Masters students must complete a minimum of 36 credit points).

Vocational Education: 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

As an RMIT student, you're 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'll need to research our exchange partners you're 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. The exchange partner listing gives a general overview of which disciplines are available to study, and links to further information about the institution. Visit the exchange partners page to research your options in each region, country or city. 

How much will it cost?

If you're going on an overseas exchange program for one or two semesters, you don't have to pay tuition fees to your host institution (exchange partner). Instead you'll 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 that fall within 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 early March and closes 15 May

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

Architecture students must apply by two (2) weeks before the above posted deadlines. In addition to completing a registration on Mobi, students must apply 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 complete the courses Architecture Design Studio 3 - 8, as well as any available electives, while on exchange.

Associate Degree in Fashion and Textile Merchandising (AD013): students must complete and submit their registration on Mobi one (1) week prior to the above posted deadlines, in order to be considered by their Program Manager.


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