YAAD will not run in 2020

Due to the Coronavirus outbreak, the Australian Government advice is for Australians not to travel to China. Due to the timelines required for students to apply Semester 2, RMIT has taken the decision not to run the program in 2020.

RMIT is taking advice from the relevant authorities, including the Department of Health, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) Smart Traveller and the World Health Organisation and we recommend the RMIT community follow these sources to remain informed. For more information, please see the RMIT coronavirus page.

What is YAAD?

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

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

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

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?

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/School approval

Step 3 Visit the online application portal Mobi and follow the steps to apply

Step 4 Apply to your host institution, you will be given advice on how to do this

Step 5 If successful, you will be notified and you can start to make travel arrangements (flights, visas etc.)

Step 6 Attend the YAAD pre-departure session

Step 7 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  

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  

Tianjin University




Frequently asked questions


Want to learn more?

Come along to a YAAD China information session! Register below via Careerhub.

China YAAD Exchange Global Experience Information Session

Starts: 19 March 2019 10:00am

Finishes: 19 March 2019 11:00am

Venue: RMIT City Campus, Megaflex 3 (Building 8, level 4, room 13)

China YAAD Exchange Global Experience Information Session

Starts: 4 Apr 2019 4:00 PM

Finishes: 4 Apr 2019 5:00 PM

Venue: RMIT City Campus, Megaflex 3 (Building 8, level 4, room 13)