Young Australian Ambassador Delegation
Group exchange: China
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.
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.
International Business, Logistics & Supply Chain Management
Nanjing University: Students can choose Chinese language intensive courses or English taught courses (or a combination of both).
Please note that most courses are now taught in Xianlin Campus.
Chinese Intensive Courses
Nanjing University offers all students the opportunity to attend Chinese language courses. Courses of all levels (Elementary Level, Intermediate Level, and Advanced Level ) are offered. Chinese language courses aim to improve students’ Chinese language ability and help them to overcome language barriers. Students are required to take a Chinese proficiency test before starting Chinese language classes. Students with no knowledge of Chinese language do not need to take the test.
English-taught courses are offered by different departments/faculties of Nanjing University and are open to exchange students. The course list differs from each semester due to NJU’s academic plan, please refer to this website for the most up-to-date information:
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)
• Mechanical Engineering (PDF 118KB)
• Software Engineering (PDF 91KB)
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 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!
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|
|Shanghai Jiao Tong University - Antai College of Economics and Management|
Frequently asked questions
Eligible Melbourne based students can apply for the below funding for the YAAD semester
- New Colombo Plan (NCP): 19 X 7,000 grants for eligible students
- Up to 5 x $3000 grants for students not eligible for NCP
- 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
- We may ask for an academic reference.
Want to learn more?
Starts: 19 March 2019 10:00am
Finishes: 19 March 2019 11:00am
Venue: RMIT City Campus, Megaflex 3 (Building 8, level 4, room 13)
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)