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Interested in studying at RMIT and want a taste of what the city campus has to offer? Join us and find out what campus life is like and what to expect in your first year.

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First time at uni, or returning after a break?

Download our guide for information on how to apply, credit transfers and recognition of prior learning, tips on balancing work, life and study, and interviews with current students about their experience.

How to apply to study at RMIT

You can apply via VTAC or by submitting your application directly to RMIT. 

Applying direct to RMIT – One course

You may also have the option to apply direct to RMIT.

You should apply direct if:

  • you're only wanting to apply for one course
  • you're not a year 12 student
  • you have not already applied or registered via VTAC
  • you are applying for the Semester 2 intake


Not all course accept direct applications. See individual course for closing dates. You can check whether your course accepts direct applications by clicking the 'Apply' button on your chosen course description.

Applying through VTAC – Multiple courses

The Victorian Admissions Centre (VTAC) is the administrative office that processes applications to universities and other tertiary institutions across Victoria, including RMIT.

If you apply for more than one course at RMIT, you must apply through VTAC.  You need to create an account to apply through VTAC and follow the steps.

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Frequently asked questions

If you're transferring to RMIT or planning to return to study after a break, you may have some questions about how the application process works. Based on thousands of conversations with prospective students, we've collected answers to the most common questions we're asked every year and listed them below.

If you’ve completed previous study which is similar to the course you are applying for, it’s possible you may be eligible for study credit based on this experience. When you apply you will be asked to note previous study which will be considered with your application.

Once you’ve been made an offer you will need to fill out a credit application form and it will be assessed on a case-by-case basis. You can find a list of different types of study credit, along with a step-by-step guide on how to request them on Apply for credit

Study pathways provide opportunities for you to transfer from one RMIT course to another based on your previous educational experience. There's often more than one way to get into a degree so don’t worry if you don’t meet all the criteria at first.

Your previous studies may be recognised in one of two ways:

  • Completed or partly completed certificate, diploma and advanced diploma qualifications can be credited towards a degree.
  • Partly completed degree studies may be credited to other RMIT courses.


Some certificates and diplomas allow you to earn credit that may be transferred to a degree at a later stage. In addition, being acknowledged for previous study may reduce the duration of your program and save you money. There are a number of recognised pathway options so check your course or interest area to see what's offered.

Facilitated classes will be predominantly on campus, in line with COVIDSafe campus protocols. This means more tutorials, lectorials, practicals and workshops will be delivered face-to-face. Classes that require specialist spaces or equipment will be prioritised for on campus learning.

For some courses, online facilitated classes will still be available for students who cannot attend campus or would prefer to study online. You can find out if a course has facilitated classes on campus, online or both by checking your timetable before classes commence.

If you are unable to attend campus, either due to ongoing international travel restrictions or personal circumstances, you will either be offered equivalent online activities or the option to complete activities on campus at a future date.

Students can see which courses have online class options by checking their timetable before classes commence.

Semester 1, 2022

Direct applications open on Monday 2 August 2021.

Applications will be accepted for each course until all places are filled, so ensure you apply as early as possible for your application to be considered. Late applications may result in a delayed class commencement. However, some postgraduate courses have timely close dates that you will need to submit your application by.

Semester 2 (Midyear)

Midyear intake is open from 1 May each year, and the application deadline for timely applications is 31 May. Applications will continue to be accepted for some programs after this date, however they are subject to close at any time after the official application deadline.

For undergraduate study, a mature age student is anyone who is 21 or older by the 1st of January in the year they’re applying. For certificates and diplomas, it’s anyone who is over 18 and has been out of school for more than 12 months.

Mature age students follow the same application process as other applicants and still need to meet the minimum entry requirements to be considered.

If you are a mature age student you should take a look at our equity and access guidelines to see if you’re eligible for special consideration.  

If you’re transferring to RMIT or returning to study after a break, we understand that study may not be the only thing on your mind. That’s why we offer a range of support services to ensure you don’t lose momentum while working towards a degree.

Here’s a list of support services available to help you stay focused and on track while studying with us:

  • RMIT’s Study and Learning Centre has a wealth of resources available to students year-round, including the Learning Lab which hosts specialised online tutorials to help students hone their skills in areas like research and writing. For friendly advice from experienced Learning Advisors, you can also visit our drop-in learning centres at a time convenient to you.
  • Been a while since you were at university? Sharpen your study skills at our academic writing and study skills workshops. We also offer specialised workshops to help prepare you for higher-level postgraduate coursework. 
  • Personal support such as childcarefinancial advice and counselling is also available when you need it, and our Student Support Advisors can offer free assistance and support on a range of topics. Find out more about RMIT's support services

The application process can vary according to the type of course you're interested in and your previous educational experience. If you know which course you want to apply for, just search for it on our website, select the course you're interested in and click the 'apply' button once you're on the page.

The apply page for each course will contain specific information about intake dates, entry requirements and what you need to start the application process. If you're not sure which course you want to apply for, then you can browse available courses.

We've put together a video walkthrough showing how to navigate RMIT's online application system. You're also welcome to chat to us online if you have any questions about how or when to apply for a particular RMIT course.

Taking a campus tour is a great way to see what RMIT has to offer, as well as hearing from current RMIT students about their experiences.

From November 2021 to February 2022, the friendly team at Study@RMIT is running a series of free, 30-minute tours at the Melbourne City campus facilities and resources. Our tour ambassador will take you around award-winning buildings, view learning and social study spaces and answer any questions along the way.

Switching universities or returning to study after a break?

Whether you’re seeking more study support, personalised career advice or additional assistance with settling in, RMIT has a range of services available to ensure that your transition back into study is a smooth one.

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RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business. - Artwork created by Louisa Bloomer

aboriginal flag
torres strait flag

Acknowledgement of country

RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business.