How to transfer to RMIT

Applying for a transfer to RMIT

Get all the information you need to apply by selecting whether you are a local or international student.

Why switch to RMIT?

Industry connected

RMIT courses are co-designed with industry partners such as BMW, the United Nations, and L'Oréal.

Pathway options

RMIT is Australia’s largest dual-sector university that offers pathway options from a certificate or diploma to an undergraduate degree.

University rankings

RMIT is in the top 150 universities worldwide*, 1st globally in reducing inequalities** and 5th in Australia for actions addressing environmental, social and governance challenges ***.

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How to start your transfer to RMIT University

Start your transfer to RMIT in five simple steps.  

Discover your ideal course with our course search tool  above. Search by course name, study area or your future career to find the courses that will help you achieve your goals.   

Once you find a course you’re interested in, click the ‘Compare’ button at the top of the course page. This will save the course in your personalised comparison dashboard. 

Here, you can compare your favourite courses by entry requirements, career outcomes, fees and duration. You can also email yourself a copy of your comparison dashboard to view it later. 

If you are an international student, your study institution may have a partnership with RMIT that enables you to transfer credit. Find out if there is an external pathway arrangement available for you.

If you are currently enrolled in one of the following Australian universities, you may be eligible for credit exemptions to transfer to RMIT after you complete your first-year studies.

  •  La Trobe University
  • Deakin University
  • Monash University
  • Swinburne University of Technology.

 

Once you’ve narrowed down your course options, make sure you check that you meet all the entry requirements for the course you want to study. You’ll find this information on the course page. 

If you have any specific questions about entry requirements check the  FAQ or get in contact with Study@RMIT.

 

The documents you need to transfer to RMIT will vary depending on whether you’re a local or international student, the course you are applying for and if you’re applying for credit for prior study or experience. Each of these will be clearly outlined to you during the application process. 

 

Once you have all your documents ready, it’s time to submit your application! The process of transferring to RMIT is very similar to applying as a new student, so you just need to ensure you follow the process and  supply all the relevant documents..

The application process and timelines may also vary depending on if you’re applying as a local (domestic) or international student, so it’s important to understand the process of applying as a domestic student or applying as an International student.  

 

When your application is successful, you will receive a letter of offer from us to your email address. Once you formally accept your offer, you can withdraw from your old course. 

Why to make the switch to RMIT

There are many reasons why you might want to make the switch to a different university. Whether you are looking for something a bit more engaging or hands-on it is perfectly normal to explore your options. Here are just a few reasons why RMIT is the perfect choice.

Frequently asked questions

Semester 2, 2024 (Midyear)

Courses open for application on 12 March. 

To find out whether a course is open for application for Semester 2 2024, click the ‘Apply’ button at the top of the specific course’s RMIT webpage. You can also get in contact with Study@RMIT if you have any questions that you need answered.

Applications will be accepted for each program 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.

Semester 1, 2025  

Keep an eye out for the exact date and further information later in the year. 

International students

International students can apply any time for any intake. You can follow the dates listed on the international application dates page.

For further support and resources, visit the Apply to RMIT as an international student page.

 

The process of applying for a credit transfer (also known as ‘advanced standing’) is different for local (domestic) and international students.  

If you are a domestic student, applying for credit transfer happens after you receive an offer to study at RMIT. The application and approval process will be handled by your academic school, so we are unable to provide you with any guarantees prior to this.   

To give a guide on how much credit you may be eligible for, we encourage you to compare the subjects of the program you are looking to study with the subjects you have studied previously. This may give you a good indication as to how much credit or recognition of prior learning (RPL) you may be eligible for.  

If you’re an international student, applications for credit transfer should be made as early as possible, preferably during the application process, as it may impact the duration of your Confirmation of Enrolment (COE).   

You will be asked ‘Are you applying for Credit?’ during the application process, so if you are seeking credit then make sure you select ‘Yes’ and upload all your course syllabus details and we will organise the credit assessment for you.

The maximum amount of university credit you recieve will depend on the level of study of the program you are applying for.  

If you’re applying for higher education programs, the amount of credit you can receive will be based on your program. To be eligible to graduate, you must successfully complete a minimum of 96 credit points or 50% of your program – whichever is less.

If you are studying a vocational study program (also known as TAFE), there are no maximum limits on the amount of university credit you can transfer– you may even be able to have a complete qualification recognised!   

It’s important to keep in mind that credit transfer is only available for the same or equivalent competencies, whereas recognition of prior learning may be used where competencies are not identical or equivalent and you have demonstrated the learning outcomes.

 

In some circumstances, receiving a university credit transfer may shorten the length of your program and this will be reflected in the duration of your COE.  

You will find out the start date and the end date of your program on your offer letter and the same dates will be used on your COE.

Yes, the total cost of your program may be reduced as you won’t need to pay for any courses that you are granted credit transfer or RPL.

Yes, it is possible to reduce the duration of the program with credit and RPL. However, this will be based on exactly which units you are credited for and if this will impact the length of your program.

Transferring university credit is where we assess your previous formal study and, if you can demonstrate you meet the learning outcomes for some of your RMIT courses, then we ‘transfer the credit’ from your previous study to your RMIT course/s.  

Recognition of prior learning (RPL) is where we formally assess your previous work and life experiences, along with any formal, informal or non-formal learning, and determine whether this could be worth credit in lieu of study. This means you don’t have to spend time learning things you already know.  

Recognition of current competency (RCC) is where we assess your previously completed accredited qualification in circumstances where it may have expired or where you have not been practising.

Sources:
*QS World University Rankings 2024
**Times Higher Education (THE) 2023
***QS Sustainability Rankings 2023

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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.