RMIT permits eligible offer holders to defer the commencement of their studies.
You may be eligible to defer your program for one intake if you do so before the last day to enrol for your commencing semester.
If you want to defer your ELICOS program at RMIT English Worldwide, you can do so up to one week after the program commencement date on your offer letter.
If you have already accepted your offer and received a CoE from RMIT you are unable to defer and must submit a new application (unless there are compassionate or compelling reasons, see below).
Once we have received your deferral, your application will be re-assessed to determine if an offer can be made for the new intake. We will notify you of the outcome of your application.
If you do not defer within the above time-frames, you will need to submit a new application for admission to RMIT.
How to defer
To defer commencement of your program, apply online when you receive your offer.
(If you don’t yet have an offer you can still request to change your intake. Reply to any email from International Admissions to request a change.)
Important visa information
If you have accepted your offer and hold a student visa and want to defer, you must submit evidence of compassionate or compelling circumstances that prevent you from enrolling in your program on time.
If you are unable to provide evidence that your deferral is based on compassionate or compelling circumstances before the last date to enrol, RMIT University is required to report you for ‘non-commencement’ to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP). This will result in your CoE being cancelled which may affect your student visa. Please visit the DIBP website for further information.
Students are not permitted to remain in Australia on a student visa if they are not enrolled. If you hold a valid student visa and defer your intake, you will be required to enrol in another program or to depart Australia and return prior to the commencement date for your next approved intake.