Frequently Asked Questions

Find out what International Students need to know about applying and studying at RMIT University.

COVID-19

For the latest information and evolving updates on RMIT’s response to COVID-19, we recommend visiting RMIT’s COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions webpage

Contacting RMIT

Our friendly team is here to support you all the way. You can start a chat with one of us to find out about your study options, RMIT program structures, entry requirements, fees, life in Melbourne and more.

You can also book a free 1-on-1 appointment with a RMIT advisor in your region, who will be your dedicated RMIT contact and support throughout the application process.

In response to COVID-19 situation, RMIT University are organising online events including webinars and chat where staff and student ambassadors are available to answer your questions. 

To find out what events are being held for your country or region or to register for updates, refer to the Meet RMIT Virtually page to find all virtual event options.

Applying to RMIT

Yes, we are accepting applications for all future intakes.

Visit Apply to RMIT as an international student for a step-by-step guide on how to apply to RMIT as an international student.

Once you have submitted your application, we recommend getting in touch with our dedicated RMIT international team in your region for any questions with your application or studying at RMIT. 

We recommend international students apply for advanced standing or credit exemptions at the same time of the application. 

There will be a section in your application where you can indicate that you’re applying for credits (advanced standing). 

It’s important to keep in mind that if you’re eligible for credits, this may change the total duration required to complete a program, therefore affecting the duration of your eCOE and visa.

If you’re an international student under 18 years old, then you will need take extra steps in your application to study at RMIT. 

To find out how to apply as an under 18 student, all information and arrangements can be found on the Students under 18 years of age page.

 

  • There are temporary provisions in place and RMIT will accept online or uncertified documents from all countries to issue full offers if your results meet the program's entry requirement, provided they meet the below criteria:
  • Online transcripts must have details of the institution, student’s detail and the title of the qualification. Applicants will be required to provide certified copies of official academic documents as soon as they are available and by no later than the census date.

 

For further information or support, we recommend speaking to an RMIT international Advisor.

Vietnamese qualifications:

To remove the requirement of Vietnamese National High School Graduation Examination for admissions to Diploma, Advanced Diploma, and Undergraduate Degree, applicants will be required to provide a certified copy of their official National High School Graduation as soon as it’s available and by no later than the census date.

Hong Kong qualifications:

Applicants with Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) qualification can apply for admissions based on trial HKDSE results.

Applicants will be required to provide official results after enrolling in their programs.

Cambodia qualifications:

For entry into Foundation Studies, students studying a Cambodian High School Qualification will be accepted based on their Year 12 school report. A 75% average or above is the score required for entry into Foundation programs in the absence of Diploma of Upper Secondary Education qualification.

GCE O and A Levels and International Baccalaureate (IB):

Forecast results from GCE O Levels / IGCSE will be accepted to issue a full offer for Foundation Studies for an immediate intake.

Forecast GCE A Level and Predicted IB Diploma results will be accepted to issue a full offer for a Diploma, Advanced Diploma, Associate Degree and Bachelor’s Degree for an immediate intake if applicants’ forecast / predicted results are 3 points higher than the actual program’s entry requirement.

Applicants must also meet English requirement, other additional requirement and SSVF assessment.

Applicants will not be required to provide official final results when applying for an immediate intake.

In response to COVID-19 which has caused a number of cancellations and delays in English language testing, RMIT will temporarily accept the TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition, IELTS Indicator and Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic Online for programs that require up to IELTS (Academic) 7.0 with no band less than 6.5 (or equivalent) for 2022 intakes. The requirements are the same as for their respective traditional tests. 

We will also temporarily extend the validity period for an approved English proficiency test for admission from two years to three years prior to the RMIT program commencement date for 2022 intakes (some exclusions apply where required for accreditation purposes such as Nursing programs).

Please refer to the English language proficiency tests for international students page for detailed information.

You can email a query to support@studylink.com and advise them of the technical issue you’re facing, and they will help you to solve this issue.

If you’re having issues meeting English requirements, we recommend applying for an ELICOS pathway or referring to our Pathway Finder to see if you can find an alternative pathway into your degree via foundation study, diploma or associate degree.

If you would like to change your program, you can request a change of preference on your applicant portal. 

If you’re applying through an education agent, you can contact them to make this request on your behalf.

Accepting your offer

You can make a request via your application in studylink to defer your offer to a future intake.

You will need to first accept your offer and organised your deposit payment. Your Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE) will be issued once you have met all conditions.

Your acceptance will be processed when you have made payment of your deposit as outlined in your offer letter. 

The payment should include your tuition deposit, and if applicable, your OSHC and ELICOS tuition fees and enrolment fee.

Flexible study

RMIT has been working to deliver blended learning – a mix of online and face-to-face learning – for some time. 

Flexible study allows students to study online by participating in lectures and tutorials via Canvas, our online learning and teaching platform, to ensure continued learning throughout this period. The majority of classes and assessments have been rearranged to suit this learning format.

Face-to-face learning, work placements and practical assessments will be arranged at a later date.

In Semester 1 2022 learning will happen through a mix of face-to-face and online activities.

RMIT plans to have as many classes on campus as possible, however, physical distancing restrictions means it may not be possible to have all learning activities on campus.

All lectures will be delivered online. Tutorials, lectorials, practicals and workshops may be on campus, online or a mix of both.

Classes requiring specialist equipment and spaces will be prioritised for on-campus learning. 

To ensure the safety and wellbeing of our students and staff and in response to State and Commonwealth government coronavirus (COVID-19) advice, some (or all) of your program will be delivered to you via online-enabled learning. For this reason, you must have access to a computer and the internet to support your studies at RMIT. 

The courses that are available for online delivery may change. 

For the latest information, we recommend students check the web page for Offshore Student Information

If you have any questions, we recommend getting in touch with the Study@RMIT team. 

RMIT uses Canvas, a learning and teaching platform to record and store lectures so you can go back and re-watch them at any point. You can also review tasks set by your lecturer.

For tutorial videos and the latest information, visit the dedicated Canvas guide on the RMIT website.

Tutorials, workshops and seminars are being held online via a video-based system that enables teachers to present interactive content during classes. 

You’ll login and join your teachers and classmates, participating in activities and discussions like you would when attending face-to-face classes. 

Some of your subjects may require group work, online discussion, or other interactive activities as required for assessment, all of which can be done online.

You may complete your entire program online if your program is completed before border restrictions are eased and on-campus studies resume.

Class start dates will be included in your offer letter and Confirmation of Enrolment (COE). 

You can also refer to our important dates website to find information related to class start and other important dates scheduled throughout the year.

Fees and scholarships

There are no payment plans available for applicants.

 For more information on how to accept your offer, please refer to your offer letter or the Accept your offer page.

Yes, RMIT offers a range of scholarships to commencing international students across all areas of study. 

To find a scholarship that you may be eligible for, visit the Scholarships for commencing international students page.

From 4 Oct 2021, offers for 2022 intakes will require a AU$9,000 deposit for academic programs. Any offers for studying in 2022 that have been made prior to 4 Oct 2021 will not be re-issued but will require a AU$9,000 to accept. If students study Elicos the Elicos fees also need to be paid at the time of acceptance.

If a student requires an offer with AU$9000 for bank loans, they can make a request to have the offer reissued via the applicant portal or via their agent.

You can accept your offer and complete the payment via your application portal. There are two ways you can pay your deposit:

  • Western Union
  • Credit card (Mastercard and VISA card only)

English language requirements and the RMIT English Worldwide Placement Test

RMIT will accept IELTS Indicator, TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition and Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic Online for entry into REW ELICOS programs. 

This means students can apply for EAP package offer based on these tests in addition to REW's OOPT, TOEFL iBT, IELTS (Academic), PTE (A) and CAE.

Please refer to the English language proficiency tests for international students page for detailed information.

Your Current TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition Leve 28 30 33 40 (Minimum of 3 for Listening and Reading; and 12 for Speaking and Writing) 50 (Minimum of 5 for Listening and Reading; 14 for Speaking and 15 for Writing) 60 (Minimum of 9 for Listening, 16 for Speaking, 10 for Reading and 19 for Writing)
Your Current IELTS Indicator Level 3.5 no band less than 3.0 4.0 no band less than 3.5 4.5 no band less than 4.0 5.0 no band less than 4.5 5.5 no band less than 5.0 6.0 no band less than 5.5
Your recommended English program Elementary Pre Intermediate Intermediate Upper Intermediate Advanced Advanced Plus

For entry into ELICOS program, validity for IELTS, TOEFL iBT and PTE (A) has changed from 12 months to 24 months.

For 2022 Intakes we now accept 3 years validity period for direct entry into main academic programs. 

RMIT Training delivers the REW Placement Test online for both onshore & offshore candidates.

All placement test bookings (onshore & offshore students) can be submitted directly to RMIT English Worldwide through the online booking form.

Once a test booking has been made, the candidate will receive important information about the test, and instructions on how to log in via the candidate’s personal email address.

The following will be required to secure a booking:

At present, the placement test will run Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 1.30pm (Melbourne time), with the exception of selected Fridays and the first day of each module, when the placement tests are reserved for commencing students. REW will review this availability regularly in order to cater for demand

Students can do the test from home provided they have a stable and reliable internet connection. It will be invigilated on camera by staff in Melbourne. 

If the student does not have a strong internet connection at home, we would recommend that they go to their agent’s office to complete the test.

The REW Placement Test has three parts:

  • Part 1 - Oxford Online Placement Test (Listening and Use of English) = 60 minutes
  • Part 2 - Writing = 30 minutes
  • Part 3 - Speaking = 10-15 minutes

More information on the test format for Part 1 (Oxford Online Placement Test) is available on the Oxford English Testing website.

The test results will be released within 48 hours.

The results are valid for the purpose of issuing an offer for up to 12 months. However, if the results are more than 6 months old when the student arrive for enrolment, they will have to sit the placement test again.

Test candidates are permitted to re-sit the REW Placement test after a minimum of 4 weeks (maximum of 3 times per 12 months). Please note that a re-sit could affect the recommended starting level and number of EAP weeks required.

Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC)

If you are in Australia and are commencing your RMIT program online, it is generally a condition of your student visa that you continue to hold Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) for the duration of your visa.

If you are not in Australia and are commencing your RMIT program online, you can accept your offer and RMIT will issue a Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE) to you even though you do not hold OSHC. 

When accepting the offer letter via the portal, students can selection 'no' OSHC and student will only need to pay the deposit tuition fee stated on the offer letter. They do not need to contact us to remove the OSHC from the offer letter.

However, it is your responsibility to arrange OSHC when you are ready to apply for your student visa. Please note that failure to have a valid OSHC when applying for a student visa may result in delays in visa processing and visa refusal.

We strongly recommend that students refer to Study Australia COVID-19 Resources Hub to familiarise themselves on the number of changes to student visa program Australian Government has recently announced. 

If you are intending to apply for a post-study work visa upon completion of your studies, the requirements of students to hold a visa would mean that they are required to arrange OSHC at the time they accept their offer. 

You can contact our team isoshc@rmit.edu.au if you need assistance in arranging your OSHC.  

If you have purchased your OSHC through a different provider, we encourage you to check with them.

Medibank exclusively offers Comprehensive OSHC to students at partner universities only.

Comprehensive OSHC meets your student visa health insurance requirements for all course types, helps towards your hospital and medical needs, and provides a range of added value services above Essentials OSHC.

Additionally, Medibank OSHC allows you to access services such as:

Learn more about Comprehensive Medibank OSHC coverage.

*Please refer to https://www.rmit.edu.au/news/alerts/coronavirus for updates on on-campus activities affected by COVID-19

How does Medibank benefit me when I am offshore?

As a Medibank OSHC member, you have access to many online resources designed to support your health and well-being and help you prepare for life in Australia.

Medibank is encouraging all members to join their eat, move and feel activities that will help you stay active, stay healthy and Live Better at Home.

Refunds

RMIT University provides refunds of tuition fees in accordance with its refund policy.

Full details are established in RMIT’s refund policy, including situations where an overseas student’s ability to study is impacted by exceptional circumstances. 

Where an overseas student is refused a visa to study in Australia, RMIT will provide a full refund to that student, less any administrative fees.

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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 - Artwork 'Luwaytini' by Mark Cleaver, Palawa.

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.