Study abroad at RMIT University in Melbourne

A Study Abroad program is a fantastic opportunity for international students to study courses at RMIT University in Melbourne, for either one semester (around six months or two semesters (one year).

Note: Study Abroad semester 1 2021 is closed due to COVID-19.  We will start accepting applications for Semester 2 2021 in approximately February 2021.

What is 'Study Abroad'?

If your university does not have an exchange agreement with RMIT you can still join us in Melbourne for one or two semesters on a Study Abroad program. You will be immersed in the RMIT experience by studying alongside full time degree students from across the world.

The subjects that you study at RMIT can be credited towards your degree if they have been approved by your home institution.

What is a GAP year?

If you have just finished high school and would like a taste of what it is like to study in Australia, but don’t know what career path you want to take, you can join us for a one or two semester GAP year at RMIT. 

Courses are only available in:

  • accounting
  • business IT and logistics
  • economics, finance and marketing
  • management
  • engineering
  • global, urban and social studies
  • health and biomedical sciences
  • property
  • construction and project management
  • science.

Option 1: Design your own course by selecting subjects from RMIT University's range of disciplines.

Option 2: Choose a GAP Year package

Why Study Abroad?

A Study Abroad program at RMIT is an excellent opportunity to see Australia, experience new cultures and develop as a person and an employee.

Benefits include:

  • Employability: According to CIHE Report, one third of employers viewed a graduate with any overseas international experience as more employable. Employers are increasingly seeking "global graduates"
  • Networks: New friends and new people linked to the industry you will work in.
  • Travel opportunities: Weekends and academic breaks allow you to venture out and explore your surroundings
  • Culture: Get to know a culture at first hand
  • Learn more about yourself and the world: Gain a new perspective on your subject area and on higher education in general.

RMIT is a global university that is proud of its strong connections with industry, work-relevant courses and practical learning. By joining RMIT on a Study Abroad program you will be able to take advantage of all of the networks around you to develop and grow.

What can I study?

Design your own program

You can design your own Study Abroad program by selecting courses from across any of RMIT University’s disciplines, as long as you have the necessary prerequisites.

RMIT offers undergraduate and postgraduate courses.

The majority of students on undergraduate degrees choose courses from our undergraduate programs and the same with postgraduate students. However it may be possible in some circumstances for undergraduate students to choose some postgraduate courses.

There are also courses that are designed uniquely for Study Abroad students which give students an insight into Australian culture and society.

Study abroad package

You can choose to study one of our of pre-selected Study Abroad Packages:

  • Social Change
  • Sustainability and Urban Planning
  • Legal and Justice Studies
  • Fashion and Textiles Merchandising
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Business, IT and Logistics
  • Blockchain and Behavioural Business
  • Aviation

What does it cost?

For 2020 the fee for international students taking part in the Study Abroad program at RMIT is AU$8,640 per semester.

The fees do not include international and domestic travel, accommodation and meals, textbooks, living costs, or the Overseas Student Health Cover charges.

There are no application fees for Study Abroad students

The tuition fee for the first semester and, where applicable, the Overseas Student Health Cover is payable on acceptance of an offer of a place in the Study abroad program.

The fee remains the same regardless of whether you enrol in 36 credit points (3 courses) or 48 credit points (4 courses) for the semester.


As an International Student, it is a condition of your student visa that you have Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) for the entire duration of your stay in Australia.

Cost of living

Cost of living can vary according to the type of accommodation, the number of people living in the accommodation and the location.


Interested in crowdsourcing funding for your Study Abroad experience at RMIT University? Please refer to the FundMyTravel website.

How to apply

A step-by-step guide on how to apply to study at RMIT.

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