Foundation Studies

Foundation Studies

PRE UNIVERSITY

Your pathway to RMIT.

Student type:
Mode of study:
On campus and blended learning
Entry score:

Not applicable

Duration:
Not applicable
Fees:

Not applicable

Next intake:
Not applicable
Location:
Not applicable
Mode of study:
On campus and blended learning
Entry score:

See admissions

Duration:
Full-time 1 year
Fees:

AU$28,500 (2023 total)

Next intake:
February, July, August*
Location:
Melbourne City

Overview

Your pathway to RMIT.

Foundation Studies is chosen by international students all over the world as their pathway to higher education at RMIT.

Foundation Studies is delivered by RMIT Training (CRICOS provider number: 01912G), a fully owned entity of RMIT University. Foundation Studies provides you with the knowledge, skills and confidence you need for your future academic success.

Located in the heart of the vibrant city of Melbourne, close to cafés, shops, arts and entertainment precincts, RMIT Training’s Foundation Studies specialist staff support you every step of the way. We provide opportunities to develop your global and social network, setting you up for success at RMIT and into the future.

To ensure you get the best start to your studies, RMIT has invested in careers counselling, academic and welfare support for international students to access when and where it suits you.

Apply today and you may be eligible for a 20% tuition reduction through the RMIT Foundation Studies Bursary.

*Please note that online delivery for Foundation Studies is only available while Covid-19 restrictions are in place.

Why choose Foundation Studies at RMIT Training?

Learn with confidence

Develop your discipline-specific knowledge and English language skills in a classes specially designed for international students. You'll also experience different teaching methods and styles of assessment in preparation for your undergraduate studies.

Vibrant student life

Form lasting friendships and connections with other students from all around the world and enjoy the Central Business District with excursions and learning activities in Melbourne’s parks, galleries and cultural icons.

Specialised learning spaces

Engage with specialised equipment and navigate RMIT’s learning spaces, processes and systems with support from our friendly teams.

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Safe and supportive learning environment

As you navigate living and studying, our staff will provide you with a safe and inclusive community environment, with opportunities for individual care and support, career advice and social interaction.

Start your pathway to university

RMIT students share their experiences about the passionate teachers, support and flexible online learning in Foundation Studies.

Details

Foundation Studies is delivered by RMIT Training (CRICOS provider number: 01912G), a company owned by RMIT University.

Foundation Studies gives you the opportunity to study the subjects that align with your interests and study goals. Choose from streams in:

  • Art, Design and Architecture
  • Business
  • Communication and Social Context
  • Engineering and Science
  • Health
  • Information Technology (IT).

Get in touch with a RMIT international advisor for help with your application, and to find out more about which option is best for you.

RMIT Training’s Foundation Studies meets the requirements for Foundation Programs which have been registered on CRICOS for delivery in Australia.

The curriculum is designed for overseas students and is comparable in standard to an Australian year 12 curriculum.

Foundation Studies is delivered over two semesters.

You will study four subjects per semester with 20 hours of scheduled study per week.  

The Foundations Studies curriculum encourages you to explore new ideas and consider your own place and purpose in an increasingly interconnected and interdependent world.

Assessments are designed to connect learning with current real-world scenarios, and can be structured as written or oral, and as independent or group activities.

Our learning activities promote engagement and are designed to build your confidence to think critically and creatively, to reason and to problem solve.

These are highly valuable and transferable employability skills required in all career paths.

During your studies, you will have access to:

  • High quality teaching and learning – our teachers are friendly, and experienced in working with international students and understanding your needs
  • Student support – our staff are here to help you. They will provide you with tailored advice, guidance, counselling, reassurance and support as soon as you start
  • Academic support – providing tailored support and advice along your learning journey
  • Social activities – we arrange student gatherings, city and campus tours and other events to help you explore Melbourne, meet other students and have fun!

RMIT Foundation Studies is a standard streamed Foundation program.

Students study four subjects each semester. 

Each stream consists of six core and two elective subjects. These include two English subjects, Exploring Narratives and Comparative Texts, plus four specialised discipline subjects. In each stream students choose two electives from a choice of four options.

There are six streams to choose from:

  • Art, Design and Architecture
  • Business
  • Communication and Social Context
  • Engineering and Science
  • Health
  • Information Technology (IT)

Please note, you must enrol in the correct Foundation Studies stream to allow you to meet the requirements of your chosen degree.

Course structure

Choose a plan below to find out more about the subjects you will study and the course structure.

Foundation Studies
Program code: FS022

Title
Location
Duration
Plan code
CRICOS
Foundation Studies: Art, Design and Architecture
City Campus
1 year full-time
FS022ADA
108492M
Location
City Campus
Duration
1 year full-time
Plan code
FS022ADA
CRICOS
108492M
Foundation Studies: Art, Design and Architecture
City Campus
1 year full-time
FS022ADA
108492M
Location
City Campus
Duration
1 year full-time
Plan code
FS022ADA
CRICOS
108492M
Foundation Studies: Business
City Campus
1 year full-time
FS022BUS
108492M
Location
City Campus
Duration
1 year full-time
Plan code
FS022BUS
CRICOS
108492M
Foundation Studies: Business
City Campus
1 year full-time
FS022BUS
108492M
Location
City Campus
Duration
1 year full-time
Plan code
FS022BUS
CRICOS
108492M
Foundation Studies: Communication and Social Context
City Campus
1 year full-time
FS022COM
108492M
Location
City Campus
Duration
1 year full-time
Plan code
FS022COM
CRICOS
108492M
Foundation Studies: Communication and Social Context
City Campus
1 year full-time
FS022COM
108492M
Location
City Campus
Duration
1 year full-time
Plan code
FS022COM
CRICOS
108492M
Foundation Studies: Engineering and Science
City Campus
1 year full-time
FS022SES
108492M
Location
City Campus
Duration
1 year full-time
Plan code
FS022SES
CRICOS
108492M
Foundation Studies: Engineering and Science
City Campus
1 year full-time
FS022SES
108492M
Location
City Campus
Duration
1 year full-time
Plan code
FS022SES
CRICOS
108492M
Foundation Studies: Health
City Campus
1 year full-time
FS022SHH
108492M
Location
City Campus
Duration
1 year full-time
Plan code
FS022SHH
CRICOS
108492M
Foundation Studies: Health
City Campus
1 year full-time
FS022SHH
108492M
Location
City Campus
Duration
1 year full-time
Plan code
FS022SHH
CRICOS
108492M
Foundation Studies: Information Technology
City Campus
1 year full-time
FS022SIT
108492M
Location
City Campus
Duration
1 year full-time
Plan code
FS022SIT
CRICOS
108492M
Foundation Studies: Information Technology
City Campus
1 year full-time
FS022SIT
108492M
Location
City Campus
Duration
1 year full-time
Plan code
FS022SIT
CRICOS
108492M

*August intake is available for Foundation Studies: Business and Foundation Studies: Engineering and Science streams.

Career

A strong foundation for success

Fabio Hutagalung is a graduate of the Bachelor of Design (Communication Design) after completing Foundation Studies. Fabio now works as an Account Executive at Encore Jakarta, a boutique branding agency that specialises in 3D rendering. — Fabio Hutagalung

In Foundation Studies, I learnt about 3D modelling, painting and also mixed media drawing. These things became the foundation of my portfolio to get into my Bachelor of Communication Design at RMIT. Studying abroad interests me because I want to live in another culture and learn how people do things differently in different cultures. Melbourne is not very far from my home country and has some of the top-ranking universities in Australia and the world. I chose RMIT specifically because it is well known for its design faculty.

Support for your career

Whatever you’re planning for life and work, we’re right behind you.

At RMIT, we support you every step of the way to succeed in your studies.

We also offer many programs and services to help make sure you are ready for work by the time you graduate.

Admissions

You must have successfully completed a senior secondary school qualification equal to an Australian Year 11 with a minimum D average. To determine your equivalent high school qualification to an Australian Year 11, or whether certified forecast or provisional results are accepted, please check relevant country requirements at RMIT Country Equivalency.

Meeting the minimum academic requirements does not guarantee entry. Your application will still need to be assessed and accepted.

Students must be 16 years of age upon commencement of this program.

To study this program you will need to complete one of the following English proficiency tests:

  • IELTS (Academic): minimum overall band of 5.5 (with no individual band below 5.0)
  • TOEFL (Internet Based Test - IBT): minimum overall score of 50 (with minimum of 5 in Reading, 5 in Listening, 14 in Speaking and 15 in Writing)
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE (A)): minimum score of 42 (with no communication band less than 36)
  • C1 Advanced: minimum of 162 with no less than 154 in any component.

For detailed information on English language requirements and other proficiency tests recognised by RMIT, visit English language requirements and equivalency information.

Don't meet the English language test scores? Complete an English for Academic Purposes (EAP) Upper Intermediate Certificate at RMIT English Worldwide.

Pathways

Foundation Studies at RMIT offers you pathways into higher study, both at vocational and undergraduate level. Use the tool below to explore the certificates, diplomas and degrees available after successfully completing this course.

Fees

The total indicative tuition fee for 2023 commencement is AU$28,500.

Material fees

Art, Design and Architecture

If you are undertaking the Foundation Studies Art, Design and Architecture stream, you are required to purchase the Art, Design and Architecture materials kit and Contemporary Art Practice materials kit, to complete required assessment tasks during your program. The combined cost of these material kits in 2023 is approximately AU$602. This includes a 20% discount.

Science and Business stream

If you are undertaking any mathematics courses, you will be required to have either a Texas Instruments Ti-Nspire CX CAS Graphing Calculator or a Texas Instruments Ti-Nspire CX II CAS Graphing Calculator.

These can be ordered online via the following link or can be purchased through various other retailers. The cost for the calculator in 2023 will be approximately AU$230.

Other fees

In addition to tuition fees you also need to pay for:

You also need to account for your living expenses. Estimate the cost of living in Melbourne.

Find out more details about how fees are calculated and the expected annual increase.

Applying for refunds

Find information on how to apply for a refund as a continuing international student.

RMIT awards more than 2000 scholarships every year to recognise academic achievement and assist students from a variety of backgrounds.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Looking for answers or more general information?

Use our Frequently Asked Questions to learn about the application process and its equity access schemes, find out how to accept or defer your offer or request a leave of absence, discover information about your fees, refunds and scholarships, and explore the various student support and advocacy services, as well as how to find out more about your preferred program, and more.

This program is not available to local (domestic) students.

If you are an international student please select 'switch to international' below to view the information about this program.

 

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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.