Bachelor of International Studies

Bachelor of International Studies

UNDERGRADUATE

Expand your worldview with international studies, exploring intercultural, social and political issues.

Student type:
Mode of study:
On campus
Entry score:

Various*

Duration:
Full-time 3 years
Next intake:
February, July
Location:
Melbourne City
Mode of study:
On campus
Entry score:

Various*

Duration:
Full-time 3 years
Fees:

AU$29,760 (2022 annual)

Next intake:
February, July
Location:
Melbourne City

Overview

A degree in international studies will guide you toward a multitude of careers across the globe. If you’re passionate about international affairs and cultural diversity, this course will help prepare you for a versatile and imaginative future.

During your studies, you will build a strong understanding of intercultural, social and political issues and how to address them. You have the opportunity to select a specialisation stream, with three to choose from:

Development

Explore international systems and global processes, learn how to negotiate cross-culturally, and delve into strategic and ethical leadership.

Global Security

What are the international security challenges that leaders face, and how can communication, strategy and policy help manage this?

Languages

Develop communication skills that go beyond multilingualism, explore the nature and politics of language, and grow a stronger appreciation for cultures and communities.

All the themes of cross-cultural communication, development, politics and language [of this course] are equally relevant in an Australian Indigenous context. There is great potential to learn and make positive change with the first peoples of our country.

- Ingrid Johanson - Development stream

Manager of the Aboriginal Women's Centre in Arnhem Land

The ability to tailor your degree to be as specific or broad as you would like is one of the many fantastic aspects of International Studies at RMIT. I gained practical work experience and developed transferable skills I use every day.

Tina Maugeri, Global Security stream

Information protection at a global cyber security company

[This] turned out to be a fantastic degree in terms of general preparation for working in the field of human rights in an international context. 

Jack Britton, Language stream

Researcher and translator for a national human rights institution

Your career in International Studies

A career in International Studies prepares you for work across a range of diverse fields, including diplomacy, international aid and development, politics, defence and security, human rights law and communications.

You may also decide to pursue general international studies, instead build knowledge in global history, politics and economics, learn about social theory, risk, and human rights.

Through the core and elective subjects you select, you’ll develop professional skills in international relations, diplomacy, business, and humanitarian policy. You’ll learn from experienced professionals and academics who share their knowledge, research, experience and contacts to help you prepare for a varied and exciting global career.

In second and third years, you will have the opportunity to undertake an internship with an international organisation either in Australia or overseas, and be offered the chance to join exchange programs and study tours.

RMIT graduates possess the initiative, independence, language and entrepreneurial skills to handle the challenges of working and managing within culturally diverse environments.

Meet Tenille Gilbert, International Studies alumni

Tenille is an alumni of International Studies and now the managing director of social enterprise For Change Co.

A global career

Learn on the job through overseas internships and develop professional skills in international relations, cultural communications, diplomacy, business and humanitarian policy. 

Details

Studies in this degree are designed to prepare you for an illustrious career in a range of fields across the globe.

You will study a wide assortment of subjects, ranging from developing a strong understanding of social and political issues through to humanitarian policy making.

Taught by established leaders of industry, you will graduate with the knowledge you need to work in any number of fields, creating change and influencing global organisations and relationships.

Prepare for the international workforce by responding to real-world case studies.

You will learn and develop professional skills in international relations, diplomacy, business and humanitarian policy.

During your studies, you will build a strong understanding of intercultural, social and political issues, and how to address them. Depending on your focus - and your specialist stream, if you opt to select one - as well as your chosen electives, you’ll develop professional skills in international relations, diplomacy, business, and humanitarian policy.

You’ll learn from experienced professionals and academics who share their knowledge, research, experience and contacts to help you prepare for a varied and exciting global career.

You will also have the opportunity to apply your learning in a two-month international internship and 7000-word independent research project. During previous internships, students have supported diplomatic staff, provided services to refugee youth, managed projects at women’s rights organisations, and strengthened business ties between international firms.

As part of your studies, you will undertake a professional internship with an international organisation in Australia or overseas.

Previous students have completed their internships in organisations and locations such as:

  • United Nations, Geneva
  • Australian overseas missions in Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Paris and New York
  • UN Development Programme offices in Lebanon and the Philippines
  • UN refugee agencies in Turkey and Washington
  • International Organisation for Migration in Vietnam, Egypt and Colombia
  • Australian Chamber of Commerce in Beijing
  • Plan International in the UK and Australia
  • non-government organisations (NGOs) and project management companies in Melbourne.

You'll learn how to research and use those skills in an international research project.

RMIT University is committed to providing you with an education that strongly links formal learning with professional or vocational practice.

You will participate in a professional internship with an international organisation overseas or in Australia.

You will also have the opportunity to join overseas exchange programs and study tours as part of a close-knit and vibrant student community.

On one particular study tour, students travelled to Timor-Leste to learn about the country's war for independence (1999) and the sociopolitical crisis that followed. Students learnt of the circumstances around how the conflict unfolded and gained a sense of its consequences, in particular the possibilities for peace and security in the aftermath.

In addition to study tours, you are encouraged to take one semester at a partner university. RMIT University has exchange partners all over the world, including Mexico, China, Chile and more. Financial support is available through scholarships, RMIT travel grants, and government loans.

Global work, exchange and study experiences

RMIT offers a range of opportunities for our students to study abroad through global work, exchange and study experiences with over 165 partner universities worldwide.

The knowledge and skills you will acquire throughout this degree and how they can be applied in your career are described in the learning outcomes.

View the learning outcomes for each stream:

As part of your studies, you have the option to specialise in three different streams: development, global security, or languages. 

Development specialisation

This stream will develop your skills relevant to the development and humanitarian sectors, encompassing knowledge of international systems and global processes, cross-cultural negotiation and management, and strategic and ethical leadership. Working with the challenges of culturally diverse contexts will be prepare you for an international development career. 

Global Security specialisation

This stream will prepare you for a career in international security practice, giving you an understanding of global security challenges, theories and practices of global security, international systems and global processes, cross-cultural negotiation and management, policy development, and strategic and ethical leadership.

Languages specialisation

This stream is designed to develop your advanced communication skills and bilingualism, preparing you for an international career in language-related fields.

You’ll learn to understand the nature and politics of language and build excellent written and verbal communication skills in a language other than English (choose from ChineseFrenchJapanese or Spanish). You will also gain social and cultural knowledge of the countries where the target language is spoken, a greater appreciation for other peoples and cultures in general, as well as enhanced intercultural competence.

Alternatively, you can choose not to specialise, and study international studies as a general subject. In this option, you will build your knowledge in global history and political processes, the international political economy, human mobility, global political and social theory, risk and global governance, and international human rights and law.

In all streams, you will be trained in cross-cultural workplace practices, offered international study exchange opportunities, and be able to undertake an international internship in connection with the target language and/or in the languages field.

Course structure

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

Bachelor of International Studies
Program code: BP332

Title
Location
Duration
Plan code
CRICOS
Bachelor of International Studies
City Campus
International: 3 years full-time / Domestic: 3 years full-time; 6 years part-time
BP332
0100991
Location
City Campus
Duration
International: 3 years full-time / Domestic: 3 years full-time; 6 years part-time
Plan code
BP332
CRICOS
0100991
Bachelor of International Studies (Development)
City Campus
International: 3 years full-time / Domestic: 3 years full-time; 6 years part-time
BP332DEV
0100992
Location
City Campus
Duration
International: 3 years full-time / Domestic: 3 years full-time; 6 years part-time
Plan code
BP332DEV
CRICOS
0100992
Bachelor of International Studies (Global Security)
City Campus
International: 3 years full-time / Domestic: 3 years full-time; 6 years part-time
BP332GS
0100993
Location
City Campus
Duration
International: 3 years full-time / Domestic: 3 years full-time; 6 years part-time
Plan code
BP332GS
CRICOS
0100993
Bachelor of International Studies (Languages)
City Campus
International: 3 years full-time / Domestic: 3 years full-time; 6 years part-time
BP332LAN
0100994
Location
City Campus
Duration
International: 3 years full-time / Domestic: 3 years full-time; 6 years part-time
Plan code
BP332LAN
CRICOS
0100994

VTAC Code

If you are eligible to apply via VTAC, copy and paste the below code into VTAC search.

  • Plan BP332LAN - 3200310841
  • Plan BP332 - 3200333031
  • Plan BP332DEV - 3200310851
  • Plan BP332GS - 3200310831

Please ensure that you have checked the admissions requirements and apply page before applying.

Note: International student visa holders can only study full-time.

IMPORTANT: International students can only enrol in plans that have a CRICOS code. Plans listed above which do not display a CRICOS code are not CRICOS registered. RMIT is in the process of seeking CRICOS registration for these plans and is awaiting the outcome.

VTAC Code

If you are eligible to apply via VTAC, copy and paste the below code into VTAC search.

  • Plan BP332 - 3200333033
  • Plan BP332DEV - 3200310853
  • Plan BP332LAN - 3200310843
  • Plan BP332GS - 3200310833

Please ensure that you have checked the admissions requirements and apply page before applying.

Career

Be prepared for careers with an international focus in a range of local and overseas organisations, including governments, businesses, NGOs and community organisations.

As a graduate, you will have knowledge of international systems and global processes, cross-cultural negotiation and management, and strategic and ethical leadership.

Graduates have gone on to work with:

  • Oxfam
  • UNDP
  • UNICEF
  • World Vision
  • Deloitte
  • Asylum Seeker Resource Centre.

Admissions

You must have successfully completed an Australian Year 12 (or equivalent qualification).

Prerequisites

Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in English other than EAL, or equivalent studies.

ATAR*

The lowest selection rank plus any adjustment factors to receive an offer for semester 1 2022 for each stream are as follows:

  • Bachelor of International Studies ATAR 70.80*
  • Bachelor of International studies (Development) ATAR 74.20*
  • Bachelor of International Studies (Global Security) ATAR 71.90*
  • Bachelor of International Studies (Languages) ATAR 70.40*

RMIT’s selection criteria, outlined below according to your highest completed level of education, will provide you with a better understanding of the minimum admissions requirements needed for this program.

Rankings and adjustment factors

Entry to this program is competitive. Eligible applicants are ranked and selected in order of merit based on their academic achievement plus any adjustment factors.

Adjustment factors include equity access schemes and/or subject adjustments.

We will consider your entire academic record to determine your eligibility for entry. The highest level of education you have previously completed will usually determine how you are ranked.

Selection criteria by applicant type

Please select the highest level of education you have or will be completing in order to find out the selection criteria that applies to you, in addition to meeting the above entry requirements.

Entry to this program is competitive. Eligible applicants are ranked and selected in order of merit based on their academic achievement. You will be ranked on your ATAR plus any adjustment factors.

Adjustment factors available only to applicants currently studying Year 12

School Network Access Program (SNAP)

  • The SNAP access scheme is designed to increase tertiary participation by giving priority access to RMIT diploma and degree programs to eligible applicants currently studying Year 12 at a SNAP partner school.

Adjustment factors available only to applicants currently studying Year 12 or whose highest qualification is a completed Year 12.

Subject adjustments

  • A study score of 30 in Classical Societies & Cultures, Economics, any History, Literature, any LOTE, Philosophy, Politics: Australian Politics, Politics: Global Politics or Sociology equals 2 aggregate points per study. 
  • Overall maximum of 8 points.

Regional adjustments

  • RMIT automatically allocates adjustment factors to applicants from a low socio-economic status area for all programs that select primarily on ATAR. 
  • Low socio-economic status areas are determined by applying the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) Socio-Economic Index for Areas (SEIFA) Index of Education and Occupation.

Equity access schemes

  • Equity access schemes take into account personal information and location, difficult circumstances, disadvantaged financial background and disability or medical condition that may have impacted on an applicant’s most recent academic performance. 
  • Find out more about the eligibility requirements for each Special Entry Access Scheme and RMIT access categories.
  • If you are applying through VTAC you should apply for the Special Entry Access Scheme.
  • If you are applying directly to RMIT you should apply for RMIT Access. The system will prompt you to do this during your application.

Elite Athlete Program

  • The RMIT Elite Athlete Program supports eligible elite and emerging athletes to achieve sporting and academic excellence, allowing students to balance the demands of both their studies and their athletic responsibilities.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples

  • The Indigenous Access Program supports your application to RMIT through an informal interview process where you will receive help from the Ngarara Willim Centre. Additional consideration will be given if you have relevant life, work, education or training experience.

Entry to this program is competitive. Applicants are ranked and selected in order of merit based on their academic achievement, e.g., level of TAFE qualification completed (including any adjustment factors).

We will consider your entire academic record to determine your eligibility for entry. The highest level of education you have previously completed will usually determine how you are ranked.

You will be assigned a selection rank (comparable to an ATAR) based on your highest completed qualification:

  • Advanced Diploma: 81
  • Diploma: 72
  • Certificate IV: 54

Personal statement

You are encouraged to submit a personal statement outlining:

  • your reasons for wanting to study this program
  • your intended career path
  • the personal strengths and attributes you will bring to the program
  • details of any related work or voluntary experience

If you do not submit a personal statement you will be considered on the basis of academic achievement only.

Applicants applying to RMIT through VTAC can complete and submit the VTAC personal statement via their online VTAC account.

Applicants applying Direct to RMIT can upload their completed personal statement via their online Direct application.

Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT)

You may satisfy the academic requirements by completing the STAT multiple choice.

If you are applying to RMIT as an applicant with vocational education training, you may sit the STAT multiple choice if you:

  • are 19 years of age or over as of 1 January in the year in which you will start your studies and
  • have not been enrolled in secondary studies for at least two years and
  • have no prior secondary school (Year 12), VET studies, HE studies or relevant work experience that can be considered for entry, or these do not meet the minimum academic requirements for the program.

STAT results are valid for two years prior to the commencement of study and can be used to meet Year 12 English prerequisites. You are still required to meet all other program prerequisites or equivalents.

Learn more about RMIT STAT results including minimum STAT scores required to meet prerequisites.

You may be eligible for the following adjustment factors:

Equity access schemes

  • Equity access schemes take into account personal information and location, difficult circumstances, disadvantaged financial background and disability or medical condition that may have impacted on an applicant’s most recent academic performance. 
  • Find out more about the eligibility requirements for each Special Entry Access Scheme and RMIT access categories.
  • If you are applying through VTAC you should apply for the Special Entry Access Scheme.
  • If you are applying directly to RMIT you should apply for RMIT Access. The system will prompt you to do this during your application.

Elite Athlete Program

  • The RMIT Elite Athlete Program supports eligible elite and emerging athletes to achieve sporting and academic excellence, allowing students to balance the demands of both their studies and their athletic responsibilities.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples

  • The Indigenous Access Program supports your application to RMIT through an informal interview process where you will receive help from the Ngarara Willim Centre. Additional consideration will be given if you have relevant life, work, education or training experience.

Entry to this program is competitive. Applicants are ranked and selected in order of merit based on their academic achievement, e.g., GPA (including any adjustment factors).

We will consider your entire academic record to determine your eligibility for entry. Previous fail grades in similar courses may affect your eligibility.

You must have successfully completed at least two courses (subjects) in an Australian bachelor degree or four courses (subjects) in an Australian associate degree, or overseas equivalent. You will be assigned a selection rank (comparable to an ATAR) based on your GPA. 

Personal statement

You are encouraged to submit a personal statement outlining:

  • your reasons for wanting to study this program
  • your intended career path
  • the personal strengths and attributes you will bring to the program
  • details of any related work or voluntary experience

If you do not submit a personal statement you will be considered on the basis of academic achievement only.

Applicants applying to RMIT through VTAC can complete and submit the VTAC personal statement via their online VTAC account.

Applicants applying Direct to RMIT can upload their completed personal statement via their online Direct application.

Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT)

You may satisfy the academic requirements by completing the STAT multiple choice. If you are applying to RMIT as an applicant with higher education study, you may sit the STAT multiple choice if you:

  • are 19 years of age or over as of 1 January in the year in which you will start your studies and

  • have not been enrolled in secondary studies for at least two years and

  • have no prior secondary school (Year 12), VET studies, HE studies or relevant work experience that can be considered for entry, or these do not meet the minimum academic requirements for the program

STAT results are valid for two years prior to the commencement of study and can be used to meet Year 12 English prerequisites. You are still required to meet all other program prerequisites or equivalents.

Learn more about RMIT STAT results including minimum STAT scores required to meet prerequisites.

You may be eligible for the following adjustment factors:

Equity access schemes

  • Equity access schemes take into account personal information and location, difficult circumstances, disadvantaged financial background and disability or medical condition that may have impacted on an applicant’s most recent academic performance. 
  • Find out more about the eligibility requirements for each Special Entry Access Scheme and RMIT access categories.
  • If you are applying through VTAC you should apply for the Special Entry Access Scheme.
  • If you are applying directly to RMIT you should apply for RMIT Access. The system will prompt you to do this during your application.

Elite Athlete Program

  • The RMIT Elite Athlete Program supports eligible elite and emerging athletes to achieve sporting and academic excellence, allowing students to balance the demands of both their studies and their athletic responsibilities.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples

  • The Indigenous Access Program supports your application to RMIT through an informal interview process where you will receive help from the Ngarara Willim Centre. Additional consideration will be given if you have relevant life, work, education or training experience.

Entry to this program is competitive. Applicants are ranked and selected in order of merit based on their academic achievement, e.g., Special Tertiary Admission Test (STAT) score (including any adjustment factors).

You must have successfully completed an Australian Year 12 (or equivalent qualification) and meet the stated prerequisites.

You may satisfy the academic requirements by completing the STAT multiple choice.

Personal statement

You are encouraged to submit a personal statement outlining:

  • your reasons for wanting to study this program
  • your intended career path
  • the personal strengths and attributes you will bring to the program
  • details of any related work or voluntary experience

If you do not submit a personal statement you will be considered on the basis of academic achievement only.

Applicants applying to RMIT through VTAC can complete and submit the VTAC personal statement via their online VTAC account.

Applicants applying Direct to RMIT can upload their completed personal statement via their online Direct application.

Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT)

You may satisfy the academic requirements by completing the STAT multiple choice. If you are applying to RMIT as an applicant with work or life experience, you may sit the STAT multiple choice if you:

  • are 19 years of age or over as of 1 January in the year in which you will start your studies and

  • have not been enrolled in secondary studies for at least two years and

  • have no prior secondary school (Year 12), VET studies, HE studies or relevant work experience that can be considered for entry, or these do not meet the minimum academic requirements for the program

STAT results are valid for two years prior to the commencement of study and can be used to meet Year 12 English prerequisites. You are still required to meet all other program prerequisites or equivalents.

Learn more about RMIT STAT results including minimum STAT scores required to meet prerequisites.

You may be eligible for the following adjustment factors:

Subject adjustments

  • A study score of 30 in Classical Societies & Cultures, Economics, any History, Literature, any LOTE, Philosophy, Politics: Australian Politics, Politics: Global Politics or Sociology equals 2 aggregate points per study. 
  • Overall maximum of 8 points.

Regional adjustments

  • RMIT automatically allocates adjustment factors to applicants from a low socio-economic status area for all programs that select primarily on ATAR. 
  • Low socio-economic status areas are determined by applying the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) Socio-Economic Index for Areas (SEIFA) Index of Education and Occupation.

Equity access schemes

  • Equity access schemes take into account personal information and location, difficult circumstances, disadvantaged financial background and disability or medical condition that may have impacted on an applicant’s most recent academic performance. 
  • Find out more about the eligibility requirements for each Special Entry Access Scheme and RMIT access categories.
  • If you are applying through VTAC you should apply for the Special Entry Access Scheme.
  • If you are applying directly to RMIT you should apply for RMIT Access. The system will prompt you to do this during your application.

Elite Athlete Program

  • The RMIT Elite Athlete Program supports eligible elite and emerging athletes to achieve sporting and academic excellence, allowing students to balance the demands of both their studies and their athletic responsibilities.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples

  • The Indigenous Access Program supports your application to RMIT through an informal interview process where you will receive help from the Ngarara Willim Centre. Additional consideration will be given if you have relevant life, work, education or training experience.

Additional information

View the ATAR profile and selection rank from students offered a place into this program wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR in the most relevant recent intake period.

The student profile provides insight into the likely peer group for this program.

*ATAR refers to the lowest selection rank to which an offer was made (including consideration of any adjustments) for current and recent Year 12 applicants.

RMIT is committed to providing transparency to the admissions process. In line with this commitment, we provide you with information that will help in making informed choices about your undergraduate study options. Find out more about RMIT’s commitment to admissions transparency.

ATAR*

The lowest selection rank plus any adjustment factors to receive an offer for semester 1 2022 for each stream are as follows:

  • Bachelor of International Studies ATAR 70.80*
  • Bachelor of International studies (Development) ATAR 74.20*
  • Bachelor of International Studies (Global Security) ATAR 71.90*
  • Bachelor of International Studies (Languages) ATAR 70.40*

RMIT’s selection criteria, outlined below according to your highest completed level of education, will provide you with a better understanding of the minimum admissions requirements needed for this program.

You need to satisfy all of the following requirements to be considered for entry into this degree.

You must have successfully completed an Australian Year 12 or an equivalent senior secondary school qualification with a minimum average of 65% (see calculator below).

Equivalent qualifications may also include completion of the RMIT Foundation Studies program or a recognised post secondary diploma in the relevant discipline with the required grades.

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

Entry score calculator
Minimum Score Required

Don’t meet the requirements?

There are no prerequisite subjects required for entry into this qualification.

A selection task is not required for entry into this qualification.

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

  • IELTS (Academic): minimum overall band of 6.5 (with no individual band below 6.0)
  • TOEFL (Internet Based Test - IBT): minimum overall score of 79 (with minimum of 13 in Reading, 12 in Listening, 18 in Speaking and 21 in Writing)
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE (A)): minimum score of 58 (with no communication band less than 50)
  • Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE): minimum of 176 with no less than 169 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) Advanced Plus Certificate at RMIT English Worldwide.

Pathways

Understanding pathways

Undertaking a certificate, diploma, advanced diploma or associate degree can help you meet the entry requirements for your preferred course. These qualifications often provide credit, reducing the duration of your bachelor degree.

This course offers pathway options. If you don’t meet the entry requirements, a formal pathway might be your way in.

Upon successful completion of this program you may be eligible* to undertake further studies in RMIT University programs including:

*Subject to each program's entry requirements.

Credit, recognition of prior learning, professional experience and accreditation from a professional body can reduce the duration of your study by acknowledging your earlier, relevant experience.

Credit and exemptions will be assessed consistent with the principles of the RMIT Credit Policy.

When you successfully complete the Advanced Diploma of Interpreting (LOTE-English) you are guaranteed entry to the Bachelor of International Studies (Languages) with two semesters of advanced standing (equivalent to 96 credit points). 

Alternatively, you can gain entry from RMIT Foundation Studies or a range of vocational study programs.

Credit may reduce the duration of your study by acknowledging your earlier, relevant study experience.

When you are submitting an application, please indicate that you want to be considered for credit and provide detailed course syllabus (also known as course outline), outlining volume of learning, course content and weekly topics, learning objectives/outcomes, assessment types and their weightings, and reference to the learning resources such as prescribed textbooks and recommended readings.

When you successfully complete this program, you may be eligible for entry into an RMIT Honours or Postgraduate degree.

Fees

2022 indicative fees

In 2022, the annual student contribution amount (tuition fee) you will pay for a standard year of full-time study is between AU$3,985 to AU$14,630*.

Additional expenses

  • Student services and amenities fee (SSAF): AU$315 maximum fee for 2022.
  • Other items related to your program, including field trips, textbooks and equipment.

Annual fee adjustment

Amounts quoted are indicative fees per annum, and are based on a standard year of full-time study (96 credit points). A proportionate fee applies for more or less than the full-time study load.

Fees are adjusted on an annual basis and these fees should only be used as a guide.

Defer your payment

You may be eligible to apply for a HECS-HELP loan, which can be used to defer payment of up to the full amount of your student contribution fees. You may also be eligible to apply to defer payment of your SSAF through the SA-HELP loan scheme.

Learn more about fees for undergraduate study.

Paying your fees and applying for refunds

For information on how to pay your fees or how to apply for a refund, please see Paying your fees and applying for refunds.

New government eligibility rules in 2022 - low completion rates

From 2022, there are new government rules about eligibility for higher education student funding as part of the Australian Government’s Job-ready Graduates legislation. If you're starting a program in or after 2022 and are enrolled in a Commonwealth supported place (CSP) or have a HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP loan, these changes affect you. For details, please see Low completion rate and government funding.

If you are offered a Commonwealth supported place, your tuition fees are subsidised by the Australian Government.

Your share of the fee (student contribution) is set on an annual basis by the government and is determined by the discipline areas (bands) of your individual enrolled courses, not the overall program.

How much can I expect to pay for my Commonwealth supported place?

The Australian Government has introduced changes to university funding and student contribution fees under its Job-ready Graduates Package

The fees in the table below apply to students commencing their program in 2022. Fees for continuing students are available at fees for Commonwealth supported students.

Each course (subject) falls into a band. The band determines the student contribution amount for the course.

Amounts listed in the table below are based on a standard, full-time study load (96 credit points per year) with all courses in the same band. A proportionate fee applies for more or less than the full-time study load or for enrolment in courses (subjects) from a combination of bands.

You can learn how to calculate your exact tuition fees for units from different bands at Fees for Commonwealth supported students.

Maximum student contribution amount for Commonwealth supported places in 2022 for commencing students

Student contribution band by course (subject)

Maximum annual student contribution amount (per EFTSL) in 2022

Education, Postgraduate Clinical Psychology, English, Mathematics, Statistics, Nursing, Indigenous and Foreign Languages, Agriculture $3,985 per standard year
$498 per standard (12 credit point) course
Allied Health, Other Health, Built Environment, Computing, Visual and Performing Arts, Professional Pathway Psychology, Professional Pathway Social Work, Engineering, Surveying, Environmental Studies, Science, Pathology $8,021 per standard year
$1,002 per standard (12 credit point) course
Dentistry, Medicine, Veterinary Science $11,401 per standard year
$1,425 per standard (12 credit point) course
Law, Accounting, Administration, Economics, Commerce, Communications, Society and Culture $14,630 per standard year
$1,828 per standard (12 credit point) course

HECS-HELP Loans

The Australian Government provides financial assistance via the HECS-HELP loan scheme, which allows eligible students (such as Australian citizens or holders of an Australian permanent humanitarian visa) to defer payment of up to the full amount of their student contribution.

SA-HELP Loans

You may be eligible to apply to defer payment of the Student services and amenities fee (SSAF) through the SA-HELP loan scheme. If you use SA-HELP, the amount will be added to your accumulated HELP debt.

How does a HELP loan work?

If your FEE-HELP and/or SA-HELP loan application is successful, the Australian Government will pay RMIT, on your behalf, up to 100% of your fees. This amount will become part of your accumulated HELP debt.

You only start repaying your accumulated HELP debt to the Australian Government once you earn above the minimum income threshold for repayment, which is set each year by the Australian Government (this also applies if you are still studying). The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) will calculate your compulsory repayment for the year and include this on your income tax notice.

For more information about loan repayment options see Commonwealth assistance (HELP loans) or Study Assist.

In addition to tuition fees, you will be charged an annual student services and amenities fee (SSAF), which is used to maintain and enhance services and amenities that improve your experience as an RMIT student.

The SSAF is calculated based on your enrolment load and the maximum fee for 2022 is $315.

For more information about calculating your actual SSAF see Paying SSAF.

You may also be required to purchase other items related to your program, including field trips, textbooks and equipment. These additional fees and expenses vary from program to program.

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

The annual tuition fee for 2022 is AU$29,760.

The total indicative tuition fee for 2022 commencement is AU$95,040.

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.

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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.