UMD: A Globally Connected University

ENGR Exchange: RMIT (Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology) (Australia)

Melbourne, Australia
Terms offered: 
Fall
Spring
Year (Fall-Spring)
Program Type: 
Credit Type: 
Minimum GPA: 
3.0
Non-UMD Students Eligible to Apply: 
No
EA Advisor: 
Language of Instruction: 
English

Host Institution
RMIT is Australia's most international and culturally diverse university. It is an urban university with about 57,000 students total. Australia is the most popular choice amongst our undergraduate students.

Founded in 1887, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology has grown up in the City of Melbourne. Since 1887, this inner-city campus has been a vital part of the City of Melbourne, from the 1880s boom through world wars, the Great Depression and renewed prosperity during the second half of the 20th century. RMIT was awarded royal patronage by Queen Elizabeth II for its educational service to the Commonwealth and contribution to the war effort, and RMIT remains the only higher education institution in Australia with the right to use the prefix “Royal” and the Monarchy's coat of arms. Since then, the university has grown to become one of the largest in Australia and has built a worldwide reputation for excellence in vocational and technical education as well as research. At RMIT you’ll learn from experts working at the forefront of their fields. You’ll benefit from teachers and lecturers who apply their research discoveries, industry judgment and specialist expertise directly to your programs and research. 

Host City
RMIT is located in Melbourne, the second largest city in Australia. Melbourne is a large port city of about 4.2 million people located in the south eastern state of Victoria. Often referred to as the cultural capital of Australia, Melbourne is known for it's film, art (museum and street art), dance, and music and is also ranked as the most livable city in Australia. The students enjoy everything RMIT and Melbourne have to offer, including cafes, bars, restaurants, galleries, parks, markets and festivals. The campus is near major public transport hubs including Melbourne Central Station and tram services that connect you to every suburb in Melbourne and beyond!


Exchange programs are highly competitive and space in each program is limited. You must meet the following eligibility requirements in order to apply to this program:

  • 3.0 GPA
  • Completion of 2 semesters at UMD
  • You must be an ENGR major

Exchange programs are a good fit for students looking for immersion, personal growth, and the opportunity to strengthen qualities such as independence and adaptability.

Student Visa Information
A student visa is required for participation on this exchange. For more information, please visit our study abroad visa guide to view instructions for the country you will be visiting. Please note that visa information is subject to change and you are responsible for checking the embassy website for updates.


  1. Click "Apply Now" at the top of this page. You will log in with your UMD directory ID and password.
  2. Submit all application materials by the deadline listed below. This includes meeting with your EA advisor (listed at the top of this page), requesting a faculty letter of recommendation, and submitting an official transcript.
  3. After the application deadline, we will review all completed applications and nominate students for available spots in each exchange program.
  4. If you are nominated to participate in this exchange, you will work with your EA advisor (listed above) to apply directly to the host university, who will formally admit you to the exchange program.
  5. Nominated students will then work with their EA advisor (listed above) and our partner universities to coordinate all aspects of the stay at the host university such as course registration, visas and arrival.

Since all courses are taught in English, hundreds of options are available. Australian culture and society courses are offered in addition to technical courses. Course offerings can be viewed on RMIT's website.

To view previously approved study abroad courses by engineering department, view the Engineering Study Abroad Course Guide. Or, you can view a list of all the previously approved courses for RMIT, here.

Disciplines available: Aerospace Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Materials Engineering, Civil Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering, Bioengineering.

Credit

All credit you earn on this program will count as transfer credit on your UMD transcript. UMD uses the following conversion to assess how many credits you will get from this program:

RMIT Credit UMD Credit
RMIT credit x 1/3  UMD credit

The chart above was last approved by the UMD Transfer Credit Committee on June 5, 2014.

Undergraduates must receive a C- equivalent or better in order to be eligible for the transfer of credit. The minimum passing grade at RMIT is a "50/P". 


As an urban campus, RMIT does not offer on-campus housing. However, a variety of options are available including: apartments, student hostels, and homestays. Many exchange students live in RMIT Village or UniLodge during their semester abroad. 


UMD students participating in an Exchange have the benefit of paying UMD tuition rates to attend an institution abroad. For specific information on the cost of attending this Exchange, please see the UMD Exchange Cost Sheet

Tuition and fees for exchange programs are charged directly to your UMD account, which means you can apply UMD scholarships, state and federal financial aid, and alternative loans towards the cost of an exchange. Housing costs are paid directly to the host institution or on-site housing agency.

You can use the cost of attendance comparison worksheet to view how study abroad programs compare to each other and the amount you pay on campus at UMD. As always, your EA advisor (listed above) is available help you complete this worksheet and find affordable programs that fit your study abroad goals.

Please refer to the following resources for more information on funding study abroad:


Term Year Application Deadline Admission Notification Program Start Program End
Spring 2017 10/01/2016 10/11/2016
Fall 2017 03/01/2017 03/11/2017 07/15/2017 11/10/2017
Dates reflect information that is available on the program sponsor website. Please confirm with program sponsor/host university before making your travel plans.
Year (Fall-Spring) 2017 03/01/2017 03/11/2017
Spring 2018 10/01/2017 10/11/2017