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

Melbourne, Australia
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All students accepted to an Exchange program are automatically considered for an award of $1,000! See Cost tab for more information.

Host Institution
Formerly Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, RMIT commenced operations in 1887. 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 and research. RMIT is Australia's most international and culturally diverse university. It is an urban university with about 57,000 students total, and the business school is located a few blocks from other university buildings.

RMIT is a global university of technology and design. RMIT has a student population of 74,000, the largest in Australia and which includes 30,000 international students. The 2012 Quacquarelli Symons (QS) ranked RMIT in the world’s top 100 universities in Communication and Media studies

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 its’ film, art (museum and street art), dance, and music and is also ranked as the most livable city in Australia.

Melbourne and RMIT have a reputation for welcoming international students and providing them with memorable study and life experiences. Founded in 1887, RMIT has grown up in the City of Melbourne. Melbourne has been voted the “World’s most liveable city” five years in a row.  Students are welcome to explore Melbourne: its charm, creative energy, sophistication and welcoming atmosphere make it a great place to study. 

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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

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.

Academic Planning

Visit the Academics & Study Abroad page which outlines key considerations for your academic planning as you navigate different phases of study abroad:


RMIT offers academic study in 24 different programs across various fields such as business, design and social context, and engineering. RMIT allows students to take any class as long as the prerequisites are met. Students will take classes on the City Campus. 

There may be other course offerings on this program that are not currently listed in the Study Abroad Course Database (SACD).  If you are interested in taking a course not listed in the SACD, please submit a transfer credit evaluation request.


All credit you earn on this program will count as transfer credit towards your UMD degree.  Most courses at RMIT will be converted as follows:

RMIT Credit UMD Credit
1 RMIT credit  0.33 UMD credits
12 RMIT credits  4 UMD credits

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.

RMIT Grade UMD Grade
50/P C -


Students on an exchange are responsible for finding their own housing along with the support of the host-university. RMIT does not offer on-campus housing since it's an urban campus; however, they do support a large network of off-campus living options.

The RMIT Village option is highly recommended for exchange students because there is a housing shortage in Melbourne and it can be difficult to find off-campus housing without assistance. Students can also look at UniLodge for options.

Please note that RMIT Student Village does require a $1,111 deposit, which is refundable.

Exchange Program Cost of Attendance
UMD students participating in an Exchange program have the benefit of paying UMD tuition rates to attend an institution abroad. For specific information about this Exchange program, please reference the Cost of Attendance Chart.

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 to help you complete this worksheet and find affordable programs that fit your study abroad goals.

Exchange Scholarship
All students accepted to an Exchange program are considered for an automatic award of $1,000! To be considered for this scholarship, you must:

  • Be a current degree seeking undergraduate UMD student (graduate students are not eligible for this award)
  • Not currently receive full tuition scholarship/benefits (i.e. Banneker Key, tuition remission, Frederick Douglass Scholarship, etc.)

Additional Financial Resources

Maximize your time abroad by taking advantage of resources at your host institution!

Student Clubs and Organizations
Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology offers a variety of student clubs and fitness programs for students to get involved in to make the most of their time abroad. 

International Welcome/Orientation
RMIT runs a 3-day orientation program for incoming exchange and study abroad students. The first day is all about getting to know RMIT, the second day is getting to know Melbourne and the on the third day, students have the option to attend one of two trips unique to the state of Victoria.

Counseling & Health Services
There are both mental wellbeing and health services for students at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology.  In addition to both of these resources, International Students are able to make appointments with Student Support Advisors to get advice during their time abroad.

Term Year Application Deadline Admission Notification Program Start Program End
Year (Fall-Spring) 2020 03/01/2020 05/15/2020
Fall 2020 03/01/2020 05/15/2020