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Academic English RMIT Training English Worldwide

RMIT entry requirements

Entry requirements
Placement testing dependant

RMIT study time

Two 5-week modules per level

RMIT location

Melbourne, Australia or online

RMIT course costs fees

$260 enrolment fee + $470 per study week

RMIT intake

Next intake
21 Dec 2020

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Studying at RMIT English Worldwide is the first step in your journey to academic success at RMIT University and other universities.

RMIT English Worldwide (CRICOS Provider 01912G) has 50 years' experience in delivering English language training. Our classrooms prepare students to use English with confidence to further their education. Our programs offer face-to-face delivery, online learning and various forms of assessment to aid learners' success.

Academic English, or English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students (ELICOS), program overview:

  • Levels for all need - Elementary to Advanced Plus
  • 5-week modules (each level is delivered over two 5-week modules)
  • 20 hours per week of scheduled classes
  • Direct entry into Foundation Studies or an RMIT University degree
  • Introducing the REW Academic English Guarantee

Study with us

Our English language intensive courses for overseas students, know as ELICOS, are specifically designed for students like you. Your tutors are experienced at teaching students from all over the world the language and study skills you will need to be successful at university.

Direct entry to RMIT University: 

English language test providers Level of English needed to enter each REW Level of study
no band <3.0
no band <3.5
no band < 4.0
no band < 4.5
no band <5.0
No band
TOEFL iBT 28 30 33 40 50 60
PTE 23 30 33 36 42 50
CAE - - - - 162 169
REW levels of study

(10 weeks)

Pre Intermediate
(10 weeks)
(10 weeks)
Upper Intermediate
(10 weeks)
(10 weeks)
Advanced Plus
(10 weeks)
RMIT University levels of study - - - Foundation Studies and
Vocational Education
Associate Degree Higher Education


RMIT Academic English alumni testimonials


About RMIT Academic English


Placement testing

RMIT English Worldwide reserves the right to conduct a placement test on arrival to assess your level of English. This may affect the duration of your English course if the result shows you need more or fewer weeks than originally offered. This, in turn, may affect timely entry into future courses. IELTS, TOEFL and PTE results are valid for 24 months for entry into an RMIT English Worldwide program.


Delivery methods 

RMIT English Worldwide offers English for Academic Purposes (EAP) classes in several modes. We offer classes in person for students who want to learn in Melbourne, Australia, as well as through online delivery modes for students who are studying with us offshore and in different time zones. Learn more about RMIT English Worldwide Academic English Online.

Introducing the RMIT English Worldwide Academic English Guarantee

When you do the work but don’t achieve the required level, you can repeat the 5-week module for free.
This is our guarantee to you to make sure you achieve your academic goals with us.

Our criteria include:

  • Attend 95% of your classes, measured per level (over 10 weeks);
  • Submit and sit all assessment tasks (100% attempted);
  • Pass three of the four macro skills (minimum 60% achieved) of:
    • Listening / Speaking / Reading / Writing
  • Attend and actively participate in a minimum of one Study Success support session (workshop or coaching) per week.

Learn more about eligibility or contact us

Academic English Demonstration Classes

Academic English Demonstration Class

Do you want to gain first-hand experience of studying RMIT English Worldwide's Academic English? Join us for a free 30-minute Academic English demonstration class.

Learn about Academic English Demonstration Classes

Your ELICOS timetable

RMIT Training offers classes in three different shift times. We aim to place students studying online in different countries to classes that best suit their time zone. Check the table below to learn about class times in AEST (Melbourne time).

  Session 1 (AEST) Break Session 2 (AEST) China (3 hours behind) Saudi Arabia (8 hours behind)

Shift 1

9:00 – 11:00

45 min

11:45 – 13:55

6:00 – 10:55 (includes 45 min break)

1:00 – 5:55 (includes 45 min break)

Shift 2

13:00 – 15:00

45 min

15:45 – 17:55

10:00 – 14:55 (includes 45 min break)

5:00 – 9:55 (includes 45 min break)

Shift 3

16:00 – 18:00

45 min

18:45 – 20:55

13:00 – 17:55 (includes 45 min break)

8:00 – 12:55 (includes 45 min break)

You can also access your timetable via Canvas.

Important dates

RMIT English Worldwide’s English for Academic Purposes (EAP) program has six levels from Elementary to Advanced Plus. Each level of study takes 10 weeks, full-time to complete. Each level is delivered over two 5-week modules. The dates listed below are for each 5-week module. New intakes occur every 5 weeks.

Enrolment date Orientation Course start date Course end date
12 Nov 2020 13 Nov 2020 16 Nov 2020 18 Dec 2020



Public holidays

RMIT English Worldwide Melbourne is closed on public holidays. Plan ahead by checking when they take place at the Business Victoria website.


Want to visit the RMIT Training campus? We've put together a virtual campus tour so you can see all the places you will be studying.


Virtual campus tour


What you need to know

Academic English Program Overview

The English for Academic Purposes program (Program CRICOS Code 076733A), delivered by RMIT English Worldwide, consists of six levels from Elementary to Advanced Plus. Each level uses both classroom based learning and online learning.

Entry requirements

We will place you in a class that matches your most recent IELTS or other recognised English language proficiency test results, which can be no more than 24 months old. We may also test you when you arrive to confirm your level of English. If we assess you at a different level than the one provided in your application, you may need to study more or fewer weeks than originally offered. This may affect when you can start the next program you had planned to study.

If you do not have an IELTS score (or English test equivalent) you can sit a placement test at RMIT English Worldwide. Contact your RMIT agent or RMIT Training to arrange a placement test.

To see the test results required for different levels, pathways, fees and more, click here to be redirected to the RMIT University website.


RMIT Training has suspended all face-to-face learning and teaching in response to the COVID-19 crisis.  All RMIT University buildings in Melbourne are closed until further notice.

RMIT Training is now offering online learning.  If you are a current ELICOS student, you must continue to attend, participate and engage in your classes online.  Your attendance continues to be monitored in accordance with your visa conditions.

If you are unwell and cannot attend an online class, you can see your doctor online or talk to them over the phone.  Ask your doctor for a medical certificate and email it to

Attendance requirements for ELICOS students

There are very strict attendance rules that apply to you if you are studying in Australia on a Student visa.  It is very important that you attend all your classes. If you do not follow these strict rules your visa may be cancelled.

You must maintain satisfactory attendance; this means attending at least 80% of your classes during your study period at RMIT Training.  Your study period is the duration of your ELICOS program, which is outlined on your Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE).

If you cannot attend class, you should have proof of why you cannot attend. For example, if you are sick you should go to the doctor and get a medical certificate.  You should bring the medical certificate to Student Services as soon as you are feeling better and return to school.

Medical certificates must include the date/s that you did not attend class.  Medical certificates do not cancel your absences but will help if you need to explain your attendance situation to the Department of Home Affairs.

Attendance monitoring and warnings

Attendance is monitored in every class you attend.  You will be given an attendance warning via your student email address if your attendance begins to fall and you are at risk of not being able to maintain satisfactory attendance for the duration of your study period.

Notice of intention to report

If your attendance level falls to an unsatisfactory level, (less than 80%), you will receive an official notice. This will be sent to your student email address to let you know that RMIT Training intends to report your unsatisfactory attendance to the Department of Home Affairs.

RMIT Training is required by law to report breaches of attendance requirement to the Department of Home Affairs.

Consecutive days absent

If you are absent from class for 5 consecutive days, you will be contacted by email and/or phone to discuss your attendance. 

If we cannot contact you and you continue to remain absent from your classes, we may refer your case to the RMIT Training Wellbeing team.  The Wellbeing team may ask the Police to do a welfare check on you if they still cannot contact you.  A Police Welfare Check is when the police come to your home to make sure you are okay.

It is very important that you check your student emails regularly and respond to any communications from RMIT Training.

RMIT Training Student Attendance Instruction

Please read the full RMIT Training Student Attendance Instruction.

Advice and support

If you are experiencing difficulties or require some support related to your attendance, please talk to us as soon as possible.  Speak to your teacher or contact student services.

Student Success Hub
Building 108, Level 3
Ph: 9657 5800

Policies and procedures

Our policies and procedures explain our expectations of staff and students. They will tell you what the rules are at RMIT Training and how decisions are made. Students and staff at RMIT Training are required to follow and comply with these policies and procedures.

You should take the time to read the following documents and return to these from time to time to check for any updated policies and procedures. 


Printing and photocopying

Printing is easy at RMIT

You can print and photocopy at any printer at the RMIT main campus, and in the Student Lounge on Level 3 in Building 108. You will need to set up your account and make sure you have credit to print.

For information on how to set up your account or to top up your credit, go to:

Shared Values Statement


being truthful and sincere, acting with academic integrity.


being just, consistent and treating everyone fairly.


taking responsibility for one's actions and inactions, and being proactive about one's learning.


observing the rights and feelings of others by treating each other kindly, with courtesy and sensitivity.


having faith in all members of the RMIT Training community.

Student Services 

The Student Services team is here to help you. Ask for information about program fees, program extensions, leave of absence, refunds, program certificates, program advice and other non-academic matters. This is a free and confidential service for all RMIT Training students. 

Building 108, Level 3.
Phone: 9657 5800
Academic English:

Keep your contact details up to date

Ensure you always keep your contact details up to date.

Update your details now.

Taking a break from your studies

If you are a student enrolled at REW and you need to take a break from your studies, there are strict criteria you must meet.

International students on a student visa can only apply for a Leave of Absence if compassionate or compelling circumstances apply.

Things to know

If you take leave for more than one week of a 5-week module, you will be required to repeat the module.

If you have completed Module A, you can take a Leave of Absence for up to 10 weeks before starting module B. If your Leave of Absence is longer than 10 weeks, you will need to repeat Module A.

If you have completed Module B, but not achieved the level, you can take a Leave of Absence for up to 5 weeks before repeating module B. If your Leave of Absence is longer than five weeks, you will need to repeat Module A.

If your Leave of Absence is 6 months or more, you will need to undertake a placement test to determine your English level when you return to study.  Your test results may show that you need to repeat a level you have already passed.

If you need to extend your Leave of Absence, you must submit a new Leave of Absence request.

Taking Leave of Absence may affect your student visa.  We recommend that you contact the Department of Home Affairs before you submit a request for a Leave of Absence.

Taking a Leave of Absence from your studies may also affect the start date of your RMIT formal program. You should consider how your study plan may need to change and if you need to defer the start of your RMIT formal program.  If you have an agent, they may be able to assist you with this.

Students under 18 years of age

If you are under the age of 18, you must have written approval from your parent or legal guardian to take a Leave of Absence.  REW will request this from your parent before processing your application.

Sponsored students

If you are a sponsored student, your sponsor must provide written approval for you to take a Leave of Absence. REW will request written consent from your sponsor before processing your application.

Tuition Fees

If you complete two weeks or more of a 5-week module, you will be charged the full tuition fees for that module.

If you do not return to study by the agreed date, you will still be required to pay the tuition fees as outlined in your original offer letter.

How to apply

You can apply for Leave of Absence by completing the REW Leave of Absence Request form and submitting it to the RMIT Training Student Services reception or via email to

You must include supporting documentation in your application for Leave of Absence. Check the type of supporting documentation that you need here.

Stay connected

REW may need to contact you during your Absence with important information.  You should continue to check your RMIT student email account and keep your contact details up to date.

Transfer to Another Education Provider

This information will help you if you wish to transfer from RMIT English Worldwide to another registered education provider in Australia.

Impact on Student Visa

If you wish to transfer from RMIT English Worldwide or RMIT University to another education provider, your current student visa may be impacted.  For more information about how this could affect you and your student visa, please visit the Department of Home Affairs website.

Do you need to apply for a transfer to a new provider from RMIT University or RMIT English Worldwide?

If your student visa covers both an RMIT English Worldwide and an RMIT University program, follow these instructions


If your student visa covers the RMIT English Worldwide program only, follow these instructions

If your visa includes an RMIT University program as well as an RMIT English Worldwide program, then you must first apply to the university to transfer to another provider.

The instructions for doing that are on the RMIT website

If the University approves the application, then you must submit the following documents to RMIT Training Student Services (

If your student visa only covers your  RMIT English Worldwide program, then you must apply for a transfer to a new education provider through RMIT Training.

Submit all documentation to RMIT Training Student Services (


Important information

You must keep attending classes until your application is approved.

Please allow 10 working days for RMIT English Worldwide to assess your application.

If your application is approved, your current enrolment at RMIT English Worldwide will be cancelled.

Students under 18 years of age

Students under the age of 18 must provide the following additional documents:

  • Written approval from your parent or legal guardian to transfer to another provider. RMIT English Worldwide will request this from your parent before processing your application.
  • Documentation from the new education provider accepting responsibility for accommodation and welfare arrangements, known as a CAAW letter.

Sponsored students

Government-sponsored students must provide the following additional documentation

  • Written approval for you transfer to another provider. RMIT English Worldwide will request written consent from your sponsor before processing your application.
  • Or a financial guarantee for the new program at the new education provider

Reasons for transferring to another provider

Your application will be approved in circumstances where RMIT English Worldwide assesses that the transfer will be in your best interest, including but not limited to the following:

  • You are not achieving satisfactory course progress despite genuine engagement with the intervention strategy for students at risk
  • Your reasonable expectations about the course are not being met
  • The program doesn’t meet your academic needs
  • There are compassionate and compelling circumstances beyond your control that impact on your study plans or your wellbeing
  • There is an appeal outcome on another matter that results in a decision or recommendation to release you from RMIT English Worldwide
  • Your sponsor considers the change to be in your best interests

Your application may be refused in the following circumstances:

  • You have completed less than 5 weeks of study and have not experienced the full range of academic and transitional support services available at RMIT Training
  • You failed to read or understand the RMIT Training offer, tuition or refund policies
  • Your visa was granted but you failed to enrol at RMIT English Worldwidebefore the end of the enrolment period.  In this situation, you should apply to defer your RMIT Training offer.
  • RMIT Training has found your supporting documents to be fraudulent

For more detailed information about this process, you should read the RMIT English Worldwide Transfer to another education provider process

Cancelling your enrolment

If you are an international student studying in Australia on a student visa, RMIT English Worldwide needs to notify the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) of any changes to your study plans. Changes to study plans may affect your student visa.   

Contact RMIT Training Student Services and Department of Home Affairs before you make any changes to your study plans.  

Cancelling your RMIT English Worldwide program 

Before cancelling your program, you should contact Student Services to find out if cancellation is the best option for you. There may be other ways that we can help you if you want to continue studying in Australia.  

If you decide you do not want to continue studying at RMIT English Worldwide you can cancel your program.  

To cancel your program, you need to complete an ELICOS Cancellation form and submit it to RMIT Training Student Services reception or via email to  

Please note that fees are not usually refunded.  Read more about refunds and transfer of fees in the Refund and Transfer of Fees section.

You should not cancel your RMIT English Worldwide program if you want to continue your studies in Australia. You must apply to transfer to another education provider. Find this information in the 'Transfer to Another Education Provider' section.

Early completion of a program 

If you have achieved the English level required for entry to your RMIT program and want to finish your RMIT English Worldwide program early, you need to complete a Finish Course Early form and submit it to RMIT Training Student Services reception or via email to   

If you have paid extra tuition fees, please read the information in the Refund and Transfer of Fees section on this website.

Students under 18 years of age 

If you are under the age of 18, you must have written approval from your parent or legal guardian to cancel or finish your enrolment early.  RMIT English Worldwide will request this from your parent before processing your application. 

Sponsored students 

If you are a sponsored student, your sponsor must provide written approval for you to cancel or finish your enrolment early. RMIT English Worldwide will request written consent from your sponsor before processing your application. 

Complaints resolution 

We hope your time at RMIT Training is enjoyable and rewarding, but if you're unhappy about something you should let us know by following our complaints resolution process. RMIT Training is committed to resolving your concern or complaint quickly, effectively, and sensitively.

Follow the step by step process below for help if you would like to raise a concern or submit a complaint. For more information, you can read the RMIT Training Student Complaints Resolution Procedure

Step 1 – Concern

If you have a concern you should speak to or write an email to your teacher or Student Services –

Step 2 - Formal complaint

If your concern is not resolved in Step 1 you may make a formal complaint in writing. 

Complete the RMIT Training Student Complaint Form* and submit it to Student Services.  

We may want to meet with you** and we will send the outcome of your complaint to your student email address within 10 days.

Step 3 - Internal review

If there has been a mistake in the process, you have new information or a good reason the outcome is not acceptable, you can ask for a review of the outcome by completing the 
Student Complaint Internal Review Form

We may want to meet with you** and we will send the outcome of your internal review to your student email account. 

Step 4 - External review

If you don’t agree with the outcome of the internal review, you can request an external review to the 
Overseas Student Ombudsman^.

If you are not on a Student Visa contact Student Services for help.  

Student Services will also be contacted by the Ombudsman with the outcome of your complaint.

* Student Services can help you complete the forms if needed. 

**You may bring a support person to any meeting. 

^Let Student Services know if you are submitting a complaint to the Overseas Student Ombudsman 

Refund and Transfer of Fees

If you need to apply for a refund or transfer of fees, you will find all the information you need in the following documents.

All refund and transfer of fees applications are assessed based on the RMIT English Worldwide (REW) Refund and Transfer of Fees Guidelines or Instructions.  Please read the correct instructions depending on when you were offered a place at REW.

Enrol with us


Apply as an International Student

Apply through an agent

Permanent resident or Australian citizen (PDF) 

Course fees

  2020 2021
Fees per week of study $470 $470
Enrolment fee $260 $260

Note: Fees are listed in Australian dollars

Academic English for international students

Prepare to arrive

Read about some of the things you will need to get organised before starting life as an international student at RMIT.  Go to the RMIT University Prepare to arrive webpage for more information.

New student enrolment and orientation

Academic English - Online

When: Enrolments open on Monday two week prior to the course start date 
Where: The online enrolment form will be sent to your personal email account. Please check your inbox. If you do not see an email from REW Student Services, it may be in your junk mailbox or you can contact

Academic English - Face-to-face learning

Building 108 is currently closed, but you can still attend classes online.  Please contact us if you would like further information.

Phone: +61 3 9657 5800

Email: RMIT English Worldwide Student Services

When: from 9:00am on enrolment days  

WhereRMIT English Worldwide, Building 108, Level 6, 235-251 Bourke Street, Melbourne


Enrolment day checklist


Your passport


Your visa

1x passport

Passport photo


Your COE

Recent English
language test result

Language test result

A pen and

Pen and notebook


Students who know they will be enrolling late must email RMIT English Worldwide Student Services with details of their expected start date.

The last day you can enrol is the Monday of Week 2; however, by this time classes have been finalised and places will be limited.


A compulsory orientation program for all new students is held on the day after enrolment. It takes about 3 hours. 

On enrolment day, students will be told where and what time the orientation program will be held.

Exception: for the first course of the year, enrolment and orientation occur on the same day.