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RMIT English Worldwide is the trading name of RMIT Training, CRICOS Provider No. 01912G, and has 50 years' experience in writing English materials and delivering tailored training and testing solutions. We have specific expertise in validated and secure assessment that measures learning outcomes. Our services prepare students and professionals to use English with confidence. 

RMIT English Worldwide has a proven record of developing English language programs for different industries and subject areas. We can customise English courses to meet your specific requirements. Choose from industry and professional English courses, teacher development courses or academic English courses. Our programs offer face-to-face delivery, self-directed online learning and various forms of assessment to ensure learner progress.

Study with us

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

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

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 in to 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.

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)


Session 2 (AEST)

China (2 hours behind)

Saudi Arabia (7 hours behind)

Shift 1

9:00 – 11:00

45 min

11:45 – 13:55

7:00 – 11:55 (includes 45 min break)

2:00 – 6:55 (includes 45 min break)

Shift 2

13:00 – 15:00

45 min

15:45 – 17:55

11:00 – 15:55 (includes 45 min break)

6:00 – 10:55 (includes 45 min break)

Shift 3

16:00 – 18:00

45 min

18:45 – 20:55

14:00 – 18:55 (includes 45 min break)

9:00 – 13:55 (includes 45 min break)

If you are enrolled and want to view your student timetable, you will need to login to Google Drive using your RMIT student email address and password.

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
25 Jun 2020 26 Jun 2020 29 Jun 2020 31 Jul 2020
30 Jul 2020 31 Jul 2020 3 Aug 2020 4 Sep 2020
3 Sep 2020 4 Sep 2020 7 Sep 2020 9 Oct 2020
8 Oct 2020 9 Oct 2020 12 Oct 2020 13 Nov 2020
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.

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 English Worldwide Attendance Policy


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.

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:

Enrol with us

Apply as an International Student

Apply through an agent

Permanent resident or Australian citizen

Course fees

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

Note: Fees are listed in Australian dollars

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 one 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


When: from 9:00am on enrolment days  

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


Enrolment day checklist



1x passport


Recent English
language test result

A pen and

Students who know they will be enrolling late must email 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.