Foundation Studies

Foundation Studies

Foundation Studies for international students


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Foundation Studies is designed to prepare international students for university study. As an RMIT Foundation Studies student, we guarantee you entry into your preferred first-year undergraduate study, or its equivalent, at RMIT University when you reach the required score.

Foundation Studies program overview:

  • One year full-time
  • 8 courses
  • 21-22 hours per week of scheduled classes
  • Direct entry into an RMIT university degree

Foundation Studies discipline streams

RMIT's Foundation Studies offers three streams; Art, Design and Architecture, Business, Science, Engineering and Health. These streams are designed when you know the academic degree you wish to pursue. If undecided about your academic pathway you can enrol in the Foundation Studies General program.

Foundation Studies Pathways

Support as an international student in Foundation Studies 

Our teachers are experts in their field and experienced in working with international students. They understand the needs of young people studying in another country.

To ensure you thrive in your new environment you will have access to one-on-one support, a variety of health and wellbeing services, along with social and sporting activities to help you make friends.

Foundation Studies Alumni Testimonial 

Fabio Hutagalung is a graduate of Foundation Studies and the Bachelor of Design (Communication Design). Fabio now works as an Account Executive at Encore Jakarta, a boutique branding agency that specialises in 3D rendering.

"In Foundation Studies I learnt about 3D modelling, painting and also mixed media drawing. These things became the foundation of my portfolio to get into my Bachelor of Communication Design at RMIT." - Fabio Hutagalung

International Student Testimonial

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Foundation Studies

Foundation Studies Structure

The Foundation Studies program is spread across two semesters. Students study English and a combination of core and elective stream discipline courses.

Foundation Studies study modes 

RMIT Training offers Foundation Studies classes in various delivery methods. Students can attend classes in Melbourne, Australia, or we offer online delivery modes for students who are studying in their own time zone and are based offshore. Learn more about RMIT Training Foundation Studies Online

Your Foundation Studies timetable

To view your personalised student timetable, you will need to login to myTimetable using your RMIT student number and password.

International pathways

Important dates for students

Learn the dates and deadlines for important activities, such as adding or dropping classes.

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Public holidays for Foundation Studies students

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

What you need to know


Special Consideration

If unexpected circumstances affect your ability to complete an assessment, you may be eligible to apply for Special Consideration online.

More about Special Consideration


If unexpected circumstances prevent you from submitting an assessment on time, you may apply for an extension.

  • If you need less than 7 days for your extension, talk to your teacher
  • If you need more than 7 days for your extension, you should apply for an extension online.
Academic Progress

RMIT Training is committed to academic excellence and supporting students in their studies. There are many support services available and it is important that you seek help if there are matters that are affecting your studies. You can talk to your teacher and to the Study Success team on Level 3.

Maintaining satisfactory academic performance is an important visa condition for international studentsRead more about unsatisfactory academic performance.

The criteria for unsatisfactory academic progress is described in this schedule.


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 Foundation Studies 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 Foundation Studies 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. A study period is the duration of a full semester.

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 University 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 University Student Support team.  The University Student Support 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 you check your student email regularly and respond to any important communications from RMIT Training and RMIT University.

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: 96575800

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:

RMIT Policies

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
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Taking a break from study 

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Keep your contact details up to date

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Enrolment and orientation

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Enrolment and orientation sessions

All students commencing Foundation Studies at RMIT must register for an enrolment session.

The information covered at the enrolment session includes:

  • Foundation Studies programs and courses
  • Student responsibilities, including visa conditions
  • RMIT Services, such as Wellbeing, Study Success and Student Activities