Foundation Studies

RMIT entry requirements

Entry requirements
IELTS 5.5 

RMIT study time

Full-time 1 year

RMIT location

Melbourne, Australia or online

RMIT course costs fees

AU$26,500 (2021 annual)

RMIT intake

February, July, September

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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.

RMIT Foundation Studies Alumni Testimonials

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

RMIT Foundation Studies student Rakindu talks about online learning

Hear from Sarma talking about her Foundation Study year at RMIT


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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.


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


RMIT assessment policy and procedures cover the submission of assessments, application for an extension to submission dates and application for special consideration.

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.

Academic Integrity and Plagiarism

"Academic integrity means acting with the values of honesty, trust, fairness, respect and responsibility in learning, teaching and research."

It means referencing the work of others while developing your own insights, knowledge and ideas.
Breaches of academic integrity include:

  • plagiarism and failure to correctly acknowledge sources
  • contract cheating or paying/getting another person to prepare an assignment
  • submitting work prepared by another person
  • copying other people’s work
  • cheating in assessments including examinations
  • using unauthorised materials or devices

Find out more about the expectations for maintaining academic integrity at RMIT.


In addition to face-to-face learning, RMIT Training is currently offering online learning. If you are a current Foundation Studies student studying online, you must continue to attend, participate and engage in your classes. 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.

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: 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:

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.

Keep your contact details up to date

Ensure you always keep your contact details up to date.

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Taking a break from your studies

If you are a student enrolled in Foundation Studies and you need to take a break from your studies, there are strict criteria you must meet. You can only apply for a Leave of Absence if compassionate and compelling circumstances are affecting your ability to study.  Eligible students may apply for a Leave of absence for either six months or a year.

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

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 are considering a Leave of Absence, we recommend that you speak to your program coordinator for advice before applying.

Apply for a Leave of Absence before the census date to avoid paying fees.

Communication about your application, including requests for more information, will be sent to your RMIT student email account.

How to apply:

Follow this link to apply for a Leave of Absence

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

Students under 18 years of age

If you are under the age of 18, RMIT Training will request written consent from your parent before processing your Leave of Absence application.

Sponsored students

If you are a sponsored student, RMIT Training will request written consent from your sponsor before processing your Leave of Absence application.

Stay connected

RMIT Training 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.

Returning from Leave

Once your Leave of Absence period ends, you'll need to enrol in the next study semester by the enrolment deadline. If you do not enrol, you may lose your place in the program.

You will receive an email before the enrolment period telling you how and when to enrol.

Transfer to another education provider

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

Impact on Student Visa

If you wish to transfer from RMIT 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 be released from RMIT?

If you have completed six (6) calendar months of your principal program (the highest study level that your visa covers)

If you have not yet completed six (6) calendar months in your principal program (the highest study level that your visa covers)

You do not need to apply for release from RMIT.

Please cancel your program enrolment if you wish to transfer to the new education provider.

You must apply for release from RMIT before transferring to the new education provider.

Follow the instructions on the RMIT University website: Transferring to another education provider.

Cancelling your enrolment

If you want to withdraw completely from your studies, you must cancel your program enrolment. We recommend you speak to your teachers and contact student services to find out if cancellation is the best option for you. 

If you’re stressed or anxious, the RMIT Training Wellbeing and Experience team have a range of support services to help you.

You may also want to consider taking a Leave of Absence rather than withdrawing completely. Find this information in the 'Taking a break from your studies' section.

You can find out all you need to know about changing or cancelling your enrolment on the RMIT University website.

Maintaining satisfactory course progress

Students in the Foundation Studies program are expected to make satisfactory academic progress. Satisfactory progress is a student visa requirement.

There are different stages in the unsatisfactory academic progress process. If students meet the criteria listed below, they will be identified as being at risk of not meeting the academic requirements of their program. This is known as unsatisfactory academic progress.

Unsatisfactory Course Progress
A student is considered to be making unsatisfactory course progress if the student:

  • Has failed 50% or more of enrolled course load for the semester.
  • Has failed the same course a second time.
  • Has demonstrated that progress through a program will not allow completion of the program in the expected duration for that program (as stated in the eCOE) and has not shown compelling circumstances to explain the lack of progress.
  • Has failed to meet progress requirements prescribed in the ESOS Act 2000 or other regulations that affect eligibility for an Australian student visa.

Complaints resolution 

We hope your time at RMIT Training is enjoyable and rewarding, but if you're unhappy about something we would like you to let us know. RMIT Training is committed to resolving your concerns and complaints quickly, effectively, and sensitively. 

If you would like to raise a concern or submit a complaint, follow the step by step process on the RMIT University website. If you need help to submit your complaint, please contact Student Services reception or send an email to   

You can read more about how complaints are handled at RMIT in the Student and Student-Related Complaints Procedure

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