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RMIT Training University International Student Pathways

RMIT Training Pathways

Pathways programs offered by RMIT Training ensure students are ‘University Ready’.

Foundation Studies is designed to prepare international students for university study. Successful completion of the program allows students to directly articulate into undergraduate studies.

RMIT English Worldwide’s Academic English program provides students with the English and academic skills they need to succeed at university. Successfully completing REW’s English for Academic Purposes program allows direct entry to university without having to sit a further English language test.

You can now choose to study English for Academic Purposes online and Foundation Studies online, learn how you can study online with RMIT Training.

For the latest information on Coronavirus (COVID-19) please see the RMIT coronavirus webpage here.

Why we're a great choice

Task-based learning 

practice what you are learning in real life situations

Direct entry to university

upon successful completion of relevant courses

City location

with easy access to public transport and shops

A supportive community

to help you feel at home while you study with us, find out more

Hear from our students and teachers

Top 10 things to do when you arrive

1. RMIT's arrival guide for international students

Check the arrival guide for information about budgeting and the general cost of living, opening a bank account, accommodation, transport and free study support. You can also watch videos of international students talking about their experiences at RMIT and in Melbourne.

3. SafeZone app

SafeZone is a free app for all RMIT students and staff, that connects you directly to the Security team when you need help on campus. Download and install the SafeZone app and keep safe on campus. 

4. Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) - Medibank

When you arrive in Australia, you need to activate your Medibank OSHC.  Watch this video to learn how.

Activate your Medibank OSHC here.

Medibank Health Insurance are at the Student Success Hub on Level 3 every Wednesday from 9am to 5pm to help you with your Overseas Student Health Cover questions.

Following the Victorian Government’s instructions to shut down all non-essential activity in response to COVID-19, Medibank’s on-campus services and stores are temporarily closed.

If you have a question about your Overseas Student Health Cover, you can call or email Medibank OSHC Policy Enquiries.

Ph: 134 148

Email: oshc@Medibank.com.au

Medibank have a multilingual customer service phone team who can speak over a dozen languages.  They also have access to telephone interpreter services.

Medibank have a 24/7 Student Health and Support Line if you need medical advice from a registered nurse or counselling service.  Call 1800 887 283.

5. Bank account

Using your bank card from your home country at the automatic teller machine (ATM) can be expensive. It is a good idea to open an Australian bank account.

If you open an account within the first 6 weeks of arriving in Australia, usually the only identification you need is your passport. The Commonwealth Bank is on campus, but there are branches from all the major banks nearby.

6. Public Transport Victoria (PTV) app

Check Melbourne’s public transport timetables, get live travel updates and learn how to use the journey planner.

7. Translating and Interpreting Service (TIS)

 

If you need some support to communicate in English with an agency or business in Melbourne, the Translating and Interpreting Service (TIS) may be able to help. 

They provide a range of interpreting services, including telephone interpreting, so you can confidently access services and information. 

Please note that there may be a cost involved if you use TIS.

8. Tax file number

International students living in Australia for more than 6 months, or who will earn money from work or interest from bank accounts, must obtain a tax file number (TFN). You can apply for your TFN online. 

9. RMIT University Student Union (RUSU)

Become a member of the RUSU. Benefits include:

  • free or half-price tickets to all RUSU events, trips and courses
  • free drinks at RUSU weekly events
  • ability to run in the annual RUSU Council elections
  • discount and priority access to Responsible Service of Alcohol (RSA), First Aid and Food Handling courses run by the RUSU
  • a fortnightly RUSU news feed subscription
  • access to exclusive member 

10. Stay safe from scams

Every few months someone thinks up a new way to scam international students.

A scam is when someone tries to get your money or personal information in a dishonest way. 

If someone asks you for money or for your personal details, come and see someone at Student Services on level 3 or speak with your teacher as soon as possible.  We want to make sure you are not being scammed.

You can stay safe from scams by:

  • Only chatting with people you know personally on WeChat or WhatsApp.
  • Telling someone if you are being threatened in any way.
  • Not giving money, credit vouchers or personal information to anyone you don’t know.

You can learn more about scams by reading this Insider Guides article, Outsmarting the Scammers: the Ultimate Guide for International Students

Visit the Scamwatch website for information about the latest scams circulating in Australia.  You can read more about recent scams we have found out about at RMIT Training here.

We are here to help you and to keep you safe.  Please visit the Student Success Hub on Level 3 or call us on 9657 5800 if you have any questions about scams.

Getting started

When starting at RMIT Training, the student diary is a great tool to stay up to date with all available resources for students. You can get a digital version of the important pages here:

RMIT Training Student Diary

Your student card

Student cards are currently unavailable

Following the Victorian Government’s instructions to close all non-essential activities in response to Covid-19, student cards are not available on campus or online at this time.

If you need to provide proof that you are studying at RMIT you will need a Statement of Enrolment. 

If you are a Foundation Studies student you can download a Statement of Enrolment (SoE) here.

If you are an REW student, please email us at rewstudent.services@rmit.edu.au and we can help.

 

Your student card is your official RMIT Training student ID and it’s important that you keep it safe.

There are a few things you need to know about your student ID:

  • When you’re on campus you must always have your student card with you
  • You need to take your card to all exams
  • Your student card is the property of RMIT University and you may be charged a fee if you lose it

With your student card you can:

  • Borrow from the University Library
  • Print, scan and photocopy
  • Identify your self at RMIT student services areas

Find out how to apply for your student card.

Student Visa responsibilities 

Whilst you are studying in Australia it is your responsibility to ensure that your student visa is valid and that you meet all the conditions.  Breaking these conditions could lead to your visa being cancelled.

You can find detailed information about student visas on the Department of Home Affairs website here.

You must meet attendance requirements

  • You must maintain satisfactory attendance in your course.  Foundation Studies and ELICOS students must attend at least 80% of all scheduled classes.
  • If your attendance percentage falls below 80% you may be reported to the Department of Home Affairs and your visa may be at risk.
  • If you cannot attend a class you should submit documentary evidence, such as a medical certificate, to explain your absence.

Meet academic progress requirements

  • Satisfactory academic progress is a condition of your visa. 
  • If you fail multiple times your visa may be at risk.
  • The Study Success team can help you with your studies. 
  • The Student Wellbeing team can provide other support and advice. 

Changes to your study plans

  • Changes to your study plans may have implications for your student visa.
  • You should discuss changes to your study plans with Student Services as early as possible.
  • More information about changes to your study plans can be found here.

Students under 18 years of age

  • International students under the age of 18 must maintain their approved welfare arrangements.
  • You must not make any changes to these arrangements without RMIT permission.

Keep your personal details up to date

  • You must advise RMIT Training of your home address within 7 days of your arrival in Australia.
  • If you change your address during your stay in Australia, you must notify RMIT Training with 7 days of the change.
  • Foundation Studies students update your details here.
  • ELICOS students update your details here.

Working in Australia

  • There are restrictions on the number of hours you can work while studying.
  • Usually, you must not work more than 40 hours per fortnight during the semester.
  • Check your visa conditions for work restrictions that apply to you.

Meet Overseas Student Health Insurance requirements

  • You must have valid Overseas Student Health Insurance during your stay in Australia.
  • RMIT’s preferred provider is Medibank.

Study loads and completion of programs

  • You must be enrolled in a full time CRICOS registered program and complete your studies within the expected time that is shown on your Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE).

The RMIT University website also has lots of information about student visas and visa conditions

Remote Learning

RMIT Training is currently delivering classes remotely.

This means that, although we can’t be physically present in the traditional classroom environment, RMIT Training maintains a commitment to student success by offering learning in an online setting.

There are some guidelines that must be followed to ensure your safety online and for you to understand your rights and responsibilities while you learn remotely.

Read the RMIT Training Remote Learning Guidelines.

Students under 18 years of age

RMIT Training works closely with RMIT University to support our students under 18 years of age.  We provide a caring and nurturing learning environment ensuring students feel supported and engaged in their study journey.

Click here to learn more about RMIT University and students under 18 years of age.

What you need to know if you are under 18

Watch this video to find out what you need to know if you are a student under 18 years of age.

Related forms

All requests for changes to student's under 18 arrangements must be submitted on approved forms. These forms can be accessed on the RMIT University website. Click here to access forms under Quick links. 

Public Transport - myki

If you are 18 years old or younger you can travel on a concession fare myki with a Child myki. You will need to carry identification with you when you are travelling to prove that you are 18 years old or younger. We do not recommend that you carry your passport with you every time you use public transport. You can get a proof of age identification card such as a Keypass ID.

Child safety

RMIT Training is committed to child safety and protecting children from harm.
Click here to read our Child Safety Statement of Commitment.

Website links for under 18s

Insider Guides are a great resource for international students both onshore and offshore at various stages of the student decision making cycle. They have a great section written specifically for under 18 students. Check it out here.

Contact us

Email: pathways.u18@rmit.edu.au
Ph: +61 3 9657 5800

Building 108 and RMIT Campus Map

There are many facilities and services you can access at Building 108 and the main RMIT campus. 

Building 108 is currently closed but RMIT Training is still operating. Please contact us if you would like further information about learning online.

Phone: 9657 5800
Email Foundation Studies: foundationstudies@rmit.edu.au
Email Academic English: rewstudent.services@rmit.edu.au

Appeals

RMIT Training wants you to have the best possible experience during your time with us, but sometimes we may make decisions about your enrolment that you do not agree with.

For example:

  • we may notify you that we are reporting your unsatisfactory attendance to the Department of Home Affairs
  • we may reject your request for a leave of absence
  • we may refuse to extend your study time

In these situations, you can appeal if any of these reasons are true:

  • there has been a mistake in the process
  • you have new information and evidence about your situation
  • you have a good reason why you believe the decision was not acceptable

Just remember that your appeal must be in writing.

For all these situations your case will be reviewed, and you will be contacted for further information or with an outcome.

If you need any help to make your appeal you should go to Student Services and they will do their best to help you.

Student Success Hub

The Student Success Hub is where you will find the student services team. You can ask for information about program fees, program extensions, leave of absence, attendance information, refunds, program certificates, program advice and any other non-academic matters. The student services team are all here to help and look forward to seeing you.

Location: Building 108, Level 3.
Phone: 9657 5800
Email Foundation Studies: foundationstudies@rmit.edu.au
Email Academic English: rewstudent.services@rmit.edu.au

Study Success

Get support

Email: study.success@rmit.edu.au
Walk-up support: 

RMIT Building 108, Level 3
Monday-Friday
9:00am-5:00pm

The Study Success Space is a quiet area for students to study in. We have lots of resources to help students improve their academic and learning skills. We run different services to help students improve their skills. These are free to all RMIT Training students and are held daily in the Study Success space.

You can visit the Study Success desk if you need help at any time. There are tables and chairs for you to study and places to plug in your laptop or iPad. You can also borrow graded readers to suit your level of English.

Study Success is accessible online. This is so you can safely study at home during this time, our services are now online and available through our Canvas page.

The services we run are:

  • Workshops and online Coaching
  • Library support from RMIT University Library
  • Student peer mentors from RMIT University

We also have resources available to all students to access. These include:

  • Newspapers, grammar books and dictionaries/thesaurus
  • Graded readers (books from beginner to advanced)
  • Text books (for science, maths, business, art, architecture, etc.)
  • Online resources available on Canvas, these include reading, listening, writing, vocabulary, grammar, speaking and more

To find out more, see our Canvas page.

Student health and wellbeing

RMIT Safer Community

RMIT Safer Community provides support and advice to students concerned about threatening or inappropriate behaviour.

Your personal safety

In an emergency call 000. For RMIT Security call 9925 3333. 

SafeZone: SafeZone is a free app for all RMIT students and staff, that connects you directly to the Security team when you need help on campus. https://www1.rmit.edu.au/security/safezone

Staying safe in Melbournehttps://www.rmit.edu.au/students/support-and-facilities/student-support/safer-community/staying-safe-in-melbourne 

Study Safe. You’re not alone! https://www.crimestoppersvic.com.au/project-studysafe/

If you feel threatened: https://www.crimestoppersvic.com.au/studysafe-emergency-threatened/

Sexual harassment: https://www.crimestoppersvic.com.au/studysafe-bullying-sexual-harassment/

Getting help on public transport: https://www.crimestoppersvic.com.au/studysafe-transport-nights-out/

Staying safe on a night out: https://www.crimestoppersvic.com.au/studysafe-transport-nights-out/

Public Transport Victoria: https://www.ptv.vic.gov.au/getting-around/travelling-safely/

Protective Services Officers on public transport:

Contact the Wellbeing team

Email: wellbeing@rmit.edu.au
Phone9925 8172
Walk-up support: RMIT Building 108, Level 3 Student Lounge

Walk-up support is currently not available as Building 108 is closed.

If you need to speak to someone outside these hours, you can contact:

RMIT Urgent Care call for 24/7 support: 1300 305 737 or text 0488 884 162

If you are sick or have a health problem

If you are sick or have a health problem, you should visit a General Practitioner (GP) first. In Australia, a General Practitioner or GP is a doctor who works in offices in the community, not in hospitals.

During the Covid-19 pandemic you should call your medical clinic first.  The medical clinic staff will speak with you on the phone about your symptoms and organise an appointment if required.  Many appointments during this time are over the phone and not in person due to ongoing health and safety concerns.

If you are sick and cannot attend your class, you should make an appointment with a doctor.  Remember to ask your doctor for a medical certificate.  You need to give this to Student Services to explain your absence.

Here is a list of local medical clinics who speak languages other than English.

If you need other health information or advice

If you need other health information or advice call HealthDirect Australia (1800 022 222). They are a free service and are available 24/7.

You can also visit your local pharmacy or chemist to talk about minor illnesses and medicines and get advice and help about what you can do next. 

Sex and sexuality

For information on sexual health or support on sexuality, visit the RMIT Student website.

Your Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC)

OSHC is insurance to help international students with the cost of medical and hospital care in Australia (including most prescription medicines and an ambulance in an emergency).

Activate your Medibank OSHC - https://www.medibankoshc.com.au/oshcactivate/

When you arrive, you must activate your Medibank OSHC. It’s easy, watch this video to learn how.

You can activate your own membership by following this link.

Medibank Health Insurance are at the Student Success Hub on Level 3 every Wednesday from 9am to 5pm to help you with your Overseas Student Health Cover questions.

Following the Victorian Government’s instructions to shut down all non-essential activity in response to COVID-19, Medibank’s on-campus services and stores are temporarily closed.

If you have a question about your Overseas Student Health Cover, you can call or email Medibank OSHC Policy Enquiries.

Ph: 134 148 (8am – 8pm Monday to Friday)

Email:oshc@Medibank.com.au

Medibank have a multilingual customer service phone team who can speak over a dozen languages.  They also have access to telephone interpreter services.

Medibank have a 24/7 Student Health and Support Line if you need medical advice from a registered nurse or counselling service.  Call 1800 887 283

RMIT Training Therapy Dog

RMIT Training has a therapy dog named Ziggy, a 3-year-old Groodle (a cross between a Golden Retriever and a Poodle). She is an accredited therapy dog through Delta Society. Therapy dogs are used to help reduce stress, offer companionship and provide a sense of connection in difficult situations.

Ziggy visits Building 108 regularly throughout the year providing students with social and emotional support. Details on when she is on site are displayed in our building foyer, so come and meet Ziggy next time she’s in. 

IT support

RMIT Training has a dedicated IT team for students to help you with most tech-related enquiries you may have. They can help with using electronic devices, login problems, password issues, wi-fi connections, accessing student accounts, printing and photocopying. Find out more about RMIT Training IT Support

Student experience

Upcoming events

Student Club

Create, play, explore and make lifelong friends by joining the Pathways Student Club. Students can join the club at any stage throughout their program via the club's Facebook Group

The RMIT Training Kindness Project

The Kindness Project begins!  Find out more.

Get involved

Emailactivities@rmit.edu.au
Visit us: RMIT Building 108, Level 3 Student Lounge

Volunteering

Volunteering is good for you:

  • Volunteers are happier, healthier and sleep better than those who don't volunteer.
  • Sustained volunteering is associated with better mental health.
  • The experience of helping others provides meaning and a sense of self-worth and inclusion.

Volunteering opportunities are posted here and updated when new opportunities become available. If you are interested in any of these opportunities, click on the link, complete the form and we will send you more information.

Before you start volunteering it is essential to understand the rights and responsibilities of a volunteer (i.e. most people like the idea of helping animals or children but you may need to apply for a police check before you can volunteer). 

Current opportunities

Email activities@rmit.edu.au if you need help writing your cover letter, preparing your resume or completing your application. 

Our Student Ambassadors and Peer Mentors

RMIT Training Student Ambassadors get to share their knowledge as an international student at RMIT Training. Ambassadors are current students and recently graduated students from Foundation Studies and Academic English. Learn more about our RMIT Training Student Ambassadors

Our RMIT Training Mentors are current Foundation Studies students who offer study buddy mentoring and current students from RMIT University who offer peer mentoring. Find out about our RMIT Training Mentors.