Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT)
Hosting a student body of over 56,000, RMIT is one of the largest universities in
Australia. Located in the central business district (CBD) of Melbourne, capital of
the Victoria region, students will find this urban campus an exciting location from
which to begin their studies. RMIT is well known for teaching excellence and its
focus on practical, application based learning. Nearly every major is available for
study, with especially strong offerings in Communication, Information Technology,
the Sciences, and Art & Design.
Melbourne has been consistently voted as one of the most liveable cities in the world,
making it an exciting suburban mecca for students to explore. City streets are lined
with both modern and Victorian architecture, trendy shops, sidewalk cafes and great
nightlife. Along the Southbank district lining the Yarra River, you will find Federation
Square, considered "Melbourne's meeting place" and a hub of culture and energy. A
short distance south by light rail brings you to St. Kilda, Melbourne's most famous
beach and home to many events and festivals year-round. Further south, you can find
some of the best surfing beaches in Australia. Truly there is something for everyone
Courses available for most majors
Peer Mentoring Program
Extensive Club & Organization Listing through the Student Union
Fall Semester: Mid-July to mid-November (Semester 2)
Spring Semester: Late February to Late June (Semester 1)
Academic Year students cannot be accommodated at this time.
Please see the 2018-19 Academic Calendar for specific dates.
- Exchange students can enroll in any class, provided they meet the prerequisites.
Certain fields may be reserved for continuing RMIT students and unavailable for visiting
students. Selection preference will be given to students seeking courses in their
- Generally study abroad students can expect Level 1, Year 1 classes to be introductions
to the field, and as such, lower-division. Most upper-division, study abroad students
could hope to enroll in Level 2 & 3 classes, having some prior knowledge of the subject
- Teaching will usually resemble a composite of both lecture and discussion sections.
Emphasis will be placed on course readings and outside research, therefore it is imperative
that students bring with them a solid foundation of academic writing and research
methods. Roughly 70% of final grades are generally based upon a comprehensive exam. Additional
course work might also include research papers or projects. For this, keeping up with
assigned and supplemental reading becomes critically important.
- All work transfers back to San Marcos and can be used to fulfill all graduation requirements.
- RMIT Grading Scale
Language of Instruction
- Class Level: Upper-division status (completion of 60 units)
- GPA of 2.75 or above and good academic standing to departure
- Prerequisites: Level 2 & 3 classes generally require significant experience in the
field. Check the course description for course prerequisites. If, based upon transcript
review, you do not have the necessary prerequisites, you will be asked to consider
an alternative course.
- Special Note to Business Majors: In order to receive credit for upper-division courses
abroad, you must have already completed your Pre-Core course work at CSUSM
12-16 semester units. Typically this equates to 4 courses/semester, with each full
time course worth 12 RMIT units, or 4 CSUSM credits.
While there are no on-campus dormitories, there are numerous university owned and
affiliated housing options. Student apartments, hostels, and homestays are widely
available and each has its own fee structure and application process. Please see
the Accommodations page for further information.
- Students pay their normal State University Fee to CSU San Marcos, currently $3,851/semester.
No tuition or fees due at RMIT except for additional course fees for certain disciplines.
- Accommodation: On average, $1,400+/month for housing near the city center (phone,
internet, electricity included). Many of the hostels will offer better value than
the newer, more costly student apartments.
- Health Insurance: Australian Compulsory Overseas Health Cover is $255 a semester.
Supplement travel medical insurance (accidental death, medical evacuation coverage)
is required for our office and comes at a rate of $69.
- Cost of meals and personal expenses will vary, but average $500 per month.
- Australian Visa: $434 (allows up to 20 work hours/week)
- Sample 2018-19 Budget
- Students on approved study abroad programs are entitled to apply Title IV federal
financial aid to their program costs.
For Fall Semester Study: March 15
For Spring Semester Study: October 1
How to Apply
- Meet with the CSUSM Study Abroad Advisor in Craven Hall 3200 to determine if you are
eligible for this program.
- Visit the RMIT website at www.rmit.edu.au to learn about the university. For life in and around Melbourne, visit a good tourism
site such as www.visitmelbourne.com or www.melbourne.vic.gov.au
- Obtain course descriptions from the RMIT Course Information page. Be sure to read through important course prerequisite information.
- Consult with a faculty advisor in you major/minor department to determine if RMIT
courses will count toward your major/minor. If so, complete a Study Abroad Credit Approval Form. At this time, we are unable to send students abroad to take GE specific course
- Order an official transcript from CSUSM and any other college from which you have taken a semester or more in
classes (even if you have already transferred credit to CSUSM). Please pick up official,
paper transcripts in person and deliver them to Craven 3200. Keep in mind that transcripts are now taking 7-10 business days to process. Plan
- Read about student accommodations and decide which option is within your budget and comfort level. Please be sure
to review the important information about housing scams so that you do not fall into
any of these traps!
- Request the RMIT Application and submit a copy of it and all supplemental documents to the Study Abroad Advisor
in Craven 3200.
- Submit additional application details to Global Education here: CSUSM General Study Abroad Application
- Submit your flight details to Global Education here: Flight Information Form
- Attend the pre-departure orientation and consult with the Study Abroad Advisor as
necessary regarding the Student Visa process after RMIT acceptance.
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