Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology

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The Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) is a global university of technology and design and Australia’s largest higher education institution. The University enjoys an international reputation for excellence in professional and vocational education and outcome-oriented research. RMIT has three campuses in Melbourne, Australia, two campuses in Vietnam and a centre in Barcelona, Spain. The University’s student population of 82,000 includes 28,000 international students, of whom 17,600 are taught outside Australia (almost 7,000 at RMIT Vietnam). Read about Melbourne and RMIT.


australia 2The landscapes of the northern part of Australia, with a tropical climate, consist of rainforest, woodland, grassland, mangrove swamps and desert. There is a temperate in the south-east and southwest areas, which allow Australia to remain overall, pretty dry throughout the year. The “Outback” is perhaps best known for its kangaroos, koalas, dingoes, and wombats, among many other endemic species of both flora and fauna. Its coastline inhabits the world’s largest coral reef, The Great Barrier Reef, an ideal location for snorkeling and diving. Although Canberra is the capital, Sidney has the greatest population.

Australia has an active tradition of music, ballet and theater with a symphony orchestra in each capital city. There is boating on the shorelines, and competitive sports such as cricket, hockey, rugby, and soccer all over the country. A common theme in Australian art and literature has been the Australian landscape that began with a long history of visual arts that started with the cave and bark paintings of its indigenous people. Australia offers a wide range of both entertainment and relaxation throughout all parts of their culture.


Melbourne map2Melbourne, the state capital of Victoria, is Australia’s second-largest city (population 3.8 million). It is renowned for its restaurants, sports, trams, and a thriving nightlife. The city ranks consistently as one of the world’s most livable on the basis of its culture, climate, cost of living, public transport, and social conditions such as health care and low crime rate. Beautiful parks and gardens are a city feature. On weekends and school breaks, students can learn to surf, visit wineries, see koalas and kangaroos, go hiking or “bushwalking”, or shop. In winter, snowboarding and skiing is also available. Checkout Visit Victoria for more information.


RMIT city campusRMIT University has several campuses in the city of Melbourne.  City campus: RMIT’s main campus is located in the heart of the Central Business District. Covering media and communications, engineering, physical science and social science, most students choose to study at the City campus due to the range of courses and central location. Brunswick campus: On the outskirts of the city, Brunswick is popular with Melbourne’s up-and-coming artists, fashion designers and musicians. It’s an area lined with boutiques, bars, markets and student-filled cafes. Fittingly, the campus is home to many of RMIT’s design-related programs. Bundoora campus: Reminiscent of Australia’s bushland, the leafy suburb of Bundoora houses many of RMIT’s engineering and health science programs. The campus is a 75 minute tram ride from Melbourne’s City Centre and features purpose-built health and medical science laboratory facilities.
Vietnam campuses: RMIT encourages students to broaden their experience and position themselves for the Asian century by undertaking some (or all) of their RMIT degree course at one of our Vietnam campuses. Established in 2001, RMIT’s Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City facilities are superbly equipped and deliver an immersive and unforgettable cultural experience.

Areas of Study

Accounting, Art, Biology, Biotechnology, Business, Chemistry, Communication, Computer Science, Conservation & Land Management, Economics, Engineering (Aerospace, Chemical, Civil, Computer, Earth Science, Electrical, Environmental, Mechanical and Manufacturing), Fashion, Finance, Food Science & Nutrition, Graphic Design, Indigenous Studied, International Affairs, Journalism, Kinesiology (Exercise & Sport Science – Bandoora campus), Languages, Management, Mathematics, Marketing, Media, Medical Laboratory Science, Physics, Psychology, Social Work and Sociology.


Minimum overall GPA 3.0


Estimated budget per semester at RMIT. RMIT’s Cost of Living.


The semester dates at RMIT are different than the semester dates at UMaine because Australia is located in the southern hemisphere. Australian universities have summer vacation in December and January. For specific dates , visit the Academic Calendar. The RMIT International office offers exchange students a 3 day orientation (see Orientation Semester 1 2014 as an example)  which is usually about 10-14 days prior to the first day of classes. The following dates are the Semester dates:

Semester 2, 2018 (UMaine’s fall semester)

  • Orientation: 9-15 July 2018
  • Semester dates: 16 July to 20 October

Semester 1, 2019 (UMaine’s spring semester):

  • Orientation: 13-18 March
  • Semester Dates: 19 March to 23 June



Use RMIT’s course guides to search for classes. Find courses available within a specific degree program by viewing the program structures. You will type in a subject, such as “chemistry”, and locate a degree related to that subject. Within each degree program structure is a list of courses that students take during their three-year degree programs. Click on the course title to access a syllabus for the course. Pay attention to the semester in which the course is offered and the campus where the course is located. It is recommended that you take classes on one campus.

RMIT Terminology UMaine Terminology
Courses Courses
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Credit points Credits

Full-time enrollment:

UMaine students must be registered for at least 36 credit points (12 UMaine credits) and up to 48 credit points (16 UMaine credits) at RMIT each semester.

Transfer Credits:

12 credit points = 4 credits at UMaine

Grading scale:


 RMIT Grade Points Description UMaine Grade
HD 80 – 100 High Distinction A
DI 70 – 79 Distinction A
CR 60 – 69 Credit B
PA 50 – 59 Pass C
NPC Pass Conceded D (doesn’t transfer)
NN Fail F


As an exchange student you will have access to the same types of accommodation options that all international students studying at RMIT have. Many exchange students choose to live in share and rental accommodation, for example the RMIT Village, while others prefer the convenience of living in a student hostel. If you choose to stay in student hostel accommodation you are encouraged to book in advance when you submit your application for your exchange program. Housing costs at the Bandoora campus are lower than in the City or Brunswick campuses.

There is a number of Accommodation options around each RMIT campus, for example, a number of apartment complexes and hostels that serve all university students in Melbourne. Homestay placement services are also available if you wish to live with an Australian family. Housing for Students at RMIT is a free service provided by RMIT University to help RMIT students secure housing. This service lists independent rental housing options available near the RMIT University campus you will be attending. Each housing provider is vetted through this service.

Work in Australia

Study abroad students in Australia are eligible to work up to 40 hours every two weeks based on their student visa status. During orientation on location, students can inquire about available job opportunities on campus or in the community.

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