Foundation studies


Full-time study (2 x 18 week semesters) 

Tuition fees


(2024 total) 


8 courses (core and elective)


21-22 hours per week of scheduled classes


Melbourne, City Campus


Foundation Studies is a program designed to give international students the skills they need to be university ready. Students who successfully complete the Foundation Studies program and meet the appropriate prerequisites are eligible to pathway into an RMIT University first-year undergraduate program or its equivalent. The RMIT University Foundation Studies program is delivered by RMIT Training at our City Campus in Melbourne, Australia.

RMIT Training's Foundation Studies program is delivered face-to-face on campus and includes a live online component. Our delivery mode recognises the importance of preparing students for new ways of learning and working for the future. 

Read more about our approach to on-campus learning.

Your direct pathway to an RMIT degree

Foundation Studies allows you to build your academic skills while focusing on your areas of interest to gain entry into a range of degrees at RMIT.


Why choose RMIT Training?


Foundation Studies is your pathway into RMIT University.

Over 25 years experience

Delivering Foundation Studies.

Designed for you

Curriculum designed specifically for international students.

Foundation Studies programs

Foundation Studies gives you the opportunity to study the subjects that align with your interests and study goals. Choose from streams in:

  • Art, Design and Architecture
  • Business
  • Communication and Social Context
  • Engineering and Science
  • Health
  • Information Technology (IT).


Program code


Art, Design and Architecture (ADA)

FS022ADA 108492M


FS022BUS 108492M

Engineering and Science

FS022SES 108492M


FS022SHH 108492M

Information Technology

FS022SIT 108492M

Communication and Social Context

FS022COM 108492M

Join an international learning community

As a Foundation Studies student, you will join a thriving community of learners from around the world. Our students have access to the highest quality support, services and experiences, including:  

  • Academic support
  • A dedicated Student Services team 
  • Year-round student activities and events
  • Student clubs and societies
  • Wellbeing support and counseling
  • Work and career advice


China Students

Visit the RMIT China site for information about the Foundation Studies course in Chinese.

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Life in Melbourne

Discover what life in Melbourne is like for an RMIT Training student.

Text And Media Video

Rakindu talks about his year with us

Hear from Rakindu, who studied Foundation Studies at RMIT Training.

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Information for new students

Everything you need to know for your first few weeks at RMIT including enrolment information, timetables and orientation.

Student services

Explore the services, activities and support available to you as a student.

Campus tour

Do you want to see where you could be studying? We have put together a virtual campus tour.

Apply to Foundation Studies

Interested in studying Foundation Studies?

Foundation Studies is registered as Foundation Standard Program (108492M) on CRICOS.


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Acknowledgement of Country

RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business - Artwork 'Luwaytini' by Mark Cleaver, Palawa.