New Foundations Studies Pathways Program launches at RMIT Vietnam

New Foundations Studies Pathways Program launches at RMIT Vietnam

The Foundation Studies program run by RMIT Training has been a successful pathway program for international students for over 25 years in Melbourne, growing from humble beginnings into something that contributes significant lifetime value to RMIT University.

In the last stable year before the pandemic, almost 30% of all international students at RMIT University articulated into the university via Foundation Studies or an ELICOS English language program course. Around 90% of all RMIT Foundation Studies students articulate into further study at RMIT. 

Pathway programs such as Foundation Studies are all about getting students “university ready.” RMIT Training’s Foundation Studies program offers discipline-specific knowledge and English language skills in classes designed specifically for international students. 

In 2022, RMIT Training launched a redeveloped Foundation Studies program, FS022. From Monday August 29, Foundation Studies 022 is being offered in Vietnam. We are thrilled to be able to offer this established and successful program and provide RMIT Vietnam with the same opportunity to support students all the way through their academic journey from high school equivalency through to their Bachelor’s or Master’s degrees. 

The Foundation Studies program in Vietnam is being introduced with two of the initial six streams launched in Melbourne: Art, Design and Architecture and Business. It is being offered in both the Saigon South and Hanoi campuses. This offering will grow to include the full suite of six streams; Communication and Social Context, Engineering and Science, Health and Information Technology (IT).

This August, RMIT Vietnam welcomed an incoming cohort of 87 students. 15 students joined our Hanoi campus to study Business, and 72 students enrolled in Saigon, with 55 studying Business and 17 studying Art, Design and Architecture.

To celebrate this significant milestone, we hosted an event simultaneously in Saigon South and Hanoi on Thursday September 8. The students were excited to participate in this event with their teachers, staff and partners at RMIT Vietnam and RMIT Training Melbourne. 


The event was opened by a dance performed by the RMIT Vietnam Dance Club, followed by a video Welcome from Vice-Chancellor Alec Cameron, and a welcome speech from RMIT Training CEO, Jake Henrich via video link. Students were encouraged to share what they hope to achieve during their Foundation Studies year at RMIT Vietnam, focusing on their future success on their educational journey. 

Jennifer Howard, Foundations Studies Program Manager Vietnam, said: “The Foundation Studies launch here in Saigon South was a fantastic, colourful way to celebrate the launch of the program in Vietnam. The enthusiasm shown by our students and staff was exhilarating and evidenced not only the hard work that has gone into establishing Foundation Studies here in Vietnam, but highlights the significance of this milestone. We are excited to see where Foundation Studies will take this first cohort of students and look forward to the future success of this program in Saigon South and Hanoi.”

RMIT Training CEO Jake was in Saigon to welcome staff and students during the first week of the program. “It’s wonderful to see the new Foundation Studies program launch in Vietnam. The program launch has been in the planning for a number of years and to finally see a class in place, students learning in classes is really a terrific achievement from a lot of people. We now have in place teaching and support staff as well as a program manager, all ably supported by FS colleagues in Melbourne” he said. 

“The Foundation Studies program is designed to ensure that students are well prepared for their higher education program through a supported discipline focussed experience. We look forward to continuing the delivery in Vietnam and soon adding our science stream to the program delivery options”

Learn more about the RMIT Training Foundation Studies program in Vietnam and Melbourne

14 September 2022


Related articles

aboriginal flag
torres strait flag

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.