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RMIT 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.

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 Heath Cover (OSHC) - Medibank

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

Watch this video to learn how.

Medibank Health Insurance have a person on site on Level 3 every Wednesday from 9am to 5pm. 

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)

TIS offers a range of services including telephone interpreting. TIS is available 24 hours a day. Some services have to be arranged in advance.

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. If someone asks you for money, come and see Student Services on Level 3 or speak with your teacher to check you are not being scammed.

Stay safe from scams by:

  • Only chatting with people you know personally on WeChat or Whatsapp.
  • Telling someone if you are being threatened.
  • Not giving money (or credit vouchers) or personal information to anyone you don’t know.

Visit the Scamwatch website and Insider Guide for information about the latest scams affecting international students. Read more about current known scams. 

We are here to help and to keep you safe.

Getting started

Your student card

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 

As a student visa holder, there are certain requirements that must be met. Failure to do so may result in the cancellation of your visa.

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 students under 18 arrangements must be submitted on approved forms.  These forms can be accessed on the RMIT University website or are available at Student Services.
Click here to access forms.

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.

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. 

Complaints resolution

We hope your time at RMIT Training is enjoyable and rewarding, but if you're unhappy about something you should let us know by following our complaints resolution process. RMIT Training is committed to resolving your concern or complaint quickly, effectively, and sensitively.

See the step by step process below for help with complaints or view the detailed Pathways Student Complaints Resolution Process here.

Step 1 – Concern
If you have a concern, speak to your teacher or Student Services (Academic English or Foundation Studies).

Step 2 - Formal complaint
If you still need help, complete the RMIT Training Student Complaint Form* and submit to Student Services. We may meet with you and will email your student email address the outcome within 10 days.

Step 3 - Internal review
If there has been a mistake in the process, you have new information or a good reason the outcome is not acceptable, you can ask for a review (complete the Internal Review Form*). We may meet with you and will email your student email address with the outcome.

Step 4 - External review
If you don’t agree with the outcome, you can request an external review to the Overseas Student Ombudsman^. If you are not on a Student Visa contact Student Services for help. Student Services will also be contacted by the Ombudsman with the outcome.

* Student Services can help you complete the forms if needed.
^ Let Student Services know.

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

Study Success is available to all pathways students and can help you with your studies during your time at RMIT Training.

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.

The services we run are:

  • Language and Learning drop-ins
  • Drop-ins with a librarian to help students with research questions and develop their research skills using the RMIT library website
  • Workshops
  • Conversation classes

Get support

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

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

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

Creating Connections program 

Creating Connections is a free social skills program which provides you with an opportunity to make new friends in a supportive, friendly environment. The program runs for eight weeks, with a one-hour workshop each week, where you will learn strategies and skills to help you meet new people and form meaningful connections.

Outline of program
Week 1: Challenges to Making New Friends
Week 2: Initiating Conversation

Week 3: Maintaining Conversation
Week 4: Active Listening
Week 5: Assertive Communication
Week 6: Discussing Sensitive Topics
Week 7: Mindfulness
Week 8: Relapse Prevention

The workshops run every Monday from 5-6pm on Level 3 in Building 108. You do not need to register and can join at any time.

Your health is important – look after it

Take time to care for your physical and emotional health.

This includes eating right, getting lots of sleep, catching up with friends and having fun. Staying healthy will help your studies!

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.

They treat colds and flus, general health issues such as diabetes, and minor injuries. 

If you are too sick to go to school you need a medical certificate from a doctor. You need to give this to Student Services. Here is a list of local providers 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/

Watch this video to learn how.

Medibank Health Insurance have a person on site on Level 3 every Wednesday from 9am to 5pm. 

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

Our IT team are available on level 3 to help you with most tech-related enquiries you may have. They can help with:

  • Using your electronic devices
  • What type of device will you need for study purposes
  • Wi-fi connections
  • Accessing student accounts
  • Printing and photocopying
  • Login problems
  • Password issues

Bring your own device (BYOD)

Participating in online activities is part of the course requirement at RMIT, so students will need to bring their own laptop or tablet. You will use your device for study purposes and to connect to myDesktop. Find out more about what type of device you need.

myDesktop gives students access to their RMIT desktop and RMIT applications from home or anywhere with an internet connection. Students can also access a range of applications for free using the University’s licence. From Microsoft Word, MYOB and Adobe Photoshop, to AutoCAD or even Adobe InDesign, there’s something for everyone. Visit myDesktop for more information.

You can also download a range of other software as an RMIT student. More information about software for your student devices can be found in this document (requires student login). 

IT help

Find out how to access your RMIT email, RMIT Wi-Fi, how to print, how to access myDesktop and more.

Living in Melbourne

Cost of living

The Victorian Government’s Study Melbourne website includes useful tips and advice on where to live and the cost of living in Melbourne, public transport, entertainment and shopping, and tax and banking information.

RMIT University also has information on living expenses and creating and sticking to a budget.

Getting around Melbourne

Public Transport Victoria (PTV) runs Melbourne’s extensive public transport network of trains, trams and buses. The Myki travel card gives you access to all three modes of transport.  

Melbourne has many bike tracks, shared footpaths and bike parking facilities. 
For more information go to the Bicycle Network website.

For information about driving and Australian road laws go to the VicRoads website.

Accommodation

When you arrive in Melbourne one of the first things you will need to do is find somewhere to live. RMIT University does not have accommodation at its city campus, but there is a range of long-term and short-term options available depending on your needs. Go to RMIT’s Accommodation web page for more information.

There are special rules for renting different types of accommodation in Australia.  These rules are important because they can protect you.  You should make sure you understand these rules before you sign a rental agreement.

If you are under 18 years of age, you must live in approved accommodation.  You will find a list of RMIT University approved providers here

Speak to the Student Services team if you have any questions about accommodation.

 

Working in Australia

Working while you study is a great opportunity to earn money, improve your English, gain skills and meet new people. Some work restrictions and conditions apply to international students.

  • You can work up to 20 hours a week during your program
  • You can work full time during holiday periods
  • Volunteer work is not included in the 20-hour limit

The RMIT University website has more information about work conditions for student visa holders.

You can also access information about your rights as a worker in Australia at the Fair Work Ombudsman website.

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. 

Position
Barista Internship
Ongoing
RMIT Training and Coffee Cart Changing Lives are offering you the chance to volunteer up to ten hours of your time over four weeks to learn the basic skills required to work in a café.
Lentil As Anything 
Ongoing
Lentil as Anything is social enterprise restaurant, run by volunteers. There are no prices on the menu, and customers pay what they can afford, valuing people over profit and helping to remove the stigma associated with social and economic barriers. Volunteers are needed to prepare food in the kitchen and wait tables.
Open Table 
Ongoing
Open Table shares free meals to those in need in neighbourhoods across Melbourne. We use surplus food that would otherwise be thrown away and turn it into nutritious meals to share with the community, in order to reduce food insecurity and food waste.
Fare Share 
Ongoing
FareShare rescues surplus food and cooks free, nutritious meals for people doing it tough. Fare share cooks around 5000 meals a day for people in need. Volunteers for kitchen, garden, driving, warehouse or administration in Abbotsford.
Gardener
Ongoing
RMIT Training is looking for students to help take care of the courtyard garden on Level 4. 
Colour Run
22 or 24 November
The Colour Run is a five-kilometre untimed event. At each kilometre mark, Colour Runners are doused from head to toe in a different coloured powder. Participants wear white at the starting line and finish the race plastered in colour.
Yarra River Blitz 
24 November
Help clean the Yarra River. The Yarra Riverkeepers will be out in force to clean the river using kayaks (small boats).
National Bandana Day
25 November
CanTeen supports young people (aged 12-25) when cancer turns their world upside down. Their mission is to support, develop and empower young people living with cancer. Volunteers are needed to help sell bandanas on the streets of Melbourne.
NBL Basketball Match
15 December
The Starlight Foundation is partnering with S.E. Melbourne Pheonix for a big NBL match at Melbourne Park. Volunteers are needed to sell mechanise and "rattle tins" (to fundraise).

Australian customs and traditions 

Australians are usually open and friendly and believe in an equal society without social classes.

Read more

Dress

While people in Australia tend to dress casually at university and in public, especially during summer when the weather is very warm, you will need to dress formally for special occasions such as class presentations, dinner functions and graduations. You will be told in advance about the dress code.

Housework

Australians usually don’t have servants. Most people are independent and cook and clean for themselves. Some people pay someone to clean their home—they are called cleaners, not maids.

Public transport

When boarding a tram, train or bus, always wait for people to get off before you get on. When you use stairs or escalators, stand to the left, so that people in a hurry can walk past.

Punctuality

Being on time is important in Australia, so check meeting times and places. Contact the person you are meeting if you are running late or unable to make the appointment. If you are late for a doctor’s appointment, you may have to pay a fee or
miss your appointment.

Queuing

People usually form queues (line up) when waiting for a bank teller, to get on a train or bus, or to buy something. In Australia, it is impolite to push ahead in a queue. Australians also value their personal space and privacy, so leave more space when queuing, standing or talking to other people than you might be used to.

Smoking

Smoking is illegal on public transport and in restaurants, cinemas and public buildings, such as schools, hospitals, universities and libraries. You can be fined if you smoke in these areas. If you are at someone’s home, excuse yourself and smoke outside.

Social gatherings

While you are in Australia, you might be invited to social gatherings such as BBQs, dinners or parties. Sometimes they can be BYO, which means you bring your own drinks or meat for a BBQ. If your host asks you to bring a plate, it means you need to bring a plate of food to share with everyone. If you are invited to eat in a restaurant, it is common to share payment of the bill. 

If you are invited to a wedding, food and drink is supplied and dress is usually formal.

Invitations

It is polite to reply to formal (usually in writing) or informal (in person, via email or over the phone) invitations as soon as possible. Formal invitations, such as those for a wedding, usually have an RSVP date and you should reply by that date.

Talking with people

Addressing people

In formal situations, men and women usually shake hands when greeting each other. It is also common to shake hands when you are introduced to someone.

Australians may have two or three names. The first and second are given names. The last name is the family name (surname). The family name is used formally with titles such as Dr, Miss, Ms, Mr or Mrs. In most cases, Australians prefer to be called by their first names. People will introduce themselves to you by the name they prefer to be called. Your teachers and lecturers will introduce themselves and tell you how they like to be addressed. If you are not sure, ask them.

Saying excuse me, please and thank you is common in Australia.

Conversation

It is a good idea to avoid topics that are personal or could lead to disagreements or arguments, such as personal relationships, salary or income, politics and religion, unless you know the person very well.

Greetings such as Good morning, Good afternoon, Hello, G’day and How are you? are used commonly, even among strangers.

Saying no

It is OK to say no to something you do not want to do. If you have been invited somewhere and don’t want to go, you can say, Thank you for asking me, but I can’t go this time.

Do not let yourself be pressured into drinking alcohol, taking drugs or having sex when you don’t want to. It is OK to say no to someone who asks you out on a date.

Tipping

You do not have to tip in Australia; however, in restaurants, if the service has been particularly good, some people do leave tips.

Breaking the law

If you are caught breaking the law, not knowing the law is not a legal excuse. Everyone must follow the Australian federal and state laws. There are laws against:

  • swearing, spitting or urinating in public places
  • excessive noise (and loud noise before 7.00 am and after 10.00 pm).

Bribery

Bribery is illegal in Australia and is not accepted by society. Do not try to bribe people in Australia.

Censorship

Australia’s censorship laws are more lenient than in most countries. Some radio and TV stations use explicit language, and TV shows can be graphic.

Discrimination

In Australia, it is illegal to discriminate against someone because of their race, sex, sexual preference, disability or their social, political or religious beliefs. Racial vilification (slandering or defaming someone on racial grounds) is also illegal.

Jaywalking

If there is a pedestrian crossing or traffic lights, use them to cross the road. You can be fined for not crossing at the lights (jaywalking).

Rubbish (trash)

Always put rubbish in a bin. If there are no bins, carry the rubbish until you can put it in a bin. You can be fined for throwing rubbish on the ground.

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

First 30 Days

The First 30 Days Program offers you support, guidance and reassurance as you settle into your new home here in Melbourne.

Get involved

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

Our Student Ambassadors

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