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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
practice what you are learning in real life situations
Direct entry to university
upon successful completion of relevant courses
with easy access to public transport and shops
A supportive community
to help you feel at home while you study with us
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Top 10 things to do when you arrive
1. 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.
2. RMIT international student support
3. SafeZone app
Download and install the SafeZone app and keep safe on campus.
4. Medibank OSHC
Register now for your Overseas Student Health Cover.
5. 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
6. Bank account
Using your bank card at the automatic teller machine (ATM) is 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.
7. 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.
8. 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.
9. Public Transport Victoria (PTV) app
Check Melbourne’s public transport timetables, get live travel updates and learn how to use the journey planner.
RMIT Link runs trips and tours, and activities on campus during the semester. Create an account to book trips online. This is a great way to see Victoria and meet lots of new people.
Find out how to apply for your student card.
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.
Watch this video to find out what you need to know if you are a student under 18 years of age.
Check out the facilities available to students in Building 108.
Complaints and appeals
RMIT Training is committed to resolving complaints as quickly and fairly as possible and at no cost to the student.
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.
Upcoming events are listed on the Study Success Canvas page.
RMIT Building 108, Level 3
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
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/
Contact the Wellbeing team
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, 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 need health information or advice
Every few months, someone thinks up a new way to scam international students.
Visit the Scamwatch website for information about the latest scams affecting international students.
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).
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 information about driving and Australian road laws go to the VicRoads website.
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 is also a list of approved providers who offer accommodation for international students who are under 18 years of age. You can also speak to the Student Experience team if you have any questions about accommodation.
Volunteering is good for you. It gives you the chance to meet new people, build your confidence, obtain new skills and become part of a community.
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).
Australian customs and traditions
Australians are usually open and friendly and believe in an equal society without social classes.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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 is illegal in Australia and is not accepted by society. Do not try to bribe people in Australia.
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.
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.
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).
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.
Email email@example.com if you need help writing your cover letter, preparing your resume or completing your application.
Don’t forget to check your Australian visa to find out your rights and how many hours of paid work you are allowed to do per week.
Become a Student Ambassador to help new students and assist staff in running events. You'll gain leadership skills, confidence, and qualify for RMIT's LEAD certification.
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.
Orange Sky is a mobile clothes washing van for people experiencing homelessness. While their clothes are being washed and dried, volunteers spend time in conversation.
Volunteers work alongside paid staff to enhance visitors' enjoyment and provide unique experiences across the Melbourne Museum, Scienceworks and the Immigration Museum.
FareShare cooks 1.2 million meals a year for people in need. Volunteer in the kitchen or the kitchen garden to help prepare meals.
Volunteer to help people in the community or work in a retail charity store.
|The Lost Dog's Home
Volunteer at the Lost Dogs’ Home to gain experience in the animal welfare sector and meet like-minded people.
|Sacred Heart Mission
Sacred Heart assists hundreds of people who are experiencing homelessness or living in poverty to find shelter, food, care and support.
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 page.
First 30 Days
The First 30 Days Program offers you support, guidance and reassurance as you settle into your new home here in Melbourne.