How to exchange to a partner university

How to exchange to a partner university

Exchange is a short-term study commitment of one or two semesters overseas - so you can be sure to find a location to suit your study, and your style.

RMIT’s wide network offers you a world of opportunities and adventure. Living and studying overseas varies widely from country to country, but wherever you go you can be sure of an exciting and memorable experience.

You can expect to be amazed and sometimes a little confused, you may be immersed in history and culture, and you will certainly improve your interpersonal skills (soft skills). Most of all you will never forget your global exchange experience with RMIT.

Our students have access to study experiences in over 45 countries - view our full list of partner universities, listed by country. When you go on exchange you continue to pay your tuition fees to RMIT in Vietnam - you don’t pay any fees to the overseas institution.

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Undergraduate and Postgraduate students

  • Students can apply during their first semester.
  • Those without an RMIT GPA yet (eg. students starting their RMIT program, those with credit transfer from another institution) can apply with the support of an academic reference letter, and if successful will receive a conditional offer (students must receive at least a 2.0 GPA once results are released).
  • Students without a GPA who do not submit an Academic Reference Letter are still eligible to apply, but may not receive a place at high demand partner institutions.
  • Students must still successfully complete a minimum of one year (72 credit points) by time of departure.

All exchange students need to meet the eligibility criteria

  • Minimum RMIT grade point average (GPA) of 2.0. Some RMIT schools and host institutions may require a higher GPA
  • 18 years of age by the official start date of the exchange program at the host institution
  • Current RMIT program enrolment. Students on a Leave of Absence not exceeding one year can also apply

RMIT students are expected to comply with RMIT’s Statement of student responsibilities at all times, both at RMIT and abroad. A formal recording of misconduct will disqualify you from exchange.

Where can I go

We have exchange partners all over the world, but you will need to identify a partner institution that offers courses suitable for transfer to your RMIT program. You will need to research the Student Exchange Partners you are interested in, and identify courses offered at that institution which will allow you to transfer credit to your RMIT program.

Please do not contact exchange partners directly. If you are having trouble finding courses or information on the host institution website, please contact Global Experience so we can guide you through the process.

You must have approval from your School or Centre to study at the institution you select, and you must have credit transfer approval for each individual course you intend to study.

Some partners that teach in a foreign language may require proof of competency in that language.

Location choice according to discipline:

Below are some recommendations enabling you to choose by discipline. The list is updated regularly as the Global Experiences team becomes aware of new study areas available or as we develop new partners. Please also check the Student Exchange Partners website at RMIT in Australia, for an up-to-date list.

  1. Business
  2. Design and Art
  3. Engineering and Technology
  4. Fashion Design and Textiles
  5. Professional Communication

How to register for an exchange program

The registration and application process for exchange programs involves a few steps. Attending an Information Session will give you all the information you need, from selecting your host institution to preparing a study plan. See the steps to register.

Deadlines for registration

  • Semester 1 exchange: 15 May - Registration opens on 15 April
  • Semester 2 exchange: 30 September - Registration opens on 01 September

Study plan advice

What is a study plan?

A study plan is a signed agreement between a student and the relevant Program Coordinator/Manager at RMIT to approve the courses the student will undertake while on a global experience. It ensures that the student will receive academic credit towards their RMIT degree for the courses studied overseas.

Where can I get the form?

Download the Study Plan. Please note that this is a new version, to be used for semester 1, 2019 onward.

What steps do I need to take to complete my study plan?

Exchange Program (Semester/Year)

1. Determine what courses you are able to take while overseas.
  • Do you need to take courses overseas that are similar to your core courses at RMIT?
  • Or do you have free electives and have flexibility to select any courses you would like to take overseas? If you are not sure, ask your RMIT Program Coordinator.
2. Research RMIT’s exchange partners to find suitable courses. You will need to decide on a first and second preference. You can use the following tools as a starting point:
3. For each exchange partner preference, find 6 to 8 courses that will be suitable matches to your RMIT courses.

Although you will only enrol in 36-48 RMIT credit points per semester while overseas, you are required to provide a choice of 6 to 8 courses to ensure you have sufficient back-up options.

  • Source course outlines for all the courses for which you are requesting approval. The outlines should include: course code, title, credit points, hours, study level, topics covered, assessments, textbooks, etc. The more detailed the course outlines are, the easier it will be for your Program Coordinator to assess the courses
  • Some exchange partners use different terminology, for example, “courses” may be called “subjects”, “course list” may be called “catalogue”, etc.
  • If course information is not available for the future semester(s), use the previous semester or year
  • Some countries have different semester periods. Generally, RMIT Semester 1 (Feb) = Spring Semester (Jan-May), RMIT Semester 2 (July) = Fall/Autumn Semester (Aug-Dec)
  • If you are not sure where to find a course list and/or course descriptions, please contact RMIT Global Experience for assistance
  • Find out how many credit points you should study overseas:
    • You must enrol in 36-48 credit points at RMIT while you are on exchange, but equivalency is different by countries and/or regions
    • Make use of the credit point conversion chart below to find out how many credit points you have to undertake overseas
Examples of Credit Transfer Systems

Host country

Equivalent to 48 credit points at RMIT

Equivalent to 12 credit points at RMIT (=1 course)


12-15 credits

3 credits


30 ECTS credits

7.5 ECTS credits


60 credit points or 30 ECTS credits

15 credit points


48 credit points

12 credit points (each course is usually 8)

Hong Kong

12 credit points

3 credit points

All Other

Contact RMIT Global Experiences for each partner

Note: The above chart should be used as a general guideline only

7.5 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) credits is generally considered to be equivalent to one RMIT 12 credit point course. A minimum full-time load will generally be considered to be 30 ECTS credits.

No course less than 5 ECTS credits will on its own be deemed equivalent to one RMIT 12 credit point course in the School of Business & Management. Combinations of courses may be considered (e.g. two courses of 3 ECTS credits may be considered to be equivalent to one RMIT 12 credit point course).

4. Submit your study plan(s) to RMIT Connect for approval, along with course outlines.

Note that if you are applying for two semesters, you are required to complete two study plans, one for each semester. You are also required to submit separate study plans for each of your exchange partner preferences.

5. Once your study plans are approved, upload them as part of your online application on Mobi by the applicable due date.

Make sure you keep a copy of the approved study plans for your records.

6. Please be aware that some courses may not be on offer at time of enrolment.

If this is the case, please ensure you contact RMIT Connect to have a new study plan approved and signed off with additional courses you would like to take while on exchange, and also submit your updated study plan to RMIT Global Experiences.

All other experience programs

1. Determine what program you are applying for through Mobi.

2. Refer to course credit information in the program description to determine how much credit the program is worth and specific credit details.

3. List course(s) from overseas and RMIT on the study plan

4. Submit a study plan to RMIT Connect for approval, along with course outlines, if required.

5. Once your study plan is approved, upload it as part of your online application on Mobi by the applicable due date. Make sure you keep a copy of the approved study plan for your records.

Note: If you are applying for a Study Abroad Program (Semester/Year), follow the Exchange Program (Semester/Year) steps above for the institution of your choice. You will only be required to submit one preference as part of your application on Mobi, and thus only one study plan.