Exchange to partners worldwide

Global Exchange Program is a short-term study commitment of one or two semesters at a partner university overseas.

Program overview

Global Exchange Program is a short-term study commitment of one or two semesters at a partner university overseas.

RMIT’s wide network offers you a world of opportunities and adventure. Living and studying overseas varies widely from country to country. Wherever you go, you can be sure of an exciting and memorable experience at a location that suits your study and style.

You can expect to be amazed and sometimes a little shocked, you may be immersed in history and culture, and you will certainly improve your interpersonal skills (and many other soft skills). This is the journey for you to learn and grow. Most of you will never forget your Global Exchange experience with RMIT.

Our students have access to study experiences in over 40 countries - view our full list of Partner Universities, listed by country. When you go on Global Exchange program, you will continue to pay your tuition fees to RMIT in Vietnam - you do not need to pay any tuition fee to the overseas institution.

Top global exchange destinations

United Kingdom


  • Be 18 years of age or over by the official start date of the host institution 
  • Be currently enrolled in an RMIT bachelor's or master's program  
  • Have a minimum GPA of 2.0/4.0 
  • Credit points: 
    1. At the time of application: bachelor's and master's students can apply in the first semester (without GPA) 
    2. At the time of being nominated and pre-departure: 
      • For bachelor's: 72 credit points 
      • For master's: 36 credit points 

With more than 200 Global Exchange Partners all over the world, we promise you a variety of exciting destinations to choose for your Global Exchange study. Whether it is in Europe, America, Oceania, Africa, or Asia, the world is open for you to explore. 

To start off, you will need to identify at least 4 partner institutions that offers suitable courses of which credits can be transferred back to your RMIT program. You can check out the available Global Exchange Programs and do some researches to find the ones that are suitable for you. 

If you have any concerns while finding courses or information relating to the partner institutions, please contact RMIT Vietnam Global Experience Office so that we can guide you through the process. 

Note: 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.

Choice of Partner Institutions based on study areas

Below are some recommended lists of partner institutions by study areas. Please check the Global Exchange Programs, for an up-to-date List of Partner Institutions by Study Areas.

The registration and application process for exchange programs involves a few steps. Our Information Sessions will give you all necessary information you need, from selecting your host institution to preparing a study plan. 

  Semester 1 - 2025 Semester 2 - 2025
Mobi application opens 4 March 2024 1 August 2024 
Mobi application closes (*) 15 May 2024 30 September 2024


(*) Application will be closed by 11.59 pm (Melbourne time).

Follow-up steps and requirements will be informed to eligible students after the application deadlines. 

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 (PDF 403.4 kb, 2p).


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.

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
Host country Equivalent to 48 credit points at RMIT Equivalent to 12 credit points at RMIT (=1 course)
U.S.A 12-15 credits 3 credits
U.K 60 credit points or 30 ECTS credits

15 credit points

Mexico 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 Business School. 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 Student 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 immediately contact Student Connect and RMIT Vietnam Enrolment 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 Student 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.