UniSTART (Digital Media)

Program code


Mode of study



2 or 3 semesters


3 intakes per year


RMIT Saigon South


UniSTART* for Digital Media is an informal pathway that prepares you for undergraduate study by developing your English language and your study skills at a manageable pace.

Your English entry point into UniSTART depends on your English ability, so we can tailor your study to suit your needs. For example, students with IELTS (Academic) 6.0+ with all band above 5.5 are exempt from the first semester of UniSTART.

You will receive academic credit for the undergraduate courses you successfully complete as part of your UniSTART studies. By successfully completing UniSTART courses with 1.0 GPA or above and no double fail, you can transition to your chosen Bachelor program at RMIT University Vietnam.

*UniSTART is a non-AQF award, which means it is not a recognised qualification in Australia.

Program structure

Semester 1


  • English for University Pre-Advanced A and B (IELTS entry 5.5)


Semester 2


  • English for University Advanced A (IELTS entry 6.0)


  • Digital Video

Semester 3


  • English for University Advanced B


  • Digital Media Studio 1: Production

Learning, teaching & assessment

Your 25 hours of additional support also includes pre-course activities at each English level.

These are designed to get you on track to study smart right from the start.

Induction activities include:

  • Diagnostic testing so teachers are familiar with your skills from the start, and can provide immediate feedback
  • Study skills workshops to help you get organised and plan for your studies
  • Team building activities to encourage students to make friends with their peers, plus an introduction to using extensive reading and library resources to build language
  • Communication skills
  • Workshops focused on student wellbeing
  • Introduction to our support services.

Once you’re up and running you’ll enjoy projects mid-semester, such as developing employment strategies in the Pre-Advanced course, and improving your research skills in Advanced.


Students can choose standard fee or fixed fee program. 

Notes on fees and charges

  1. Fees are priced and invoiced in Vietnam Dong (VND) by semester.
  2. Payment in other currencies will be converted to VND at the exchange rate on that day. Bank transfer is the preferred method of payment.
  3. The fees in USD are ONLY applicable to those international students who arrange for payment from overseas, as per Circular No. 32/2013/TT-NHNN.


(*) Fixed Fees are offered to brand new students who would like to fix their course tuition fees for a specified period of a Unistart pathway. The fixed fee program guards against potential fee increases and currency fluctuations. All fees noted above with * are fixed fees, and are correct for 2020.

English for University rebate 2020

Students studying English for University courses, or English components in UniSTART at RMIT Vietnam, will receive a rebate equivalent to 30% (valid until April 30 2020) of their total English course fees paid to RMIT Vietnam when they articulate to a bachelor or master program.A rebate is offered to students of English for University. 

For 1 level (10 weeks ~ 200 hours) - 52,065,000 VND, 30% of English tuition (15,620,000 VND per level) will be deducted from the student's undergraduate or postgraduate tuition fee.

Terms and conditions of the English rebate program

The English rebate program is eligible for English & UniSTART students who remain continuously enrolled in English courses then articulate to Bachelor or Master degrees in RMIT Vietnam or Melbourne campuses.

If a postpone is required, students must submit a Leave of Absence application and receive approval from RMIT, for a maximum duration of 6 months (2 English terms or 1 higher education semester) in order to utilise the rebate program.

The rebate will be deducted from the tuition fees of the first three semesters of their bachelor or master program. This rebate is non-refundable and non-transferable.

Students will not qualify for the family or alumni discount for tuition fees relating to the English for University courses and UniSTART programs. Recipients of the rebate remain eligible for the family or alumni discount when they articulate to a bachelor or master program. 

Entry requirements

Academic requirements

  • High school graduation diploma with a minimum GPA of 6.0/10.0 in Grade 12.

  • For other international qualifications please view entry requirements by country.

English requirements

Successfully complete RMIT English Upper Intermediate or complete one of the following English proficiency tests:

  • IELTS (Academic) 5.5+ (no band under 5.0)
  • IELTS (Academic) 6.0+ (no band under 5.5) is exempted from the first semester of UniSTART
  • TOEFL iBT 46-59
  • TOEFL iBT 60+ is exempted from the first semester of UniSTART

For other international English entry requirements, please view English equivalency requirements.

​Note: TOEFL, IELTS, Pearson and Cambridge results are recognised for two years from the test date. RMIT English results are recognised for one year from the test date.

Please contact the RMIT Vietnam Student Recruitment team for more information.

How to apply