UniSTART English

Program code


Mode of study



10 weeks / course


9 intakes per year


RMIT Saigon South

RMIT Hanoi


UniSTART English aims to help you become an independent and proficient user of English and prepare you for your future studies and/or career. 

The program provides a pathway for those who do not yet meet the English language requirements to start their undergraduate program. You will study English in a face-to-face mode with our teachers who come from around the world and are proficient English speakers and experienced educators. Through an engaging approach to learning and a dynamic course of study, you will see your passion for English grow as you develop lifelong skills that will set you up for further study and careers in international settings.

If you do not meet the academic requirement to enter an undergraduate program, you will need to complete the required courses in UniSTART Academic. It is possible to study UniSTART English and UniSTART Academic consecutively.


English placement test

We offer English placement tests to find your current level. The test includes grammar, writing and speaking and is conducted by RMIT English teachers to make sure you are enrolled in the correct level.

Program structure

  • English for University Pre-Advanced 
  • English for University Advanced

*students may enter at Pre-Advanced or Advanced level.

This program aims to increase your potential for successful study in your future studies and/or career by supporting you to become an effective user of academic English.It aims to provide you with the language, 21st century skills, and approaches to independent study to enable you to study effectively on higher education programs, improve your employability and prospects of promotion, or to simply meet your own learning goals for your personal satisfaction.

In this program, you will:

  • Enhance your English language skills in reading, writing, listening and speaking.
  • Gain academic skills by learning how to research, paraphrase and synthesise information.
  • Develop a broad set of practical skills as you work in teams, apply critical thinking and deliver presentations.

The levels within the UniSTART English programs are aligned with the CEFR (the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages), ALTE (Association of Language Testers in Europe) and GSE Learning Objectives for Academic English (Global Scale of English, Pearson Education Ltd).

The UniSTART English program is divided into Pre-Advanced and Advanced levels. The table below shows the equivalent CEFR and IELTS levels following successful completion of the levels 

Pre-Advanced B2 6.0
Advanced B2+ 6.5

Learning, teaching & assessment

The classroom environment is based on the idea of a partnership between teacher and student.

You are encouraged to work closely with your teachers and seek advice about course content, assessments and study methods.

The program allows you to explore your interests and options for further study so that you can make an informed choice about the area of study or undergraduate program you will pursue.

Your learning will focus on enhancing the following three essential skill groups to give you the confidence to transition into university:

  • English-language skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking);

  • academic skills (researching, paraphrasing and synthesising information);

  • practical skills (working in teams, applying critical thinking and delivering presentations).

Assessments will help you and your teachers to monitor your development and support your ongoing learning, with feedback provided following each assessment. 

In resembling tasks that will be expected of you at undergraduate level, the assessments provide an opportunity to practice and demonstrate your knowledge of the subject matter and your readiness for higher education. 

In assessment activities for reading, writing, listening and speaking skills, learners must achieve an average of at least 50% in each skill area. 




Full time study load - 10 weeks per level


USD (indicative)

Tuition fee





Notes on fees and charges

  1. Fees are priced and invoiced in Vietnam Dong (VND) by level.
  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.

English rebate 2021

In 2021, students studying English courses as part of the UniSTART programs at RMIT in Vietnam will receive a rebate equivalent to 30% of their total English course fees upon enrolling in higher education.

Terms and conditions of the English rebate program

  • The English rebate program is eligible for English for University and UniSTART students who remain continuously enrolled in English courses then enter a bachelor’s or master’s program at RMIT in Vietnam or Melbourne.
  • If a student wishes to postpone their higher education, they are required to submit a Leave of Absence application and get approval from RMIT. To remain eligible for the rebate, they are allowed a Leave of Absence period of a maximum duration of two English terms (six months) or one higher education semester.
  • The rebate will be deducted from the tuition fees payable for the first three semesters of the bachelor's or master’s program.
  • This rebate is non-refundable and non-transferable.
  • Students in the English for University and UniSTART programs do not qualify for the family or alumni discount for tuition fees.
  • Recipients of the rebate remain eligible for the family or alumni discount when they enter their higher education program.

Entry requirements

English requirements

If your English score is below these requirements, consider English for University.

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

  • IELTS Academic 5.5+ (no band below 5.0)

  • TOEFL iBT 50+ (with minimum score of 5 in Reading, 5 in Listening, 14 in Speaking and 15 in Writing)

  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) 42+ (no communication band below 36)

  • Cambridge English: First (FCE) or Advanced (CAE) 162+ (no component below 154)

  • RMIT Vietnam English Placement Test: Pre-Advanced or Advanced

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

​Note: English language proficiency results must be dated no more than 24 months prior to the commencement date of your program.

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

How to apply

1. Find your program

2. Check your eligibility

3. Prepare your documents

4. Submit your application