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

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 45 countries - view our full list of Partner Universities, listed by country. When you go on a 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

Undergraduate and Postgraduate students

  • Students are currently enrolled in a full-time degree program at RMIT Vietnam.
    • Students on a Leave of Absence (LOA) of less than one year can also apply for the Global Exchange Program.
  • Students can register for Global Exchange Program from their First Semester.
    • Note: Students must still successfully complete a minimum of one-year full-time study (72 credit points) by time of departure.
  • Achieve a minimum GPA of 2.0/4.0 (as being recorded in the Online Enrolment System-OES).
    • Higher GPA might be required for some host institutions.
    • For students that are still at their First Semester at RMIT Vietnam and have not got a GPA yet:
      • A completed Academic Reference Letter will need to be submitted as a supporting document for the registration on Mobi. Students in this case must achieve a GPA of 2.0 once the First Semester’s result is released and maintain that minimum GPA of 2.0 until the point of submitting application to the partner institution.
      • Students without a GPA and Academic Reference Letter can still apply but may not receive a place at high demand partner institutions.
  • At least 18 years of age by the official start date of the exchange program at the host institution


Note: 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 the Global Exchange Program.

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 Global Mobility Team 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 discipline

Below are some recommended lists of partner institutions by disciplines. Please check the Global Exchange Programs, for an up-to-date list:

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

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. See the steps to register.

  Semester 1 Semester 2
Mobi application opens (Host preference submission) 1 March 22 July
Mobi application closes 15 May 30 September
Approved study plan submission to Mobi  18 August 15 December

Note: Application will be closed by 11:59 pm (Melbourne time)

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?

You can find the study plan form at the end of this page. Please note that this is a new version, to be used for semester 1, 2021 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)
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 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 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 to have the additional study plan approved and also submit your updated study plan to RMIT Global Experiences. Once completed, you will have to inform RMIT Vietnam Enrolments about the new approved courses.

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.

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