Foundation Studies

Foundation Studies

Study load
Full time
Program code


1 year
Application deadlines

28 August 2023

29 January 2024

Jan, Aug
RMIT Saigon South
RMIT Hanoi
Program code
Application deadlines


Foundation Studies is chosen by students all over the world as their pathway to higher education at RMIT.

With a curriculum comparable in standard to an Australian year 12 curriculum, Foundation Studies gives you a seamless pathway to your university journey. You will study the subjects that align with your interests and study goals, gaining the knowledge, skills and confidence you need for future academic success.

Located in the vibrant and dynamic RMIT campuses in Vietnam, you will get the opportunity to be immersed in an international university environment with a wide range of activities and events. To ensure you get the best start to your studies, you will also get access to all university services such as careers counselling, and academic and wellbeing support.

Our specialist staff will support you every step of the way. We provide opportunities to develop your global and social network, setting you up for success at RMIT and into the future.

Why choose Foundation Studies at RMIT?

  • Direct pathway into undergraduate programs at RMIT
  • Develop your discipline-specific knowledge and English language skills
  • Enjoy a vibrant, dynamic campus at an international university
  • Engage with specialised equipment and navigate RMIT’s learning spaces, processes and systems with support from our friendly teams
  • Experience different teaching methods and styles of assessment to be well-prepared for your undergraduate studies

Foundation Studies is delivered by RMIT Training (CRICOS provider number: 01912G), a company owned by RMIT University.

*Note: Foundation Studies is comparable to an Australian year 12 curriculum. Completion of this program does not result in a Vietnamese high school diploma.

Program structure

The program is delivered over two semesters (one year). You will study four subjects per semester.   

There are two streams offered in Vietnam:

  • Business (available at both RMIT Saigon South campus and RMIT Hanoi campus)
  • Art, Design and Architecture (available only at RMIT Saigon South campus)

Other streams (Information Technology, Communication and Social Context, Engineering and Science, and Health) are not yet available in Vietnam and will be offered in future intakes.

Get in touch with a Program Advisor for help with your application, and to find out more about which option is best for you.

Semester 1

  • Exploring Narratives
  • Foundation Accounting
  • Law and Society 
  • Statistics and Probability

Semester 2

  • Comparative Texts
  • Principles of Economics 

Plus two of the following courses (subject to enrolments):

  • Data Analytics
  • Marketing and Communication
  • Global Studies: Relationships and Trade 
  • Introduction to Software Development

Full course guide

Semester 1 

  • Exploring Narratives 
  • Fundamentals of Visual Communication 
  • Materials and Design 
  • Drawing and Studio Practice 

Semester 2 

  • Comparative Texts 
  • Studio Investigation 

Plus two of the following courses (subject to enrolments): 

  • Multimedia 
  • Media: Power and Persuasion 
  • Creative Narratives 
  • Marketing and Communication 

Full course guide

Learning, teaching and assessment

  • Apply the rules of, and expectations for, academic study and assume responsibility for your own actions to work effectively as an individual and/or as a member of a group; 
  • Develop and express ideas through independent reading, the creation of images, and the collection and interpretation of data and information;
  • Communicate ideas with clarity, logic, and originality in both spoken and written English; 
  • Construct coherent arguments, narratives or justifications of issues, problems or technical processes when undertaking analytical, practical or creative tasks; and 
  • Use a range of contemporary digital and learning technologies, tools and methods common to the discipline

RMIT Training’s Foundation Studies meets the requirements for Foundation Programs which have been registered on CRICOS in Australia. The curriculum is comparable in standard to an Australian year 12 curriculum.

Foundation Studies is delivered over two semesters (one year). You will study four subjects per semester with 20 hours of scheduled study per week.   

The Foundation Studies curriculum encourages you to explore new ideas and consider your own place and purpose in an increasingly interconnected and interdependent world.

Assessments are designed to connect learning with current real-world scenarios and can be structured as written or oral, and as independent or group activities.

Our learning activities promote engagement and are designed to build your confidence to think critically and creatively, to reason and to solve problems.

These are highly valuable and transferable employability skills required in all career paths. 

During your studies, you will have access to:

  • High quality teaching and learning: our teachers are experienced in working with young students and understanding your needs
  • Student support: we offer tailored advice, guidance, counselling, reassurance and support as soon as you start
  • Academic support: tailored support and advice along your learning journey
  • Social activities: we arrange student gatherings, campus tours and other events to help you explore RMIT campus, meet other students and have fun

The School of English & University Pathways has a unique interactive class format, with the same learning and teaching approach and additional unique aspects specifically for online and blended classes. This gives flexibility to your learning with a mix of self-led and teacher-led activities.

It is very important that you attend all your classes and maintain satisfactory attendance while you are studying Foundation Studies at RMIT Vietnam. This means ideally attending all your classes.

If you cannot attend class, you should have proof of why you cannot attend. For example, if you are sick you should go to the doctor and get a medical certificate. You should submit a scanned copy of your medical certificate via email to the Foundation Studies email account.

Medical certificates must include the date/s that you did not attend class. Medical certificates do not cancel your absences but will help if you need to explain your attendance situation to the Program Assessment Board at the end of the semester.


Upon successful completion of the Foundation Studies program with minimum required grades in your chosen stream, you will be able to progress to an approved undergraduate program at RMIT in Vietnam or Australia.

Pathways into programs in Vietnam

RMIT Foundation GPA requirement  RMIT Foundation English requirement (Average of 2 English courses) 
Bachelor of Business  2.0  65%
Bachelor of Digital Marketing  2.0  65% 
Bachelor of Tourism and Hospitality Management  2.0  65%
Bachelor of Accounting 2.0 65%
UniSTART Academic  1.0  65% 

Program RMIT Foundation GPA requirement RMIT Foundation English requirement (Average of 2 English courses)
Bachelor of Design Studies 2.5 65%
Bachelor of Design (Digital Media) 2.5 65%
Bachelor of Design (Games) 2.0 65%
Bachelor of Fashion (Enterprise) 2.5 65%
Bachelor of Digital Film and Video 2.5 65%
UniSTART Academic 1.0 65%

Other programs at RMIT require other Foundation streams (Information Technology, Communication and Social Context, Engineering and Science, and Health) which are not yet available in Vietnam and will be offered in future intakes.

Pathways into programs in Australia

For pathways into undergraduate programs at RMIT Melbourne, please view the full list here

Other Pathways

Program RMIT Foundation GPA requirement RMIT Foundation English requirement (average of 2 English courses)
EU Advanced, followed by UniSTART Academic Less than 2.0 and more than 1.0 Less than 65% and more than 60%
EU Pre-advanced + EU Advanced, followed by UniSTART Academic Less than 2.0 and more than 1.0 Less than 60% and more than 50%

Note: For pathways into undergraduate study where students meet the GPA but not the English entry requirement, there are pathways through English for University.


Payments can be made each semester, on a course-by-course basis. 

  VND USD (indicative)
Full program (8 courses)

282,211,000 11,783


  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.
  4. Fees are indicative only and subject to change based on individual enrolment. These fees apply only to 2024. For further detailed information and terms and conditions please refer to the 2024 Student Fees and Charges Guide. 
  5. Tuition fees and medical insurance fees are subject to change without notice.

Entry requirements

Academic requirements

  • Completion of Vietnamese Upper Secondary School (High school) Year 11 with a minimum GPA of 6.0/10.0; or
  • Vietnamese Upper Secondary School (High School) Graduation Diploma with a minimum GPA of 5.0/10.0 for Year 12
  • For other international qualifications please view entry requirements by country.

Successfully complete RMIT Vietnam 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) 
  • B2 First (formerly known as Cambridge English: First (FCE)) or C1 Advanced (formerly known as Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE)) 162 (no less than 154 in any component) 

For other recognised English results, please view English equivalency requirements


Previous study and proficiency tests are recognised for two years from the completion date or test date to the program commencement date unless stated otherwise.

Where you have achieved more than one form of English language proficiency only the most relevant achievement will be considered in the admission decision.

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

Students must be 16 years of age upon commencement of this program.

Sorry, this program is not available for international students intending to study on a student visa.

If you hold a different visa type, you may be eligible. Please contact Study@RMIT for more information.