UniSTART Academic

UniSTART Academic

Study load
Full time
Program code


12 weeks
Application deadlines

Rolling applications

Feb or Mar, Jun or Jul, Oct
RMIT Saigon South
Program code
Application deadlines


The UniSTART Academic program provides a pathway for transitioning into undergraduate study for those who do not yet meet academic entry requirements. The program helps you to become an independent learner who is ready for university by developing your discipline knowledge and practical skills in areas such as critical thinking, communicating, and reading and writing. In our supportive, flexible and learner-centred environment, you will enhance your language skills, knowledge of your chosen field and the study skills required to succeed at the undergraduate level. 

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

The academic courses in UniSTART are preparatory courses, with no credit going toward an undergraduate degree.

Program structure

12 weeks

  • Learning to Learn at a Global University

And one of the following

  • Introduction to Business and Management
  • Introduction to Communication and Design
  • Introduction to Science, Engineering and Technology

Learning, teaching and assessment

You will undertake a range of course activities, such as task- and problem-based learning projects, group work, independent and group research, case studies, class discussions and structured reflective practice.

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

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.

This program aims to increase your potential for successful study in higher education degree programs by building awareness of how you think, study and learn.

Through your transition to a dynamic, collaborative and international learning environment, you will develop practical learning skills to practise and enhance your ability to apply critical thinking to your studies, conduct research skilfully and present your work effectively in preparation for higher education degree programs.

On successful completion of this program you will be able to:

  1. Specify the RMIT values, learning culture and expectations and apply this understanding to build independence and confidence in both general and discipline specific contexts.
  2. Develop practical strategies for learning in a Global University.
  3. Achieve a level of critical thinking and reflection necessary to learn effectively in 1st year RMIT Vietnam University courses
  4. Demonstrate an understanding and willingness to adhere to RMIT values especially academic integrity.
  5. Demonstrate a level of proficiency in all forms of communication needed to study in first year University courses.
  6. Identify and apply independent and collaborative techniques and procedures that are relevant to a particular discipline.
  7. Develop and utilise discipline-based vocabulary that will aid their future learning
  8. Value discipline-based inquiry processes when compared (and contrasted) with other forms of inquiry. 

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.


Full time study load - 2 courses


USD (indicative)

Tuition fee

40,068,000 1,673

Notes on fees and charges

  1. Program 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. A 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

  • High school graduation diploma with a minimum GPA of 6.0/10.0, or equivalent, for Grade 12
  • For other international qualifications please view entry requirements by country.

Successfully complete English for University (Advanced), or complete one of the following English proficiency tests:

  • IELTS (Academic) 6.5+ (no band below 6.0)
  • TOEFL iBT 79+ (with minimum score of 13 in Reading, 12 in Listening, 18 in Speaking and 21 in Writing)
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) 58+ (no communication band below 50)
  • Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) or Proficiency (CPE) 176+ (no band below 169)

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


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.

This course is not available for international students intending to study on a student visa.

Information for international students

Sorry, this course 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.


Information for local students

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