RMIT University’s modern architectural design accents the lively streets of Melbourne. Often considered the world’s most liveable city, participants can’t help but feel energetic in this urban campus. With an assortment of comprehensive courses, emphasizing on technology and design, and the best parts of Melbourne at your feet, you’ll find it easy to settle into your new routine. Students participating in our RMIT University program live in high quality, fully furnished student apartments a short walk from campus.

Overview

Enjoy a semester at a university with a reputation for providing focused practical training and research

Enjoy the Melbourne lifestyle. Voted the world’s most liveable city four times running, Melbourne will captivate you with its charming café culture and cool nightlife

Experience living downtown in high quality, ideally located off-campus student apartments

Participate in our Cultural Events Program – designed to introduce you to the local Melbourne scene

Explore the Great Barrier Reef and tropical far north Australia during your comprehensive five-day Orientation Program, with a week of adventure and learning

Experience an alternative Spring Break with our optional Thailand or New Zealand excursion

Appreciate access to TEAN’s in-country Resident Director for continued support throughout the semester

Program Details

Orientation

TEAN’s exclusive “Welcome Abroad” Orientation Program takes place in Cairns in the north of Australia famous for its tropical setting and access to the Great Barrier Reef – what better way to start the semester than a week full of adventure, including snorkeling on the largest coral reef system in the world? Your Australia Orientation is designed to set you up for a successful semester by introducing you to the local culture and academics while also getting to know your soon to be friends and having an exciting journey in the process. On the final day of Orientation, students travel to their host city where they are met by their local TEAN Resident Director and introduced to their housing and local area.

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Housing

Students attending RMIT have the option to live in purpose-built student accommodation in the city, close to all the action and within walking distance to campus.


TEAN Staff

Our team works with you start to finish through the study abroad process. Our programs staff will help guide you through the application process to go abroad, then upon arrival in Australia, you will meet our team who will provide assistance during your time in-country. Throughout your semester you will meet with the Melbourne Resident Director for informal discussions and excursions. Our staff is readily available and able to assist you with any academic, social, or cultural questions or issues that you may face during your time abroad.

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University

About RMIT University

  • Founded in 1887, the University was formally granted university status in 1992 and is known as a global university of technology and design.
  • RMIT’s main campus is located in the heart of Melbourne in the midst of galleries, restaurants and shops. Students enjoy all the benefits associated with studying in the lively Central Business District.
  • RMIT has a reputation for providing practical education, training and research. Programs are developed in consultation with industry to ensure graduates are employable.
  • Ranked as the number one school in Australia for Art and Design by the QS World University Rankings, and considered in the world’s top 100 universities in Art and Design; Architecture; and Engineering (Civil and Structural; Electrical and Electronic; and Mechanical, Aeronautical and Manufacturing).
  • RMIT University has three campuses in Melbourne with most TEAN students based on the main city campus, located downtown on the north edge of Melbourne’s Central Business District. It is easily accessible by tram and train from any point in greater Melbourne. The sights and sounds of the artistic city of Melbourne spill onto the urban city campus and reveal the slightly chaotic charm of RMIT, with its blend of colors and styles and traditional and modern architecture. RMIT University is located in a vibrant part of Melbourne.
  • Students are in a unique academic and social environment surrounded by galleries, an eclectic array restaurants, the State Library of Victoria, Queen Victoria Market and more.

Location

RMIT University is a city campus located in the heart of Melbourne. Visit the google map link below to see the campus location.

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Courses

Courses

Courses are available in the below disciplines. For detailed instructions on how to find and select courses, and a list of popular courses see our course selection instructionsStudents enroll in 3 – 4 courses per semester (38-48 credits), which usually transfers as 12 – 16 U.S. semester credits.

Find Courses 

Academic Departments and Schools at RMIT are divided into three academic divisions: Design and Social Context, Business and Science, Engineering and Health.

Discipline
Subject Area
Business
  • Accounting
  • Advertising
  • Asian Business Studies
  • Business Administration/Management
  • Construction Management
  • Economics
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Event Management
  • Finance
  • Human Resources Management
  • International Business
  • Leadership
  • Logistics Management
  • Management
  • Management Information Systems
  • Marketing
  • Real Estate / Property
  • Sports Management
Communications & Media
  • Animation
  • Cinematography
  • Communication Studies
  • Creative Writing / Professional Writing
  • Film (Practical)
  • Film / TV Studies (Theory)
  • Journalism (Broadcast)
  • Journalism (General)
  • Journalism (Print)
  • Mass Communication
  • Media Studies
  • Media/Multimedia
  • New Media
  • Public Relations
Education
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Education
  • Special Education
  • Teaching English as a Second Language
Engineering
  • Construction Engineering
  • Engineering, Aerospace
  • Engineering, Biomedical
  • Engineering, Chemical
  • Engineering, Civil
  • Engineering, Computer Engineering
  • Engineering, Electrical
  • Engineering, Environmental
  • Engineering, Industrial
  • Engineering, Materials Science
  • Engineering, Mechanical
  • Engineering, Robotics and Mechatronics
  • Engineering, Nano
Environment
  • Ecology
  • Environmental Management
  • Environmental Science
  • Sustainable Resource Management
Health
  • Alternative Health
  • Art Therapy
  • Chiropractic
  • Dietetics
  • Disability Studies
  • Family Studies (Health)
  • Food Science
  • Health Administration
  • Health Science (General)
  • Kinesiology / Exercise Science / Athletic Training / Human Movement
  • Medical Technology
  • Nursing
  • Nutrition
  • Pharmacy
  • Public Health
  • Speech Pathology
Humanities & Social Sciences
  • Criminology/Criminal Justice
  • Development Studies
  • Family/Human Studies (Humanities)
  • Gender Studies
  • Geography
  • Linguistics
  • Literature
  • Peace and Conflict Studies
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Public Policy
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Urban Planning
International Studies
  • Aboriginal Studies
  • Asian Studies
  • Australian Studies
  • Chinese Language / Studies
  • French Language / Studies
  • International Relations
  • Italian Language / Studies
  • Japanese Language / Studies
  • Spanish Language / Studies
Science
  • Anatomy
  • Aviation
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology
  • Biomedical Science
  • Biotechnology
  • Botany/Plant Biology
  • Cell Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Computer and Information Science
  • Epidemiology
  • Forensic Science
  • Genetics
  • Geology
  • Geophysics
  • Horticulture
  • Information Technology
  • Mathematics
  • Microbiology
  • Molecular Biology
  • Neuroscience
  • Physics
  • Statistics
Visual, Performing Arts & Design
  • Art
  • Art History
  • Drawing
  • Fashion Design
  • Fashion Merchandising
  • Graphic Design
  • Illustration
  • Industrial Design
  • Interior Design
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Music
  • Music Management
  • Music Theory
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
  • Theatre Performance
  • Video Game Design
  • Web Design

Eligibility

ELIGIBILITY

  • 2.5 GPA.
  • Minimum sophomore standing at a four-year institution at the time of participation.
  • Freshmen and/or students attending a two-year institution may be considered on a case by case basis.

Events & Excursions

Activities / Immersion

Our local staff arrange various activities during the semester designed to help immerse you in the local culture. These activities are included in your semester program. In addition, if you have a specific interest or hobby, your Melbourne-based TEAN Resident Director will be able to point you in the right direction. Below are examples of previous activities arranged for students. Note that activities change each semester.

In addition to the TEAN-organized events, to make sure you don’t miss out on any opportunities, our local staff send out frequent emails letting you know what is happening in Melbourne. Ranging from community events to music festivals, we tap you into the local culture right from the start.

Melbourne Walking Tour

Included within the first few weeks after arriving in Melbourne, we walk and jump on trams all over the city, clueing you into the local secrets. Melbourne’s city center is made up of winding bylanes and it’s here where you find unique cafes, bars, restaurants and galleries. We’ll also explore Melbourne’s urban villages, ending the day in an iconic locals-only venue for dinner. This day will set you up with the knowledge you need to make the most of your time in this great city.

Aussie Rules Football match

There is no sporting event that gets the sports-mad Victorian more vocal than an Aussie Rules Football match. Australian Rules football began in Victoria in the 1850s, predating American football, rugby and soccer. It’s not like other football types, the best explanation is to experience a game yourself. We see a game between two local rivals and sample a local culinary favorite – the meat pie! It’s the hot dog equivalent of the Australian spectator sporting experience.

Local Original Live Music

Melbourne is known for its local, live music scene and excellent intimate venues. We make sure students get to experience becoming part of a local crowd by heading to a show of an Australian band at an incredible venue. If you have a music genre preference, let your local staff know and we’ll try to accommodate your request – or at least give you some recommendations to check out on your own!


Optional Excursions

During the semester, you’ll be busy with class and exploring your local area on the weekends. With this in mind, TEAN encourages students to get to know Australia better or travel to even more exotic destinations with excursions organized during school breaks. Participating in these excursions will depend on your program dates and semester abroad.

SOUTH ISLAND, NEW ZEALAND

New Zealand’s South Island offers some of the most magnificent natural environments this planet has to offer and is home to some of the world’s most extreme adventure sports! From the Southern Hemisphere’s highest (and original) bungee jump, to jet boating through ravines, whitewater rafting raging rapids and hiking glaciers, you won’t be bored or disappointed! This excursion is usually offered as a mid-semester break excursion.

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THAILAND

Take advantage of Australia’s ideal location in the South Pacific and explore exotic Asian destinations. With TEAN’s exclusive nine-day excursion to Thailand, you’ll find yourself bathing elephants in a river, learning to cook Thai food, visiting exotic temples and spending the evening with hilltribe villagers. With the culture of the north and the beaches of the south, this excursion, usually offered during mid-semester break, is not to be missed.

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Program Dates

APPLICATION DEADLINES

TEAN has a rolling admissions process. We recommend submitting your application anytime from June for Spring applications, and from January for Fall applications. Late applications may be considered. Contact TEAN if the application deadline has passed.

Spring Deadline Nov 18
Fall Deadline April 10

Fall 2021*

Date of Departure Early July
TEAN Orientation TBD
University Orientation July 19  July 23
Classes Begin July 19
Semester Break Aug 30 Sept 3
Classes End Oct 17
Study Period Oct 18 Oct 22
Exam Period Oct 25 Nov 12
Program Ends Nov 13

*These dates are tentative. Final dates will be released closer to departure.

Spring 2021

This program not running for Spring 2021. Please check back for future available terms.

Arrival in Australia Feb 15
TEAN Orientation Feb 15 Feb 19
University Orientation Feb 22 Feb 26
Classes Begin Mar 1
Semester Break Apr 2 Apr 11
Classes End May 28
Study Period May 31 Jun 4
Exam Period Jun 7 Jun 25
Program Ends Jun 26

Fees & Inclusions

Spring 2021

  • Estimated tuition and program fees: $12,950*
  • Estimated housing (off campus): $6,750

*Tuition for 4 courses. Students are permitted to enroll in 3 courses but there is no tuition discount.


Fall 2020

  • Tuition and program fees: $12,950*
  • Housing (off campus): $6,750

*Tuition for 4 courses. Students are permitted to enroll in 3 courses but there is no tuition discount.


What’s Included

  • Full tuition (4 courses) 
  • Guaranteed, pre-arranged, off-campus student housing
  • Overseas health insurance, plus evacuation and repatriation insurance
  • Services of local Resident Directors
  • Five-day Orientation Program with some meals, excursions, accommodations and transportation
  • Cultural events scheduled throughout the semester
  • Wireless internet access in all housing
  • Access to pre-arranged and affordable cell phone packages
  • Access to unique and exciting optional excursions which may include New Zealand, Thailand and other places
  • Access to competitive airfares and pre-arranged flight itineraries
  • Extensive pre-departure counseling and information packets
  • University and course selection advice
  • Official academic transcripts from host institution
  • Credit approval and transfer assistance
  • Help with student visa preparation
  • Financial aid transfer planning
  • Airport pickup and reception in Melbourne
  • Arrival Welcome packet containing important local contact details and information
  • Melbourne Farewell Dinner at conclusion of program
  • Host university orientation

What’s Not Included

  • International airfare ($1,800)
  • Domestic airfare in US ($500)
  • Student visa ($450)
  • Books ($365)
  • Meals during the semester ($2,500)
  • Airport transfer at the end of the semester ($50)
  • Travel insurance ($350)
  • Travel and personal expenses ($1,500 – 2,500+)

*Numbers are estimated based on previous student experience and budget. Actual amounts will vary depending on student.

Scholarships

TEAN Scholarships

Apply for TEAN scholarships – starting at $1,000 – for the chance to receive money specifically for studying abroad. Each year we award thousands of dollars in need- and merit-based scholarships, diversity scholarships, a full ride scholarship and more. Visit our scholarships page for details!

We Love Melbourne

Photo of TEAN Staff Ange Hart

Ange Hart

Resident Director - Melbourne

Melbourne Tip
Edinburgh Gardens

A short tram ride north of the city will land you in the middle of North Fitzroy, Melbourne’s hipster capital. With bars and cafés aplenty, North Fitzroy’s best kept secret is the Edinburgh Gardens. Summer weekends will see the gardens packed with locals enjoying a picnic, throwing a Frisbee and listening to some sweet tunes – great place to people watch and enjoy a lazy afternoon!

Molly Laycob

Assistant Program Manager

Melbourne Tip
Dumplings and Karaoke in Chinatown

Melbourne’s Chinatown is always a hive of bustling activity, especially at night when the street lights up and restaurants are packed. Karaoke and Dumplings, is a much loved event for the locals. Most restaurants allow you to bring your own wine, and all of them will serve a variety of different dumplings. Once dinner is over, head into one of the numerous karaoke lounges and sing your heart out to your favorite power ballads.

Q&A

What inspired you to pursue your masters degree in Sustainability?
My mom instilled me in from an extremely young age that the natural environment, along with all of the wild species that call it home, are the most important pieces to our ecosystem and that we should respect them deeply. Thankfully, after an academic career based around environmental science, one buzzword kept coming back into my life that encompassed everything that I stood for – sustainability – and I jumped at the opportunity to pursue a masters degree in a field that combines the preservation of our natural environment while also factoring in the needs of human beings.

In what ways is study abroad tied to sustainability?
Studying abroad gives students an opportunity to live their life in an environment which differs from the one in which they were raised. Some students may find themselves in situations where they are very pleased with the pro-environmental initiatives in their host country…or shocked by the lack of. It is an opportunity to understand the reasonings behind the host country’s practices and either take those green initiatives back home with them or to educate yourself more on the obstacles that the host country is facing that perhaps is keeping them from taking their next steps towards a sustainable future.

What are some small and big ways students can Choose Earth while abroad?
The beauty of sustainability is that small-scale efforts are the building blocks to large-scale changes and there are plenty of ways that students can make green choices while studying abroad including; choosing public transportation or walking, using reusable water bottles, grocery bags and utensils instead of single-use items, turning off lights, air conditioning and electrical appliances while not in your housing, making an effort to eat locally-produced foods that are in-season and taking your own reusable food container when ordering food to go, offsetting your airline carbon credits and ensure that any animal or nature preserve visits outside of TEAN’s planned activities are legitimately ethically sound places and not tourist traps that harm animals or the natural environment – do research online and ask around.

What is your favorite travel quote?
“Take only memories, leave only footprints” is a quote that I live by while traveling. To me, fully taking in and appreciating a moment so that I have a solid memory of a trip is more important than any picture or souvenir. It is important to not leave any human impressions on the natural environment that you explore while abroad so future generations of all species can live in harmony with the land.

If you were going to study on a TEAN program tomorrow, where would you go?
I would definitely choose one of the New Zealand programs. I have a huge admiration for the country’s sustainability initiatives and how they are moving at such a fast rate towards cutting their carbon footprint – they are a great example for other countries to follow! I also want to experience its spectacular natural settings and landscapes.

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