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Australia

TAKE A SEMESTER DOWN UNDER

Study abroad in Australia for a semester at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT). As an eligible Junior, you have an opportunity to take four classes in business, fashion, and the liberal arts.

The RMIT Semester 1 occurs during the LIM College Spring semester and RMIT Semester 2 occurs during the LIM College Fall semester.

REQUIREMENTS

  • Students must be at least of Junior status at time of the program.
  • Minimum of 3.0 GPA.
  • Students must be in good academic and financial standing to participate.
  • Students must apply by the deadline.

IMPORTANT DATES

  • FALL 2017 APPLICATION DUE: OCTOBER 7, 2016
  • SPRING 2018 APPLICATION DUE: MARCH 24, 2017

APPLICATION

WHEN & WHERE

**Fashion courses typically begin approximately two weeks earlier than the dates indicated above; students who are planning to take fashion courses at RMIT will need to plan to be in Australia in time for the beginning of these courses.**

Melbourne, Australia

Courses may be located at two Melbourne campuses:

Students who are accepted into the program by LIM’s Office of Study Abroad will be required to submit their personal and academic information to their host school. Further information on this process will be given to accepted students.

APPLICATION

Applicants should submit the LIM College study abroad application by email to the Study Abroad Coordinator, along with their personal statement (instructions included in Application document), a copy of the photo page of their passport (if the student does not yet have a passport and therefore cannot include this piece, their application will not be penalized; however, they will be required to get a passport within 3 months of acceptance to the program), and a copy of their unofficial transcript (which can obtained from Sonis).

LIM College’s study abroad programs are competitive as more applications are typically received than there are spots available. The following factors are considered when the Office of Study Abroad selects candidates to participate in LIM College’s study abroad programs:

  • Personal statement/essay: Original, succinct essays with well-thought out content will be rated highly.
  • Interview with Study Abroad Coordinator: Students should be prepared to speak about why they are a good candidate for the program to which they are applying.
  • GPA: The student’s LIM College GPA is taken into consideration.
  • Demonstrated interest: Applicants can increase their chance of being selected by attending information sessions and/or setting up a time to meet one-on-one with the Study Abroad Coordinator to discuss the program they are interested in applying for.

Students who are accepted into the program by LIM’s Office of Study Abroad will be required to submit their personal and academic information to their host school. Further information on this process will be given to accepted students.

ORIENTATION

All students are required to attend the LIM College Pre-Departure Orientation. Date, time and location are made available after acceptance into the program. Students must also attend the RMIT Orientation. Students are required to arrange travel so they can attend the orientation. Orientation is typically held one to two weeks prior to the start of each corresponding semester.

COURSES

Course lists can be found here: https://www.rmit.edu.au/study-with-us/international-students/programs-for-international-students/study-abroad-and-exchange/student-exchange/how-to-search-for-your-courses.

Students will be required to submit a LIM College Course Proposal Form to have courses evaluated prior to attending RMIT. Students may register for a maximum of the equivalent of 12 credit hours at RMIT. They must be registered for a minimum of 12 credit hours (or the equivalent) per term, including both courses abroad and online courses taken at LIM. Final registration of courses happens during Orientation Week.

**Students must meet with their academic advisor to ensure their courses will fit into their graduation plan.**

ACCOMMODATIONS

RMIT does not offer on-campus accommodation. However, they do have an agreement with a private local provider called RMIT Village. They give priority to RMIT students; students may book and pay a deposit directly to the village. In order to secure accommodation students should apply directly to RMIT Village as soon as they are nominated by their home institution to RMIT. RMIT Village has a Study Abroad and Exchange Package for short-term leases; more information can be found here: http://www.rmitvillageom.com.au/.

Students looking for off-campus accommodation should arrive at least three weeks prior to Orientation as accommodation is difficult to find and can take a while. Melbourne city has many private student apartments. RMIT Housing Advisory Service assists students with permanent housing: http://www1.rmit.edu.au/accommodation.

HEALTH INSURANCE

It is a condition of the Australian Student Visa to have Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) for the duration of the student visa. OSHC can be purchased through RMIT and will cost approximately AUD $300 per semester. More information can be found here: http://www.medibank.com.au/Client/StaticPages/OSHCHome.aspx.

All students must submit proof to the Study Abroad Office that they are covered overseas by health insurance while they are overseas. 

PROGRAM COSTS

Students pay LIM College tuition to LIM College for the semester abroad. Students are responsible for their own transportation to and from Australia and the United States. The following are approximate costs (in Australian dollars) that you may incur:  

  • Accommodation set-up cost (security bond/deposit – usually refundable, utilities, furniture, etc.): AUD$600 - $2,160  
  • Accommodations: AUD$960 - $1400 per month
  • Books and stationery: AUD$420 per semester
  • Food: AUD$300 per month  
  • Personal expenses: AUD$400 per month  
  • Transport costs: AUD$200 per month  
  •  Student Visa: AUD$535

STUDENT VISA

Exchange and Study Abroad students must study in Australia on a Sub-Class 500 Non-Award Student Visa – not a tourist visa. More information can be found here: https://www.border.gov.au/Trav/Visa-1/500-.

Before they can apply for a visa, students will need a letter of acceptance from RMIT University and an electronic Certificate of Enrolment (eCoE) issued by the RMIT Global Mobility Office.

Please refer to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) website at www.border.gov.au for all visa information.

Student visas are normally issued for one month prior to commencement of the semester and will be valid up to one month after completion of studies.