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Studying at RMIT English Worldwide Melbourne is the first step in your journey to academic success at RMIT and other universities. Our English language intensive courses for overseas students, referred to as ELICOS, are specially designed for students like you, and you will be joining students from all over the world. Your tutors are experienced in teaching the language and study skills you will need at university.

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Why we are a great choice

Task centred learning

When writing our courses, we include tasks that present real world scenarios to set a familiar context for learning... Read more

Direct entry to university

We offer English for Academic Purposes courses from Elementary to Advanced Plus levels... Read more

City location

Located in the heart of the city, RMIT English Worldwide Melbourne offers easy access to public transport, shops, cafés and recreational facilities.

Globally recognised

RMIT English Worldwide is an internationally recognised brand with programs available all over the world.

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What you need to know

Visa information

The Australian Government has rules that you must obey as a student visa holder.

The Department of Education has important information for overseas students, including about rights, obligations and health cover.

Policies and procedures

If you are a student visa holder, you must make sure you understand and comply with our policies and procedures.

Placement testing

RMIT English Worldwide reserves the right to conduct a placement test on arrival to assess your level of English. This may affect the duration of your English course if the result shows you need more or fewer weeks than originally offered. This, in turn, may affect timely entry into future courses.

Class information

Classes are held from Monday to Friday in 4 hour shifts scheduled between 8.00 am and 9.00 pm. For every 4 hours in the classroom, we recommend you do at least 1 hour of independent study every day.

Student handbook

The RMIT English Worldwide Student Handbook has more information about studying in Melbourne.

Bring your own device (BYOD)

Students can now bring their own mobile, tablet or laptop to class to connect to RMIT Wireless and myDesktop. For more information please visit the myDesktop webpage.

myDesktop gives students access to their RMIT desktop and RMIT applications from home or anywhere with an internet connection. They can also access a range of applications for free (using the University’s licence) such as: Acrobat Pro X, Adobe Dreamweaver, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Photoshop, Google Earth, Microsoft Office 2010 Pro-14 and Microsoft Visio Premium 2010. Visit the Applications for everyone webpage for the full list.

Participating in online activities is part of the course requirements at RMIT English Worldwide and RMIT, so students will need their own device to participate.

Living in Melbourne

Costs of living

The Victorian Government’s Study Melbourne website includes useful tips and advice on where to live and the cost of living in Melbourne, public transport, entertainment and shopping, and tax and banking information.

RMIT University also has information on living expenses and creating and sticking to a budget.

The RMIT English Worldwide Student Handbook has more information about living in Melbourne.

Accommodation

RMIT University does not have accommodation on campus, but its Housing Advisory Service can help you find accommodation off campus. They also offer free and confidential advice to students and provide information on starting a tenancy, lease agreements, condition reports, your rights and responsibilities as a tenant, breaking or ending a lease, getting the bond back and any other tenancy problems that students may encounter.

Interested in homestay?

Getting a part time job

RMIT Career Development and Employment can help you find and apply for casual and part time work, including on-campus work, vacation work and cooperative positions.

Tax file number

International students living in Australia for more than 6 months, or who will earn money from work or interest from bank accounts, must get a tax file number (TFN) from the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) or apply online.

Go to www.iar.ato.gov.au and click on the Next buttons to make your way through the online application.

Are you allowed to work?

Student visa holders can supplement their finances through part time work, but the primary purpose of a student visa is to study. Check the conditions of your visa for work limitations.

RMIT English Worldwide Melbourne runs information workshops every 5 weeks for students looking for work. The Student Activities Organiser can tell you when the next session will be.

You can find a job in different ways:

Social events

We want you to enjoy your time with us. The Student Activities Organiser arranges welcome dinners, city and campus tours and sporting activities among other events to help you get to know Melbourne, meet other students, relax and have fun. Check noticeboards at RMIT English Worldwide Melbourne for information about festivals and community events.

The Student Activities Organiser will also let you know about events via email and Facebook.

Email the Student Activities Organiser with your questions or suggestions at rew.activities@rmit.edu.au and like our Facebook page.

Public holidays

RMIT English Worldwide Melbourne is closed on public holidays. Plan ahead by checking when they take place at the Business Victoria website.

Enrol with us

How to enrol

When: 9.00 to 10.00 am
Where: RMIT English Worldwide Melbourne, Building 108, Level 10, 235-251 Bourke Street

Bring your passport and two passport photos, visa, eCOE (if you are on a student visa), your most recent English language test result (IELTS, TOEFL etc.) and a pen and notebook.

Students who arrive late to enrol should go to Student Services (Building 108, Level 10).

The last day you can enrol is the Monday of Week 2; however, by this time classes have been finalised and places will be limited.

Students who know they will be enrolling late must email rewstudent.services@rmit.edu.au with details of their arrival.

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Course dates and fees

Each course from Elementary to Advanced Plus comprises 10 weeks of full time tuition, delivered over two 5 week modules.

2016 course dates

Enrolment date Course start date Course end date
31 December 2015 4 January 2016 5 February 2016
4 February 2016 8 February 2016 11 March 2016
10 March 2016 15 March 2016 15 April 2016
14 April 2016 18 April 2016 20 May 2016
19 May 2016 23 May 2016 24 June 2016
23 June 2016 27 June 2016 29 July 2016
4 August 2016 8 August 2016 9 September 2016
8 September 2016 12 September 2016 14 October 2016
13 October 2016 17 October 2016 18 November 2016
17 November 2016 21 November 2016 23 December 2016

2017 course dates

Click read more to view the 2017 ELICOS course dates. 

Course fees

Courses cost A$410 per week of study.

The enrolment fee is A$240.

Other fees

Airport pick-ups can be arranged for free. Conditions apply. Contact us for details.

Fees that apply for homestay placement need to be paid directly to the Australian Homestay Network by students or agents.

Orientation program

A compulsory orientation program for all new students is held on the day after enrolment. It takes about 3 hours. On enrolment day, students will be told where and what time the orientation program will be held.

Exception: for the first course of the year, enrolment and orientation occur on the same day.

RMIT University agents in your country

Check our list of RMIT University agents. They can help you with information about our programs and how to apply.

FAQ

Why do I have to arrive at RMIT English Worldwide Melbourne before my course starts?

You need to enrol in your course before you start studying. RMIT English Worldwide Melbourne also runs a compulsory orientation program for new students to help them adjust to life in Melbourne.

How do I enrol?

At 9.00 am on the enrolment date of your course, come to RMIT English Worldwide Melbourne at RMIT University Building 108, Level 10, 235-251 Bourke Street. See Course dates and fees for more information.

What do I need to bring on enrolment day?

Bring your passport and two passport photos, visa, eCOE (if you are on a student visa), your most recent English language test result (IELTS, TOEFL etc.) and a pen and notebook.

What happens if I don’t come on enrolment day?

Go to Student Services at RMIT English Worldwide Melbourne (RMIT University Building 108, Level 10, 235-251 Bourke Street) to enrol as soon as possible after that day.

When is the last day I can enrol?

The last day you can enrol is the Monday of Week 2; however, by this time classes have been finalised and places will be limited. Students who know they will be enrolling late must email rewstudent.services@rmit.edu.au with details of their arrival.

What is Orientation?

The orientation program is compulsory for all new students. You will be given important information about classes, RMIT English Worldwide Melbourne and living in Melbourne. The program includes a short tour around the RMIT University campus, Building 108 and the city centre, and takes about 3 hours.

When is Orientation?

You will be given the details on enrolment day, but Orientation is usually held on the Friday before classes start.

Can RMIT English Worldwide Melbourne help me find accommodation?

RMIT English Worldwide Melbourne can help you find a homestay through the Australian Homestay Network.

You can ask the Student Activities Organiser to help show you how to look for independent accommodation in Melbourne.

The RMIT English Worldwide Student Handbook also has information on finding accommodation in Melbourne.

How do I get from the airport to my accommodation?

RMIT English Worldwide offers a free* service that collects you from the airport and takes you to your pre-arranged accommodation. Fill out the Arrival Services form and email it to ISarrival@rmit.edu.au.

Otherwise, you can catch a taxi or take the Skybus into the city centre.

*Conditions apply

Where do the other students come from?

Students come from a variety of countries, mostly from Asia, the Middle East and South America.

Where does my teacher come from?

Teachers at RMIT English Worldwide Melbourne are all fully qualified and experienced, and come from a variety of countries, which means you will get used to hearing different accents.

How do I know what class I will be in?

Information about how to find your class is provided at Orientation. Class lists are posted on the student noticeboard at RMIT English Worldwide Melbourne.

Do I have to go to every class?

You are expected to attend all classes, on time. If your attendance falls below 80%, you may be reported to the Immigration Department for a breach of your student visa conditions.

Do I need to study outside of class?

We expect students to do at least 1 hour of independent study every day. This might be homework, revision or working by yourself in the Independent Learning Centre.

How long does it take to do each level?

It takes most students 10 weeks to complete each level. Some students need to spend 15 weeks and a few take 20 weeks.

What if my class is too easy or too difficult?

You must tell your teacher as soon as possible so we can change your class if necessary. You can’t change your class after Week 1.

Can RMIT English Worldwide Melbourne help me find work?

The Student Activities Organiser runs regular workshops on looking for work in Melbourne. You can also drop in to the office to ask questions during the day (Building 108, Level 10).

In addition, RMIT University Careers and Development runs workshops on finding and applying for work, and the RMIT English Worldwide Student Handbook also has information.

Make sure you check the conditions of your visa for work limitations.