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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
Direct entry to university
Located in the heart of the city, RMIT English Worldwide Melbourne offers easy access to public transport, shops, cafés and recreational facilities.
RMIT English Worldwide is an internationally recognised brand with programs available all over the world.
Hear from our students
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.
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:
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.
Enrol with us
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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?
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).
Make sure you check the conditions of your visa for work limitations.