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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 scheduled in two hour blocks between 8.00 am and 5.00 pm.

Student handbook

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

Study Success

Reach your study goals and practice what you've learnt in class with help from the Study Success Team. Access workshops, conversation classes and a variety of resources to help you with your studies. Watch the video to learn more:

Student health and wellbeing

Studying in a new country can be an exciting and challenging time of your life. At RMIT we want you to get the most out of your experience in Australia so we will support you every step of the way. If you encounter any stress, health issues or personal problems during your time with us, contact the Student Wellbeing Team, or phone 9925 8172 for advice and support or visit the Student health and wellbeing page. We are here to help you live and study well in Australia.

Bring your own device (BYOD)

Students need to 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.

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.

Click here to watch IT how-to videos.

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.


When you arrive in Melbourne one of the first things you will need to do is find somewhere to live. RMIT University does not have accommodation at its city campus but there is a range of long-term and short-term options available depending on your needs. Go to RMIT’s Accommodation web page for more information.

There is also a list of approved providers who offer accommodation for international students who are under 18 years of age. You can also speak to the Student Experience team if you have any questions about accommodation.


Getting a part time job

The RMIT Job Shop 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 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 Experience Specialist can tell you when the next session will be.

You can find a job in different ways:

Visit Fair Work for more information. 

Social events

We want you to enjoy your time with us. The Student Experience Specialist 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 Experience Specialist will also let you know about events via email, Facebook and the Pathways Community page.

Email the Student Experience Specialist with your questions or suggestions at 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 6, 235-251 Bourke Street

Bring your passport and visa (and paper copies of each), one passport photo, COE (if you are on a student visa), your most recent English language test result (IELTS, TOEFL etc.), 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 with details of their arrival.

If you are an international student, click below to apply.

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If you are an Australian citizen or permanent resident, click below to apply.

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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.

2018 course dates

Enrolment date Course start date Course end date
28 December 2017 2 January 2018 2 February 2018
1 February 2018 5 February 2018 9 March 2018
8 March 2018 13 March 2018 13 April 2018
12 April 2018 16 April 2018 18 May 2018
17 May 2018 21 May 2018 22 June 2018
21 June 2018 25 June 2018 27 July 2018
2 August 2018 6 August 2018 7 September 2018
6 September 2018 10 September 2018 12 October 2018
11 October 2018 15 October 2018 16 November 2018
15 November 2018 19 November 2018 21 December 2018

Course fees

  2018 2019
Fees per week of study $430 $443
Enrolment fee $240 $250

Note: Fees are listed in Australian dollars

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.


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 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. Click here for more information. 

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 Experience Specialist 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.