Study in Europe

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With high academic standards, advanced research facilities and cutting-edge technology, the European Union (EU) is one of the world's most exciting destinations for students. There are more than 4,000 higher education institutions in Europe, many with which RMIT has exchange partnerships and MOUs (Memorandum of Understanding).

Taking the opportunity to study in Europe more than just increases your academic learning; it enables you to experience an intriguing diversity of cultures, languages, and societies and build rich life experiences.

This page is designed to answer some of your questions and suggest further resources, and is divided into information from four sources, as below.

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European Union, through the websites of the European Commission and the Delegation of the European Union to Australia

The main Study in Europe, on the website of the Brussels-based European Commission, provides links to the most up-to-date information available from the European Union regarding universities at which you may be able to study, and what you need to consider before moving to Europe.

Erasmus + [Erasmus plus] is the new EU mobility programme providing opportunities for students. Key action 1 which focuses on degree mobility and joint degrees (Masters) will be of particular interest to Australian students. Scholarships are available for students and doctoral candidates to attend existing Erasmus Mundus programmes or one of the new Erasmus + Joint Masters Degrees offered by consortia of European and non-European higher ed. institutions.

Please note this new website provides an extensive amount of information for students from both within and external to, the European Union. When you are searching for courses which interest you, ensure it is available to students from a 'Third Country', a term used by the European Union to generally define countries which are not part of the EU.

The Delegation of the European Union to Australia in Canberra provides a wealth of easy-to-understand information about the European Union including what it is, what it involves and its place in the world.

See specifically the Study in Europe page which provides you with easy-to-access information about studying, working and living in Europe as well as a useful overview booklet "Study in Europe (2014)" to download.

NOTE: It is essential to double-check all your information with the organisation/institutions involved (including your relevant school at RMIT) before making any decisions about travel and study directions.

Australian Government, through the Department of Education and Training, and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Two main sources of information from the Australian Government are from:

Department of Education and Training which provides information on the Endeavour Scholarships, Fellowships and Grants.

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) Smartraveller website for need-to-know information about wherever you are going around the world, before you go and while you’re away including embassy contacts, travel advice for specific countries and events and the facility to register your travel details in case of emergency.

There is also a Smartraveller Facebook page you can join for travel updates while you are away.

NOTE: It is essential to double-check all your information with the organisation/institutions involved (including your relevant school at RMIT) before making any decisions about travel and study directions.

RMIT University, through its Schools and Colleges, Education Abroad Office and the EU Centre

EU Centre Study Tour: In the second half of 2015 the EU Centre is planning to host a study tour to Europe focusing on EU political-economic issues.

The tour proposes to visit Brussels and other sites where EU Institutions are based, offering a range of meetings with EU officials, think tanks and independent observers.

Planning is still under-way however you can register your interest by contacting the EU Centre Programme Manager.

In addition to information sessions, pre-departure briefings, travel grants and scholarships through the EU Centre at RMIT, the university also provides opportunities for students to undertake Study Abroad and Exchange programmes, Study Tours, one-week intensives and the RMIT International Industry Experience and Research Programme (RIIERP).

Study Abroad: a search for “Study Abroad Europe” in the “Search Programs” box on RMIT homepage will return a list of over 150 programmes where you can study in Europe as part of your degree. You will need to discuss the eligibility requirements for these programmes with your school manager.

RMIT Student exchange: provides information about RMIT exchange partners. Student exchange programs involve studying for one or two semesters at an overseas institution with which RMIT has a reciprocal exchange.

NOTE: you are requested NOT to contact the host universities directly but rather inquire through the Student Mobility officers in the Education Abroad Office.

Study tours and short term programmes to Europe are generally hosted by schools and colleges across RMIT.

An example are the study tours run by the College of Business that are available to most students, however you may need to be enrolled into one of their elective multi-discipline courses. These tours are generally for two to three weeks offering a combination of classroom face-to-face learning, site visits and cultural experiences. The College also offers three week long, multi-destination international study programs which are particularly suited to accounting students.

Contact your school to find out if study tours and/or study intensives are run as part of your programme and further general information can be found on the Education Abroad Global Passport page.

The RMIT International Industry Experience and Research Program (RIIERP) is described as “a unique collaboration between students, companies and academics”. The programme enables almost 200 RMIT students per year to carry out vocational training and research projects at world-class businesses and institutions in Europe, Asia and the USA. These opportunities are available to undergraduate and postgraduate students pursuing programs by coursework or research. Supervised by industry professionals, RIIERP participants complete six to twelve month placements in some of the world’s best-practice companies.

The Outbound student page on the Education Abroad website provides further information including financial assistance and travel advice for students interested in studying overseas.

*NOTE*: It is essential to double-check all your information with the organisation/institutions involved (including your relevant school at RMIT) before making any decisions about travel and study directions.

Additional resources

European University Institute
San Domenico di Fiesole (FI) – Italy

The European University Institute offers a range of programmes and fellowships in the field of social sciences including a doctoral programme, Master of Laws (Comparative European and International Law), Master of European Economics, Summer Schools and the Max Weber Programme for Post Graduate Studies.

NOTE: Generally, applicants from third countries (non-EU countries) are eligible for these programmes however it is ESSENTIAL you confirm this before you apply. You may be considered on a case-by-case basis and/or need to confirm you are able to secure external sponsorship.

NOTE: It is essential to double-check all your information with the organisation/institutions involved (including your relevant school at RMIT) before making any decisions about travel and study directions.