Study plan advice

What is a study plan?

The study plan is a signed agreement between a student and the relevant Program Coordinator at RMIT to approve the courses the student will undertake while on a global experience. It ensures that the student will receive credit towards their RMIT degree for the courses studied overseas.

Where can I get the form?

Download the Study Plan (PDF 237 KB). Please note that this is a new version – the previous version will still be accepted for Semester 1 2017 applications.

What steps do I need to take to complete my study plan?

Exchange Program (Semester/Year)

1. Determine what courses you are able to take while overseas.

  • Do you need to take courses overseas that are similar to your core courses at RMIT?
  • Or do you have free electives and have flexibility to select any courses you would like to take overseas? If you are not sure, ask your RMIT Program Coordinator.

2. Research RMIT’s exchange partners to find suitable courses. You will need to decide on a first and second preference. You can use the following tools as a starting point:

3. For each exchange partner preference, find 6 to 8 courses that will be suitable matches to your RMIT courses. Although you will only enroll in 36-48 RMIT credit points per semester while overseas, you are required to provide 6 to 8 courses to ensure you have sufficient back-up options.

  • Source course outlines for all the courses for which you are requesting approval. The outlines should include: course code, title, credit points, hours, study level, topics covered, assessments, text books, etc. The more detailed the course outlines are, the easier it will be for your Program Coordinator to assess the courses
  • Some exchange partners use different terminology, for example, “courses” may be called “subjects”, “course list” may be called “catalogue”, etc.
  • If course information is not available for the future semester(s), use the previous semester or year
  • Some countries have different semester periods. Generally, RMIT Semester 1 (Feb) = Spring Semester (Jan-May), RMIT Semester 2 (July) = Fall/Autumn Semester (Aug-Dec)
  • If you are not sure where to find a course list and/or course descriptions, please contact RMIT Global Experience for assistance
  • Find out how many credit points you are supposed to study overseas
    • You must enrol in 36-48 credit points at RMIT while you are on exchange, but equivalency is different by countries and/or regions
    • Make use of the credit point conversion chart below to find out how many credit points you have to undertake overseas

Examples of Credit Transfer Systems

Host country

Equivalent to 48 credit points at RMIT

Equivalent to 12 credit points at RMIT (=1 course)

U.S.A

12-15 credits

3 credits

Europe

30 ECTS credits

7.5 ECTS credits

U.K

60 credit points or 30 ECTS credits

15 credit points

Mexico

48 credit points

12 credit points (each course is usually 8)

Hong Kong

12 credit points

3 credit points

All Other

Contact RMIT Global Experience for each partner

global.experience@rmit.edu.au

Note: The above chart should be used as a general guideline only

7.5 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) credits is generally considered to be equivalent to one RMIT 12 credit point course. A minimum full-time load will generally be considered to be 30 ECTS credits.

No course less than 5 ECTS credits will on its own be deemed equivalent to one RMIT 12 credit point course in the College of Business. Combinations of courses may be considered (e.g. two courses of 3 ECTS credits may be considered to be equivalent to one RMIT 12 credit point course).

4. Submit your study plan(s) to your Program Coordinator (Business Central for Business students) for approval, along with course outlines. If you are unsure who your program coordinator is, please ask your School Administration Office.

Note that if you are applying for two semesters, you are required to complete two study plans, one for each semester. You are also required to submit separate study plans for each of your exchange partner preferences.

5. Once your study plans are approved, upload them as part of your online application on Mobi by the applicable due date. Make sure you keep a copy of the approved study plans for your records.

6. Please be aware that some courses may not be on offer at time of enrollment. If this is the case, please ensure you contact your Program Coordinator to have a new study plan approved and signed off with additional courses you would like to take while on exchange, and submit your updated study plan to RMIT Global Experience also.

All other experience programs

1. Determine what program you are applying for through Mobi.

2. Refer to course credit information in the program description to determine how much credit the program is worth and specific credit details.

3. List course(s) from overseas and RMIT on the study plan

4. Submit a study plan to your Program Coordinator (Business Central for Business students) for approval, along with course outlines if required.If you are unsure who your program coordinator is, please ask your School Administration Office.

5. Once your study plan is approved, upload it as part of your online application on Mobi by the applicable due date. Make sure you keep a copy of the approved study plan for your records.

Note: If you are applying for a Study Abroad Program (Semester/Year), follow the Exchange Program (Semester/Year) steps above for the institution of your choice. You will only be required to submit one preference as part of your application on Mobi, and thus only one study plan.

Do you need further information?

For more information about the application process, refer to How do I apply?. If you have any more questions, please contact RMIT Global Experience.