Foundation studies


Full-time study (2 x 18 week semesters) 

Tuition fees

$13,250 per semester  


8 courses (core and elective)


21-22 hours per week of scheduled classes


Melbourne, City Campus


Foundation Studies is a program designed to give international students the skills they need to be university ready. Students who successfully complete the Foundation Studies program and meet the appropriate prerequisites are eligible to pathway into an RMIT University first-year undergraduate program or its equivalent. The RMIT University Foundation Studies program is delivered by RMIT Training at our City Campus in Melbourne, Australia.

Your direct pathway to an RMIT degree

Don't have the entry score you need? Do you need to complete specific subjects or meet other prerequisites? Foundation Studies allows you to build your academic skills while focusing on your areas of interest to gain entry into a range of degrees at RMIT.

Full online delivery available

Don’t delay your study plans, prepare now for a memorable university experience. Our online delivery for Foundation Studies will enable you to start now and transition into on-campus study at one of our three campuses in Melbourne.

To ensure commencing international students get the best start to their studies, RMIT has invested in extra support for international students to access when and where it suits you.

Apply today and you may be eligible for a 20% tuition reduction through the RMIT Foundation Studies Bursary.

New September intake 

Two Foundation Studies streams are available to begin studying online this September 2021:


    Science, Engineering and Health

Why choose RMIT Training?


Foundation Studies is your pathway into RMIT University.

Over 25 years experience

Delivering Foundation Studies.

Designed for you

Curriculum designed specifically for international students.

Foundation Studies programs


Program code


Art, Design and Architecture (ADA)

FS017DSC 092014K


 FS017BUS 092015J

Science, Engineering and Health (SEH)

FS017SEH 092016G


FS017GEN 092013M

Join an international learning community

As a Foundation Studies student, you will join a thriving community of learners from around the world. Our students have access to the highest quality support, services and experiences, including:  

  • Academic support
  • A dedicated Student Services team 
  • Year-round student activities and events
  • Student clubs and societies
  • Wellbeing support and counseling
  • Work and career advice


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RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business. - Artwork created by Louisa Bloomer