Study Abroad at RMIT in Australia
Hello everyone, my name is Vera Petersen. Currently, I am on my 5th semester and doing a study abroad at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) in Australia.
I am a part of the Danish minority in Germany and would therefore argue, that I can be counted as both a Danish as well as international student in Denmark. I just want to point out, that even though you might already be studying abroad in Denmark, I still think, that a study abroad in a different country is a great opportunity!!
Studying at RMIT is quite different from studying at BTECH in Herning. With around 85.000 students spread out over three campuses in Melbourne, the size of the university is very different from what I am used. I was expecting, that the size of the university would also influence the size of my classes. Even though we in some courses are around 200 students, it is only for tests that these show up. In my classes, we would normally be around 10 to 30 students sitting in way too big rooms. Lectures at RMIT are recorded which makes it possible to watch them online and at any time wanted. The study load for each courses is 3 hours/week. One subject spreads those hours up into a 1 hour lecture and 2 hour tutorial whereas the other subjects have 3 hour seminars and are hold in the evening so that students can participate in the classes after their working hours.
Now it is the end of October and my semester is already almost over. The courses I was taking were postgraduate courses as I had to find courses with the same contents as the courses at AU (from next semester the structure has been changed, so that it is easier to study abroad – so don’t worry!). Instead of “Supply Chain Management and Strategy” I had the courses “Strategic Operations and Supply Chain Management” and “Engineering Economic Strategy” and instead of “Company Related Project 5” I had “Project Management” and “Business Project Management”. Apart from those courses that I have been enrolled in, I voluntarily followed the course “Management of Automotive Manufacturing” and learned about lean principles in the Automotive Industry.
When I first saw my time schedule I was surprised as I only had 12 face-to-face lessons, which is very different from the busy GMM schedule. This did however turn out to be perfect for my semester abroad as it gave me the opportunity to explore Melbourne and the area during the week and the weekends. Studying at RMIT offers many opportunities as there are over 100 different clubs, free fitness classes and even free food and beer, cider and soda for the student associations’ members every Thursday. RMIT Trips offers trips within Melbourne and surrounding to explore the area with fellow students. I have spent most of my weekends joining the cheap trips and enjoying the National Parks around Melbourne, going surfing and snorkelling and exploring Melbourne’s good Brunch places. During the week, I spent most of my time with friends I made during our introduction days and with friends I made through the RMIT Mates program, where a student who has been at the university for at least one semester, meets once a week with a group of new students and shows them around (and drinks free coffee).
In general, student life at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology is great and I have enjoyed spending my time here!
If you have any questions regarding GMM, studying abroad as an international in Denmark, studying at RMIT or just in general any other questions, please feel free to contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org.