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for all new international students

Category: campus life

QUPI


QUPI is a cafe at RMIT city campus.
Here they sell small coffees for $2.50 and they might have a discount for students.
They are open from morning to sometime late afternoon and the place is always packed.
See RMIT does have some services for students

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The Oxford Scholar Hotel


The Oxford Scholar Hotel has been around for years and its liked by many students, workers and tourists alike.
It is just next to the new SAB building at RMIT and the RMIT students frequent it for lunch and drinks. Drinks here are not too bad and I didn’t buy them. Someone in the Japan club bought them for me. That and the chips ($7 per bowl).

The waitstaff here are sure lovely and polite. I loved the lady with the Kiwi accent serving us. She was lovely.
The chips were nicely done and I shall be back for the meals.

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Using the Online Learning hub at RMIT by Katherine


The Online learning hub is easy for students to use. There are many functions in this where you can post questions, have discussions, hand in assignments, view lecture notes and do some online exercises.
Your tutor will place stuff online for you to look at and it is your responsibility to check the Online learning hub once a week. You can login to MYRMIT and go from there.

This is meant to be accessed from anywhere anytime.

There is a part where you can hand your assignments in. Simply follow the on screen prompts and you will be good to go.

Enrolling at RMIT


Every University is different but for RMIT this is how we do things. This is done via the Online system. It used to be done at the school level but now it is all online.
Go to www.rmit.edu.au and select Current students and then you can click on enrol online.
A screen will show up and you will need your username which is your student id and your password which is your date of birth backwards.
You fill in all of the personal details and then you go and add subjects in. Note: It would be a great idea to go to your program information session before you do this part as there is some vital information as to what subjects to enrol in are given there. The class ids are also given as well so it would be useful to take note of these.
You can search for the class in Enrolment online and then you click on Add now and you will need to do this eight times before you are enrolled for the whole year. And you repeat this process in the next year and the year after.
You can opt to join the Student Union but it is not compulsory.
If you are a local student you can opt for HECS HELP but if you are an International student you have to pay full fees.
Allow two days for your enrolment to be proccessed before you can timetable youself into classes.

Writing assignments and passing them


Hints to writing assignments:
1) Read the topic- its a surprise as to how many students don’t read the topic and write about the wrong thing. In the end they get no marks for it. If you are not sure of the topic ask your tutor/lecturer (basically whoever will mark your work). Use the tutorial time to ask these questions.

2) Start early- the earlier the merrier. Get all of your resources. If RMIT Library doesn’t have a certain item you can visit other libraries. You just need to apply for a special card that will allow you to borrow from other Unis libraries at RMIT. And then you can go and borrow stuff

3) Engage in the Study and Learning centre ( note: their resources are limited and students need to book appointments to see an adviser. They can only have three a semester). If you are a Business student the Student Learning Advisor Mentors can help you find your feet. You can drop in to see them at the times they are available.

4)An essay usually has an Introduction, Body and Conclusion and the list of references at the back. A report has more sections. It usually has an Executive Summary, Introduction, Literature review, Methodology, Results and a Conclusion.  If applicable an Appendix section. You would usually need a reference list.

5) The reference list varies between course so it is usually a good idea to ask lecturers and tutors what they require.

6) If English is your second language have someone read over your work whether it’d be your mentor or your local friends. And they can tell you where you went wrong. But just don’t leave it to the last minute though.

Exclusion


Have you been recommended for exclusion by your School? Have you failed more than one subject or the same subject twice for another semester? If so the School will recommend you for Exclusion and will ask you to write a “Show Cause letter”. In this letter you need to explain what went wrong and what you will do to fix these problems. It might be asking for extra support from RMIT or asking for a grade to be mended. You have ten working days from the time the email was sent to your student email.

You might want to consider getting some help from RMIT student union for this.

Exclusion is a serious matter and if you are an International student you will be kicked out of the country for failing to meet VISA requirements.

If you lodge the letter within the 10 working days and the School approves you will be let back into your course and be given some help.

If your letter to the Student Progress committee fails you will be sent an email from the school saying that they will email the Academic Registrar. The Academic Registrar makes sure that the Exclusion policy is followed and then they will email you. They will usually do it sometime during the semester when you are studying. They will then give you a chance to appeal to the University Appeals committee and that has very strict policies. You will have to appeal within 20 working days so as not be excluded from the course. If not they will assume that you want to be excluded.

If the appeal is upheld the UAC will call a meeting which will consist of a student representative (someone trained by the Student Union), a few academics, a chairperson, yourself and any support people you bring to the meeting.

Then the UAC will decide on the appeal.

If it is not upheld you will be excluded for twelve months. Within that twelve months you can apply for programs in RMIT or elsewhere. You must also make an appointment to see your program coordinator to discuss readmission. He or she gets the final say but a Student Rights officer can help you convince them.

If you are excluded you will have to leave the country. You will need to speak to a migration agent if things become this bad. But things don’t have to be that bad if you sort out your problems from early on. Speak to a student rights officer when you first receive the notice as they can help you with the letter.

Good luck with all of this

your first few weeks in Melbourne


Here’s what you can do to help yourself settle in. I had just the same problems adjusting as you did. Some people might find it easier than others.

Before you arrive in Melbourne

* Researched Melbourne on the internet and found out how much everything costs here. Here are just some of the blogs you can check out.

* Learnt how to cook a few dishes

* Joined RMIT Mates

* Sorted out all of you monies and worked out how you will get income whilst you are here as jobs are hard to find here. You would roughly need about $40000-$50000 AUD to cover living and course costs.

1st day in Melbourne

* Find out where everything is in the city

* Call your parents to let them know you arrived safely.

1st week in Melbourne

* Find a few good eats here

* Set up bank/phone/internet account

* Start settling into your new place if you have one

* Enrol @ RMIT

* Register with RMIT’s International services.

1st month in Melbourne

By now you should have:

* Worked out where all the good coffee is

* Found a place to live and know where there are good restaurants/bars/churches/banks/shops in your area.

* Found and explored the State library

* Sorted out your books/stationery/cheap photocopying. And by cheap I mean $0.08 per page or similar which you can find in Officeworks.

* Joined a few student clubs

* Made a few friends along the way

* Got used to the cooking/cleaning and paying bills etc.

* Attended Orientation

* Attended a few workshops on how to reference, write assignments etc from the Study and learning centre.

* Attended a few library classes

* Attended a few lectures now and worked out how the lectures and classes are taught.

* Worked out when your exams

* Settled into a good study mode.

RMIT Village- the place to be for all new international students


Well that’s if you can get a place there! For a start, it is always full three weeks before semester starts.

At about $300-$500 per week all bills included and it being so close to Melbourne and RMIT uni, you might want a room. It is about a fifteen minute walk from RMIT Uni in the city and about a ten minute walk to the Queen Victoria Markets. No need to pay for transport. And if you want a kitchen/bathroom kit from them it is about $250 extra. It includes all the necessarily blankets, pillows, sheets, doonas, mats and kitchen utensils and stuff.

There is wireless around the campus.

They have a coffee shop, bar, pool, games and a common area for all students to hang in. At the start of semester there are heaps of parties going on.

I tried the coffee at the coffee shop and found it to be a little bit burnt. For this and the yoyo it was $5.80. Not bad though, but not great either. I could have got one from Seven seeds across the road. You can also buy recharge cards, cigarettes, V-drinks from the cafe

Uni life


So you just started Uni? Getting used to things in Melbourne. Well you might find that whilst things are cozy in Melbourne you might have a few problems. So here’s a few pros and cons about studying at Uni.

Pros:

  • * You get to choose your own classes and subjects
  • * You get to sleep in sometimes
  • You can socialise as much as you want.
  • You can dress the way you want and no one will notice you as there are thousands of students. It is not like high school where you have to wear a uniform.
  • You have many good coffee places around
  • Unlike High School you don’t have a lot of hours at Uni and you actually have a few days off. Yay!!! Long weekends rule!

Cons:

  • There is that panic mode at the end of the semester when your exams are looming
  • You cannot party as much as you want during the exams, and if you do you fail your exam
  • If you skip class you miss a lot of information that might be important
  • You need to decide on your own notes and be responsible for your own learning
  • You need to ask questions when you don’t understand something. If you don’t the lecturer will think that you do.
  • Education is very expensive for International students
  • After the three-five month long summer holidays you have to get used to the whole uni thing such as assignments etc. For some students it is hard for them to get into the swing of things straightaway.
  • There is the sense of isolation as you will not be in the same classes as your friends. But you’ll make heaps of new friends and that sense of isolation will disappear.

orientation events at RMIT


This years Orientation will be massive!!!!

YAY!!!! More freebies! Yes please!

And for new international students there will be information sessions every day in February to help you get settled in.

There are 4 Big O’days at four of the five campuses and a welcome back party for all the newbies and the old students. This is your chance to get to know one another.

At these O’days there will be lots of stalls, giveways, clubs that you can join, free food, entertainment and more. And if you sign up for Student Union it will be $30 for the whole year instead of the normal $60. With your Student Union Membership there will be free entry to the Onite party as well as membership goodie bag full with a USB, pens and other things such as free MI GORENG. For more information on clubs and membership check out: http://www.su.rmit.edu.au. Oh yeah and did I forget to mention it also includes an ISIC card which enables you to thousands of discounts

The Commonwealth bank is doing a Heaps free orientation hunt. To find out more check out: http://www.commbank.com.au/personal/youth-students/heaps-free/campus-list.aspx

The information below was taken from the RMIT website (http://rmit.edu.au/browse;ID=xkfl0xywpnh8z, Accessed: 11/1/2012)

Orientation dates 2012- Semester 1

Big O Day/s

Date:Location: Tuesday – 21 FebruaryBrunswick (TAFE & Higher Education) 11am-2pm
Date:Location: Wednesday – 22 FebruaryBundoora (TAFE & Higher Education) 11am-2pm
Date:Location: Thursday – 23 FebruaryCity (TAFE & Higher Education) 1-5pm

TAFE welcome breakfast

Date:Location: Tuesday – 7 FebruaryBrunswick (TAFE) 7.30-9.30am
Date:Location: Wednesday – 8 FebruaryCity (TAFE) 7.30-9.30am

VCE welcome lunch BBQ

Date:Location: Tuesday – 31 JanuaryCity 12.00-1.30pm

Postgraduate welcome

Date:Location: Wednesday – 14 MarchBundoora 4-5.30pm
Date:Location: Thursday – 15 MarchCity 4-5.30pm
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