Global, Urban and Social Studies

School of Global, Urban and Social Studies

The School of Global, Urban and Social Studies delivers education, training and research that contribute to a just and sustainable world. Join us today.

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Welcome to RMIT's School of Global, Urban and Social Studies

Located in the heart of Melbourne on RMIT’s City campus, the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies (GUSS) is one of RMIT’s largest schools and provides programs from certificates to PhDs.


Are you looking to join a community of socially concerned and globally engaged scholars? The School of Global, Urban and Social Studies (GUSS) challenges conventional ideas about globalisation, sustainability, language, crime and social care through action-oriented teaching and applied research.

You’ll be taught by our award-winning staff, who have won external teaching awards and regularly win college and university awards. We maintain strong links with industry and professionally recognised bodies.

RMIT's programs within planning, social work, translating and interpreting are all professionally accredited. Reviews by external assessors have placed these programs as the best professionally accredited in Australia.

The school is also successful in engaging in valuable research. We have generated more than $4 million each year of external research funding and continuing to build research networks that extend globally. In the most recent national Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) ranking, the school secured a ranking of four in Urban and Regional Planning and in Cultural Studies. This ranking places the quality of the school's research above world standard.

Our teaching areas

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Spring and Summer electives

A wide range of Higher Education electives are available for Spring and Summer semesters in diverse areas such as Global Studies, Justice and Legal Studies, Language Studies, and Sustainability and Urban Planning.

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Language studies

Language electives give you the opportunity to meet your personal language needs, or gain a competitive edge in the global job market. Overseas study tours are available for all languages.


RMIT's School of Global, Urban and Social Studies (GUSS) is committed to fostering partnerships with industry and communities.

The School's high-profile partnerships and celebrated industry links drive developments in and contribute to various industries, and shape RMIT’s educational offerings, ensuring they are relevant and produce work-ready graduates.


The School of Global, Urban and Social Studies engages in research across diverse areas and its research responds to the needs of our time and is engaged with communities.

Research centres and groups

The School of Global, Urban and Social Studies has a strong research profile with three nationally recognised research centres located within the School.

Postgraduate (HDR) research

The School of Global, Urban and Social Studies offers Masters by Research and Doctor of Philosophy programs in the social sciences.


The School of Global, Urban and Social Studies supports a number of research projects and networks that maintain wider links with local and global communities.



Visit us

Address: 411 Swanston Street, Melbourne, VIC - 3000
Location: Melbourne City campus , Building 37, Level 2
Monday to Friday: 9.00am–5.30pm

Postal address

School of Global, Urban and Social Studies
GPO Box 2476
Melbourne, Victoria - 3001

Academic Services team

Current Student school enquiries: RMIT Connect Portal

Academic Services (academic staff support):


Centre for Urban Research:
Social and Global Studies Centre:



The School of Global, Urban and Social Studies is led by a team of professionals with knowledge and experience across their fields, including sustainability, language studies, justice, and social work, and more.

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Acknowledgement of country

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