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For information about UniLink Diplomas for Australian citizens and permanent residents please visit our Study at Swinburne website.

Fast-track to a bachelor degree

Apply now to start in February, June or October

Swinburne College is your pathway to Swinburne University of Technology. Our pathway programs are specially designed to prepare students for success in their further studies.

  • Foundation Year helps students meet the entry requirements for a bachelor degree (international students only)
  • UniLink diplomas provide a direct pathway into the second year of a bachelor degree

We provide a friendly and supportive place to learn and smaller class sizes ensure you get individual academic support.

Best of all, we are part of Swinburne's dynamic university environment. We are located on campus and you will have full access to the university's services and facilities.


Please see Course Search.

Useful information

Advantages of studying at Swinburne College

There are many advantages to studying Foundation or UniLink at Swinburne College. These include:

  • Eight months duration and three intakes each year
  • Smaller class sizes and individual support from teachers
  • Inner-city locations just 10-15 minutes by train from Melbourne’s city centre
  • Full access to all of Swinburne's services and facilities
  • Pathways to more than 60 bachelor degrees at Swinburne University of Technology –
    Swinburne is ranked among the world's top 400 (top 3%) universities in the prestigious Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) and Times Higher Education University World Rankings 2013-2014. Swinburne is now ranked  third within Victoria and equal tenth among all Australian universities.
  • Domestic Unilink student tuition fees are Commonwealth Supported Places

One-on-one appointments

Students can book an appointment with a course adviser to help identify long-term objectives, study options and the best pathway for you.

If you are in your home country, you can speak to a course adviser on +61 3 8676 7002 or email


Direct applications

Students can apply direct to Swinburne by completing an application form, providing the required documentation and submitting it to Swinburne International.

Using a Swinburne representative

You may also choose to apply using a Swinburne agent representative.

More information

Telephone: +61 3 8676 7002


Foundation Year

Yu Ting Chiang

“You learn how to make a proper design project, with lots of research, mind-mapping, concept development and self-evaluation.”

Yu Ting Chiang, Foundation Year (Design)


Swinburne Foundation Year is a pre-university program designed for international students. It can help you prepare – and meet the entry requirements – for a UniLink diploma or direct entry to first-year of a bachelor degree, or alternatively for a Unilink diploma.

You will enjoy smaller classes, focused learning and one-on-one time with your teachers, giving you every opportunity to succeed in your studies.

Foundation Year programs are offered over eight or twelve months. This cost-effective option allows you to start your degree sooner rather than later.


Please see Course Search.

Swinburne Foundation Year courses meet the requirements for Foundation programs which have been registered on CRICOS for delivery in Australia to overseas students, providing an academic preparation for seeking entry to first year undergraduate study or its equivalent.

Swinburne Foundation Year courses are standard programs of eight months duration or extended programs of twelve months duration. Each program is taught over either two or three 14-week teaching periods and has a total of no less than 720 scheduled contact hours.

The scheduled contact hours in Swinburne Foundation Year programs are made up of the classes students are required to attend and their examinations. Classes can include laboratories, design studio work and excursions, depending on which Foundation Year program students undertake.


Once you have successfully finished Foundation Year, you can progress directly to the first year of a bachelor degree if you achieve an average of 70 per cent or above in Academic and Communication Skills A and B and a credit average (65 or above) in all remaining units.

Alternatively, you can continue on to a UniLink diploma where you get all the benefits and support as you prepare to enter the second year of university on successful completion of UniLink.

Pathways diagram

Entry requirements

  • IELTS 5.5 (no band below 5.0), or equivalent.
  • Successful completion of Australian Year 11 or a comparable educational level
  • In most cases Swinburne will require that you provide final results, however, may issue a conditional offer based on provisional results.
  • You must be 17 years of age or over at the time of commencement of the Foundation program.

E-learning and the Independent Learning Centre

Independent Learning Centre (ILC)

Independent learning and research skills are an important part of university study.

You can complete the e-learning component of your course on Blackboard – the College’s online learning management system – from home or anywhere with a reliable internet connection.

You can also use the Independent Learning Centre (ILC), which has many resources to help develop your e-learning and research skills.

Location and opening hours

The Independent Learning Centre (ILC) is located in room TD 140 at the Hawthorn campus. It is open from Monday to Friday, 8.30am–5.30pm during ELICOS course times.

A second ILC is sometimes available for special classes and workshops and private tutorials. Opening hours depend on the number of students enrolled and vary from course to course.

Modern facilities and resources

The Independent Learning Centre (ILC) has:

  • Modern, up-to-date computers for independent learning and internet research.
  • Software programs and a variety of print resources to help develop your pronunciation, grammar, vocabulary, reading, writing, listening and speaking skills.
  • Worksheets and activities to help you prepare for IELTS examinations.
  • Graded readers, English dictionaries, grammar and other reference books
  • Weekly workshops to help you organise your work and develop your academic skills.

We also have daily newspapers and an extensive selection of magazine journals to broaden your knowledge of current affairs and help you prepare for assignments.

Additional support

We offer workshops, special classes and private tutorials with an experienced Independent Learning Centre (ILC) teacher.

For days and times, please see the sign-up register/sheet in the ILC.

Independant Learning Centre (ILC)



February Intake

Registration & Enrolment

(new international students):  

Monday 16 to Friday 20 February 2015
Course Commencement: Monday 16 to Friday 20 February 2015
Census Date: Friday 27 March 2015

 Friday 3 April – Friday 10 April 2015

Course End: Friday 5 June 2015
Examination  period: Saturday 30 May – Friday 5 June 2015
Examination results:  Saturday 13 June 2015
June Intake

Registration & Enrolment

(new international students):  

Monday 15 to Friday 19 June 2015
Course Commencement: Monday 22 June 2015
Census Date: Friday 24 July 2015
Course End: Friday 25 September 2015
Examination  period:       Monday 21 – Friday 25 September 2015
Examination results:     Saturday 3 October 2015
October Intake

Registration & Enrolment

(new students):  

Monday 5 to Friday 9 October 2015
Course Commencement: Monday 12 October 2015
Census Date:                   Friday 13 November 2015
Break:        Monday 21 December 2015 – Friday 1 January 2016
Course end:             Friday 29 January 2016
Examination period:    Monday 25 January – Friday 29 January 2016
Examination results: Saturday 6 February 2016

How to Apply

Follow this step-by-step process to apply for any Foundation Year or UniLink Diploma:

  • Step 1 - Choose your course
  • Step 2 - Download and complete the Application Form
  • Step 3 - Attach the required documentation
  • Step 4 - Submit your application
  • Step 5 - Accept your offer

Contact Us

Complete the form below and we'll respond to your enquiry within two business days.

If you would like to speak to a course adviser please call 1800 897 973 (within Australia) +61 3 8676 7002 (outside Australia) operating hours 9am - 5.30pm AEST.

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Swinburne College programs are available to local and international students. Domestic students should visit for more information about Swinburne courses.