Application instructions

At Swinburne, we aim to make your application process as easy as possible.

We run many events outside Australia where you can speak with a Swinburne representative about courses, admission and studying in Melbourne. This is a great opportunity for you to receive advice.

If you are unable to attend an event, you can speak with a course adviser by phone from outside Australia on +61 3 8676 7002. Operating hours are Monday to Friday from 9.00 am to 5.30 pm, Australian Eastern Standard Time. You can also email us on international@swinburne.edu.au

Swinburne has agents all over the world that can help you with your application.

Before you apply

Before you start your application, make sure you have followed these important steps. After checking these details, you will be ready to start your application to study at Swinburne.

You can also read about the Education Services for Overseas Students (ESOS) regulatory framework.

1. Check that you are an international student

Make sure you are an international student. If you are not sure, submit a copy of your passport visa page to us and we will confirm your student status.

Foundation Year, UniLink diplomas, degrees

For undergraduate and postgraduate courses, including Foundation Year and UniLink diplomas, you are an international student if you are not:

  • an Australian citizen
  • a New Zealand citizen
  • a permanent resident of Australia.

Vocational education

For vocational education (formerly TAFE) courses, you are an international student if you are not:

  • an Australian citizen
  • a permanent resident of Australia
  • an East Timorese asylum seeker
  • a Temporary Protection Visa (TPV) holder.

2. Select your course

Use Course Search to find the course you wish to study. You can list up to three courses on your application in order of preference.

3. Check entry requirements

Make sure that you meet the minimum English language and academic entry requirements before applying.

If you need to improve your English language skills to meet the entry requirements, you can also complete an English language course at Swinburne.

4. Check to see if you are eligible for credit

You may be eligible to receive credit for your previous study.

5. Review tuition fees

A summary of indicative tuition fees for all Swinburne courses is available for your information. Individual course fees can also be found on Course Search.

6. Research relevant scholarships and financial assistance

You may be eligible to apply for scholarships or financial assistance.

7. Compile education and employment history

You will need to provide your education and employment history with your application

Make sure you have relevant information, including your:

  • school names
  • year of graduation
  • employer name
  • position titles.

8. Prepare your documents

You may also be required to submit documents to support your application. These may include:

  • certified academic documents
  • certified copy of your passport
  • English proficiency test results
  • certified copy of unit outlines and academic transcripts
  • portfolio (for most design courses)
  • English translations of all documents, if not already in English.

9. Complete your application form

If you have followed all these steps and you have all the necessary documentation and information, you are ready to complete your application form and apply. The application form you need will depend on the course you wish to complete. 

English language requirements

Each Swinburne course has a minimum English language requirement for entry.

Use Course Search to find the English language requirements for your chosen course or use the table below.

 

 
Swinburne English Language Centre
IELTS
(Academic Module)
TOEFL iBT
PTE Academic
Common European Framework

Foundation Year (12 motnhs)

EAP 4 upper intermediate level with overall 65%
Overall 5.5
65 
42 
B1

Foundation Year (8 months)

EAP 4 upper intermediate level with overall 65% & all skills 65% or above
Overall 5.5
No individual band below 5.0
 65 (no band less than 15)
 42 (no communicative skill less than 36)
B1

Vocational Education: 
Certificates III & IV, Diploma & Advanced Diploma

EAP 4 upper intermediate level with overall 65% & all skills 65% or above
Overall 5.5
No individual band below 5.0
 65 (no band less than 15)
 42 (no communicative skill less than 36) 
B1

UniLink diploma (12 months)

EAP 4 upper intermediate level with overall 70%
Overall 6.0
75
 50
B1

UniLink diploma (8 months)

EAP 4 upper intermediate level with overall 70% & all skills 65% or above
Overall 6.0
No individual band below 5.5
 75 (no band less than 17)
 50 (no communicative skill less than 45) 
B1

Undergraduate, including honours (all except education, law, honours in psychology and professional degrees)

EAP 5 advanced level with overall 70% & all skills 65% or above
Overall 6.0
No individual band below 6.0
 75 (Reading no less than 18, Writing no less than 20)
  50 (no communicative skill less than 50)
B1

Undergraduate, including honours (education, law and professional degrees)

EAP 5 advanced level with overall 70% & all skills 65% or above
Overall 6.5
No individual band below 6.0
 79 (Reading no less than 18, Writing no less than 20)
  58 (no communicative skill less than 50)
B2

Honours (psychology only)

EAP 5 advanced level with overall 75% & all skills 70% or above
Overall 7.0
No individual band below 7.0
95 (Reading no less than 20, Writing no less than 22)
66 (no communicative skill less than 58)
C1

Masters Qualifying Program

EAP 4 upper intermediate level with overall 70% & all skills 65% or above
Overall 6.0
No individual band below 5.5
75 (no band less than 17)
 50 (no communicative skill less than 45) B1

Postgraduate*

EAP 5 advanced level with overall 70% & all skills 65% or above
Overall 6.5
No individual band below 6.0
 79 (Reading no less than 18, Writing no less than 20)
 58 (no communicative skill less than 50)
B2

* These English requirements are not acceptable for postgraduate occupational therapy and research applicants. Use Course Search to find the English language requirements for your chosen course.

Swinburne English Language Centre

Swinburne offers English language courses that can help you meet the minimum English language requirement for study. On successful completion of English for Academic Purposes at Swinburne, you may be granted direct entry to your chosen degree, diploma or certificate provided you also meet other (academic) entry requirements.

Alternative English language entry

There are also a number of alternative ways to meet the English language requirements for courses, depending on where you completed your secondary education.