At Swinburne, you aren't just joining a university that ditches tradition in favour of disruption and launches fearlessly into the unknown – you're also joining a uni that produces some of the highest earners in their fields1, guarantees industry experience as part of your education2, and gets rated 5 stars by its own students3.

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Midyear dates and deadlines

While your TAFE course won't technically begin as part of Semester 2, there are numerous TAFE intakes in the second half of the year, beginning with July.

To check start dates and deadlines for your specific course, see the course page or contact us.

Semester 2 classes will begin on Monday 29 July, 2024, with your last date to apply depending on your cohort.

If you're a local student, your application deadline is Wednesday 24 July, 2024.

If you're an international student, your last date to apply is Wednesday 17 July, 2024. 

Semester 2 classes will begin on Monday 29 July, 2024, with your last date to apply depending on your cohort.

If you're a local student, your application deadline is Wednesday 24 July, 2024.

If you're an international student, your last date to apply is Wednesday 17 July, 2024.

How to apply for Semester 2

Reasons to start Midyear

Begin with a smaller cohort of students

Get a second chance at a course you missed out on in an earlier intake

Semester 2 is the ideal time to change courses or switch to Swinburne

Don't wait until 2025 to begin

Frequently asked questions

Applications usually take between 20 minutes and an hour to complete. If you're required to complete the Language, Literacy and Numeracy test for a TAFE application, this may take some extra time. If you'd like to get through your application faster, we're on hand to walk you through it.

You may need to organise supporting documents before you apply, such as proof of name and citizenship, and certified and translated copies of previous academic results.

You'll be notified of the specific requirements for your application as you go through the process, and will be able to save your application and come back to it if you need time to gather the required documentation.

See more on supporting documents

No, you won't need to submit a new application to change from full-time study to part-time or vice versa. Depending on the course you're enrolled in, you will most likely be able to just enrol in fewer or more units in the next teaching period. Want to know more?

Contact us

If you'd like to change your delivery mode from in-person to online or vice versa before you've submitted your application, you can do that using the online application portal. If you'd like to change it once you've received an offer, you can, by contacting the Admissions team. Once you've accepted an offer, you will need to submit a new application with your new delivery mode selected.

There can be a number of reasons why an intake may not be appearing for your course. We recommend getting in touch with our course and applications experts so that they can look into this for you.

Book a one-on-one with a course and application expert

Yes you can. And we've found that in most cases, transferring unis or courses is easier than people think.

You can start the process by browsing our courses or booking an appointment to speak to a course and applications advisor at Swinburne.

Scholarships at Swinburne are about providing opportunity, promoting equity and recognising excellence and achievement. We want you to reach your potential and achieve your life and career goals.

See our handy scholarship guide to assist you in gathering the documents you may require for your application.

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Scholarships are available for both commencing and current students. Some scholarships are based on academic merit or community service. Other scholarships exist to support students from Indigenous backgrounds, students suffering financial hardship or who have relocated from regional areas to study.

Vocational Education and Training or VET (also known as TAFE): Pre-apprenticeships, apprenticeships, traineeships, trades, certificates and diplomas.

You might be looking at VET because you’re interested in studying a skills-based vocation like electronics, plumbing, or community services. Maybe you’d like to start small before progressing into further study, or perhaps the eligibility criteria caught your eye. In many cases, it is broader (for example, you can apply for some TAFE courses without an ATAR).

TAFE courses can range from 10 weeks to three or four years in duration.

UniLink: A UniLink diploma is called so because it serves as a ‘link’ course between you and undergraduate study – which will also count as credit towards your degree. These courses are a great choice if you didn’t complete high school in Australia, or didn’t get the ATAR needed for your preferred bachelor degree.

UniLink diplomas are 8 months long.

Undergraduate (or UG): Bachelor degrees, double degrees and associate degrees.

Many undergraduate degrees will take 3 years to complete full-time and will result in a bachelor’s degree. Double degrees are for those who’d like to study a little longer and graduate with twice the qualifications. Associate degrees will take around 2 years full-time, and can either send you off into the world of work or prepare you for further study.

Postgraduate (or PG): Graduate certificates, graduate diplomas, master degrees, and doctoral degrees.

Postgraduate study is, in most cases, for those who have completed undergraduate study. In some cases, postgrad study can be undertaken by students with significant industry experience in lieu of undergraduate study.

Completed master and doctorate degrees will result in a ‘Master of’ and ‘PhD’ respectively. Or you could exit your master degree study early having completed sufficient units to achieve a graduate certificate or graduate diploma.

Postgraduate courses vary in length. While graduate certificates can be completed in 6 to 12 months, graduate diplomas and master degrees will take between 1 and 2 years full-time.

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1Highest median salary 9 years out from graduation, QILT Graduates Outcomes Survey 2020-2022
2Our Work Integrated Learning Guarantee means all bachelor degrees have invaluable experience in the field built-in
3We're ranked #1 in Victoria by students in categories like Overall Experience, Skills Development and Teaching Practices.