Whether you’re looking at certificates and diplomas, undergrad or postgrad. Business, design, IT, or something else. 

You can submit a midyear application all year round to many of Swinburne’s most popular courses.

What are Swinburne’s major intakes?

Semester 1

  • Begins Monday 26 February 2024
  • Last day to apply for local students: Wednesday 21 February 2024
  • Last day for international students living in Australia: Wednesday 14 February 2024
  • International student not living overseas? Application deadlines will depend on your country. Meet a Swinburne agent in your country to find out more.


  • Begins Monday 29 July 2024
  • Last day to apply for local students: Wednesday 24 July 2024
  • Last day for international students living in Australia: Wednesday 17 July 2024
  • International student living overseas? Application deadlines will depend on your country. Meet a Swinburne agent in your country to find out more
Want to start in Semester 1? 

Applications to begin in Semester 1 are now open. 

Whether you’re still course hunting, ready to chat to a Swinburne adviser, or you’d like to attend an upcoming event – see more about applying to start in Semester 1. 

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Why start midyear?

Begin with a smaller cohort of students

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

Switch universities or courses if your current one isn’t the right fit

You won’t have to wait until 2025 to begin

Frequently asked questions

Because not everyone is ready to begin in Semester 1, there are numerous university application intakes throughout the year.  

A course you’re looking at may have different intakes than another, or you may find that an intake like Summer or Winter Term suits your needs better than midyear or Semester 1. 

To find out how many intakes your preferred course has, see the course page or get in touch with us.    

To see the full list of intakes across various study levels, see our intakes and start dates page.  

Vocational Education (or VE): Pre-apprenticeships, apprenticeships, traineeships, trades, certificates and diplomas, including TAFE courses. 

You might be looking at VE because you’re interested in studying a skills-based vocation like electronics, plumbing, or horticulture. 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 VE courses without an ATAR). 

UniLink: A UniLink diploma is called so because it serves as a ‘link’ course between you and undergraduate study. 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.

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

Many undergraduate degrees will take 3 years to complete 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, and can either send you off into the world of work or prepare you for further study. 

Postgraduate (or PG): Graduate certificates, 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 diploma.

Explore your options by browsing courses on our website, attending an event and chatting to staff and applications experts, or by getting in touch with us. 

Whether you’ve got your heart set on a course or not, our advice will help you find the exact course that will get you where you want to go.

Not all Swinburne courses are available for Semester 2 entry, so be sure to check the course page on our website, or ask a Swinburne course advisor.

No, you won't. While you may share classes here and there with your peers who began in Semester 1, you will be starting your course from the beginning - just in the midyear intake.

If your goal is to begin sooner, you can apply for Semester 1 2024 and begin at the top of the year. 

However, if you’d prefer to start midyear 2024 and are wondering how to graduate sooner, you can do so by taking up extra units here and there throughout study.

Applying for midyear 2024

Browse courses

Make use of the time between now and next year by browsing Swinburne courses and finding the perfect fit for you.

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See our campus

Visit us in person and get a feel for Swinburne’s facilities, support services, and student life.

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Talk to someone

We know you have questions. Why not get them all out of the way in a half-hour chat with a Swinburne course and applications expert?

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Got all your ducks in a row? Apply now or begin an application you can return to later.

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Got questions? Get in touch with our team

Did you know you can get in touch with us at any stage in your application journey? We’re always on hand with answers, assistance, and advice.

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