Thinking about making the switch to Swinburne from another university? You're in the right place. Here you'll find steps for transferring, having your prior study considered as academic credit, as well as key dates and deadlines and more.

How to transfer to Swinburne

  • Step 1: Find the right course

    Browse our courses and find one that fits you. If you need a hand, book a chat with a Swinburne course advisor who can answer every last question you have.

  • Step 2: Apply

    Once you're ready, you can apply for your chosen course. If you'd like to apply for academic credit, you'll be able to during the application process.

  • Step 3: Accept your offer

    If your application is successful, you'll receive an offer from Swinburne. If you've applied for academic credit, your offer letter will include the outcome.

  • Step 4: Enrol

    Once you've accepted your offer, you'll be invited to enrol. Next thing you know, you'll be in a course you love at a uni that fits you just right.

  • Credit calculator

    Credit calculator

    Want to find out more about how much credit you may be eligible to receive for prior learning? Use our credit calculator to guide your way.

Frequently Asked Questions

Academic credit - sometimes called advanced standing - refers to the previous relevant study and work experience that will be considered when you study something new. The university you're applying to will determine whether the previous experience you've had can reduce the number of units you'll study as part of your new course.

In the instance of transferring universities, your academic credit will be assessed during the application process.

We assess the amount of credit you might be eligible for based on:

  1. The type of study you have completed
  2. How many units you have completed
  3. The relevance to the course at Swinburne you are applying for.

While many Swinburne courses have two main intakes a year (Semester 1 and Midyear), there are also courses with intakes throughout the year.

To check on your chosen course's upcoming intakes, just take a look at the course page online. Or, see the full list of Swinburne's intakes, dates and deadlines.

View intakes, dates and deadlines
  1. Begin an application for the course of your choice through Swinburne's online application portal
  2. As part of the process, you'll be invited to apply for academic credit
  3. Provide any relevant documentation, such as your previous academic transcripts and your previous course information
  4. If you are offered a place at Swinburne, your offer letter will include the outcome of your academic credit application.

Want to check how much academic credit you might be eligible for?

Try Swinburne's academic credit calculator

Want to chat to a Swinburne course and applications expert about academic credit?

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Yes, when you apply for a course at Swinburne, you will have the option to apply for academic credit. 

Are you switching from a course you started at another institution, or looking at pathways from a completed certificate or diploma to a Swinburne degree? The best way to assess your academic credit eligibility is to complete an application. If you have any questions, get in touch with us. 

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If you are an international student considering transferring to Swinburne, you may need your current education provider to approve your transfer before you can apply to Swinburne - most education providers will refer to this as a 'release' from your current course. Whether you need a release, in most cases, will depend on how long you've been in your current course.

To find out what's required in your situation, you'll need to contact your current institution.

If you are a sponsored student, you'll need apply for a release from your current provider with a letter from your government sponsor supporting your course transfer.

If you are transferring from an international university or institution, a release is not required.