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What is Swinburne like?

We’re a dynamic, innovative, and ever-evolving institution. Our focus is on making you career-ready. We’re internationally recognised for our high-impact research, with eight of our STEM research fields ranked well above the world standard.*

Want to learn more about Swinburne and why it should be your first choice? Check out some of the top reasons here. 

*Excellence in Research Australia (ERA), ERA score of 5.
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    Living in Melbourne, Australia

    When you arrive, you’ll quickly discover why we have such a great reputation for sport, art, culture, shopping (and the best coffee on the planet!). Here are some of the things you can look forward to in our beautiful city. 

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    Why study in Australia?

    If travel restrictions mean you can’t be here right now, it’s still fun to dream about your ultimate study destination! World-class education, breathtaking landscapes, vibrant cities and friendly locals (even kangaroos and koalas) — it’s no wonder our international students love Australia! 

  • Swinburne locations

    We have three campuses based in Melbourne, located in Hawthorn, Croydon and Wantirna, and one in Sarawak, Malaysia. Learn how to navigate your campus and discover what’s close by.

  • Getting started at Swinburne

    Are you a new student to Swinburne? Welcome! All the vital information you need to help you get started at Swinburne and settle into university life is on this page.

  • Students gather in the kitchen of their accommodation socialising

    On-campus accommodation

    Learn about the different types of accommodation on Swinburne's Hawthorn campus, including private and shared accommodation options.

  • Student support services

    Need support? Swinburne’s student support services can help with your studies, career, health and wellbeing, accommodation, child care, IT, safety and more.
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    Work Integrated Learning

    Swinburne guarantees real industry experience in all our bachelor degrees in the form of placements, internships or industry-linked projects.

  • A student gets career advice from the student services team

    Careers and employability

    Improve your employability with expert advice and job application assistance, with a range of seminars, workshops, conferences and employer sessions to give you the edge.

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    Swinburne study abroad

    Studying abroad gives you the chance to challenge yourself, explore new cultures and make memories that last a lifetime. What are you waiting for?

  • Sport and fitness

    At Swinburne, we provide opportunities for you to get involved in a variety of sports clubs and fitness opportunities. As an enrolled student, you’re eligible to join in on the fun and get active!

  • Clubs and student organisations

    Join a club or student organisation and meet like-minded people, explore new hobbies and get involved with the issues you care about. Find your people.
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    Learn valuable new skills by taking on a leadership or volunteering role. You’ll meet new people and gain experiences that will make you more employable.

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    Student Union

    An independent, student-run representation, welfare and events association; guiding students to not only unlock their academic potential, but make memories and relationships that will last a lifetime.

Looking for a STEM student group?

Looking to add extra impact to your CV? STEM student groups are an ideal place to network, build skills, make friends and prepare yourself to be job-ready. Check out our STEM student groups to find more ways to get involved at Swinburne.

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