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

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 Australian Government’s Education Services for Overseas Students (ESOS) regulatory framework so that you understand your rights and responsibilities as an international student before and during your study.

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:

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. 

Application tips

Watch our video of Swinburne's application process - from choosing a course to accepting your offer.

Applying to Swinburne

David, a digital media student at Swinburne, provides a step-by-step explanation of Swinburne's application process as well as tips to manage it all.