Understanding your offer

To understand your offer to study at Swinburne, you need to know about health cover, paying your fees and other conditions.

Conditional offers

Conditional offers are made to applicants who are required to provide additional documentation to support their application.

Prior to or at the time of accepting a conditional offer, you must provide evidence that you have met all of the stated conditions. If you do not provide this evidence, you will not be eligible to proceed with your enrolment or student visa application.

The conditions listed on your Letter of Offer will outline the documents you are required to provide to Swinburne. These may include:

  • official or certified copies of academic transcripts
  • completion letters or certificates
  • IELTS (academic module) or TOEFL (computer-based or paper-based or IBT) results (no more than two years old).

When you have all the documents outlined in your Letter of Offer, you must send these to Swinburne with your completed Offer Acceptance Form.


Credit is the recognition of previous study and/or experience in the form of exemption from certain course requirements. This allows you to enter a course with advanced standing.

If you have received credit, it will be indicated in your Letter of Offer. The course duration shown on your Letter of Offer reflects the advanced standing you have received.

Details of credit will be determined when you enrol. You should bring original or certified copies of your academic transcripts and course outlines for completed courses. The full amount of credit will only be available with evidence that you have met all conditions.

In Australian universities, the term 'credit’ is often used interchangeably with the terms ‘advanced standing’, ‘exemptions’ and/or ‘Recognition of Prior Learning’ (RPL).  Note that Swinburne refers to RPL as recognition of skills and knowledge gained through work experience, life experience and/or formal training. Therefore, RPL and credit are not interchangeable terms.

Applications for credit after enrolling

Bachelor and master degrees

If you wish to apply for credit for your bachelor degree or master degree after you have enrolled, you must submit your application before the end of the first week of your course.

Submit your application form to the Swinburne International counter at studentHQ (Frederick Street, Hawthorn campus).

Note that late applications will not be considered.

Diplomas and certificates

If you wish to apply for credit for your diploma or certificate after you have enrolled, you must submit your application during the first four weeks of your course.

Submit your application form to the Swinburne International counter at studentHQ (Frederick Street, Hawthorn campus).

Note that late applications will not be considered.

Tuition fees and deposit

A deposit is required when you accept your offer and submit your Offer Acceptance Form. The amount required is included in your Letter of Offer.

The annual tuition fee listed in your Letter of Offer is based on full-time study for each course. Fees for each teaching period are based on how many units of study you will complete. Fees are reviewed annually.

Overseas Student Health Cover

The Australian Government requires you and your dependants to maintain acceptable health and medical insurance during your stay in Australia. Overseas Student Health Cover is arranged by a registered health provider as determined by the Australian Government.

Exchange and study abroad offer letters

Letters of Offer for exchange programs include information about the tuition fee waiver for students.

Letters of Offer for study abroad program include the tuition fee based on full-time study in each teaching period. 

Units of study may have a duration of one or two teaching periods. A full list of your chosen pre-approved units will be listed in your Letter of Offer on your Unit Selection Advice Form. You must submit your Unit Nomination Form with your Offer Acceptance Form to confirm your study plan.

If you are applying for a student visa, you will be required to have Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) when you accept your offer. Your Letter of Offer will list how much your OSHC will cost based on the duration of your student visa. 

Postponing your start date

If you wish to defer the start date of your course, you must email Swinburne International for approval. It is possible to defer your course for a maximum of 12 months. If you are assessed as continuing to meet Swinburne's entry requirements and Australian regulatory requirements, you will receive a revised Letter of Offer with a new start date.

If you have already accepted your offer and need to defer because a student visa has not being granted, then you will receive a new Letter of Offer indicating the new start date as well as a new Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE). This will enable you to reapply for your student visa for the deferred intake.

Changing courses

It is important to ensure you are happy with your course before accepting your offer to study at Swinburne. There is no guarantee that you will be able to transfer to another course within Swinburne.

Note that you cannot transfer to another institution for the first six months of your principal course (the final course if you have a packaged offer). This includes any courses you will complete prior to starting your principal course. Requests to transfer during this period will be assessed against the transfer guidelines and will only be permitted in limited circumstances.