Have you checked the course entry requirements?

Before you apply to study at Swinburne, check that you meet all the entry requirements for your chosen course. Do this by searching for a course using the course search tool and scroll down to “entry requirements”.

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Know which course you want to study?

Already chosen a course and meet the entry requirements? Awesome! What are you waiting for? Apply below!

Note: his page is for local students (Australian citizens, Australian permanent residents, NZ citizens). If you’re an international student, the process to apply to study at Swinburne is a little different. Learn more about how to apply as an international student.

Applications for Semester 1:

  • Current Year 12 students: Apply through the VTAC website
  • Non-Year 12 students: You can apply direct to Swinburne or through VTAC. If you’ve already applied through VTAC, you cannot apply direct and you must proceed with your VTAC application. 
  • As a direct applicant: If you’re a new applicant to Swinburne, know which course you want to study and understand the course requirements and are not planning to apply to any other institution, register and apply directly to begin the process.


How to apply for other semesters:

To apply for another semester, you will need to apply to Swinburne directly

  • Apply directly to Swinburne as a local student

    Apply directly to Swinburne as a local student

    Ready to take on a new challenge and reach your academic goals? If you already know which course you want to study and understand the entry requirements, what are you waiting for? Apply online! Remember, you cannot apply direct if you have an active VTAC application.

  • Applying via VTAC

    Applying via VTAC

    The Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre (VTAC) is the main body for applying to tertiary institutions in Victoria. As an international student, you can also apply to Swinburne through VTAC if you are already studying Year 12 in Australia.

  • Study online at Swinburne

    Study online at Swinburne

    At Swinburne, we understand that travelling to one of our campuses may be impractical for you. That's why we offer the opportunity for you to study 100% online through our breakthrough technologies.

How to apply for vocational education (VE)

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Applications, including supporting documentation, can be submitted online or by email, post or in-person.

Note: Check the program application closing dates, as some close early. 

Apply online

You may need to organise some of the following supporting documents before you apply:

  • certified and translated copies of previous academic results 
  • proof of your name and citizenship 
  • certified copy of your academic award(s) 
  • statement of purpose explaining what you hope to achieve from your studies 
  • current résumé.

Supporting documentation must be certified as a true and correct copy of the original. We don’t accept photocopies of previously certified documents. Learn more about supporting documents required to apply to Swinburne.  

Having trouble applying for a postgraduate course? Speak with one of our friendly course advisers by booking a one-on-one appointment

Important information for vocational education (TAFE) students

If you would like to study TAFE at Swinburne, you’ll need to complete these requirements:

  • A pre-training review (PTR) — you’ll need to complete a series of questions to make sure you’re placed in the best course for you. 
  • Language, literacy and numeracy (LLN) — your language, literacy and numeracy skills will be evaluated. You may need to complete an online assessment when you apply to Swinburne. 
  • Skills First — this is an interview to help identify if you’re eligible for a government-subsidised place 
  • Green ID — Swinburne uses a digital ID service.


You’ll need two of the following documents, with at least one photo ID:

  • Australian Driver’s Licence 
  • Australian Passport 
  • Australian Visa (Foreign Passport) 
  • Australian Citizenship Certificate 
  • Medicare Card 
  • Australian Birth Certificate.

Before you enrol in these programs, you need to find an employer willing to offer you an apprenticeship or traineeship. 

Your employer will need to register you through an Australian Apprenticeship Centre (AAC) by calling 1800 639 629 or going to the Australian Apprenticeship Centre website.

How to apply for undergraduate courses

Undergraduate study includes all bachelor, honours and associate degrees.

Applications, including supporting documentation, can be submitted online or by email, post or in-person.

Note: Check the program application closing dates, as some close early. 

Apply online

You may need to organise some of the following supporting documents before you apply:

  • certified and translated copies of previous academic results 
  • proof of your name and citizenship 
  • certified copy of your academic award(s) 
  • statement of purpose explaining what you hope to achieve from your studies 
  • current résumé. 


Supporting documentation must be certified as a true and correct copy of the original. We don’t accept photocopies of previously certified documents. Learn more about supporting documents required to apply to Swinburne.  

Having trouble applying for a postgraduate course? Speak with one of our friendly course advisers by booking a one-on-one appointment.

How to apply for postgraduate courses

Postgraduate study includes graduate certificates, graduate diplomas and masters.

Applications, including supporting documentation, can be submitted online or by email, post or in-person.

Note: Check the program application closing dates, as some close early. 

Apply online

You may need to organise some of the following supporting documents before you apply:

  • certified and translated copies of previous academic results 
  • proof of your name and citizenship 
  • certified copy of your academic award(s) 
  • statement of purpose explaining what you hope to achieve from your studies 
  • current résumé 
  • portfolio (architecture and urban design programs) 
  • academic and professional referee reports (psychology programs). 


Supporting documentation must be certified as a true and correct copy of the original. We don’t accept photocopies of previously certified documents. Learn more about supporting documents required to apply to Swinburne.  

Having trouble applying for a postgraduate course? Speak with one of our friendly course advisers by booking a one-on-one appointment.

  • How to apply for a research degree

    How to apply for a research degree

    Applications for research degrees are accepted year-round for most research programs. Learn the application and enrolment process for international students and learn how to find a potential supervisor.

What happens next?

After you’ve registered and applied to study at Swinburne, we need to check your application. If your application is successful, you’ll receive a formal Letter of Offer which will outline how to accept the offer and how to enrol.

Want to speak to a course adviser?

If you need a little more help deciding which course is right for you, or if you’re unsure of the application process, talk to our friendly and knowledgeable team.
Call us on +61 1300 794 628 (select keypad option 2 or 3) or book an appoiment below.

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