Step 1 - Entry Requirements
Academic Entry Requirements
To be eligible for the program students generally must have successfully completed a year of study at a higher education institution, except for Freshman Abroad applicants.
United States Students
US students are expected to have a GPA of 2.6 or higher.
Mexican students are usually required to have a minimum GPA of 80%.
Students applying for design and some film and tv units need to provide a portfolio for entry.
Students from institutions teaching in languages other than English must provide evidence of language proficiency as follows:
IELTS (Academic Module)
No individual band below 6.0
(minimum TWE 5.0)
(with no band less than 20)
Please note that IELTS and TOEFL results should be no more than two years old at the time of application to Swinburne University of Technology.
Applicants from some European countries may provide Secondary School English results in support of their English ability:
Studentereksamen grade 7 in English Level A or grade 10 in English Level B.
Voorbereidend Wetenschappelijk Onderwijs minimum 7 in English.
Vitnemal den Videragaende Skole minimum 4 in English.
VG in English.
Fachhochschulereife with at least 3 in English, or,
Abitur with at least 7 in English, or,
DAAD language test with minimum of B in all sections.
Step 2 - Develop a Swinburne Study Plan
A guide to choosing units at Swinburne
Developing a Swinburne Study Plan
These guidelines for choosing subjects at Swinburne have been created to assist students in developing their Swinburne study plan.
An introduction to the academic system at Swinburne:
- The Swinburne academic year is broken up into semesters. Swinburne Abroad students will be in studying in Semester 1 (February – June) or Semester 2 (July – November).
- Swinburne Abroad students are required to take a full time study load.
- A minimum full time study load per semester is 37.5 credits.
- A maximum full time study load per semester is 50 credits.
- Most units of study (but not all!) equal 12.5 credits so students generally study 3-4 units per semester.
- At Swinburne, units are individual units of study.
- At Swinburne, courses are full degree programs.
Students can choose the units they wish to study at Swinburne by looking at the Course Search website. Students can check whether their units are available in their Study Abroad semester/s by checking the Timetable website, remembering that Semester 1 runs from February - June and Semester 2 from July – November.
Make sure that students meet any prerequisite requirements that their desired units may have.
We recommend students list at least six units on their application form in order of preference, in case one of their units is not available or not suitable.
Step 3 - Complete the Application Form
Complete this form.
Applications for Semester 1 (February – June) - 31 October
Applications for Semester 2 (July – November) - 30 April
Applications submitted after the application deadlines will be assess on a case-by-case basis.
Exchange applications: Please confirm with Swinburne Abroad how many students you will be sending on fee waiver exchange places and please clearly indicate this on the application form.
Faculty of Design Applicants
If students are applying for design, film and television units offered in the Faculty of Design (Prahran campus), they are required to submit a portfolio of their work with their application. All portfolios should include current work completed at students home institution that demonstrates a high level of technical and creative merit. All work submitted should be of an appropriate standard for the level of units students are applying for at the Faculty of Design (Prahran campus).
Guidelines for International Applications (Design Courses)
This information may be helpful if students are applying for Design units.
Step 4 - Providing Supporting Documentation
A complete Study Abroad or Exchange application must include:
- Current academic history/transcript of results (must be in English or certified translation) – attached
- Proof of English language proficiency (if applicable)
- Copy of passport (photo page)
- Typed 250 word essay stating why you should be selected for the Education Abroad Program
- Portfolio (if applying for design, film and television in the Faculty of Design)
- All academic transcripts, certificates and proof of English proficiency must be the original or certified copies of the original (signed and stamped).
Step 5 - Submit Application and Documentation
Electronic Applications can be sent via email:
Applications can be sent by post to:
Swinburne University of Technology
PO BOX 218
Once an application has been received, an email will be sent to confirm the application has been received. Students will also receive notification of their SAMS applicant ID which they should quote in any further follow up regarding their application.
Step 6 - Receive An Offer
If entry requirements are met, Swinburne will make the student an offer with a list of approved units. Offer of Acceptance will include:
- Official offer letter – indicating approved units
- Unit Nomination Form - Students need to select which units they would like to take (37.5 – 50 credits). This is the last opportunity for students to nominate additional units that have not been previously approved.
Step 7 - Accept An Offer
It is important that students read all information carefully and return the requested Offer Acceptance Form and Unit Nomination Form by the due date, as advised. This form must be signed by the student. Students should visit our website in order to accept.
Study Abroad Tuition Fees
Study Abroad students will need to pay tuition fees in order to be accepted into the program. The total owing is stated on the offer letter and will generally comprise of the tuition fee and Overseas Student Health Cover.
Tuition fees for Study Abroad applications in 2013 are as follows:
- AUD $9,270 for one semester
Study Abroad applications submitted by Swinburne’s exchange partner institutions will receive a partner discounted fee of AUD $8,500 for one semester.
Payment for Overseas Student Health Cover
It is compulsory for all international students holding student visas, and their dependants, to maintain adequate Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) throughout their course of study. Exceptions - Norwegian and most Swedish students on government funded programs, as the Australian Department of Health and Ageing has advised that these countries have national health schemes which provide adequate health insurance overseas.
How To Pay Tuition and OSHC Fees
Students can pay their OSHC fee and tuition fees using a range of payment methods available here.
Step 8 - Apply for a Student Visa
On the receipt of a student’s Offer Acceptance Form and payment, Swinburne will issue an Electronic Confirmation of Enrolment (eCoE). The eCoE is the document needed to apply for a student visa. Students should be applying for a non-award visa, Subclass 575.
For information on applying for a student visa visit the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) website.
As an international student in Australia students are permitted to work up to 20 hours a week during semester.
Step 9 - Request Airport Pickup and Temporary Accommodation
Students can arrange airport pickup and/or temporary accommodation by making an online booking. Bookings must be made at least 3 days prior to arrival. Once we have received this form, students will receive an email confirmation of their pickup and/or temporary accommodation.
On campus accommodation is available at the Hawthorn and Lilydale campuses. There are also options such as private student accommodation, homestay and share house living. An Accommodation Officer will be available upon arrival to assist students with finding suitable accommodation.
Step 10 - Arrive in Melbourne
Students are advised to arrive in Melbourne prior to enrolment to allow time to adjust and familiarise themselves with their new environment. Swinburne Abroad invites students to attend a Swinburne Abroad Welcome Session, held daily the week prior to orientation. Students need to arrive in Melbourne prior to the Swinburne Abroad Orientation, held a week before classes commence. This compulsory program is a great opportunity for students to meet their fellow Study Abroad students.