The public university in Melbourne, La Trobe extensively contributes to the Australian education system for its widely celebrated research facilities.
Many aspirants do not know this, but La Trobe follows a unique concept of teaching outside of Australia. The university has partnered with 8 universities based in 4 other countries viz. China, Singapore, Mauritius, and Vietnam. Students of these countries need not visit Australia to pursue their education from La Trobe, they can rather study in the partner universities. Out of 8, China and Singapore have 3 universities each that teach on behalf of La Trobe and hand out their students with authentic degrees and certifications. Similarly, La Trobe has tie-ups with 1 university each in Mauritius and Vietnam.
Let us discuss the admission process of the university along with the chances of getting enrolled to study in the deemed Australian University.
- Courses Offered
- Eligibility & Documents Required
- Application & Tuition Fees
- Scholarships & Financial Aid
- Admission Process
- Student Diversity & Preferred Profile
- Part Time Work While Studying
- Campuses & Accommodation
- University Contact Information
What all courses are available to international students?
Popular for offering brilliantly-designed research programmes, La Trobe holds Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA). Being one of the prominent research centres, it attracts students from across the world for its well-designed programmes specifically for procuring higher education degrees.
Nevertheless, apart from giving rise to the established Researchers, the university has made many Founders, CEOs, General Managers, Councillors, Directors, Deputy Secretaries in the technical and corporate world. The international students would be amazed to know that the university offers over 3200 subjects.
- IT and Engineering
- Business and Commerce
- Law and Criminology
- Education and Teaching
- Arts, Social Sciences, and Communications
All these divisions can be pursued on different levels at La Trobe through not only bachelors, master, or doctorate degrees, but also through diplomas and short-term courses. The university offers more than 140 undergraduate courses, 110+ postgraduate courses, 40+ research programmes, and 60+ short courses in the aforementioned divisions. Additionally, its widely accepted MBA degree provides the students with skills and knowledge in Business Analysis, Accounting, Innovation, Responsible Leadership, and Entrepreneurship.
Along with a special place in the Australian Department of Education and Training, the university is known for Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA). It is a centre for research in the following areas:
- Building Healthy Communities
- Securing Food, Water and the Environment
- Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation
- Transforming Human Societies
- Understanding Disease
The kind of research programmes include Master’s Degree by Research, Doctor of Philosophy, and Professional Doctorate. With various research centres, La Trobe caters to Environmental Research, Health and Molecular Research, Societal Research, and Technology Research.
Since the university is known for its research excellence, it is recommended to check the programme details thoroughly before applying to any of the centres.
Eligibility & Documents Required
What are the eligibility requirements?
A certain academic qualification required to pursue a subject is essential to ensure that an applicant is qualified to specialise in a domain with existing basic knowledge. Similarly, appearing for the standardised examinations to study abroad ensures that the applicant is capable of pursuing the course. Since La Trobe’s mode of educational conduct is in English language, IELTS Score is required for the application from non-English speaking countries.
Given below is the minimum requirement of academic qualification and standardised exam scores needed to apply to La Trobe University:
Though any application without meeting the eligibility criteria is subject to rejection, the criteria differs from course-to-course and subject-to-subject. The aforementioned score is the minimum requirement, which would be higher for some particular courses. Hence, it is advisable that you visit the exact course page on the official website of the university to cross-check the exact requirements.
What all documents are needed for the application?
Along with the regular mark sheets, there is a different set of documents that is required while applying to abroad universities. La Trobe requires its applicants to submit the following documents at the time of application:
- Valid Passport
- IELTS Exam Score
- GRE Exam Score (in some courses)
- Academic Transcripts along with Backlog Certificate
- Statement of Purpose in every course
- Two or more Letter of Recommendations (mandatory for MBA)
- Student CV
It is essential to keep all these documents ready before making the application.
NOTE: CV is mandatory for MBA applicants whether fresher or experienced. For every other course, CV is not mandatory for applicants with no work experience. If an applicant hold professional experience CV is compulsory with all the supporting documents of work experience.
Application & Tuition Fees
Is there any application fees?
There is no application fee for the international aspirants. La Trobe University offers free-of-cost application in every course.
What is the fee structure of courses offered by the university?
The fee structure varies with the fields and courses of specialisation. Given below is a range of fee according to the level of programme:
Tuition Fee Slab*
Source: La Trobe University
*The slab discussed above is the annual fee estimate of different programmes. Based on the length of the course, the total tuition fee is a subject to vary. It is suggested you confirm the length of the course and accordingly calculate the entire tuition fee and other related costs before finalising a budget.
Scholarships & Financial Aid
Is there any scholarship or financial aid available for international students?
The university offers La Trobe International Scholarship (LTIS) to the international applicants based on the competitiveness of their profiles. LTIS ranges from 10% to 25% of the total tuition fee on merit basis. It means that the applicants with higher scores as per their previous academic records are considered for a higher amount of scholarship.
Eligibility Criteria for LTIS
- All the international students (except New Zealand)
- Students should be paying their fee on their own, which means they should not be sponsored by any institution or organisation
- Students of undergraduate or postgraduate courses only (students of diploma and other short-term courses are not eligible for applying to this scholarship)
- Students of Business and Commerce, IT and Engineering, Sciences and Psychology, Health Sciences, Law and Criminology, Teaching and Education, Arts and Communications, Future Postgraduate coursework, and Future Undergraduates
The exact course list is updated every year on the university website. Students are suggested to check their course in the LTIS list and then apply for the scholarship.
Apart from this, there is long list of scholarships offered by the university, some of which are applicable to international students of many other courses and some are specific to research programmes.
When do the admissions start?
The international applicants may start applying in advance to the university. In some courses, the window opens around 6 months before the application deadline. It is always better to start off early and complete the application in advance as early applications are a subject to early decisions.
- Before application, keep all the documents ready including the financial documents
- Though there is no application fee involved in any course of La Trobe, students should get the tuition fee arranged to reserve a spot as soon as the decision arrives
- Apply in advance (3-6 months before the deadline) to have ample time for visa application which is 2-3 months before the joining deadline
La Trobe University has three intakes for undergraduate and postgraduate applicants:
Most of the courses at La Trobe have a mid-year intake, wherein there is an exception of making an application between May to July. The deadline for February intake generally falls in October end, while for November intake, the deadline is in September end.*
- Degrees: End of October and End of April*
- Scholarships: End of September*
*Deadlines may vary as per courses and with progressive years. Please refer to the University’s Courses Database with list of all the courses along with their application dates.
How do I start my application? Is there any Pathway option available?
The foremost step to applying to a La Trobe would checking the eligibility criteria as per the chosen course and keeping all the documents ready for the application. International students, who do not meet the eligibility criteria, may follow the Pathways options as follows:
There are a few foundation programmes as well as diploma pathway programmes designed specifically by the La Trobe College Australia to help the international students meet undergraduate level entry requirements. The Foundation Studies Programme costs AU$ 22,800.
As such, the English language tuition offered by La Trobe College Australia can help you get enrolled to the University. You would need to complete the ‘English for Further Studies Advanced Stage 5B Certificate’. Completing this on an acceptable level would allow you to apply to La Trobe without having to appear for IELTS, TOEFL, or PTE.
The Postgraduate Enabling Programme offered by La Trobe, also called as PEP, allows a pathway to a broad array of its master’s courses. These are applicable for students, who lack the eligibility requirements (Academic or Standardised Tests) for direct entry. Postgraduate Enabling Program (PEP) costs AU$ 12,900.
Benefits of Pathway Programmes:
- Pathway Diploma guarantees admission directly into to the second-year of a degree programme
- It offers supreme learning environment to benefit from the small classroom size featuring the latest technologies under expert professors and lecturers
- Pathway also offers free support services such as:
- One-on-one teaching/training
- English improvement sessions
- Study skills workshops
- Students enjoy university experience from the first day in Melbourne campus or Sydney campus
- It also provides students with access to all the best facilities while utilising social activities and clubs
- Last, but not the least, Pathway helps the students to transition into the new culture, with language training, and impressive education system
The qualified teachers prepare the local and international students for their upcoming tenure in the university while understanding the unique needs of their students.
NOTE: The Pathway Programmes are applicable to international students with residency in Australia.
What are the steps to the application process? Does the university have an interview?
There is a different section offered to make an international application. It is very simple. The international students, who meet the eligibility criteria need to apply directly through the university’s official website as follows:
Step 1: Visit www.latrobe.edu.au/international/study/australia/apply.
Step 2: Check the entry requirements: Make sure that you meet the minimum requirements to join the university, as discussed above (Academic Score: 60% or above, IELTS Score: 6 or above).
Step 3: Finalise the subject: On the same application page, you will get a subject finalisation guide, wherein you need to check whether or not the subject is available for international students.
Step 4: Choose a relevant programme: After deciding to the level of education you want to pursue whether bachelors or masters, ensure that you meet the minimum eligibility criteria of the course you indent to join.
Step 5: Register to the official website: Fill out the necessary field such as your name, surname, email address, 8 character password, your current country, citizenship, student visa requirement, etc.
Step 6: Apply to the Programme: Once you have registered, you may apply to the programme of your choice, keep the softcopies of all your documents ready for upload.
After making the application, wait for the university to evaluate your profile and get back to you with an update on your application. If your profile gets shortlisted, you would be required to appear for an interview.
The Australian Universities, including La Trobe, have a GTE Interview as a mandatory part of the admission process. It discusses about the financial capacity to fund the tuition and stay of an international candidate.
When will I hear from the university after I submit my application?
La Trobe communicates about the admission status of international applicants within a week via email. The selected students get the following set of documents from the university:
- Offer Letter
- Offer Acceptance Form
- Acceptance and Pre-departure Guide
- Learning Agreement Form
Accordingly, keep a regular check on your email to find the offer letter and acceptance form. This offer letter is either conditional or unconditional based on the written documents provided. If the letter is conditional, you should do the needful as asked in the letter to get all the conditions removed and receive the unconditional offer letter.
The offer acceptance form needs to be filled by the international candidates to help the university reserve a spot for the applicants. The acceptance and pre-departure guides help the students to plan their journey to and stay in Australia. Lastly, the agreement form helps in making a mutual agreement between the student and the university.
Students are open to change their of preference period of course beginning, they must communicate it in advance and check the requirements on university website. They should also accept or defer the acceptance to reserve a spot or set it free.
Student Diversity & Preferred Profile
How difficult is it to get an admission? What factors contribute to admission?
Housing 35,000–40,000 global students, La Trobe is flexible to accepting international applications. With such a huge student body, getting an admission into the university is not a big challenge for students with better profiles as the university is open to average international profiles.
The university does not have a very high eligibility criteria, which makes it accessible to average profile as well. However, exceptions are always there. When the international applications go to the university, then evaluation is done on certain factors, these include better performance in the general eligible criteria.
Applicants with higher score of previous academic qualification and IELTS requirements have an edge over the others. Another factor contributing to university enrolment is work experience. Students with some relevant work experience have a higher chance of getting enrolled to the university.
Key factors that increase weightage of international candidature leading to higher enrolment chances:
We all know how important the academic scores and standardised test scores are in making an application considerable. Thus, for applicants with an average overall percentage/CGPA, it is recommended to score well in their IELTS/GRE exams. On the contrary, a well-written application can make your application. Check out how to write a winning SOP and Impressive Recommendation Letter.
What is the acceptance rate of university for international students? How many Indian/international students are studying at the university?
Known for its multicultural environment, La Trobe accepts more than 8,000 international applications from around 110 countries per year. With a total student headcount of more than 38,000 in the year 2017, the ratio of national vs international students was 19:4.
Sure the ratio appears to have a huge difference but India ranks second after China in the top 5 countries, whose students have found their dream courses in La Trobe. Considering the number of students in 2015–2017, the number of Indian students studying in La Trobe has increased from 1500+ to 2200+.
Source: La Trobe University
With so many students studying in the university, India has shown a tremendous increase in its enrolment every year. The increasing number of Indian students shows that every year more students drawn towards applying to La Trobe. Meanwhile, the increase in enrolments as well as Indian students’ headcount assured that admissions in La Trobe is not as difficult as it may sound being a reputed university.
Since the acceptance criteria makes it easier for Indians to find a place in the numerous courses found in the university. With this rise, La Trobe hope to receive more Indian applications in the coming years with more acceptance rate.
Part Time Work While Studying
Can I work while studying here?
La Trobe allows its international students to work on a study visa. Certainly, there are some things that the students should know to, one of which is that that they should be able to submit their assignments and project works in time.
International students of bachelors, masters, and research programmes are entitled to work adhering to the ground rules.
- Students must not exceed the working hours under any circumstances
- Students should not be enrolled in either of summer or winter semester
- Students need to ensure that working beyond education does not interfere with or affect their studies in any way
- Students of bachelors or masters programmes may work up to 40 hours in 2 weeks while the course is on-going or university is in session
- Students may work for unlimited hours while the course or university is on an official or announced break
- Students must check the university’s official calendar to confirm dates on which the university may be in on-going session and on a break
- Students of Research degrees or PHD are authorised to work for unlimited hours
Type of Work
The internships and placements that are included in your programme as a mandatory part of the curriculum are not counted as work. Therefore, the related work is included in the work hours. Nonetheless, the internships and placements opportunities, which are optional as electives are counted as an outside work, and hence, included in the working hours.
Note: It is advised that being a non-native student, you learn about the work rights under the law of Australia along with the minimum wage an international student is entitled to.
International students may seek further guidance from the La Trobe International Student Services. Also, you are requested to visit the Department of Home Affairs official website to receive detailed information regarding working in Australia while abiding to the law.
Campuses & Accommodation
How many campuses does the university have?
La Trobe University has 7 campuses in three of Australia’s beautiful locations, viz. Melbourne, Regional Victoria, and Sydney.
2 Colleges in Melbourne:
- Melbourne Campus
- City Campus
4 Colleges in Regional Victoria:
- Bendigo Campus
- Albury-Wodonga Campus
- Mildura Campus
- Shepparton Campus
1 College in Sydney:
- Sydney Campus
Besides, teaching in these seven campuses, the university also offers online teaching. The online sessions start in July, September, and November*.
*These months are subject to change. More details for online education are available on the university’s official website.
Is on-campus housing available? How much does it cost?
Students need to apply in advance to avail the on-campus accommodation. La Trobe’s Pre-Departure Guide, which is sent along with the Letter of Acceptance clearly states all the related information. The guide provides complete information on buildings, rooms, food, water, bars, services, parking, sports facilities, shops, ATMs, transport, bike rental, medical facilities, and so on.
On-campus housing is available on five of La Trobe’s campuses, viz Melbourne, Bendigo, Albury-Wodonga, Mildura, and Shepparton. The facilities include single rooms, twin share, couple rooms, ensuites, studios, and apartments.
While Bendigo, Albury-Wodonga, Mildura, and Shepparton share the same cost of rent, accommodation at Melbourne is a little expensive than the rest four.
Source: La Trobe University
Based on the college selection and budget as well as the pre-departure guide it is difficult to make a wise decision. Students are guided to carefully read, understand, finalise, and then apply for an accommodation option.
For students residing in or near the La Trobe campuses, there are numerous feasible conveyance facilities of which they should be aware.
- Car Parking
- Menzies Annexes – Car Park 4
- Menzies North and South wings – Car Park 6
- Glenn – Car Park 6
- Buses 250/350
- Bus 550
- Glider Service
- Myki Cards
These facilities are easily accessible to all the people residing nearby. Many students around or far from the campus prefer taking a bus to the college.
Above and beyond, La Trobe has opened a new student accommodation building in Mid-2020. Students may register their interest to get updated on its launch and get information on its application dates.
University Contact Information
Whom should I contact in case of any doubts?
International students may directly contact the La Trobe University’s personnel by calling on +61 3 6145 0033 or raise a query on the official website at www.latrobe.edu.au.