Victoria University Admissions 2023: Application Fees & Deadline ,Melbourne,Australia

  • Melbourne,Australia
Alka Maurya

Victoria University, also denoted as VU, is a public research university in Melbourne, Victoria. With over 4,000 industry connections, VU offers world-class education with its unique Block Model. The industry-focused courses generate employment opportunities which are further supported by the university through its inclusive student community.

VU ranks amongst the only seven Australian universities that have received a five-star rating for its state-of-the-art facilities from the Council of Australian Postgraduate Associations. The university launched a VU’s People Strategy dedicated to creating the most suited environment for all its employees in 2019.

About Victoria University

The support and skill development programmes conducted at VU act as the university’s USP, which attract thousands of global researchers each year. The university boasts over 240,000 alumni from more than 130 countries.

Courses Offered

What all courses are available to international students?

The university is widely recognised for its industry-relevant courses delivered part-time, full-time, and online in a broad array of disciplines.


  • Arts and Humanities
  • Business
  • Computers and Information Technology
  • Education
  • Engineering and Science
  • Health and Biomedicine
  • Law and Justice
  • Preparation and English language
  • Sports and Exercise


As per the 2019 Engagement and Impact (EI) assessment, over 90% of the research conducted at VU ranks for significantly contributing to the society, community, and culture. Adding to it, the university has reported a satisfaction rate of 93% by its graduate researchers.

Research Groups, Institutes, and Centres

  • Institute for Health and Sport
  • Institute for Sustainable Industries and Liveable Cities
  • Centre of Policy Studies (COPS)
  • Centre for International Research on Education Systems (CIRES)
  • CUFE-VU Centre for Research on Business and Economics (CRBE)
  • Mitchell Institute for Education and Health Policy
  • Western Centre for Health Research and Education (Western CHRE)
  • Sir Zelman Cowen Centre
  • Feminist Research Network (FRN)

The graduate researchers of VU working within the campus and specialised research centres collaborate with the renowned research staff. Their contribution leads to over 600 papers publications each year, more than 50% of which are recognised by the best international journals.

Eligibility & Documents Required

What are the eligibility requirements?

The minimum programme-wise eligibility criteria that international applicants need to meet before applying to Victoria University are given below:

Undergraduate Level Eligibility Requirements —

Undergraduate programme requirements are further divided into two parts, wherein eligibility for basic education and English proficiency differs for both of them:

1. Certificates, Diplomas, and Advanced Diplomas

Basic Education:

  • Varies with every certificate and diploma course (students need to check this on the dedicated course page on the university website)

English Proficiency (either of):

  • IELTS Academic: Minimum 5.5 bands overall (no less than 5 in each section)
  • TOEFL: Minimum score of 55 overall (Listening: 9, Speaking: 16, Reading: 10, Writing: 18)
  • PTE Academic: Minimum score of 42-49 overall (with no section score less than 40)
  • University of Cambridge – Advanced (CAE): Minimum score of 162 overall (no less than 154 in individual section)
  • VU English - English for Academic Purposes (EAP) (Level 4): Achieved

2. Bachelor Degrees

Basic Education:

  • Grade 12 in relevant discipline equivalent to an Australian Year 12 certificate

English Proficiency (either of):

  • IELTS Academic: Minimum 6 bands overall (no less than 6 in each section)
  • TOEFL: Minimum score of 67 overall (Listening: 12, Speaking: 18, Reading: 15, Writing: 21)
  • PTE Academic: Minimum score of 50-67 overall (with no section score less than 50)
  • CAE: Minimum score of 169 overall (no less than 169 in individual section)
  • VU English – EAP (Level 5): Achieved

Graduate Level Eligibility Requirements —

Eligibility for all graduate courses including master’s degrees, research degrees, graduate certificates and diplomas has been explained in three parts. While the English proficiency level is the same, basic education requirement is different for all these three sections.

English Proficiency (either of):

  • IELTS Academic: Minimum 6.5 bands overall (no less than 6 in each section)
  • TOEFL: Minimum score of 79 overall (Listening: 19, Speaking: 19, Reading: 18, Writing: 22)
  • PTE Academic: Minimum score of 58-64 overall (with no section score less than 50)
  • CAE: Minimum score of 176 overall (no less than 169 in individual section)
  • VU English – EAP (Level 6): Achieved

Let us discuss the basic education requirement for all graduate programmes separately:

1. Graduate Certificates and Graduate Diplomas

  • Bachelor’s degree in relevant discipline equivalent to an Australian bachelor degree

2. Master Degrees

  • Bachelor’s degree in relevant discipline equivalent to an Australian honours degree*, bachelor’s degree, or graduate diploma

3. Research Programmes

  • Honours degree*, or
  • Master’s degree by coursework with a research component, or
  • An equivalent qualification from an approved university

*Honours degree refers to an undergraduate study with an extra year of study spent on postgraduate research

Eligibility Requirements for Exchange and Study Abroad Students —

Along with the aforementioned English proficiency, students must have scored 65% aggregate or a GPA of 2.5 on a scale of 4 (or equivalent) in their latest studies

Note: There is no mention of GMAT, GRE, or SAT requirements in the generic eligibility criteria section for international students on the university’s website. To learn more about course-specific entry requirements, it is recommended to visit the exact page of the intended course on the official website.

What documents are needed for the application?

International students need to provide the following set of documents at the time of application at VU:

  • Official academic transcripts (of previous qualifications in English)
  • English proficiency test score/result
  • GMAT/GRE scores (if applicable)
  • Proof of work experience
  • Portfolio or folio of works
  • Police check or working with children check from home country
  • Supplementary information form

Note: These are general requirements for applying to Victoria University and may vary with different courses. It is recommended to check the exact requirements from the course page of the official website.

Application & Tuition Fees

Is there any application fees?

International students are required to pay an application fee of AUD 75 while applying to any programme at Victoria University. Fee can be paid online using Master or Visa credit card.

What is the fee structure of courses offered by the university?

The annual tuition fee chargeable to international students at Victoria University is as follows:

Course Type

Tuition Fee* (in AUD)

Bachelor degrees

29,000 – 34,000

Master degrees

28,000 – 35,000




22,000 – 29,000

Other courses

14,400 – 26,500

Source: Victoria University

Additional Costs

There are a few mandatory and expected expenses that are not included in the tuition fee. These are as follows:


Cost* (in AUD)

Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC)

435 (12-month policy)

Study material (books and stationery)

650 approximately

Graduation ceremony cost


Source: Victoria University

*Fee varies depending on the course and progressive years. We encourage you to check the school/department’s website for the exact fee.

Important points associated with international students’ tuition fee:

  • Fee is chargeable per semester or trimester
  • Students must pay their tuition fees upfront each semester

Advice on entire payment and initial fee deposit is covered within the International Student Written Agreement. Also, these expenses are outlined in the International Student Offer and Acceptance Form.

Scholarships & Financial Aid

Is there any scholarship or financial aid available for international students?

VU supports many international students and is proud to introduce them as scholarship recipients and sponsored students. With a range of university-funded and externally-funded scholarships, international students complete their Vocational Education and Training (VET).

In the form of financial assistance, some scholarships offer a stipend that covers entire tuition fee and living cost, while some offer partial-funding. Students from undergraduate, postgraduate, and research.

Research Scholarship Areas

Graduate researchers working in the following areas are eligible for scholarships:

  • Engineering and Science
  • Mechanisms and Interventions in Health and Disease
  • Sports Performance and Business
  • Social and Cultural Transformation
  • Healthy and Inclusive Communities – Sport, Physical Activity, and Culture

Award Value:

Graduate research scholarships are worth AUD 28,200 per year.

Master’s Scholarships

These are awarded to outstanding international applicants of 2021 and onwards.

Award Value:

  • Tuition fee: Ranges between AUD 25,000–30,000 per annum
  • Honorarium: Up to AUD 10,000 based on milestone achievements
  • Candidature budget: AUD 1500–3350 depending on the discipline
  • Application deadline*: November end to mid-December
  • Award decision*: January end
  • Award applicable*: Late February

*Dates vary depending on the course and can change frequently. We encourage you to check the school/department’s website for exact deadlines.

Admission Process

When do the admissions start?

Victoria University follows a semester-based admission process. The two intakes are:

VU Admission Intakes

International students may apply in either of the two semesters considering the following deadlines:

Admission Intake

Application Window*

Class Commencement*

Fall Intake



Spring Intake



*Dates vary depending on the course and can change frequently. We encourage you to check the school/department’s website for exact deadlines.

What are the steps to the application process? Does this involve an interview round?

There are two ways to apply to all the programmes offered by Victoria University:

  1. Find an agent to guide through the application process at
  2. Self-apply via university’s online application  portal at

International students may choose either of these.

All Programme Applications (Except PhD) —

Those who plan to apply on their own may refer to the application instructions below:

Step 1: Open the university’s application portal.

VU Application Steps

Step 2: Choose the application type as ‘International’ and select the home country.

VU Application Steps

Step 3: Choose the intended course of application along with preferred intake.

VU Application Steps

Step 4: Input personal details.

VU Application Steps

Step 5: Upload relevant documents.

Step 6: Pay the application fee.

Step 7: Review and submit the application.

Next, wait for the results.

PhD Applications —

Research aspirants need to follow the six-step application process to apply to VU:

Step 1: Select a suitable study level.

Step 2: Check eligibility for the intended programme.

Step 3: Identify a priority Field of Research (FoR) code and supervisor.

Step 4: Prepare the research proposal.

Step 5: Submit the application.

Step 6: Wait for the enrolment and commencement.

Note: Since applications to all the courses need to be submitted online, applicants need to ensure to have all the documents and application fee ready.

When will I hear from the university after I submit my application?

The university processes the application received within a month or two. Students may check their application status online from where they submitted their forms and stay active on their emails. Email communication is sent to all the students regarding the application status. These emails constitute of two documents:

  1. International student offer
  2. Acceptance form

Once the admission is confirmed, students need to accept the offer as per the following steps:

Step 1: Receive the said documents and accept the offer.

Step 2: Identify and meet the conditions (if any).

Step 3: Sign and submit both the documents received from the university.

Step 4: Pay the initial fee deposit as stated in both the documents.

Step 5: Add an extra AUD 50 to cover the bank fees charges required for processing telegraphic transfer payments (TT, wire remittance).

Step 6: Confirm and save a seat in the intended course.

Note: Students need to read the exact requirements as mentioned in the international student offer and acceptance form to avoid any misses.

Student Diversity & Preferred Profile

How difficult is it to get an admission? What is the acceptance rate of the university for international students?

Getting enrolled at VU is quite difficult. The admission committee assesses applications based on the admission requirements and special entry schemes. Criteria vary with each course while affecting an applicant’s candidature through the following aspects:

  • Educational background
  • Attainment
  • English proficiency
  • Work experience
  • Life skills

VU Undergraduate Student ATAR Profile 2020

Following students were admitted to VU based on the Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) Profile in 2020:

 Percentage of VU UG Student 2020

Source: Victoria University

The chart shows that the percentage of all students grouped by the most relevant study or work background of the applicant cohort at VU in 2020. To see the number of total students enrolled in each of these categories refer to the chart below:

VU UG Student Headcount 2020

Source: Victoria University

As per the chart, it can be gauged that category of recent secondary education is the highest while international students next to the lowest based on ATAR acceptance.

How many Indian/international students are studying at the university?

Victoria University had a total of 40,000 students studying in all of its national and international campuses in 2018. Out of this, more than 12,600 students were international, who came from over 100 countries. The highest number of international students at VU has gone up to 14,000 students from more than 105 countries.

Part Time Work While Studying

Can I work while studying here?

VU helps all its national and international students to experience the real-world and gain industry exposure while graduating. It allows VU graduates to transform into well-rounded and well-prepared job seekers. These opportunities are provided to students both on and off-campus as part of VU career enhancement services:

VU Career Services

Working Hours

Allowed working vary with departments and programmes, thus, students need to clarify the same with the department head beforehand.

Note: International students must obey the rules of their study visa and regulations of working in Australia.

Campuses & Accommodation

How many colleges and campuses does the university have?

Victoria University boasts its presence in multiple locations within and outside of Australia. Out of its three campuses within Australia, it has two campuses in Melbourne and one in Sydney.

VU Campuses

VU Schools, Centres, and Institutes

  • 6 academic colleges
  • 6 research institutes
  • 7 research centres
  • 1 vocational education and training (Victoria Polytechnic)

VU in Asia

The university also operates in partnership with many institutions throughout Asia. These include:

VU partners with the following Asian institutions:

  • Central University of Finance and Economics, China
  • Henan University, China
  • Liaoning University, China
  • Sunway College, Malaysia
  • National School of Business Management (NSBM), Sri Lanka
  • VU-GUNI Centre of Excellence, India

VU Degrees in India

What many students do not know about the university is that they can obtain a VU degree through its innovation centre in India. As a result of a collaboration between:

  • Victoria University (VU)
  • Ganpat University (GUNI)
  • Education Centre of Australia (ECA)

VU-GUNI Centre of Excellence in Ahmedabad focusses on bringing VU courses to India.

Is on-campus housing available? How much does it cost?

VU offers its national and international students to choose from a variety of living options. The university helps students find both on-campus and off-campus accommodations.

On-Campus Accommodation

As part of its on-campus housing facilities, VU offers guaranteed accommodation in partnership with UniLodge to its full-time students.

VU On-Campus Accommodation

The facilities provided in guaranteed accommodation includes, but is not limited to, lounges, televisions, games such as pool table and table tennis, gourmet kitchens, dining areas, and barbeques.

How to Apply?

Application for VU’s guaranteed accommodation is a simple three-step process:

Step 1: Apply online via the university’s UniLodge application portal.

Step 2: Wait for 24 hours to receive accommodation offer via email.

Step 3: Pay security deposit to secure a place.

Off-Accommodation Options

Students may utilise VU support services to find off-campus housing options given below:

VU Off-Campus Accommodation

The average room rent* may range anywhere between AUD 250–400 per week. These rooms are generally furnished with television, mini-fridge, and microwave. The common facilities provided in off-campus accommodations include internet, laundry, shared kitchen, etc. Most of the accommodators also provide with a meal facility to students.

*Cost is subject to change with progressive years. We recommend students to check the latest cost on the university website.

University Contact Information

Whom should I contact in case of any doubts?

International students may reach the office of Victoria University in Australia or enquire online at:

Address: Ballarat Rd, Footscray VIC 3011, Australia


Enquire Online:

Telephone: +61 3 9919 1164

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