Information on this page is for international students

2018: February and July
3 years
2018: A$13,000 per semester

We are currently accepting applications for this course


Get job-ready for an exciting career in commerce with VU's Bachelor of Commerce. Graduate with a solid base of financial knowledge, and the work experience to apply it in your professional life.

Our commerce program is taught in the heart of the CBD, and has a flexible schedule to make studying as convenient as possible.

This course is endorsed by the prestigious Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) institute, a globally recognised professional institute for investment and financial professionals.

We teach a range of technical, ethical and professional competencies in finance, with a global focus. These include:

  • accounting systems
  • business law
  • economic principles
  • financial econometrics
  • valuation of securities
  • financial management.

Your study will be underpinned by real work experience through industry placements and case-based scenarios. You’ll develop valuable skills in critical thinking, teamwork and communication. There’s also an exciting opportunity to study overseas.

We place a great emphasis on work experience through industry integration, and we have well-established industry connections.

This course gives you the opportunity for:

  • industry placements
  • workplace-based projects with authentic case-based scenarios
  • taking part in a mentoring program
  • hearing guest speakers from leading financial bodies.

We offer you the exciting and valuable chance to travel as part of your study.

This is a fantastic way to expand your global understanding while earning credits towards your degree.

Our international study tour is part formal study, part cultural and global learning. You’ll learn language skills, create international networks, and develop your self-confidence.

VU’s Learning Hubs are welcoming spaces where you can improve your study and employability skills.

Our students can attend Learning Hubs at one of five VU campuses.

We offer maths, writing, careers and English-language advice and can show you effective ways to study and manage your time.

Our programs include:

  • workshops
  • drop-in sessions
  • peer mentoring
  • maths and writing resources
  • resume and career guidance.

We also have accessibility support services and counselling services available to all students.

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Careers in commerce

Bachelor of Commerce graduates find employment in many areas. Professional settings include private corporations, professional service firms, the public service and community sector.

Career possibilities include:

  • financial adviser
  • financial analyst
  • financial services management (investment fund managers and trustees)
  • insurance consultant/superannuation
  • investment analyst
  • portfolio manager
  • research analyst
  • stockbroker
  • strategic planning and project evaluation analyst (takeovers, mergers, acquisitions and divestitures).
  • equity market analyst.


The Australian national public site, Job Outlook, has these averaged salaries:

Course structure

To attain the award of Bachelor of Commerce, students will be required to complete 288 credit points (equivalent to 24 units) consisting of:

  • 96 credit points First Year Core units

  • 48 credit points Core units  
  • 96 credit points Major studies from the approved list
  • 48 credit points Minor studies from the approved list

Minors not available for students completing the Applied Finance Major are:-

  • BMIAPF Applied Finance
  • BMIFNM Finance Mentoring
  • BMIFWI Finance Work Integrated Learning

Minors not available for students completing the International Business Major are:-

  • BMIIBU International Business
  • BMIIBM International Business Mentoring
  • BMIIBW International Business Work Integrated Learning

First Year Core Units

Professional Core Units



We've changed the way we teach our courses, so that you experience a first year like no other - focused on you and your success.

From 2018, the first-year of this bachelor degree* will see units delivered one at a time, in four-week blocks. This means you won't have to juggle the deadlines and demands of studying multiple units at once. Instead you'll complete one unit before moving on to the next.

All units will be conducted in small class sizes with three face-to-face sessions per week. This means you will get more one-on-one time with your teachers.

You will have access to different learning and teaching methods including:

  • online
  • educator-led delivery
  • tutorials
  • group work
  • laboratory and practical work (where it applies).

You will have access to additional activities designed to extend and improve your skills. These activities foster the skills you need to be an adaptable, resilient, confident and competent learner and employee.

Find out more about our First Year Model.

* Melbourne-based campuses only

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Integrate conceptual understandings of commerce, quantitative methods, economics, accounting, finance, investment, international business and relevant legal areas with advanced specialist knowledge within the commerce discipline;  
  2. Critically review, analyse, adapt and apply broad and coherent theoretical and technical knowledge of commerce in diverse contexts, including political and global contexts;  
  3. Critically analyse and exhibit ethical and professional judgement and effective decisions, by adapting the knowledge and skills to both anticipate and solve complex problems in local and international commercial contexts across of a range of economically diverse markets;  
  4. Communicate a clear, coherent and independent exposition of knowledge and skills in both oral and written form to a range of audiences;  
  5. Reflect on personal learning and skills in relation to career goals and implement effective, creative strategies to promote lifelong learning and pathways to further learning.  

What's a unit?

A unit or 'subject' is the actual class you'll attend in the process of completing a course.

Most courses have a mixture of compulsory 'core' units that you need to take, and optional \'elective\' units that you can choose to take based on your area of interest, expertise or experience.


Each unit is worth a set amount of study credits based on the amount of time you study. Generally, 1 credit is equal to 1 hour of study per week.

Admission & pathways

Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee you entry into this course.

Some courses receive more applications than the number of places available. In this situation we will also assess your education, work and other relevant experience.

If you do not meet the minimum requirements you may be eligible for one of our special admission programs. We also encourage you to explore our study pathways to help you reach your goal.

Entry Requirements

Completion of an Australian Senior Secondary Certificate (VCE or equivalent) including Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English (EAL) or 20 in any other English.
Completion of an Australian Advanced Diploma of Diploma (or equivalent).
IELTS (or equivalent): Overall score or 6.0 (with no band less than 6.0 in Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking).
Completion of a Foundation course or equivalent.

Find out if you meet the entry requirements, including English language and academic requirements.

There are many ways you can start your education journey at VU. Pathways offer an easy transition between courses at different levels, so that you can start with a certificate and progress right through to postgraduate study.

If you have completed any of the following course(s), you will be guaranteed a place in this degree. In some cases you may receive credit for your previous study, reducing the time it takes to complete your course.

You will be guaranteed entry only.

You will be guaranteed entry only.

You will be guaranteed entry only.

Find out more about pathways and credits.

If you have completed study with another university or institution and believe you are eligible to receive credit for skills and past study, you can apply for advanced standing.

Applications for advanced standing can be made after a discussion with your course coordinator or academic adviser.

How to apply

We are currently accepting applications for this course.

Methods of applying:

International students can apply directly to Victoria University using our online application system, or apply through an education agent.

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Information and fees listed above are for non-resident students. Fees are accurate at the time of viewing and will be subject to annual increases. Some courses require students to purchase equipment or clothing that they will need in the course. These equipment or clothing costs are not included in the course fees listed above and we recommend that you confirm these costs with the relevant college.

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