Victoria University offers a range of summer and winter school elective units for students to take during the two main semester breaks. Units are offered at undergraduate and postgraduate level.

Summer and winter semesters are voluntary study periods and are also known as:

  • SEM 3 (summer) or SEM 4 (winter) if you're studying in a standard semester, or
  • Summer or winter block if you are enrolled in block mode.

If you're considering enrolling in a summer or winter unit, please be aware that enrolment is subject to minimum and maximum student numbers.

Units on offer may change at any time, so please check back regularly prior to enrolment.

Benefit of summer & winter study

Potentially, studying during the summer or winter periods might mean:

  • a lower student-to-teacher ratio
  • a shorter time frame to complete a unit
  • faster completion of credit points toward your qualification
  • chance to take a unit that might be a course elective
  • opportunity to repeat failed units in order to meet pre-requisites for the following semester.

Important dates for summer & winter study

Higher Education semesters Semester start Semester end Tuition payment due date Administrative census date Census date Results published
SEM 4 (winter term) 4/6/2018 13/7/2018 8/6/2018 8/6/2018 15/6/2018 6/8/2018
Winter block 25/6/2018 20/7/2018 29/6/2018 29/6/2018 2/7/2018 23/7/2018
SEM 3 (summer term 2018/19) 12/11/2018 1/2/2019 16/11/2018 23/11/2018 16/1/2019 22/2/2019
Summer block 2019 14/1/2019 8/2/2019 18/1/2019 18/1/2019 21/1/2018 11/2/2019

Students studying in block mode do not have to attend exams. Exams may apply for some winter school units in standard semesters. Dates are yet to be published.

Step 1 & 2: See if & when units are currently offered

Not every unit is offered during summer or winter study periods.

The first step is to see if the unit is currently being offered as per the list on this page.

Then use the Timetable Planner to find out when the unit is offered.

Have a look at the Timetable Planner hints & tips if you get stuck.

Step 3: Enrol online

Enrol online into available summer or winter units via MyVU when enrolment opens.

When selecting units, make sure you select semester 3 for summer of semester 4 for winter.

Enrolment forms for other situations

You can submit your completed form via AskVU or in person at any VUHQ.