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

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

  • Summer Block 1 (if you are a first-year undergraduate student)
  • Summer or winter block if you are enrolled in block mode
  • SEM 3 (summer) or SEM 4 (winter) if you're studying in a standard semester.

If you're considering enrolling in a summer or winter unit, please be aware that enrolment is subject to minimum and maximum student numbers and units on offer may change at any time.

Read on for currently available units and timetables, and how to apply.

Benefits of summer & winter study

Studying during the summer or winter periods could mean:

  • a lower student-to-teacher ratio
  • a shorter timeframe to complete a unit
  • flexibility to take a summer or winter block instead of one of your other blocks during the year, freeing up time for holidays, travel, work and more
  • faster completion of credit points toward your qualification
  • the chance to take a unit that might be a course elective
  • the opportunity to repeat failed units in order to meet pre-requisites for the following semester.

Important dates for summer & winter study 2019 & 2020

Higher Education semesters Semester start Semester end Tuition payment due date Administrative census date Census date Results published
SEM 4 (winter term) 3/6/2019 12/7/2019 7/6/2019 7/6/2019 14/6/2019 5/8/2019
Winter block 24/6/2019 19/7/2019 26/6/2019 26/6/2019 1/7/2019 22/7/2019
SEM 3 (summer term 2019/20) 11/11/2019 31/1/2020 15/11/2019 15/11/2019 10/1/2020 17/2/2020
Summer block 2019 25/11/2019 20/12/2019 27/11/2019 27/11/2019 2/12/2019 23/12/2019
Summer block 2020 13/01/2020 7/02/2020 15/01/2020 15/01/2020 20/01/2020 10/02/2020

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.

Units currently offered for summer & winter blocks

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.

Summer Semester 3: 11 November - 31 January 2019

Summer Block 2: 25 November - 20 December 2019

Summer Block 1: 13 January - 7 February 2020

Summer Block 2: 25 November - 20 December 2019

Summer Block 1: 13 January - 7 February 2020

Summer Block 1: 13 January - 7 February 2020

Summer Block 2: 25 November – 22 December 2019

  • BLB2125 - Real Property Law (City Queen Campus)
  • LLW2009 - Indigenous People of Australia and the Law (City Queen Campus)
  • LLW4000 – Civil Procedure
  • LLW4007 - Evidence (City Queen Campus)
  • BLB4145 - Human Rights Law (City Queen Campus)
  • LCR2002 - History of Criminal Trials and Law (Footscray Park Campus)

Summer Block 1: 13 January – 7 February 2020

  • BLB3136 – Family Law & Society (City Queen)
  • LCR2002 – History of Criminal Trials and Law (Footscray Park)
  • LLW2004 – Corporations Law (City Queen)
  • LLW2005 – Constitutional Law (City Queen)
  • LLW2008 – Commercial Law (City Queen)
  • LLW2009 – Indigenous People of Australia & the Law (Footscray Park)
  • LLW3000 – Australian Administration Law (City Queen)
  • LLW3008 – Equity & Trusts (City Queen)
  • LLW3009 – Lawyers’ Ethics & Professional Responsibility (City Queen)
  • LLW4007 – Evidence (City Queen)

Summer Block 2: 25 November – 22 December 2019

Summer Block 1: 13 January – 7 February 2020

Summer Block 1: 13 January - 7 February 2020

How to 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.