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

Higher Education teaching period Semester start Semester end Census date Results published
Winter term 2020 8 June 2020 17 July 2020 19 June 2020 10 August 2020
Winter block 2020 29 June 2020 24 July 2020 6 July 2020 27 July 2020
Summer term 2020/21 9 November 2020 29 January 2021 15 January 2021 15 February 2021
Summer block 2020 23 November 2020 18 December 2020 30 November 2020 21 December 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.

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.