Victoria University (VU) is proud to support hundreds of international scholarship recipients and sponsored students.

We have a range of externally-funded and university-funded scholarships schemes to support students. Our courses for international students include TAFE through to undergraduate and postgraduate coursework and higher degrees by research.

A scholarship provides financial assistance during your study. Some scholarships provide a stipend that covers tuition fees and living allowances, while others provide only partial funding.

If you already hold a scholarship, or if you are sponsored, remember to note it when you submit your international online application.

All scholarship applicants must meet VU's for academic entry requirements, in addition to any eligibility requirements for their scholarship.

VU COVID-19 International Scholarship

The VU COVID-19 International Scholarship recognises the challenges that COVID-19 is presenting to international students who wish to begin their undergraduate or postgraduate (coursework) studies in Semester 2, 2020 or Trimester 3, 2020.

How to apply: No application is required. Students are automatically assessed after submitting their application for an eligible qualification.

Value (2020 commencement): Up to A$6,000 for the first two study periods.
Upon the successful completion of two semesters, students will be assessed for the VU International Excellence Scholarship, which is valued at $1,500 per semester for the remainder of their studies. The total value of the combined scholarships is up to $15,000 for a four-year undergraduate degree.

Eligibility (2020 commencement): All students commencing an undergraduate or postgraduate (coursework) course with VU Melbourne in Semester 2, 2020 or Trimester 3, 2020 are eligible. This includes international students already in Australia, international students currently in other countries, international students at VU-partnered universities and students on a pathway from one VU course to another VU course. Higher education diploma or VET students are not eligible for this scholarship.

Terms and conditions:

  • Students must pay the 50% deposit to accept their offer. The VU COVID-19 International Scholarship will be applied to the tuition fee balance, which is due by the course census date.
  • Undergraduate students must enrol in 48 credit points each semester unless unit availability does not allow them to do so.
  • Postgraduate (coursework) students enrolling from onshore (Australia) must enrol in 48 credit points each semester unless unit availability does not allow them to do so.
  • Postgraduate (coursework) students enrolling from overseas in a reduced study load will be eligible to receive a reduced amount, based on the number of units taken (pro-rata).
  • Undergraduate students choosing to reduce their study load are not eligible.  
  • VU students changing from one course to another within the same college, are not eligible for this scholarship.
  • Students who have received a scholarship or sponsorship from another organisation are not eligible for this scholarship.
  • The VU COVID-19 International Scholarship is not refundable, convertible to cash, or transferable to another individual, commencing study period, or course.

*Disclaimer: VU COVID-19 International Scholarship information is accurate as of June 2020. Victoria University reserves the right to adjust eligibility requirements and conditions at any time. The eligibility entry requirements can only be applied after it has been established the applicant holds a qualification deemed equivalent to the academic requirement for Australian applicants and the minimum course prerequisites have been met. Qualification recognition and ranking is specified by the Australian Government’s Department for Education.

VU International Excellence Scholarship

The VU International Excellence Scholarship recognises and rewards the achievements of commencing international students. The Scholarship is based on academic merit and requires students to have achieved results that are higher than VU’s academic entrance requirements.

How to apply: No application is required, students are automatically assessed after submitting their application for an eligible qualification.

Value (2020 commencement):
Vocational Education and Training (VET): A$750 per semester and up to A$3,000 towards the total tuition fees.
Undergraduate: A$3,000 for the first two study periods and up to A$12,000 towards the total tuition fees.
Postgraduate: A$3,000 for the first two study periods and up to A$6,000 towards tuition fees.

Eligibility (2020 commencement): New international students who enrol in full-time study (48 credit points in each study period). Students must maintain a 60 Weighted Average Mark (WAM), calculated after the completion of every 96 credit points, in order to receive the scholarship in subsequent semesters.

These eligibility requirements relate to VET applicants applying from:

  • Australia
  • Bangladesh
  • Bhutan
  • China
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Malaysia
  • Mauritius
  • Nepal
  • Pakistan
  • South Korea
  • Sri Lanka
  • Taiwan
  • Vietnam.

You must be enrolled in a full-time load each semester and pass all units attempted in order to receive the scholarship in subsequent semesters. Students who have been offered a package course of two or more VET qualifications will be eligible to receive the scholarship in subsequent VET courses, should they complete the previous course in the standard duration.

These eligibility requirements relate to undergraduate applicants applying from:

  • Australia
  • Bangladesh
  • Bhutan
  • Cambodia
  • China
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Malaysia
  • Mauritius
  • Nepal
  • Pakistan
  • Philippines
  • South Korea
  • Sri Lanka
  • Taiwan
  • Vietnam.

You must be enrolled in a full-time load (48 credit points in each study period) and maintain a 60 Weighted Average Mark (WAM) across the two previous study periods, calculated after the completion of every 96 credit points, in order to receive the scholarship in subsequent semesters.

These eligibility requirements relate to postgraduate applicants applying from:

  • Australia
  • Bangladesh
  • Bhutan
  • China
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Kenya
  • Mauritius
  • Nepal
  • Nigeria
  • Pakistan
  • Philippines
  • South Korea
  • Sri Lanka
  • Taiwan
  • Vietnam.

You must be enrolled in a full-time load (48 credit points in each study period) and maintain a 60 Weighted Average Mark (WAM) across the two previous study periods, calculated after the completion of every 96 credit points, in order to receive the scholarship in subsequent semesters.

Master of Counselling applicants are now eligible for the VU International Excellence Scholarship (replacing the Master of Counselling Global Scholarship).

Postgraduate business students from the following countries are also eligible Trimester 3 commencement.

  • Australia
  • Bangladesh
  • Bhutan
  • China
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Kenya
  • Malaysia
  • Mauritius
  • Nepal
  • Nigeria
  • Pakistan
  • Philippines
  • South Korea
  • Sri Lanka
  • Taiwan
  • Vietnam.

You must be enrolled in a full-time load (48 credit points in each study period) and maintain a 60 Weighted Average Mark (WAM) across the two previous study periods, calculated after attempting 96 credit points, to receive the scholarship in subsequent semesters.

For all semesters, trimesters and study levels, please note the following:

  • Students must be enrolling in the full course duration to be eligible to receive a scholarship. Students who have received advanced standing/credit transfer into the VU qualification are ineligible, unless they are transferring from a VU course into another VU course.
  • Students who have received a scholarship or sponsorship from another organisation are ineligible for these scholarships.
  • For students enrolled in a course delivered in trimesters, subsequent scholarship payments will only be made following successful completion of every 48 credit points.
  • Eligibility will be determined by a student’s academic results.

*Disclaimer: VU International Excellence Scholarship information is accurate as of April 2020. Victoria University reserves the right to adjust eligibility requirements and conditions at any time. The scholarship eligibility entry requirements can only be applied after it has been established the applicant holds a qualification deemed equivalent to the academic requirement for Australian applicants and the minimum course prerequisites have been met. Qualification recognition and ranking is specified by the Australian Government’s Department for Education.

VU International VCE Scholarship

The International VCE Scholarship recognises and rewards international student achievement in their VCE with A$3,000 for the first two study periods and up to A$12,000 towards the total tuition fees.

Study level: Bachelor degree in any discipline

Eligibility: Students must have completed their Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) in 2019 with an ATAR higher than 50.00, and be applying for entry into a Victoria University bachelor degree commencing in 2020.

Recipients must maintain a 60 Weighted Average Mark (WAM), calculated after attempting every 96 credit points, in order to receive the scholarship in subsequent semesters.

How to apply: no application is required, students are automatically assessed after submitting their application for an eligible qualification.

*Disclaimer: VU International VCE Scholarship information is accurate as of December 2019. Victoria University reserves the right to adjust eligibility requirements and conditions at any time. The Scholarship eligibility entry requirements can only be applied after it has been established the applicant holds a Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) qualification with an ATAR higher than 50, and the minimum course prerequisites have been met.

VU College Diploma Merit Scholarship

The VU College Diploma Merit Scholarship recognises and rewards international student achievement.

Study level: higher education diploma in Business (Enterprise), Information Technology or Engineering.

Eligibility: academic achievement with at least a distinction in each unit in the first semester of a diploma at VU College in Melbourne.

Value: $2,000 grant for the second semester of studies (please note this is not applicable for sponsored students).

How to apply: no application is required, students are automatically assessed upon completion of their first semester.

Australian government-funded

Australia Awards fellowships

Australia Awards fellowships are administered by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). These fellowships provide opportunities for fellows to undertake short-term study and professional development in Australia.

Study level: short-term study and professional development.

Eligibility: Australian organisations who are legal entities with an Australian Business Number (ABN) with links to overseas counterpart organisations in eligible developing countries may apply for an Australia Awards Fellowship.

Value: up to $25,000.

How to apply: refer to Australia Awards fellowships for further information about applications, deadlines and funding.

Australia Awards scholarships

Australia Awards scholarships are long-term development awards, offered by the Australian Government and administered by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). They aim to contribute to the long-term development needs of Australia's partner countries.

Study level: all: view the Australia Awards scholarships brochure.

Eligibility: citizen of an participating country.

Value: tuition fees, living allowance, Overseas Student Health Cover and academic support.

How to apply: refer to Australia Awards scholarships for application processes and deadlines.

International government-funded

Kuwait – Ministry of Higher Education scholarships

The Ministry of Higher Education in Kuwait offers a range of scholarships to eligible Kuwaiti nationals interested in pursuing higher education qualifications at overseas institutions, including Australia.

These scholarships are managed in Australia through the Kuwaiti Cultural Office in Canberra.

Study level: various.

Eligibility: citizen of Kuwait.

Value: tuition fees, living allowance and Overseas Student Health Cover. Please refer to the Kuwait Ministry of Higher Education for more information.

How to apply: apply to VU and liaise with the Kuwaiti Cultural Office regarding your application. Accept your offer and provide a Financial Guarantee that includes:

  • name of University (i.e. Victoria University)
  • your name and student number
  • name of course and duration of sponsorship
  • details of scholarships entitlement.

Saudi Arabia – Ministry of Higher Education scholarships

The Ministry of Higher Education in Saudi Arabia offers a range of scholarships to eligible Saudi Arabian nationals interested in pursuing higher education qualifications at overseas institutions, including Australia.

These scholarships are managed in Australia through the Saudi Arabian Cultural Mission in Canberra.

Study level: various.

Eligibility: citizen of Saudi Arabia.

Value: tuition fees, living allowance and Overseas Student Health Cover. Refer to the Ministry of Higher Education for more information.

How to apply: apply to VU, and, upon receiving an offer, apply to the Saudi Arabian Ministry of Higher Education. Accept your offer and provide a financial guarantee that includes:

  • name of University (i.e. Victoria University)
  • your name and student number
  • name of course and duration of sponsorship
  • details of scholarships entitlement.

Joint programs

China – VU-China Scholarship Council

The VU-China Scholarship Council (CSC) joint scholarship program supports eligible Chinese nationals who wish to complete a research degree at VU.

Applications to VU, including confirmation from supervisors, must be submitted to VU by 31 January. Applicants will be notified of an outcome by VU at the end of February and by CSC in June.

Study level: PhD in a VU research focus area.

Eligibility: citizen of China.

Value: tuition fees, living allowance and Overseas Student Health Cover.

How to apply: apply to VU and apply to CSC.

Indonesia – VU-DGRSTHE

The VU-Directorate General of Resources for Science, Technology and Higher Education (DGRSTHE) joint scholarship program offers scholarships to eligible Indonesian nationals. The Beasiswa Unggulan Dosen Indonesia (BUDI) scholarships are available for research degrees (master or PhD) at VU.

Study level: master by research or PhD.

Eligibility: citizen of Indonesia.

Value: tuition fees, living allowance and single Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC).

How to apply: apply to VU and apply to BUDI.

Indonesia – VU-MORA

The VU-Ministry of Religious Affairs (MORA) joint scholarship program offers scholarships to eligible Indonesian nationals. The joint scholarships are available for research degrees (master or PhD) at VU.

Study level: master by research or PhD.

Eligibility: citizen of Indonesia.

Value: tuition fees, living allowance and single Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC).

How to apply: apply to VU and apply to MORA.

Contact our international scholarships team

If you have questions or need assistance in applying for a scholarship as an international student please contact us.

Phone: +61 3 9919 1164
Email: [email protected]
Location: City Flinders Campus, 300 Flinders Street, Melbourne