Asylum seeker study opportunities

If you meet certain criteria as an asylum seeker or refugee, you can access English-language and vocational training provided through the State government.

You can study English language, or a range of vocational training courses, to help you gain confidence in English and improve your work opportunities. Our teachers and advisors will help you to make the best decision based on your needs.

Our campuses are easily accessible via public transport and we have a range of student services to support your studies.

Enrol today in one of our courses.

Skills First program

The Asylum Seeker Vocational Education and Training (ASVET) program helps asylum seekers and refugees gain access to VET courses by providing them with an exemption from usual citizenship or residency eligibility criteria. Under this program, the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre can refer you or you can self-enrol to a range of subsidised and free training and apprenticeship-pathway courses.

We offer sponsored places to eligible asylum seekers, including Student Services and Amenities Fee, and tuition fees. Courses are available up to Advanced Diploma level, including Certificate and Foundation courses.


You or your dependants are eligible to participate in the Asylum Seeker VET (ASVET) Program if you:

  • hold any humanitarian, protection, or refugee visa in Australia
  • have applied for a humanitarian, protection or refugee visa and hold a bridging visa for this purpose
  • have made an application under s.417 or s.48b of the Migration Act 1958 (Cth), which is yet to be determined, and hold a bridging visa.

You must have study rights. Work rights are required for programs that include work placement.

Verification process

We use the Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO) website to verify your eligibility.

To check your eligibility we need the following:

  • ImmiCard or passport number
  • Name
  • Date of birth.


At Victoria University, we understand how important education is to achieving your potential, and that access to a scholarship can help make that happen. VU scholarships provide financial and practical assistance for students to get a head start.

Find out if you're eligible for a scholarship.

Other support

Get in touch

If you have any questions, contact Julie Madden (Refugee and Asylum Seeker Liaison Officer) by email  [email protected] .

For further information on English courses, call +61 3 9919 8748.

For information about our other courses, call 1300 82 33 87 .