Direct applications for our bachelors and honours courses are accepted online using our Admissions Centre.
Before you apply
Before you apply, you’ll need to get a few things ready to support your application.
- A statement of interest - up to 500 words that describe why you would like to enrol in the course, what you hope to achieve through study, the type of career path you would like to follow, and how your previous study/work/life experiences support your application.
- Evidence of your study or work history - certified copies of your transcripts/study results, referee reports, etc.
Course specific requirements (listed on your course page) - some courses may also ask for additional information as part of the application. It is your responsibility to complete all extra requirements by the closing dates, otherwise your application may not be considered. This could be:
- a supplementary information form
- going to an interview, audition, information session and/or workshop
- submitting a folio, or
- undertaking a test.
To support your application, or lessen the time it takes to complete your course, you may wish to apply for:
- special consideration - if you would like to be considered under one of our special admission categories, where we assess your application on a number of factors, not just your grades
- recognition of prior learning (TAFE) or Advanced standing application for Higher Education courses - if you believe your previous study/work/life experiences meet the learning outcomes of one or more units of study.
Read more about gaining credits for prior learning.
How to apply
The method you use to apply for a course at VU depends on your student status, the course you wish to apply for and the time of year.
Browse courses for information about the application process and closing date for each course.
Current Year 12 students
If you are a current Year 12 student applying for a course that is listed with VTAC, you must apply through VTAC. Read more about applying through VTAC, including important dates and fees.
If you are applying for a course that isn’t listed with VTAC, you may apply for your course direct to VU.
Direct applications to VU are free of charge.
Non-Year 12 applicants
If you are not a current Year 12 student, you may apply for your course direct to VU. Direct applications to VU are free of charge.
If you are applying for courses at multiple institutions for commencement in February/March, it is recommended you apply via VTAC (fees apply). Read more about applying through VTAC, including important dates and fees.
When to apply
Degree courses accept direct applications throughout the year. Applications for commencement in February/March are accepted from August through to February. Applications for commencement in July are accepted from mid-April.
Check the course page to confirm if applications are being accepted for the course and the next closing date.
Already applied through VTAC
If you have applied for admission to a course through the Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre (VTAC) there is no benefit in also applying direct to VU for that course.
It is also important to note that should your application through VTAC be unsuccessful, this outcome will not change if you apply direct to VU.
If additional information can be submitted to VU that was not included in your VTAC application, only then would a reassessment of your eligibility for admission be undertaken.
How applications are assessed
Course applications are assessed on:
- the course entrance requirements
- your educational history and
- your work or other experience.
When a course has limited places, applicants are compared using these criteria to determine selection.
As part of their application, TAFE applicants will be asked to complete a pre training review and in some cases a Language Literacy and Numeracy test. These assessments ensure that the support provided is appropriate to each applicant’s study and learning objectives.