Victoria University offers a range of engaging and informative programs for secondary-school students.

  • Campus tours and presentations allow year 10 to 12 students to see why they might choose VU.
  • Our academic programs help students transition to tertiary study.
  • Our special admission scheme offers year 12 students alternative entry options into their dream course.

VU's tours and programs help the transition from secondary school to university.

Visit VU for an on-campus activity

For students in years 10, 11 and 12, we host on-campus activities at our many campuses. A range of activities are available at each location, including:

Students will hear first-hand from VU Future Student Advisers and current VU Student Ambassadors about the many opportunities at VU and VU Polytechnic, including:

  • course options and offerings
  • VU’s Block Model
  • student life
  • scholarships
  • support services
  • and much more.

Duration: 40 minutes - 1 hour.

Maximum group size at each campus:

  • Footscray Park: 300
  • St Albans: 150
  • City Queen: 60
  • City Flinders: 100
  • City King: 50
  • Sunshine: 40

Students compete in groups and independently navigate the Footscray Park Campus, answering questions about key facilities and learning spaces to earn prizes.

This activity is optional and is preferred over a Footscray Park Campus tour.

Duration: 45-60 minutes

Maximum group size: 200

A VU Future Student Adviser, Student Ambassador or college staff will tour students through VU campuses and facilities. Students can experience our world-class teaching spaces and learning facilities and get a taste of what it will be like to be a student at VU.

This activity is optional for the campuses listed.

  • Footscray Park - general tour: 30 minute tour, maximum 100 students. General tour including sport and exercise science facilities.
  • Footscray Park - sport research tour: maximum 25 students. Tour of VU’s $68M Institute for Health & Sport research building can be facilitated upon request.
  • St Albans: 1 hour tour, maximum 50 students. Theme: nursing and paramedicine.
  • City Queen: 30 minute tour, maximum 60 students. Theme: law.
  • Sunshine: 1 hour tour, maximum 40 students. Theme: construction and trades.

At the end of the campus activity, a current student or member of accommodation staff can show students our dedicated student accommodation opposite Footscray Park campus. The tour will include:

  • apartments – studio, two-bedroom suite and six-bedroom suite
  • communal areas such as study rooms, rooftop and garden terraces, the cafe, student lounge, cinema and games rooms
  • UniLodge Residential Life program – direct links to VU's student services to support the overall wellbeing of students.

Duration: 20 minutes

Our tours allow Year 10, 11 and 12 students to experience why they should choose VU.

University activities for all year levels

Students who had not considered studying at university can experience university life through workshops and activities run by our academic colleges.


VU's College of Engineering and Science offers students in years nine to 12, free hands-on activities, providing them with opportunities to use measurement and design skills to come up with creative prototypes. Each activity is designed to give students a general understanding of the engineering processes from design to construction and testing.

For more information and to register your school, email Tricia Fidler: [email protected].

Legal studies

The Sir Zelman Cowen Centre and College of Law and Justice at Victoria University runs a number of school education and careers programs to expose students to a range of careers in the wider justice and legal sector.

Moot competition

The Michael Kirby Contract Law Moot Competition is a fascinating opportunity for students interested in legal studies to experience a simulation of live courtroom proceedings at our City Queen Campus.

Students are invited to attend as observers or volunteers.

Head Start in law

Head Start day is a one day workshop for year 11 students interested in legal studies and learning more about the wider legal and justice related professions.

The workshop will be held in Term 3/4 at the Sir Zelman Cowen Centre, in the heart of Melbourne's legal district.

Check back in 2020 for workshop dates.

Sport & Exercise Science

The Sport and Recreation Industry Pathway (SARIP) program provides activities and programs that complement students' VCE study. Through SARIP, students also gain exposure and access to leading academics and researchers in sport. They also get exposure to VU's state-of-the-art sport and learning precinct and benefit from VU's extensive list of industry partnerships, including the Australian Institute of Sport and the Western Bulldogs AFL Club.

Please note that some SARIP activities do incur a fee.

The Kirby Moot competition is an excellent opportunity to see law students in action.

Special programs for secondary-school students

VU Guaranteed – early offer program

Year 12 students from participating schools can apply for courses through our new early offer program, VU Guaranteed. Students will be guaranteed a place at Victoria University (VU) or VU Polytechnic.

VET in Schools (VETiS)

VET in School (VETiS) programs are generally completed over one or two years, and provide a qualification or partial completion of a Certificate II or III.

VU's programs offer secondary students alternative pathways to study.

Contact us

For more information or to find activities in other study areas, email [email protected].