Learn about the entry requirements and structure of study when you come to Victoria University on a student exchange.

Find out about our teaching methods and assessments, and how a VU unit of study will convert when you return to your home university.

Entry requirements for student exchanges to VU

To be eligible for entry into the Study Abroad or Student Exchange program, you must provide:

  • proof of enrolment in a university degree or post-secondary program, or evidence that you have successfully completed your secondary-school studies (if you are not enrolled in a post-secondary program)
  • evidence of a 65% average in studies or a 2.5 grade point average on a scale of 4 or equivalent.

You will also need to provide evidence that you meet the University's English-language requirements.

Victoria University English language requirements
English language test Requirement
IELTS (Academic Module) Minimum overall score 6.0 (no band less than 6.0)
TOEFL Internet (no section score less than) 67 (21W, 18S, 15R, 12L)
DAAD English proficiency test B1
Cambridge English - Advanced (CAE) Total score of 52
Pearson Test of English (PTE) Minimum overall score of 50 (no section less than 50)

We may accept other evidence of English language proficiency and will examine it on a case-by-case basis.

Major areas of study

Study Abroad and Exchange students can choose from a wide range of subjects from different study areas while completing their semester(s) at Victoria University.

Study areas include:

  • arts
  • business
  • education
  • engineering & science
  • health & biomedicine
  • law & justice
  • sport & exercise science.

Please note that units in nursing, osteopathy and paramedics are not available to exchange and study abroad students. Some other specialised units may not be available to exchange students and you will be notified in this case.

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International students at our City Flinders Campus.

Study & assessment at VU

Study load

Study Abroad and Exchange students are required to take a full-time load of three or four VU units per semester. Most units have a weighting of 12 credit points.

First-year students study units one after the other in short learning 'blocks'. Second year and above study units at the same time, over a longer period.

When studying a full-time load, you should expect to have around 15-20 contact hours (times when you must attend the University) per week plus study time.

Class structure

Students studying at VU usually have a mix of lectures and tutorials. In addition, you might have practical classes or fieldwork.

Lectures are held in modern lecture theatres with large groups of students. Lectures generally go for 1-3 hours and may involve note-taking, demonstrations, AV presentations, etc.

Tutorials supplement lectures and give you a chance to discuss topics in detail in a smaller group environment.

Teaching methods

Victoria University is an acknowledged leader in industry-based learning. That means as well as spending time in the classroom and lecture theatre, you will be out getting real experience in workplaces.

We regularly meet with industry and community leaders to review our courses and confirm they are relevant and up to date.

Our first-year teaching methods are aimed at helping new students succeed, through individual attention and a simplified study load.

VU is ranked in the world’s top 2% (THE World University Rankings 2016/2017).

As a student you can be confident what you are learning will help secure your future.


Assessment often differs from one unit to another and can take a variety of forms. These include:

  • written work and tests undertaken in class
  • participation in class or laboratory sessions
  • final examinations
  • fieldwork or practical experience.

Please note that VU's grading system may vary from the system your home institution uses.

Find out more about what VU results mean.

Credit conversion guide

Credit equivalencies for a semester of full time study at Victoria University:

  • USA: 12-15 credits
  • Canada: 15 credits
  • Europe: 30 ECTS
  • UK: 60 credits or 30 ECTS
  • Japan: 15 credits