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.
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.
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.