Apply to study at La Trobe

Study with us for a semester or a year on student exchange or study abroad, and travel while you get your degree. Over 400 students join us each year to study at our Melbourne (Bundoora) and Bendigo campuses.

To come to us on exchange, your home institution must be one of our exchange partners and you must be nominated by them to be eligible. This program waives the tuition-fee paying component of your studies.

Alternatively, you can do a semester or a year of study at La Trobe for credit towards your home degree, including Masters by Research and PhD. You need to defer from your home university for the time you intend to study at La Trobe and pay international Study Abroad fees.

Check out the 2018 Study Abroad Brochure [PDF. 3.9MB]

Before you apply

  1. Check if you meet the English requirements.
  2. Check if you meet the academic requirement. As a general guide, La Trobe University requires a C average for entry into Study Abroad and Exchange programs (GPA 2.5). Entry to individual subjects may depend on prerequisites and class limitations. If you are currently completing, or have just completed your last year of secondary/high school, you will be required to meet the minimum academic entry requirements for the undergraduate degree program that best matches your study abroad program. If you are not enrolled in a university overseas you will only be eligible for entry into first-year subjects or subjects with no prerequisites.
  3. If applying for the exchange program, get your home university Exchange or Study Abroad Coordinator to inform La Trobe Abroad about your nomination.
  4. Find subjects that you want to study. Check the following:
    • On which campus the subject is being offered (choose either Bendigo or Melbourne)
    • Open for exchange students and study abroad students
    • The semester the subject will be running (in Semester 1 or Semester 2)
    • Any pre-requisite requirements
    • Confirm with your home university that they approve of your subject preferences.

Finding subjects

To choose a course or subject, you can search your subjects via our online handbook (Undergraduate or Postgraduate) or via our subject search database. Please see our guide [PDF 1.7MB] for further instruction. It is much easier to search using our handbook than the subject search database. Ensure you click on the subject codes on the handbook to see more information regarding the subject and expand all the tabs to check details such as availability, pre-requisites, campus, semester offered, overview, etc. To find the right subjects for your program, you must:

  • Check the subject is available for study abroad and exchange students
  • Check you meet the prerequisites for all your subjects. Additional subject information/syllabus must be provided for any chosen subjects that have a pre-requisite.
  • Make sure the subjects you find are offered for the correct La Trobe University semester: Semester 1 (March–June); Semester 2 (July–November)
  • Check the subject is offered on the same campus as the rest of their subject choices
  • Avoid any online subjects as much as possible.

The majority of our subjects are offered over a semester period. A full-time load for undergraduate students for one semester is between 45 and 60 credit points (60 being the standard load). If your home institution requires you to do more than our full time load in order for you to keep up with your degree, we can arrange permission for you to overload to a maximum of 75 credit points.

How to apply for the Exchange (tuition-waived) Program

If you are from an institution that we have an Exchange agreement with (check here), you need to be nominated by your home institution for us to accept your Exchange application. Please also contact then concerning their application process as well.

Apply online

  1. Ensure you have been nominated by your home institution first.
  2. MUST have your chosen subjects ready (ideally 6 to 8 subjects).
  3. Access online application portal here. If you need help, ask your exchange or study abroad Coordinator for a user guide.
  4. Register for a username and password
  5. Lodge your application with ALL of the following documents:
    • One academic reference form (from your home institution) or recommendation letter.
    • A personal statement describing why you would like to undertake the exchange program at La Trobe University.
    • An official transcript from your home institution (if it isn’t in English, you must also provide an English translation).
    • A list of current subjects for any that are not listed on your official transcript.
    • If you are from a non-English speaking country, must provide evidence that you meet the English language requirements.
    • Passport copy – must be valid until at least 6 months after your semester in Australia ends

Application closing dates

Semester 1 (Feb – Jun): 1 Oct (previous year to your program)

Semester 2 (Jul – Nov): 15 Mar (same year as your program)

How to apply for Study Abroad (tuition-fee paying) program

If you are not eligible to apply for the Exchange Program, you are most welcome to apply as a Study Abroad student. Please note that this program requires students to pay tuition fees to La Trobe University.

The tuition fees for the Study Abroad program at La Trobe in 2018 is:

  • one semester - A$9,000*
  • one academic year (two semesters) - A$18,000*

*Tuition fees are based on a full-time study load and\ are subject to change.

Apply direct (no agent) - Online

  1. Contact us at studyabroad@latrobe.edu.au before applying for the application process. We will provide you with the instructions for filling your online application and a guide for the overall process.
  2. After you have the application information, access the online application portal.
  3. Register for a username and password.
  4. MUST have your chosen subjects ready (ideally 6 to 8 subjects) and included in the application form.
  5. Lodge your online application with ALL of the supporting documents listed below (see “application documents”).

Apply through agent

  1. To find a La Trobe agent in your country, check out our online Agent Database.
  2. Get in touch with your agent for the application process and necessary information.
  3. MUST have your chosen subjects ready for them (ideally 6 to 8 subjects) and included in the application.
  4. Please follow your Agent’s instructions for completing the application and submit all the necessary documentation to them. They will look over your application and send it to us on your behalf.

Application supporting documents

Must include all of the documents below with your application in order for it to be considered. We will not assess incomplete applications.

  • One academic reference form (from your home institution) or recommendation letter.
  • A personal statement describing why you would like to undertake the exchange program at La Trobe University.
  • An official transcript from your home institution (if it isn’t in English, you must also provide an English translation).
  • A list of current subjects for any that are not listed on your official transcript.
  • If you are from a non-English speaking country, must provide evidence that you meet the English language requirements.
  • Passport copy – must be valid until at least 6 months after your semester in Australia ends

Closing dates

We receive applications any time provided you allow 6-8 weeks for us to process your entire application and issue your Confirmation of Enrolment for you visa and an additional 3-4 weeks for your visa to be processed.

What happens after you lodged your application?

1. The coordinator La Trobe Abroad will assess your application to make sure it is complete and that you meet the requirements.

2. Complete applications will be sent to the college for subject approvals, this will take several weeks.

3. Upon receiving approval from the college, you will receive an offer letter and further information such as arrival dates, so we recommend holding off booking any flights until then.

4. Return your offer letter by following instructions.

5. La Trobe Abroad will issue your Confirmation of Enrolment which allows you to apply for a visa.

Costs

Study Abroad Program

If you are coming as a study abroad student, you will be required to pay tuition fees for the program.

The tuition fees for the Study Abroad program at La Trobe in 2018 is:

  • one semester - A$9,000*
  • one academic year (two semesters) - A$18,000*

*Tuition fees are based on a full-time study load and\ are subject to change.

Other costs (all students)

Other costs to consider include the cost of living and Overseas Student Health Cover fees. You can refer to our The Cheap and Free Guide [PDF 874k] to help alleviate some of the costs. You may also like to find out about banking and the possibility of gaining permission to work while in Australia.

Accepting your offer and pre-departure information

After your application has been approved, we will be in touch with you via email with four documents - a copy of your offer letter, your offer acceptance form, a “Learning Agreement Form” and an “Acceptance & Arrival” guide.

Please ensure to read through the information in the Acceptance & Arrival guide as it will give you detailed step-by-step instructions for accepting your offer and how to go about making your arrangements for your arrival.

Once you have this information, you will need to send ALL of the following documents to your Agent or La Trobe Abroad Coordinator before 5 January 2018:

  1. Meet the condition(s) in your offer letter (if applicable) and submit certified evidence of meeting any conditions specified in your offer, where applicable.
  2. Completed and signed Offer Acceptance Form scanned and emailed – with ALL pages as one attachment ideally in PDF format.
  3. Completed Learning Agreement (needs to be signed by your home university and have 4 approved subjects from your offer letter that you wish to study)
  4. Payment for the required deposit for Overseas Health Cover and course fee where applicable as set out in your letter of offer – see payment options on page 9 of your Offer Acceptance Form.

As per government regulations, students for one semester must have OSHC coverage for a minimum 7 month period (for students here for two Semesters a minimum 14 months cover). Students may be able to seek a refund for any “unspent time” just prior to their departure from Australia. OSHC Allianz representatives are on campus three times a week for any questions associated with student coverage.

  1. A copy of your Pre Visa Assessment (PVA), where applicable (check here)
  2. Copy of the bio data page of your Passport – if you have not submitted this already. This is mandatory.

Receiving your electronic Confirmation of Enrolment (eCoE)

After the required deposit has been successfully paid and all the required documents are sent we will then issue you an electronic Confirmation of Enrolment (eCOE) which will enable you to apply for a student visa.

Please ensure that all your paper work is in by 5 January 2018 at the latest and allow at least 3-4 weeks from submission of your Offer Acceptance Form for this to be completed.

Accommodation

If you want to live on campus you will need to apply for on campus accommodation. It is recommended that you apply for accommodation by the 1 December 2017. Further information about this will be provided with your offer.

Pre-departure

Be sure to check out our Pre-departure information page for all other information to help prepare for your arrival in Australia.  This page includes guides, checklists, online pre-departure briefings, welcome groups and instructions for arriving on the weekend.

Further information & brochures

You can find all of our user guides and brochures through the links below. We highly recommend that you read through the user guides carefully to ensure your application goes smoothly. We also recommend that you check out the My Life at La Trobe Guide to learn what it is like to study at La Trobe University and guide you through the whole experience.

All brochures for International Students