Application and Entry Requirement FAQs

Do you have a question about your application or entry requirements? We’re here to help.

La Trobe University may require students from certain regions to apply through an authorised agent. If you are unsure whether this is required for you, please check with the La Trobe International Recruitment team via email: LTIRecruitment@latrobe.edu.au. Please kindly specify your country of citizenship and country of residence when you enquire.

We have a network of authorised agents in many parts of the world; however, it is not possible to cover every individual country. If you are unable to find any agents in the drop-down list of your home country, you may try contacting agents in neighboring countries.  Many of our agents offer virtual consultations and they can communicate with you via emails or videos calls if required.

There is no application fee when you  apply directly through the La Trobe online international application portal. However, if you are from a region where application is required via an authorised agent, the agent may charge a service fee to assist you with the course and student visa applications.

For direct applicants, the preferred way to apply with La Trobe is through our online international application portal. In the online application form, please fill in as much detailed information as possible regarding your prior study and English proficiency.

We are no longer accepting printed application forms for full degree courses. The only time we accept a printed application is for single unit studies or cross-institutional studies. For singe unit or cross-institutional applicants, please contact La Trobe International Recruitment team via email: LTIRecruitment@latrobe.edu.au.

If you are experiencing any technical issue during the online application process, please first check if all “incomplete mandatory fields” have been filled out.

Please check every single field, especially the “yes/ no” questions and the drop-down fields in the English proficiency, educational background and qualification (secondary and tertiary qualifications), and passport and visa information sections. The error most likely lies within one of these sections.

If the issue persists, please contact the Studylink IT Support team directly via email: support@studylink.com (Please include your full name and Application ID in the email subject). You are also highly recommended to include a screenshot of the error message when enquire.

When lodging your course application with La Trobe, it is important that you provide all supporting documents.

If your application is submitted online, please provide information as detailed as possible.

In general, the following documents will be required to support your application:

  • Copy of passport
  • Current visa (if applicable)
  • Academic qualifications including completion certificate and academic transcripts (in English translation if required)
  • Evidence of your English language proficiency
  • Any other information specified in the entry requirements for your course (please see course page for a list of supplementary forms as required per course)
  • Course syllabus for completed subjects if you are applying for Advanced Standing (credits)

Please note: all supporting documents where a copy is made must be certified

A certified copy is a copy of a document that has been confirmed by an approved/authorised person as an authentic copy of the original.

Our International Admissions team will require you to provide certified academic documents before the offer acceptance can be finalised.

In light of COVID 19, La Trobe International is currently accepting digital copies of the original academic documents directly from the students, as long as the documents are clear, in colour, and generated via the Cam Scanner app.

If you are applying through an agent, your agent will be able to certify the documents for you.

La Trobe University assesses applications on a rolling basis which means you can apply for the next upcoming intake or available future intakes.

To view the application deadlines for international students, please click here. Please note the dates provided are the latest dates to submit your application. To allow yourself sufficient time to accept your offer and to apply for a student visa, we encourage you to submit your application as soon as you are ready to do so.

Postgraduate courses in Allied Health normally follow a different application selection process. The applications for the Allied Health program closes on 30th September for the following year intake.

Detailed course syllabus/ course outlines will be required if you wish to apply for credits based on your previous study. Course syllabus/outlines must include course content, assessment mode, contact hours, prescribed texts, etc.

If you are a direct applicant, please tick “YES” for the “Advanced Standing” section of your online application and provide the course syllabus (preferably in the pdf form).

If you are applying through an agent, your agent will assist you with applying for credits.

The previous study must be completed within the last eight years, in order to meet the current requirements. For some courses, this period is shorter (for example, in professional areas where there are often changes to practice requirements).

In most cases, the answer is no, if the institution you have completed prior study with does not have an articulation agreement with La Trobe, where credits are pre-determined.

To do a credit search based on institution and previous study, please click here.

Any credit assessment outside the articulation agreement will be assessed on an individual basis. This can only be determined once your application is assessed by the appropriate academic faculty.

Onshore international Year 12 and international students studying VCE offshore will have to apply through the Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre (VTAC).

Semester 1 application is normally open via VTAC from early August every year. Please keep an eye on the VTAC website for the key dates (once published).

You will first need to check if there is a stand-alone Honours program (1 year full-time) in your field of study. Please refer to our Course Finder. If unsure, please contact the La Trobe International Recruitment team via email: LTIRecruitment@latrobe.edu.au and we will confirm for you.

For the Honours application to be assessed, it is important that applicants have a written supervision approval from their Course Coordinators.

If you are under 18 at the time of your course commencement, you will need to provide evidence of having an approved legal guardian in Australia. Our International Admissions team will require you to fill out the 157N form.

A suitable relative is defined by the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) as, a grandparent, brother, sister, aunt, uncle, niece or nephew, or a step-grandparent, step-brother, step-sister, step-aunt, step-uncle, step-niece or step-nephew. A suitable nominated relative must be over 21 years of age and of good character.

If you don’t have an approved legal guardian in Australia, your alternate options are:

  • Apply for a later intake when you are above 18 by the course commencement date
  • Or, apply for a packaged course with our partner – La Trobe College Australia (LTCA), which has homestay & guardian arrangements for under 18 students

La Trobe International Recruitment team can be contacted via email: LTIRecruitment@latrobe.edu.au or phone: +61 3 9479 1199 (Option 2).

As we work according to different regions within the team, please kindly specify your country of citizenship and country of residence when you make contact.

A Masters degree by research enables you to conduct an in-depth investigation into a topic of your choice. The duration is normally 2 years full-time for international students.

Each Masters by research degree will have different entry requirements - check the Course Finder for details relevant to your degree.

Before you apply for graduate research candidature, you must identify a potential supervisor and receive in-principle approval for your research project. You will need to include your potential supervisor's details on your completed application form.

You can search for a suitable supervisor by browsing the research and training scholars at La Trobe.

If you have already made contact and received in-principle approval from your potential supervisor, you can move on to the next step.

For more information on how to apply, please click here.

As a PhD candidate, you will undertake a supervised research project that culminates in the submission of a thesis for examination. The duration is normally 4 years full-time for international students.

To apply for PhD candidature, you will need to demonstrate prior research experience using one of the approved forms.

Before you apply for graduate research candidature you must identify a potential supervisor and receive in-principle approval for your research project. You will need to include your potential supervisor's details on your completed application form.

If you are intending to apply for a Graduate Research scholarship, you will need to select a project from a list of available project and submit your application by 30th September 2021. You will need to contact the nominated contact person for your preferred project to obtain their in-principle agreement for you to apply.

For more information on how to apply, please click here.

Academic entry requirement varies from course to course. Please first find the course that you are interested in via our Course Finder.

Most of the common international secondary qualifications and required scores are listed under the “Entry requirements” section of our course pages. Please select your respective country and qualification in the drop-down list.

Apart from meeting the required entry score based on your secondary qualification, please also take note of the subject pre-requisites.

If your country and qualification are not on the drop-down list, our International Admissions team can still assess your application.

To find out your eligibility, please submit a fully documented application so that our Admissions can assess your case properly.

If you don’t meet the academic requirements for the undergraduate course that you wish to study, you may be eligible to undertake a pathway program leading to the degree.

For more information about Foundation and Diploma programs with our pathway program provider La Trobe College Australia (LTCA), please click the link here.

All on-campus pathway programs are packaged with a La Trobe University degree, so students will have one offer letter and one student visa for the duration of their studies.

La Trobe College Australia (LTCA)can be contacted at study@latrobemelbourne.edu.au or +61 (0)3 9479 2417.

Academic entry requirement varies from course to course. Please first find the course that you are interested in via our Course Finder.

Most of our postgraduate courses require students to complete an Australian Bachelors degree or international equivalent.

Some courses have compulsory work experience requirements, while a few limited others can be assessed based on substantial professional work experience.  Therefore, please refer to the specific course page for relevant information.

Postgraduate Enabling Program (PEP) is offered by our partner La Trobe College Australia (LTCA). It provides a pathway into a range of La Trobe Master's courses in Business and IT, for students who may not have the academic and/or English requirements to gain direct entry.

For more information, please click the link here.

La Trobe College Australia (LTCA)can be contacted at study@latrobemelbourne.edu.au or +61 (0)3 9479 2417.

English language requirement varies from course to course. Please first find the course that you are interested in via our Course Finder.

We have minimum language requirements for undergraduate, postgraduate and graduate research study at La Trobe. However, some La Trobe courses need a higher level of English language proficiency than these minimum scores.

  • Minimum English language requirement for undergraduate courses: Overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.0 with no band less than 6.0 or equivalent score of other approved tests
  • Minimum English language requirement for postgraduate courses: Overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 with no band less than 6.0 or equivalent score of other approved tests

For more information, please refer to our English Language page here.

It is important to know that not all of the approved English language tests can be accepted for our courses with higher English requirements (i.e. IELTS 7.0/ 7.0 or higher). If you are unsure whether you will have to take IELTS (Academic) for your course, please check with the La Trobe International Recruitment team via email: LTIRecruitment@latrobe.edu.au.