There’s no need to put your future on hold.

Our flexible learning options allow you to start your degree online now and study on campus later. Same world-class education, different mode of learning – with support every step of the way.

Now the Australian Government has announced new visa measures to support international students, there’s no better time to start applying for our new flexible term structure.

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As COVID-19 impacts our global community, our priority is continuing to deliver a world-class education while ensuring the wellbeing of our students. That’s why we’ve introduced our new term structure: allowing you a smooth entry to university study while remaining on track to complete your degree on time.

With terms starting every six weeks, you’ll commence your study online and be ready to join us on campus once borders reopen. The Australian Government has announced it will recommence granting student visas for students who lodge an application outside Australia – so you can start your study online, apply for your student visa, and be able to arrange to travel here when the time is right.

More start dates also mean greater flexibility to balance study with your other important life commitments. With upcoming terms commencing in September and November 2020, you can get started on that degree much sooner than you probably thought.

Whether it’s online or on campus, you’ll be developing the skills and knowledge your future employers are looking for.

We look forward to saying hello.

How does it work?

  • Find your ideal degree

    With undergraduate and postgraduate courses available in business, IT, engineering, health and science, you’re sure to find your ideal degree. See below for the full list of eligible courses.

  • Start studying online in July, September or November

    You’ll study two subjects per term and need to complete a total of four subjects (the equivalent of a full-time semester). After that, you’ll transition to Semester 1, 2021.  You can choose from three terms1 that run every six weeks from July 2020. For more information, refer to ‘Key dates’ below .

  • See you on campus soon

    Once travel restrictions are lifted and you’ve received your Student Visa, you can transition to study at one of our campuses across Victoria and New South Wales. If travel restrictions are lifted part way through a term, you’ll need to complete the term online and transition to on-campus in the next term.

    1. Please note: some courses do not offer an intake every Term.

Study options

2020 terms

Diagram showing study intake options.

Option 1: start Semester 2 in July 2020

Complete 4 subjects during Semester 2 (July-October 2020).

Then start in Semester 1, 2021 (March).

Option 2: start Term 4 in July 2020

Complete 2 subjects during Term 4 (July-August 2020) and 2 subjects during Term 5 (September-October 2020).

Then start in Semester 1, 2021 (March).

Option 3: start Term 5 in September 2020

Complete 2 subjects during Term 5 (September-October 2020) and 2 subjects during Term 6 (November-December 2020).

Then start in Semester 1, 2021 (March).

Option 4: start Term 6 in November 2020

Complete 2 subjects during Term 6 (November-December 2020) and 2 subjects during Term 1 (January-February 2021).

Then start in Semester 1, 2021 (March).

Explore your scholarship options

We have a revitalised range of generous scholarships available, including Destination Australia Scholarships, La Trobe International Scholarships, La Trobe Regional Campus Scholarships and our new Early Bird Acceptance Grant. We’ve also launched new region-specific scholarships for high-achieving students.

Visit our scholarships page

Why study at La Trobe?

Top-rated globally

La Trobe is in the top 1% of universities worldwide.

Times Higher Education (THE), 2020, World University Rankings 2021; Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC), 2020, Ranking Web of Universities

Career ready

We offer a leading career-ready program that develops the professional skills that employers want.

La Trobe’s Career Ready Advantage means you develop the skills employers want.

Top 50 in the Asia-Pacific

La Trobe is ranked as one of the best 50 universities across East Asia, South-east Asia and Oceania.

Times Higher Education (THE), 2019, Best universities in the Asia-Pacific region 2019

Available courses

Find your ideal degree from our select range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses.

Business and commerce


IT and engineering


How to apply

Applications for semester and term intakes are submitted via StudyLink. You can also apply via one of La Trobe’s approved agent partners. When you apply, you’ll need to select the campus you wish to commence your study after arrival in Australia. At the time of acceptance, you will be issued a Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE) in order to apply for a student visa so you can come to Australia once travel restrictions are lifted. We recommend you continue to monitor student visa advice from the Department of Home Affairs.

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Academic and English language requirements

International Baccalaureate (IB)

Final exams for the IB in May 2020 have been cancelled. As an alternative to final exam results, a diploma will be issued based on coursework completed by students. La Trobe will also accept this diploma with coursework-based grades.

Cambridge levels (IGCSE, O-Levels, AS-Levels, A-Levels, AICE Diploma, Pre-U)

Final exams for May and June have been cancelled. The abovementioned Cambridge programs will have a calculated grade. La Trobe will accept these calculated grades.

TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition

La Trobe will accept this test to meet English requirements as equivalent to the TOEFL iBT test.*

*Applicants applying for a student visa must meet the Australian Government Department of Home Affairs English language requirements. This requirement is in addition to the applicant meeting the University’s English language admission criteria. Students should refer to the Department of Home Affairs website for further information.


La Trobe will accept this test to meet English requirements as equivalent to the TOEFL paper-based test*

*Applicable to citizens of China Only


Paper based tests cancelled in many overseas locations. La Trobe will accept the IELTS Indicator to meet English requirements as equivalent to the IELTS test.*

*Applicants applying for a student visa must meet the Australian Government Department of Home Affairs English language requirements. This requirement is in addition to the applicant meeting the University’s English language admission criteria. Students should refer to the Department of Home Affairs website for further information.

Other English Tests

Some new types of English tests have emerged due to the impacts of COVID-19. The University will accept formal tests that are now being delivered in a different way as these are deemed the same as what is currently accepted. Please note that no additional English tests have been approved.

ELICOS courses

Will be delivered online by La Trobe College Australia. View a list of Term intakes and key dates. Students completing a packaged offer will have more intake options for full degree courses provided they successfully complete their ELICOS course.

English placement test for ELICOS

La Trobe College Australia is making the Versant test available with virtual supervision. This is a placement test which determines the number of ELICOS weeks a student would require to meet the course English requirement.

Support Services

At La Trobe, we’re here to support you every step of the way with a range of services you can access from wherever you are in the world.

  • International Student Services (ISS): the International Student Services (ISS) team is here to assist you by phone, email and video meetings with any academic, social, financial, cultural or personal issues that may arise. You can also contact our 24-hour student assistance hotline for urgent matters by calling 1800 758 360.
  • Student Wellbeing Team services: needing a bit of extra support right now? You can request a welfare call, and a staff member from the Student Wellbeing Team will contact you to provide the support you need.
  • E-Buddy program: our face to face buddy program has been moved online. It’s the perfect way to meet new people, learn about other cultures, practice other languages and connect with other students from around the world. For more information, contact the International Student Services team.
  • International Student Lounge: staying connected and feeling like a part of a community is a vital part of online study. The International Student Lounge is here to help you keep in touch with your fellow students and our friendly staff. We hold twice weekly live virtual international student lounge sessions so you can log on and chat with other students and staff, and also get support and share ideas. It’s a great way to stay connected and motivated while practicing good social distancing.

Key dates

2020-21 Dates

Teaching period

Start date

Census Date

End date

Exam period

Term 4*

20 July

29 July

28 August

31 August – 5 September

Term 5*

7 September

17 September

16 October

19 October – 23 October

Term 6*

2 November

11 November

11 December

14 December – 20 December

Term 1 (2021)*~

4 January

4 January

12 February

15 February – 28 February

*All terms will run for 6 weeks and are only available for select courses and subjects (see above)
~Term 1 is for students continuing from Term 6 only. No new commencements are possible

For more information, please refer to our Academic calendar.

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Refund policy

We have introduced a flexible refund policy to support students when enrolling in online subjects. Students can now receive a full refund for withdrawals up to the study period Census Date. A full refund will apply up to Census date for semester and term intakes.

The university will be issuing a full refund to a student whose visa application is rejected during the COVID-19 restrictions, even if they have completed one or more subjects. Students who have completed any subjects will be issued a transcript in recognition of their studies.

While our refund policy remains in place for all other matters, we have made the decision to provide flexibility to support our students during this time.

Submitting supporting documents

We are aware that providing certified documents can be challenging at this time. If electronic results are not available, we will accept scanned documents following the requirement set below:

  • Scans must be clear, easy to read and in full-colour (see examples of acceptable and unacceptable documentation)
  • If translated document is submitted, a certified copy of the original must be provided together with a certified translation
  • Documentation must be in PDF or JPEG file formats

If the documentation does not meet admissions requirements, further documentation will be requested for verification.

Frequently asked questions

Have a question about Term enrolment or studying online?