Study online now, then join us on campus later

Start your degree with our excellent online study experience, then join us on campus when borders re-open.

Discover how studying online at La Trobe gives you the same globally recognised education – wherever you are in the world – with support every step of the way.

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Why study online at La Trobe?

Start studying now at a top 1% university

Get the same globally recognised education, delivered online to meet your needs.

Get up to a 35% reduction in fees with our Offshore Online Bursary

A 'top-up' fee reduction of up to 35 per cent for international students studying a La Trobe degree online and unable to travel to Australia due to border restrictions.

Benefit from our expanded range of generous scholarships

From tuition fee reductions to cash grants, we have increased the range and amount of scholarships offered to international students.

Your study experience

What will this new study experience look like for you?

What does the online classroom look like? How do I transfer from online to on-campus study? What courses can I study? How do I apply? Find out here.

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Find your ideal course

Our courses are co-designed with industry and taught by experts in their fields. That means, you’ll benefit from their expertise and real-world experience. You’ll develop strong professional connections while gaining the skills for your future career.

We offer undergraduate and postgraduate courses across all disciplines, including:

  • arts, social sciences and communications
  • business and commerce
  • education and teaching
  • health
  • IT and engineering
  • law and criminology
  • science.

Find a course

Review our updated entry requirements

As univeristies around the world respond to COVID-19, we’ve updated our policies to include some new processes. This includes accepting:

  • additional evidence of academic proficiency for the International Baccalaureate and Cambridge levels
  • results from additional tests for IELTS and TOEFL.

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Get up to a 35% reduction in course fees with our Offshore Online Bursary

We are offering the La Trobe Offshore Online Bursary to students who have been disadvantaged by the Australian border closure. We understand that students commencing studies in their home countries are missing out on access to facilities and amenities which may impact their student experience.

This is a top-up fee reduction of up to 35 per cent in recognition that students cannot experience the on-campus experience, services and facilities while they are offshore.

Apply for the bursary

Explore our new, extended range of scholarships

We have increased our range of generous scholarships, so whether you’re interested in studying an undergraduate and postgraduate degree, there’s a La Trobe scholarship for you.

  • Destination Australia Scholarships
  • La Trobe International Scholarships
  • La Trobe Regional Campus Scholarships
  • Early Bird Acceptance Grant
  • region-specific scholarships for high-achieving students
  • prestigious Vice-Chancellor Scholarships offering 100% reductions on course fees.

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Learn about our new deposit payment options and flexible refund policy

If you’re offered a place in a degree commencing Semester 1 or Semester 2 2021, you can accept your offer with a 50% deposit (plus Overseas Student Health Cover), then pay the remaining balance before your course’s census date. (For Semester 1 2021, census date is 31 March 2021. For Semester 2, census date is 31 August).

If you commence studying in Semester 1 2021 but have to change your plans, you can still withdraw before census date and apply for a full refund.

Before you apply: prepare your supporting documents

We accept electronic and scanned versions of your supporting documentation. If you're submitting scanned documents, they must be:

  • submitted in PDF or JPEG file formats
  • be clear and easy-to-read
  • in full colour

If you submit a translated document, you must also provide a certified copy of the original. If your documentation doesn’t meet admission requirements, we’ll request further documents for verification.

See document examples.

How to apply

You can submit your application online through our online application portal StudyLink, or through one of our approved agent partners.

When you apply, you’ll need to select the campus where you wish to commence your study after you arrive in Australia.

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How to accept your offer

Find out how to accept your offer.

Organise your student visa to join us on-campus later

As part of the admissions process, you’ll be issued a Confirmation of Enrolment so you can apply for a student visa. You’ll need this visa to enter Australia once travel restrictions are lifted. Remember to check the Australian Government website for announcements about travel restrictions and visa advice.

New visa measures to support international students

Discover your online study experience

  • Get the same globally recognised education, with online learning outcomes the same as those achieved through face-to-face study, and the same highly qualified staff teaching both.
  • Communicate with lecturers and students via our Learning Management System (LMS) and one-on-one Zoom ‘drop-in’ sessions.
  • Develop strong professional connections while honing the skills needed to create future opportunities. Our courses are backed by industry accreditations and offer opportunities to put theory into practice.
  • Access to everything you need, such as:
    • financial support through our expanded range of generous scholarships – like our new Online Offshore Bursary worth up to a 35 per cent reduction in fees
    • academic support through the LMS, where you can attend lecturers, collaborate on group assignments and communicate directly with academics
    • industry support through online work placements where you can be supported by mentors in your chosen field through experiential learning platforms like Practera.
    • support with everything else through our friendly ASK La Trobe team.

Assistance managing your study load

We understand that, due to personal circumstances or COVID-19 restrictions, you may need to reconsider your study plans. In these situations, we have an extensive range of support serivces here to help you.

In some instances, you may be able to reduce your study load to better manage your personal circumstances.

A regular full-time study load for international students is 60 credit points (usually the equivalent of four subjects) per semester. If you have compelling circumstances, you could apply to reduce your study load after enrolment. Our International Student Services team can guide you through the process.

Contact our friendly team

Preparing for your arrival

Once travel restrictions are lifted, and you have your student visa, you can join us on campus in Australia.

With the knowledge you’ve gained and the friends you’ve already made, you’ll be ready to enjoy life on campus.

Find out everything else you need to know about life at La Trobe in Australia in our handy pre-departure guide.

Explore the pre-departure guide

How we support you

We’re here to help you. You’ll have access to all our wide range of support services. Our amazing ASK La Trobe current students support portal is a one-stop shop to help you with all kinds of issues:

  • applications and enrollments
  • student life and support services
  • timetable
  • library services
  • fees and financial support
  • students IT support
  • exams, results and graduations
  • connect you with other services

Other support services and resources

Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

Before I start online study FAQ

Before I start online study FAQ

After I start online study FAQ

After I start online study FAQ

Enrolment and orientation FAQ

Enrolment and orientation FAQ

La Trobe's COVID-19 FAQ

La Trobe's COVID-19 FAQ

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