Online study for international students
A world-class education, wherever you are
Start studying in 2021 with our excellent online study experience, then continue on campus when borders re-open. Same globally recognised education, delivered to meet your needs – with support every step of the way.
Why study at La Trobe in 2021?
Gain a leading education
Balance study and life commitments with the flexibility of online study
Enjoy financial flexibility
Start your degree online to save on living costs by reducing how long you study overseas.
Prepare for Australian life
Join our academic community and meet your classmates in online discussions.
Here’s how to get started
Watch our helpful video to learn what you can expect when you study online at La Trobe. Then follow the steps below to start your degree in 2021.
Find your ideal degree
We co-design our degrees with industry to teach you the technical skills you need to land the job you want. We offer undergraduate and postgraduate courses across all disciplines, including business, IT, engineering, health and science – find the course that’s right for you.
Organise your visa
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 Australian Government websites for announcements about travel restrictions and visa advice – for instance, the Department of Home Affairs has announced new visa measures to support international students.
Start studying online in March 2021
This is when you begin building the skills and knowledge employers are looking for. You’ll:
- learn from our expert academics
- manage your coursework on our leading learning management system
- be supported by our online student services and learning assistance.
(If your course has a compulsory face-to-face component that can’t be delivered online, we’ll contact you to discuss your study options.)
Hear from some of our international students about their online study experience at La Trobe.
Read about how two of our graduate researchers studied online from China in 2020.
Join us on campus soon
Once travel restrictions are lifted and you’ve got a student visa, you’ll be prepared to join us in Australia. With the knowledge you’ve gained through online study and the friends you’ve made through our online activities, you’ll be ready to enjoy campus life from day one.
How we're supporting you
As COVID-19 impacts our global community, our priority is continuing to deliver a world-class education while ensuring the wellbeing of our students. Here’s some of the ways we’re giving you more flexibility and support to study with us.
We have an extensive range of generous scholarships, such as:
- Destination Australia Scholarships
- La Trobe International Scholarships
- La Trobe Regional Campus Scholarships
- our new Early Bird Acceptance Grant
- region-specific scholarships for high-achieving students
- prestigious Vice-Chancellor Scholarships offering 100% reductions on course fees.
Our dedicated International Student Services team can help you with almost any academic, social, financial or cultural issue you encounter. What’s more, our support services are now online, including:
- our International Student Lounge
- our eFriends program
- our Student Wellbeing Team
- our comprehensive career support program.
As institutions 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
- accepting results from additional tests for IELTS and TOEFL.
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.
We understand that COVID-19 restrictions may mean you need to reconsider your study plans and personal circumstances. Along with our comprehensive range of support services, you may also have the option 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 equivalent to 4 subjects) per semester. If you have compelling circumstances, you could apply to reduce your study load after enrolment. Our International Student Services team will be able to guide you through the process.
If you can’t access electronic versions of the supporting documents you need for your application, we accept scanned copies of certified documents. These scans must:
- be clear, easy-to-read and in full colour
- be submitted in PDF or JPEG file formats
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.
Questions about online study?
Get real answers from real students. Connect with our student ambassadors to learn about their life at La Trobe, including their time studying online.
Future-proof your career
At La Trobe, you develop the skills employers want in degrees accredited by leading industry bodies. The Australian Government has confirmed that student visa holders studying online outside Australia due to COVID-19 can still count that study towards requirements for post-study work rights – so you can start studying now to build towards your career.