The impact of COVID-19 on future study

Despite the challenging situation the world is facing right now, teaching, learning and research at the University of Melbourne continue.

The University is, and always will be, a dynamic community. There are resources to help you study, adjusted exam schedules, and tools to keep good mental health, while all our normal student support services remain open – whether you’re on-campus or studying someplace else, we’re here to support you and help you reach your goals.

We're working through a range of scenarios to minimise the impact that COVID-19 may have upon your plans to commence studies at the University of Melbourne. We’ll continue to update this page with information and advice for students wanting to apply for mid-year entry or planning for studies in 2021 as soon as it becomes available.

Last updated: Tuesday 4 August

The Victorian Government announced that a state of disaster is declared from 6pm Sunday 2 August, with the introduction of a new series of Stage 4 restrictions for Metropolitan Melbourne. Stage 3 restrictions for regional Victoria come into effect at midnight on Wednesday 5 August. These restrictions are designed to close all non-essential activities in order to slow the spread of COVID-19.

As per the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) advice, from 11.59pm, Sunday 2 August, a face covering will be mandatory whenever you leave home across the whole state of Victoria.

We are currently working through the available details of this new stage of restrictions and what they mean for our students, researchers, staff and the University’s operations. Unfortunately, classes scheduled to be held on campus or in-person on Monday 3 August and Tuesday 4 August are not going ahead as planned (with the exception of some clinical placements). Subject coordinators will communicate directly with students about any specific arrangements for clinical placements.

For all other students, you must not come to campus until you receive further advice from the University to do so. Existing study spaces in the Baillieu Library on the Parkville campus will also be closed until further notice.

Further updates to come.

  • If you are overseas, you do not need to attempt to travel to Australia. You can continue your studies online until restrictions are lifted and the University advises you that you can come to campus
  • A list of subjects that will have some teaching on campus in Semester 2 and associated attendance conditions will be published in the first week of July 2020

Scenarios we're working to resolve:

  • We are working closely with the Victorian Government to determine when we may be able to participate in a potential pilot program for some international students to travel to Melbourne when it is safe to do so. At this stage, the pilot has not yet been confirmed. We will publish further information when available
  • What happens if your qualifying degree, associated prerequisites or other entry requirements for graduate coursework and research are impacted
  • What happens if your final year secondary school qualification has been significantly disrupted
  • What happens if you are unable to sit an entry exam for entry into a course, including English language test
  • The provision of conditional Confirmations of Enrolment (CoEs) for international students where final documentation might not be available
  • What the course offer acceptance process for international students will be, including arrangements for fee deposits.

What has changed?

  • Lectures, tutorials, and interactive seminars for Semester 2 will be online through the Learning Management System (LMS), with teaching for some select classes delivered face-to-face on campus
  • All student services, including our library services, can be accessed online. Our virtual campus community brings together vital information for everyone in our community
  • We acknowledge that international travel restrictions mean that students who are currently overseas will likely be unable to return to campus in time for the commencement of Semester 2, or possibly at any stage during the semester. Online teaching and assessment will continue as long as necessary for students who are overseas or otherwise unable to return to campus, or if strict physical distancing requirements necessitate online delivery for any or all programs
  • The Semester 2, 2020 academic calendar has been adjusted following the changes to Semester 1, 2020 academic calendar.

We have made some temporary revisions to the English Language Requirements to accommodate challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. For courses commencing mid-year 2020 and all intakes in 2021, the following revisions apply:

  • Students who had met English Language Requirements for Semester 1 2020 and deferred to the mid-year 2020 intake will automatically meet them for mid-year intakes in 2020
  • The validity of IELTS, TOEFL and Pearson PTE Academic tests has been temporarily extended from two to three years
  • The TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition version is temporarily being accepted as equivalent to existing accepted TOEFL tests
  • Tests not listed above or in our existing English Language Requirements, including Duolingo and Versant tests, will not be accepted.

What hasn't changed?

  • We are committed to supporting all students to progress through their degrees
  • You can still apply for University Accommodation for Semester 2, and we'll waive the application fee. Applications also remain open for residential colleges and Student Village Melbourne
  • You can still explore the University’s culture and creativity. We’re streaming our museum collections and performances online
  • Graduate researchers can apply for and proceed with a Semester 2 commencement where you can effectively engage in your proposed studies with appropriate supervision and guidance.  However, enrolment in laboratory-based projects or disciplines will require the approval of the relevant Dean or their delegate.  If you need to defer your commencement, you should discuss this with your supervisor.