COVID-19 response: updates to future study

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We'll continue to deliver online teaching, assessment and support services 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 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 to learn flexibly.

2021 entry requirements

The University has updated undergraduate entry requirements to offer guaranteed entry for school-leavers in 2021.

Minimum 2020 ATARs and International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma scores have recently been introduced for international school-leaver applicants who apply for 2021 entry with an Australian Year 12 qualification or the IB Diploma.

These new minimum ATARs/scores will allow the University to provide consideration for international applicants whose learning has been impacted by COVID-19 this year.

International school-leaver applicants who satisfy course prerequisites and achieve:

  • The new minimum ATAR/minimum IB score will now be considered for a place
  • The guaranteed ATAR/IB score will still be certain of a place.
Guaranteed ATAR for 2021 Minimum ATAR for 2021 Guaranteed score for 2021 Minimum score for 2021
Bachelor of Agriculture 70.00 68.00 25 24
Bachelor of Arts 85.00 83.00 31 30
Bachelor of Biomedicine 95.00 93.00 37 36
Bachelor of Commerce 94.00 92.00 36 35
Bachelor of Design 85.00 83.00 31 30
Bachelor of Science 85.00 83.00 31 30

The guaranteed ATAR for international Bachelor of Biomedicine applicants has recently been updated from 96.00 to 95.00 (for 2021 and 2022 entry).

As Special Entry Access Scheme (SEAS) applications do not extend to international school-leavers (except for asylum seekers on certain visa subclasses), these new minimum ATARs/scores will allow the University to provide consideration for international applicants whose learning has been impacted by COVID-19 this year.

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 new revisions apply.

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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 or planning for studies in 2021 as soon as it becomes available.

From 11:59pm on Sunday 27 September, Second step to reopening restrictions apply to metropolitan Melbourne. From 11.59pm on Wednesday 16 September, Third step to reopening restrictions applies throughout regional Victoria. Visit the Department of Health and Human Services page for information on what this means for you.

If you're 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.

Graduate researchers can apply for and proceed with a Semester 2 commencement where you can be productive for a period of at least 6 months studying remotely and have the appropriate visa or study rights. Some exceptions may apply. If you need to defer your commencement, you should discuss this with your supervisor.

See updates about the University’s coronavirus (COVID-19) response

  • The University is 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 an 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.

Staying connected

See how our current students have adopted new routines, embraced online learning and stay connected, digitally.

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Student accommodation

There is a range of student accommodation, including University-owned and partnered accommodation, known as University Accommodation, and traditional residential colleges. International students can secure a room now and not be locked-in to a contract if you cannot travel to Australia.

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How can we help?

If you have any questions about studying at Melbourne in 2021 and beyond, speak to our future student support team in Stop 1.

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