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.

Distance is not a barrier. For now, we’ve changed the way our students attend class, with all lectures, tutorials and seminars taking place online, thanks to our shift to a virtual campus.

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.

We are preparing for how we will gradually resume face-to-face learning in Semester 2 when we are able to do so. Our approach will continue to be informed by the latest Victorian and Australian Government policy and will be implemented in a way that prioritises the health, safety and wellbeing of our students, staff and community. As of Monday 11 May, the University’s detailed preparation continues as to enable us to prepare for a range of scenarios for Semester 2:

  • Commencement of Semester 2 fully online for all students if necessary
  • A gradual resumption of some face-to-face teaching, potentially from the beginning of the semester, should the government sufficiently relax physical distancing requirements. This resumption would likely involve a combination of face-to-face and online teaching (mixed-mode delivery)
  • Full online teaching and assessment arrangements for all of Semester 2, 2020 where necessary.

Scenarios we're working to resolve:

  • 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?

  • All lectures, tutorials, and interactive seminars for Semester 1 are now online and are available through the Learning Management System (LMS)
  • 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
  • Mid-year application deadlines have been extended to 12 June for prospective international undergraduate and domestic and international graduate students applying directly the University.

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.