Entry requirements

Learn more about our entry requirements for international students including minimum entry scores, course prerequisites and our English language requirement.

Are you an international student?
You’re considered an international student based on your citizenship – even if you're currently studying in Australia.

To apply for a Melbourne undergraduate degree, you'll need to meet the following minimum eligibility criteria:

  • Complete the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) or an equivalent qualification
  • Meet any additional academic requirements necessary for application to your preferred undergraduate degree. These include prerequisite subjects, prerequisite tests, portfolio submission, interviews or auditions
  • Meet our English language requirement.

Meeting minimum entry requirements means you’re eligible to apply for our courses. It doesn’t guarantee selection. You need to apply for courses with Melbourne before you can be assessed for admission. Not all qualifications have been assessed for equivalency with the VCE. If you have completed a secondary school qualification that is not listed on our website, your eligibility for entry to an undergraduate course will be assessed on a case-by-case basis during the application process.

Minimum entry scores

Guaranteed or indicative entry scores have been set for international applicants seeking entry based on overseas secondary school qualifications, Australian secondary qualifications or through a foundation program.

If you meet the required scores, as well satisfy minimum entry requirements, subject prerequisites and English language requirements, you may be guaranteed entry into an undergraduate degree.

Guaranteed scores apply only if no further study has been undertaken after completion of your secondary education or foundation program.

See guaranteed and indicative entry scores

You’ll need to satisfy subject prerequisite requirements for the course you've applied for. This ensures you have the right skills, knowledge and experience required for the course. If you haven’t, you can satisfy prerequisite requirements in a number of ways, including:

Past VCE Unit 3/4 or equivalent studies

You may satisfy your course prerequisite if you have completed the relevant VCE Unit 3/4 or equivalent subjects in the last 10 years.

See how you can satisfy subject prerequisites

An adult VCE program

You may complete one of the following programs to meet the prerequisite of your chosen course Adult Community Education (ACE), Technical and Further Education (TAFE) and Centre for Adult Education (CAE).

See Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA) for all courses

If you receive an offer conditional on meeting our English language requirement, you may meet this by completing an approved English language proficiency test or through previous study in English.

We have made some temporary revisions to the English language requirement to accommodate challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. For courses commencing mid-year 2021 and all intakes in 2021 and 2022.

Learn how to meet our English language requirement

Do you need help meeting our entry requirements?

Learn more about the different pathways available to help you meet our course prerequisites and English language requirement.

Trinity College Foundation Studies

If you have not completed a secondary qualification which is considered the equivalent to an Australian Year 12, you may be eligible for admission to the Trinity College Foundation Studies (TCFS) program. As one of Australia’s best foundation studies programs, TCFS prepares approximately 700 international students each year for success at the University of Melbourne and other leading Australian universities. The University has guaranteed pathways from foundation studies programs offered at Trinity College. These programs will develop your essential knowledge in your chosen stream to provide the foundation to meet academic and English language requirements, and subject prerequisites for your chosen undergraduate course.

Learn more about Trinity College

English language programs

Successful completion of Hawthorn-Melbourne's, University of Melbourne English Language Bridging Program (UMELBP) can help you meet our English language requirement. UMELBP is a 10-week course that will develop your English language and study skills.

Find out more about UMELBP

Equivalent tests for meeting subject prerequisites

Each undergraduate course has specific VCE subject perquisites and assumed knowledge. If you haven’t met these, you can complete bridging courses offered by the University via our Community Access Program (CAP).

Equivalent subjects to course prerequisites

You'll need to accept your offer and enrol at Melbourne to receive you Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE). With your CoE you can then apply for your student visa.

Important information

With an Australian student visa, you can only take full-time study in a CRICOS-registered course.

You need to have Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) before you arrive. You may also be required to do additional character and health tests where required.

See visa information for studying in Australia

Students under 18

If you're under 18 years of age, you'll also need to have appropriate accommodation, support and welfare arrangements in place in order to have your student visa approved.

Requirements for under 18 international students

Apply for undergraduate degrees

Ready to apply for a Melbourne undergraduate degree? Find out how to prepare your application and apply online.

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