Study at Melbourne in 2021

Feel confident in your decision to join our Melbourne community in 2021. We’re committed to providing you with as many in-person teaching and learning experiences as possible.

All our campuses are operating under COVIDSafe regulations, and we'll continue to offer University support services online to ensure the health, safety and wellbeing of all students, no matter their circumstance

If you have questions about how the COVID-19 pandemic will impact your ability to study with us, please contact our future student support team in Stop 1.

Stop 1

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What will study look like in 2021 at Melbourne?

We’re looking forward to increasing our campus-based in-person teaching and learning, study and social activities throughout 2021, and most importantly, welcoming you back to our campuses across Victoria.

There will be three delivery modes for your subjects:

  • Dual-Delivery: blend of online and on-campus delivery; all students can enrol in these subjects
  • Online: delivered solely online with no on-campus or in-person activity; all students can enrol in these subjects
  • Campus-based (in person): these subjects have a requirement for campus-based or in-person activities; only students who can attend campus can enrol in these subjects.

You can find the delivery mode for your subjects in the subject listing of the Handbook which is the source of truth for your course and subject information.

You’ll need to meet the participation and attendance requirements of your classes set out in the subject entry in the Handbook.

More info about subject delivery modes

Studying online or remotely

The University has a wide range of digital tools, services and resources to help you study remotely if you cannot commence classes in Melbourne. The Student IT team is here to help get you set up and connected, ready for online study.

Resources

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Return to campus

We’re delighted to welcome you back to our campuses, and we look forward to being reunited with our students studying outside Australia when you will be able to join us.

We’ve been working hard to make sure our campuses are as safe as possible, so if you're planning to visit, or have classes or appointments on campus, make sure you complete the COVIDSafe LMS module and follow our COVIDSafe checklist to help ensure our community’s health, safety and wellbeing.

Many of our services will continue to operate virtually to reach as many students as possible, so it’s important to check what's available before dropping in, and book ahead where necessary.

Our return to campus is informed by government and public health advice. Learn more about our return to campus on the dedicated website.

Learn more

Keeping you safe

There will be enhanced infection control and cleaning measures in place across all of our campuses to ensure we are creating the safest environment and continuing to prioritise the health and safety for all of our staff, students and the local community. You’ll notice signage for room and lift limits, QR code scanning in teaching spaces; as well as sanitiser stations installed across our campuses.

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International travel to Victoria

If you’re overseas and are unable to travel to Australia whilst there are international travel restrictions, you do not need to worry – you can commence your studies online until restrictions are lifted and you’re able to come to Melbourne. Continue to check our student advice and support page for updates.

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.

The University continues to work closely with the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), the Australian Government, the Victorian Government and health experts. This information is subject to further updates.

2021 entry standards

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.
UNDERGRADUATE COURSE AUSTRALIAN YEAR 12
INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE (IB)
INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
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.

Domestic students who complete an Australian Year 12 qualification or the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma in 2020, preferenced their preferred undergraduate course appropriately in VTAC, satisfy course prerequisites and achieve:

  • The Minimum ATAR/minimum IB score will be considered for a place
  • The Guaranteed ATAR/IB score will still be certain of a place.

See 2021 ATARs for domestic school leavers

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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Scenarios we're working to resolve for prospective students

  • 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.