Based in Melbourne, Victoria University (VU) is a dual-sector university, committed to delivering an outstanding learning experience that empowers students from diverse backgrounds to grow their capabilities and achieve their true potential.
It is one of the few Australian universities that provide both higher education and vocational education and training. Flexible learning pathways allow students to design their own study journey, entering from various points and exiting when they’ve reached their study or career goals.
Another of VU’s distinguishing features is strong connections to industry and the community. These connections to industry bodies allow VU courses to match current and future industry needs so that students graduate job-ready and are valued by employers.
Undergraduate courses at VU include certificates, diplomas and advanced diplomas, and bachelor degrees and bachelor degrees with honours.
Students choose to study in one or more of VU’s seven academic colleges: Arts, Business, Education, Engineering and Science, Health and Biomedicine, Law and Justice, and Sport and Exercise Science. VU also has a standalone vocational education and training institute, Victoria University Institute of Technology, and Victoria University College which delivers pathway programs and coordinates transnational education.
Postgraduate courses at VU include graduate certificates, graduate diplomas, master and doctoral degrees.
Students can choose to conduct their postgraduate study in one of VU’s seven academic colleges: Arts, Business, Education, Engineering and Science, Health and Biomedicine, Law and Justice, and Sport and Exercise Science.
Postgraduate research students can also align their studies with one of VU’s six research institutes and seven research centres. Research focus areas are built around the themes of Sport, Health and Active Living; Education, Lifelong Learning and Workforce Development; and Sustainable Industries and Liveable Cities, each of which contributes to a fourth, cross-cutting, Public Policy Theme.
While VU does deliver some units of study online, it does not offer courses delivered solely in an online environment.
VU is firmly established as a leader in transnational education, with partners in China (VU is one of the largest Australian TNE providers), Malaysia, Singapore and Vietnam. VU continues to strengthen operations as an international university that is responsive to the changing world of work locally, nationally and globally.
VU has a wide variety of support programs for international students. Even before they arrive in Australia, the University provides overseas students with the necessary information they need to be well-prepared. A representative of the University will meet new students at the airport and transport them to their accommodation free of charge.
VU also offers assistance to students in terms of accommodation options. The University can help to arrange short-term and long-term accommodation options including student residences, private rentals and homestay. Academic support, counselling services, orientation programs and social activities for international students are all offered by the University. International student scholarships and financial assistance are also available for students who meet the eligibility requirements.
Victoria University tuition fees vary depending on student status and the course being undertaken. International students are generally required to pay the full fee for undergraduate study while both local and undergraduate students can be required to pay the full fee for postgraduate study.
The average annual undergraduate tuition fee for VicUni is AUD$20,360
The average annual postgraduate tuition fee for VicUni is AUD$22,590
Check with the University directly for the cost of study of the courses in which you have an interest.
VU helps students with their education costs by providing a range of over 600 scholarships each year. Chancellor's Scholarships are offered to high-achieving students while sports scholarships are available for elite student athletes.
The University also has numerous equity and merit based scholarships for undergraduate students. Externally funded scholarships, vocational education scholarships, postgraduate and research scholarships and international student scholarships are also available. Eligibility requirements for scholarships at VU are not only based on academic performance, but also on a student's personal and financial situation.
Student life at VU offers a large range of social activities and events both on and off campus to enable students to make new friends and get the most out of their time at university.
The first social event on the student calendar is Orientation, which happens early in each semester and is designed to offer students lots of social networking opportunities.
Once students have settled into university life, there are leadership groups, sport clubs, student clubs and societies, volunteer opportunities and competitions to suit everyone. There are also on-campus cafés, bars and lounges where students can meet to study and relax.
VU also promotes international experience by encouraging students to participate in exchange placements with a partner institution, study abroad with an institution of their choice or join a study tour or short-term program.
VU student reviews contain a wide range of positive comments including that the University has highly experienced and passionate teachers. Students say that lecturers and tutors at VU are experts in their fields and always available to assist students who need any form of help, whether in academic or personal matters.
Among the many student reviews, one of the most common points of discussion is VU’s multiple campuses and state-of-the-art facilities. Students particularly mention the University's computer workstations, well-maintained study areas, gyms, sport learning precinct, student cafés and libraries
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