Academic information

Learn more about the entry requirements and structure of study as a Study Abroad or Exchange student.

Entry requirements

To be eligible for entry into the study abroad or student exchange program, you must provide:

  • proof of enrolment in a university degree or post-secondary program; or evidence that you have successfully completed your secondary school studies (if you are not enrolled in a post-secondary program);
  • evidence of a 65% average in studies or a 2.5 grade point average on a scale of 4 or equivalent.

You will also need to provide evidence that you meet the University's English language requirements.

Victoria University English language requirements
English language test Requirement
IELTS (Academic Module) Minimum overall score 6.0 (no band less than 6.0)
TOEFL Internet (no section score less than) 67 (21W, 18S, 15R, 12L)
DAAD English proficiency test B1
Cambridge English - Advanced (CAE) Total score of 52
Pearson Test of English (PTE) Minimum overall score of 50 (no section less than 50)

We may accept other evidence of English language proficiency and will examine it on a case-by-case basis.

Major areas of study

Study Abroad and Exchange students can choose from a wide range of subjects from different study areas while completing their semester(s) at Victoria University.

Study areas include:

  • Arts
  • Business
  • Education
  • Engineering & Science
  • Health & Biomedicine
  • Law & Justice
  • Sport & Exercise Science.

Please note that units in nursing, osteopathy and paramedics are not available to exchange and study abroad students. Some other specialised units may not be available to exchange students and you will be notified in this case.

Search for a unit.

You can also choose to complete a Study Abroad Certificate.

Academic structure

Study load

Study Abroad and Exchange students are required to take a full-time load of 3 or 4 VU units per semester. Most units have a weighting of 12 credit points.

When studying a full-time load, you should expect to have around 15-20 contact hours (times when you must attend the University) per week plus study time.

Class structure

Students studying at VU usually have a mix of lectures and tutorials. In addition, you might have practical classes or fieldwork.

Lectures are held in modern lecture theatres with large groups of students. Lectures generally go for 1-3 hours and may involve note-taking, demonstrations, AV presentations, etc.

Tutorials supplement lectures and give you a chance to discuss topics in detail in a smaller group environment.


Assessment quite often differs from one unit to another and can take a variety of forms, including written work and tests undertaken in class, participation in class or laboratory sessions, as well as final examinations at the end of each semester.

Fieldwork or practical experience can also form part of the content and assessment of some units.

Grading & results

Please note that VU's grading system may vary from the system your home institution uses.

Find out more about what VU results mean.

Teaching methods

Victoria University is an acknowledged leader in industry-based learning. That means as well as spending time in the classroom and lecture theatre, you will be out getting real experience in workplaces.

We know how important it is to apply the knowledge you gain, to refine it and build upon it in real situations you will encounter in the workforce. We regularly meet with industry and community leaders to review our courses and confirm they are relevant and up to date.

VU is ranked in the world’s top 2 % (THE World University Rankings 2016/2017).

As a student you can be confident what you are learning will help secure your future.

Credit conversion guide

Credit equivalencies for a semester of full time study at Victoria University:

  • USA: 12-15 credits
  • Canada: 15 credits
  • Europe: 30 ECTS
  • UK: 60 credits or 30 ECTS
  • Japan: 15 credits

Academic life for study abroad students - video

Are you heading to VU on exchange? Our international students have provided some helpful advice to get you started!