La Trobe University

About La Trobe University

La Trobe's Career Ready program has been designed in consultation with industry leaders, enabling our students to build the skills and attributes employers want so they’ll thrive in an evolving workforce. 

Practical experience is also vital. Work Integrated Learning is integrated into many of our courses, allowing our students to take placements with major organisation’s and our many hospital partners. 

Advanced learning facilities such as our Upstart Media Hub, finance trading room and on-campus clinics, enable our students to put the theory they learn into practice.  

With over 150 international exchange partnerships, we encourage our students to take part in our global Study Abroad programs. Locally, we’ve built a culture of diversity across our campuses in Melbourne, Bendigo, Albury-Wodonga, Mildura, Shepparton and Sydney. We offer more than 90 clubs and societies that cover almost every social, sporting, cultural, academic and political interest you can imagine.

Studying at La Trobe prepares you for more than a career. We help students turn their goals into achievements and their passions into fulfilment. 

La Trobe student cohort profile.

Acceptance and enrolment

Undergraduate applicants


Successful applicants will receive an email from La Trobe that will contain important information about enrolment. 


Credit for subjects passed at other tertiary institutions may be granted if they are equivalent in content and standard to those offered by La Trobe and they are relevant to your planned course. Applications for credit are considered at enrolment. You will need to provide academic transcript/s and subject descriptions.

To find out more, visit the La Trobe University website.


Course deferment is possible for some La Trobe courses for up to two years.

To find out more, visit the La Trobe University website.

International Year 12 applicants


Successful applicants will receive information on accepting their offer by email or letter from La Trobe University’s International Office.


Enrolment information will be provided to you in your Letter of Offer.


It is a requirement of La Trobe University that you attend the International Welcome Festival Orientation, or your specific orientation, held one to two weeks before the start of classes. La Trobe colleges will run sessions to help you with the enrolment process and there will be time to discuss your enrolment with a course adviser. Students who attend orientation are more likely to succeed in their studies. There are many interactive sessions, exciting events, and opportunities to meet students and staff, and to make friends. Best of all, there’s free food, activities and a La Trobe University satchel for participants. Student volunteers will assist you throughout orientation with campus and city tours and guide you through enrolment procedures. 

To find out more, visit the La Trobe University website.


Applications for deferment are considered on an individual basis. International students holding a student visa should note that deferral for more than six months usually results in cancellation of their student visa. Within 28 days of the date of deferral, a student is required either to leave the country or to apply for another visa. 

To find out more, visit the La Trobe University website.

Postgraduate applicants


Successful applicants will receive enrolment information from La Trobe University.


Students seeking status/exemption on the basis of studies completed at another institution must complete an ‘Application for advanced standing’ and provide an official transcript of the studies undertaken elsewhere, together with an extract of the course and unit descriptions from the relevant faculty handbook or equivalent. This documentation should be submitted as soon as possible after a place is offered. 

To find out more, visit the La Trobe University website.


It may be possible to postpone your commencement of a postgraduate program after you have received an offer. Deferment requests will be handled directly by La Trobe University. 

For more information on deferment, visit the La Trobe University website.

Campus information


La Trobe University has campuses in Melbourne CBD, Melbourne (Bundoora), Bendigo, Albury-Wodonga, Mildura, Shepparton and Sydney. To find out more about La Trobe's campuses, visit the La Trobe University website.

Student services

La Trobe University has a range of student support services. These include counselling, chaplaincy, academic assistance and learning support, and employment and career advice. Campus facilities include a medical centre, computing centre, sporting and recreation facilities, and childcare centres. The university supports a variety of student organisations, clubs and societies for students to become involved in campus life.

As a La Trobe student you’ll have access to a comprehensive support network of people who are here to help you get the most out of university. You'll be supported throughout your studies, prepared for work and receive assistance in finding a job.

During your first six weeks you get guidance from our senior student Connect Mentor team. The Student Learning team will help you with study strategies and La Trobe's Career Development Centre will help you with planning your career.


La Trobe University encourages young people who are in formal out-of-home care (eg foster care, residential care, kinship care, being a ward of the state), and those who have transitioned out of the system to attend La Trobe and to excel. La Trobe's strong equity focus ensures many existing programs and services assist these students. 

Equity and Diversity provides information and support to people with a disability, mental health issue or ongoing medical condition. We also support primary carers of people with a disability or frail aged. 

To find out more, visit the La Trobe University website.


For information on accommodation, visit the La Trobe University website or email

Fees and charges

Undergraduate applicants

All La Trobe University students must pay student contributions for a Commonwealth-supported place (CSP). When you study in a CSP course, you only have to pay part of the cost of your course (a student contribution) and the Australian Government pays the remainder of the cost. 

To find out more about course fees, visit the La Trobe University website.

International Year 12 applicants

Tuition fees for international students are based on the standard annual 120-credit point load for each course unless otherwise stated. In some courses, or due to study load variations, semester loads may vary above or below the standard credit point load. Students will be invoiced for fees based on their actual credit point load per semester. Your tuition fee deposit will be advised in your Letter of Offer. Tuition fees are subject to change each year. 

To find out more about tuition fees for international students, visit the course search.


All international students are required to pay a Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF). In 2019 these were:

  • full-time students – $151.50 per half year ($303 annually)
  • part-time students – $113.50 per half year ($227 annually).

To find out more about the SSAF, visit the La Trobe University website.

Postgraduate applicants

Postgraduate tuition fees are calculated on a per subject basis. For current fee information, visit the La Trobe University website.

International students

Your stay in Australia


To find out about working while studying, visit the La Trobe University website.


Detailed information is provided at the International Welcome Festival Orientation or can be obtained from International Student Services at your campus. As part of your OSHC, Allianz Global Assistance also provides a 24-hour emergency helpline on 1800 814 781 (freecall within Australia). For further information, visit the Allianz Global Assistance website.


Starting at university is exciting and often requires learning new ways of approaching study. This can be particularly challenging if you have experienced different systems outside Australia, and also if English is your second language. The University Preparation site will help you prepare for your studies. It will help you to make some important adjustments to your study habits and to better understand some of the expectations of your lecturers and the university system. 

La Trobe International will provide you with comprehensive information, including the My Life at La Trobe guide to prepare you for study and life at La Trobe. To view the current guide, visit the La Trobe University website.


Before you are granted a student visa, the Australian Government must be satisfied that you have appropriate accommodation, support and general welfare arrangements in place for the period that you will be under 18 years of age while in Australia.

To find out more about Australian Government requirements, visit the Department of Home Affairs website.

Student support

La Trobe University has many services to help you achieve your personal, academic and career goals, including:

  • an international student support services team
  • comprehensive assistance and advice
  • an after-hours free telephone hotline service
  • an airport and railway reception program
  • a mentor program
  • specialised information for sponsored students, Muslim students and students with families
  • a range of counselling, student welfare services, academic skills support, careers advice, chaplaincy, and disability and equity services.

To find out more, visit the La Trobe University website.

Overseas Student Health Cover

It is a condition of your student visa that you have valid OSHC for the duration of your student visa. If you are here on a visa other than a student visa, you are not eligible for OSHC and need to arrange your own health insurance.

La Trobe University currently has an agreement with Allianz Global Assistance to provide OSHC cover for its international students. Under this agreement, you pay the OSHC premium for the entire length of your course with your first instalment of tuition fees. This means that you are covered from the day you arrive in Australia. 

Students also have the option to purchase an OSHC policy from any government-approved OSHC provider. 

To find out more about OSHC, visit the La Trobe University website.

Sponsored international students

La Trobe International provides a Sponsored Students Co-ordinator to offer specialised advice and assistance to students who receive financial support from a government agency, organisation, company or other registered sponsorship program (not from private individuals or relatives).

If you are a sponsored student, remember to provide a letter of financial guarantee from an authorised person within the sponsoring organisation on the sponsoring organisation’s official letterhead when you accept your offer.

For further information, visit the La Trobe University website.