La Trobe University

International students

General admission requirements

As an international student completing one of the following qualifications, you will apply for admission through UAC and will generally be selected on the basis of your performance in these studies (ie your ATAR or equivalent):

  • an Australian Year 12 qualification (either outside or in Australia)
  • an International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma
  • a New Zealand National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) Level 3.

When assessing your application, La Trobe University may take any or all of your qualifications or attempts at study into account. 

La Trobe University has a pathway for admission that may allow applicants to receive an offer to a course even though they have an ATAR or equivalent below the selection rank. For some courses, La Trobe will reward strong performance (Band 4 and above) in Year 12 subjects relevant to the course of study — check details in the course descriptions via the course search.


The University accepts the Limited ATAR for admission purposes.


In addition to achieving the standard of performance required for admission, for certain courses you must also satisfy any additional selection criteria, such as a personal statement, a questionnaire, a portfolio of work, an audition, an interview or a test. These criteria are taken into account either instead of, or in conjunction with, your ATAR or equivalent. Details of additional selection criteria and how applicants can meet these requirements are outlined in the course descriptions via the course search.

If you are undertaking your Year 12 studies offshore and are applying to a course that has additional selection criteria that you will find difficult to meet, contact La Trobe University.


Tuition fees

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 La Trobe University website.

Student Services and Amenities Fee

All international students are required to pay a Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF). In 2020 these are:

  • full-time students – $154 per half year ($308 annually)
  • part-time students – $115 per half year ($230 annually).

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

Your stay in Australia

Working while studying

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

Health services on campus

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.

Preparing for student life

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.

Students under 18 years of age

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.


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