Student support is available

The Swinburne community is saddened by recent events in the Middle East. If you have been impacted by these events free support is available through Swinburne’s Health and Wellbeing Service, Multi Faith Centre, and the International Student Advisory & Support services dedicated to our international students. We want to assure you prejudice, racism, islamophobia and antisemitism will not be tolerated at Swinburne.

This page is your gateway to everything you need to know as a current student at Swinburne.

Your essentials

2024 Student Guide

2024 Student Guide

Your handy guide to get started smoothly at Swinburne as a new student.
  • Getting started at Swinburne

    Are you a new student to Swinburne? Welcome! All the vital information you need to help you get started at Swinburne and settle into university life is on this page.

  • Orientation

    Orientation helps you get started at Swinburne and settle into university life. During Orientation we will provide you with handy tips and resources to help you prepare for study.

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    Life at Swinburne

    At Swinburne, we know that your studies are important, but there is more to university than classes and lectures. Find out more about the opportunities we offer to make your time studying with us a memorable experience.

  • Student support services

    Need support? Swinburne’s student support services can help with your studies, career, health and wellbeing, accommodation, child care, IT, safety and more.

Student services

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    Your safety at Swinburne

    We’ve worked hard to create a safe, accepting and vibrant community to ensure Swinburne remains a place where everyone can feel confident and respected – and we aim to keep it that way.

  • Library

    Need to borrow textbooks or book a computer? We have you covered. The Swinburne library provides a wide range of services for our students and operates across three campuses.

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    Academic progress and reviews

    To help your results, we review your academic progress twice a year. These reviews let you know how you're performing and what you need to do if you're advised to be 'at risk' or asked to 'show cause'.

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    Study and learning support

    Improve your study and academic skills through our Learning and Academic Skills Centre. Attend workshops, advice sessions, and access support for students facing challenges.

Looking for a scholarship?

Scholarships at Swinburne are about providing opportunity, promoting equity and recognising excellence and achievement. Search our scholarships.

Thinking of your future? So are we

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    Careers and employability

    Improve your employability with expert advice and job application assistance, with a range of seminars, workshops, conferences and employer sessions to give you the edge.

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    Work Integrated Learning

    Swinburne guarantees real industry experience in all our bachelor degrees in the form of placements, internships or industry-linked projects.

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    Swinburne study abroad

    Studying abroad gives you the chance to challenge yourself, explore new cultures and make memories that last a lifetime. What are you waiting for?

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    Find out all you need to know about the graduation process and the formalities involved with completing your course.  

Enrolment and timetable

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    How to enrol

    Received your offer? Great! It’s time to enrol. Use our step-by-step guide to enrol online as a vocational education, UniLink or higher education student.

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    Planning your course structure with the course planner

    You’ll need to plan which units you’re going to study before you enrol online. Learn how to plan your course using the course planner tool.

  • Setting up your class timetable

    Learn how to set up your class timetable in three steps and plan and schedule your classes, lectures, workshops or other activities you need to attend.

  • Credit for prior study or experience

    Already have relevant work experience or successfully completed previous study? You can apply for academic credit and can use this towards units in your course.

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    Taking time off from study

    If you need to take a break from studying, you could apply for a leave of absence or defer in special circumstances. Learn more about taking time off or withdrawing from your course.

  • Changing your units

    Withdraw from, swap and enrol in extra units through the My Swinburne portal before the relevant cut-off date. Learn more about changing your units here.

Assessments, results and graduations

Learn more about your course

  • Fees

    Tuition fees can be confusing — but they don’t have to be. Find all the information you need to know about your university fees.

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    Loans and discounts for local students

    From the Free TAFE for Priority Courses initiative to a variety of HELP loans, the Australian and Victorian governments provide a number of ways to help you pay your fees as a local student.

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    Browse course units

    There are many ways to study single units at Swinburne, choose the option that suits you. 

Need to update your personal details online?

Log in to My Swinburne with your Student ID and password. All your details will be displayed under the My Details tab, and you can update these at any time. 

Log in to the student portal

Log in to My Swinburne using your Student ID. If you’re having trouble signing in, try our forgot password tool or get IT help

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