Online application: before you start

This information will help you successfully submit an application for a course at the University of Melbourne.

You are strongly advised to read this information carefully prior to commencing the application process.


Applicants experiencing technical difficulties with the online application should see Application help.

  • How long will it take to complete the application?

    The application will take around half an hour to complete.

  • What are the minimum computer and internet requirements needed to successfully
    complete the online application?

    The Application has been certified for Internet Explorer 7 and 8 and Firefox 2.0 and 3.0. It is therefore recommended that you use one of these browsers when logging your application.

  • What are the steps to applying?

    1. You will first need to register as an applicant. If you apply for multiple courses you will only need to complete this section once. You will be asked to supply your personal details and at the end you will be emailed with temporary log in details. If you have studied previously at the University of Melbourne or have previously applied but not enrolled you will not need to do this step as you will already have a login and password.
    2. Once you have received your temporary log in details you can log in to the system and begin applying for courses. You should check Course Search first to decide which course(s) you want to apply for. Then use the online application to apply for up to three courses (preferences) at a time.
    3. Once you have completed all of the application requirements you can then submit the application. This step includes agreeing to the application declaration. Until you have done this your application will not be considered complete.
  • Can I log out of the form and come back to it later?

    Once you have completed the personal details section (step 1), you can either continue directly into a course application (step 2), or you can exit and return to the course application at any time to finalise and submit.

    You will be sent an email upon completion of the personal details section containing temporary credentials allowing you to login and return to the application at any time. In the course application section, you must continue until the first 'Save' button appears in order to ensure that the course application is saved. After that you can return to the same application and make and changes until you finally 'Submit' the application.

  • What type of documents will I have to provide?

    In all cases, you'll need to provide scans, certified copies* or original copies of your academic results, your qualification summary and proof of English proficiency. You will need to check the entry requirements for the course you are applying for to see if you are required to provide other documents such as personal statements, portfolios or results from aptitude tests.

    If you choose to provide scans or uncertified copies of academic results, we will seek to verify your results with the issuing institution. You may be required to present original documents to the University at any time during the application process or while you are enrolled at the University. If the documents on which an offer was based are found at any time to be incomplete or fraudulent, you will face serious penalties, including your enrolment in the course being withdrawn.

    If you are an international student applying through one of our approved agents, certified academic results submitted by your agent via email or fax will be accepted.

    * a certified copy is a photocopy of an original document, which contains the signature and official stamp of an authorised signatory.

    When obtaining a certified photocopy, please ensure the following:

    • The signature of the person certifying is original
    • The person clarifying the document must state their title
    • There is a statement to say that it is a true copy of the original document
    • The certification is dated
    • If it is a multi-page document, either each page must be certified or the certification must state the number of pages and each page must be signed by the authority

    Common titles of signatories that we accept are:

    • University of Melbourne approved Overseas Representative
    • Justice of the peace
    • Member of the Police Force
    • Legally qualified medical practitioner
    • Pharmacist
    • Manager of a Bank, Building Society or Credit Union
    • Marriage Celebrant (civil or religious)
    • Barrister or solicitor or a clerk to a barrister or solicitor
  • Is there an application fee?

    International students must pay an application fee of AUD $100. This must be paid online by credit card at the end of the online application process.

    This can be paid either online by credit card (at the end of the online application process), or you can print out the application fee payment form to pay by bank draft (bank cheque).

    If you wish to pay by bank draft, you will be able to save your application, and then submit it once you have been advised that your bank draft has been received by International Admissions. Please note that the application fee is non-refundable.

  • What if I am eligible for an application fee waiver?

    You may be eligible for waiver of the application fee if you meet any of the following criteria:

    • You are in receipt of a scholarship: proof of sponsorship letter must be provided with your application
    • You have been given a waiver form by a university staff member at an exhibition or interview session
    • You are a current University of Melbourne student
    • You are a current Trinity College Foundation Studies student
    • You are applying for courses offered by the Graduate School of Business and Economics and you provide your GMAT or GRE results with your application or, you are applying for the Melbourne JD (Juris Doctor) program.

    The online application will provide further information about the waiver process.

  • What if I haven't received my final results yet?

    You are welcome to apply by providing a certified copy of your most recent academic results. You may be made an offer conditional upon completing your studies and achieving the required grades.

  • What is a qualification summary?

    A qualification summary is a concise list of your academic qualifications that you must provide with your application. You must provide information on any qualifications you have completed or attempted and include, as a minimum, the qualification name, the institution awarding the qualification, the duration of the course, and when you completed or expect to complete the qualification. For example:

    Qualification: e.g. Bachelor of Commerce
    Institution/ School: e.g. University of Melbourne
    Course duration: e.g. 3 year degree
    Completion date: e.g. December 2010

    Qualification: e.g. Victorian Certificate of Education
    Institution/ School: e.g. Melbourne High School
    Course duration: e.g. 2 years
    Completion date: e.g. December 2007

  • What else do I need to complete the application?

    International applicants are required to pay an application fee. You can do this online at the end of the application process if you have a Visa or Mastercard.

  • How do I submit my documents?

    You can attach your supporting documents to your online application. You will need to have access to scanned copies of your documents to upload them to your application. We will seek to verify your results with the issuing institution. You may be required to present original documents to the University at any time during the application process or while you are enrolled at the University. If the documents on which an offer was based are found at any time to be incomplete or fraudulent, you will face serious penalties, including your enrolment in the course being withdrawn.

    If you are an international student applying through one of our authorised agents, scanned and faxed copies of certified results forwarded by the agent meet our verification requirements.

    If you do not have access to a scanner, you will be able to submit your documents through the post or by fax. You can indicate that you will submit your documents later by using the drop down boxes. If you are mailing your documents, please send certified copies, as originals are not kept and will not be returned.

    If you wish to send your documents later, you will be sent an email with details on how to do this once you successfully submit your application.

    * a certified copy is a photocopy of an original document, which contains the signature and official stamp of an authorised signatory.

    When obtaining a certified photocopy, please ensure the following:

    • The signature of the person certifying is original
    • The person clarifying the document must state their title
    • There is a statement to say that it is a true copy of the original document
    • The certification is dated
    • If it is a multi-page document, either each page must be certified or the certification must state the number of pages and each page must be signed by the authority.

    Common titles of signatories that we accept are:

    • University of Melbourne approved Overseas Representative
    • Justice of the peace
    • Member of the Police Force
    • Legally qualified medical practitioner
    • Pharmacist
    • Manager of a Bank, Building Society or Credit Union
    • Marriage Celebrant (civil or religious)
    • Barrister or solicitor or a clerk to a barrister or solicitor
  • How do I apply for credit?

    You can apply for credit (also known as Advanced Standing) from within the online application. Instructions are provided on the relevant application screen.

  • How do I apply for a scholarship?

    Once you receive confirmation that your online course application is submitted, you can log in with your application ID and password to apply for scholarships.

    International students please note that you are automatically considered for scholarships and will not need to complete a separate application (unless you are eligible for the Human Rights Scholarship which requires a separate application.)

  • What if I'm part-way through the application and I change my mind about what I'd like to
    study?

    You are strongly advised to make these decisions prior to commencing the application process. You can visit Course Search for information on courses offered as well as the online handbook.

  • When completing the application I am required to provide a course location — where is my
    course located?

    The University has a number of campuses. You will need to check Course Search website to determine which campus your chosen course is taught at prior to applying. In most instances the course will be taught at the Parkville campus.

  • How do I know my application has been successfully submitted?

    Once your application is successfully submitted, you will have received two emails from the University:

    1. The first email is sent upon saving your personal details in the application system. This email contains the temporary credentials you require to be able to log in and view/amend your application prior to submission.
    2. The second email is sent after you have paid your application fee (if required), agreed to the terms and conditions on the Confirmation page and pressed the 'Confirm' button. The email will confirm successful submission of your application, summarise your application and provide you with details of where additional application documentation can be submitted.
  • How long will it take to assess my application?

    Undergraduate applications: from the time all supporting documents are submitted, the process will normally take two to four weeks.

    Graduate coursework: from the time all supporting documents are submitted, the process will normally take four to six weeks.

    Graduate research applications: from the time all supporting documents are submitted, the process will normally take 12 weeks. Please note that Graduate research applications are made in hard copy format.

    Courses such as the Doctor of Medicine, Doctor of Dental Surgery, Doctor of Optometry and Doctor of Physiotherapy are assessed in competitive rounds- please check the relevant faculty website for specific timelines.


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