Swinburne University of Technology

About Swinburne University of Technology

Swinburne is a world-ranked university leading the way in innovation, industry engagement and social inclusion. Our education, high-quality research and industry partnerships create positive change for students, staff and the community.

In the 2016 QS World University Rankings, making it one of the top art and design schools in Australia and the world.

Swinburne University offers scholarships to international students.

Some of them are:

  • Malaysian Australian Alumni Council Scholarship - awarded to Malaysian students.
  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (Government of Canada) Doctoral Fellowships - AUD 35,000 awarded to Canadian students.
  • Swinburne University Postgraduate Research Award - awarded to exceptionally talented students.

Swinburne University of Technology International Admissions

Swinburne is a globally-engaged institution in science, technology, business, design and innovation. 16 % of Swinburne’s student population is international students. International applicants require to fulfill additional eligibility criteria for admission. The detailed requirements are described in the following sections.

General Required Documents

  • Certified academic transcripts with grading systems
  • English translations of transcripts, wherever applicable
  • Certified English language proficiency test results
  • Referee reports (if applicable)
  • Portfolio for design courses
  • Copy of passport

English Language Proficiency

Each course at Swinburne has a minimum English language requirement for entry. The proficiency requirement for different course levels are given below in the table. Applicants need to provide any one of the following test scores:

Courses IELTS TOEFL-iBT PTE Academic Common European Framework
(except education, law, psychology and professional degrees)
Overall 6.0
(no individual band below 6.0)
(reading no less than 18, writing no less than 20)
(no communicative skill less than 50)
(education, law, psychology and professional degrees)
Overall 6.5
(no individual band below 6.5)
(reading no less than 18, writing no less than 20)
(no communicative skill less than 50)
Postgraduate Courses Overall 6.5
(no individual band below 6.0)
(reading no less than 18, writing no less than 20)
(no communicative skill less than 50)

Swinburne University of Technology Highlights

University Type Public
Campus Setting Urban
Establishment Year 1908
Student Ratio (Female to Male) 38:62
Graduate Employability Rate 84.8%
No. of Courses 261
No. of International Students 26%
Cost of Attendance AUD 20,000 – AUD 50,000 (annually)
Applications Accepted Agent/Online
Work-Study Available
Intake Type Semester wise
Mode of Program Full time; part time and online

Swinburne University of Technology  Average Tuition Fees And Other Expenses

Department Name Total Fee (UG)
Arts and Humanities AUD 19,698 – AUD 24,623
Aviation AUD 32,874
Business AUD 32,874 – AUD 41,093
Design AUD 19,698 – AUD 28,077
Engineering AUD 39,070 – AUD 49,845
Health Sciences AUD 28,077 – AUD 35,096
Sciences and IT AUD 28,077 – AUD 37,436
Law AUD 43,832
Media and Communication AUD 19,698 – AUD 24,623
Nursing AUD 26,400

Swinburne University of Technology Admission Process

  • Application Form: International students can apply through an agent or apply through the online portal.
  • Common requirements: Attach (translated) certified academic transcripts, work/academic experience (if any), referee reports, along with degree/diploma (for PG admissions).
  • Additional requirements: Official financial statement, copy of passport- photo page, visa details, portfolio (for design courses), etc.
  • Application deadlines: Semester 1: 15 December; Semester 2: 31 May The following table shows English Proficiency Test score requirements for UG and PG admissions:

Swinburne University of Technology English language requirements 

Test UG Courses Requirement PG Courses Requirement
IELTS (Academic) 6.0 6.5
PTE 50 58
TOEFL (IBT) 75 79

Average Tuition Fee Per Year


$ 31,330


$ 34,352

Costs per year

Overall cost of living

$ 18,318

Campus accommodation

$ 16,635

Please note that fees will vary. Always check the exact cost of the program and bear in mind likely additional expenses.

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