International students are those who do not have Australian citizenship or permanent residency, are not New Zealand citizens and do not hold a Permanent Humanitarian Visa. If you fall under one of these categories, you are considered a local student, even if you do not reside in Australia. If you hold overseas citizenship as well as Australian permanent residency, you must apply as a local student.

International students who wish to apply for a place at the University of Melbourne must have completed an Australian Year 12 qualification or equivalent – for example, GCE A Levels or the International Baccalaureate. International students must also satisfy prerequisite subjects for entry, as well as the University's English language requirements.

How to apply

International students who are completing Year 12 in Australia must lodge an application for the Bachelor of Commerce through the Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre (VTAC).

If you are hoping to apply for a place in the Bachelor of Commerce (Chancellor's Scholar's Program) please refer to the information provided on the University's Future Students website. Note that this opportunity is only open to students completing an Australian Year 12 qualification or the IB Program in Australia.

If you are not completing Year 12 in Australia, you can apply directly to the University online or by mail. You can also submit an application through a University of Melbourne representative in your area.

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Tuition fees for the University of Melbourne are charged for each year that you are enrolled. You will pay tuition fees according to your exact enrolment in any given semester. Detailed fee information, including the fee policy covering your enrolment, will be provided when you are offered a place in the degree. Fees are subject to annual review and may be adjusted each year. Subject fees for international students will not increase by more than seven per cent a year in any discipline for undergraduate subjects.

Fees can vary according to the subjects undertaken, but for an international student enrolled in the Bachelor of Commerce in 2012 the estimated fees are $33,056 per annum.

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Advanced standing and exemptions

If you have completed university level subjects in VCE or are applying to transfer into the Bachelor of Commerce from another tertiary institution, you may be eligible for advanced standing (or credit). Please note that advanced standing and exemptions are only granted for subjects that are deemed equivalent in content and standard to those taught as part of the Melbourne Commerce degree. Consult the University's Advanced Standing Policy if you are unsure.

If you believe you are eligible for advanced standing, you can attach relevant documents (i.e. academic transcript, subject syllabus including week by week list of topics, detailed account of the course) to your application for the BCom or apply when you accept your offer of a place in the degree. Applications can take up to two weeks to process so it is best to apply as soon as possible. Contact the Commerce Student Centre for advice.