In response to the current COVID-19 situation, Swinburne pathway courses is closely following the advice of the Australian Government. On-campus delivery of all our courses are temporarily suspended but our pathway programmes are currently running online, and we are committed to ensuring you can commence your studies and complete your qualification as soon as possible.
Existing and new international students can prepare for their university experience, to successfully transition to Swinburne without having to delay their study plans.
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Our online delivery of the Swinburne pathway courses programmes is fully endorsed by the Swinburne University of Technology, and gives you the same academic and English skills as our in-class experience, enabling you to progress on to the university without having to delay your study plans.
Our online resource is easy for you to set up and easy to use, providing you with the perfect learning environment for study at home. We use a digital learning platform called Canvas as the basis of our teaching, which means all resources are available in one place.
The only real difference in your programme is you will be connecting from home rather than studying on campus.
Have an offer but can’t travel?
Don’t worry – you can continue to study your programme within the same timeframes, transitioning to Swinburne as planned, pending issue of your COE. Students do not need a student visa before commencing online learning at home. However, when the border reopens, you will need to have your student visa to travel to Australia and continue studying onshore.
No problem! Enrol in an exciting pathway programme here and make the most of your time while you are waiting to travel, so you can progress on to Swinburne as planned, without losing any time. Our next intake date is the 29th of June.
and Dean of Swinburne Academy
As the General Manager and Dean of Swinburne Academy, Tony Cranshaw leads the strategic and operational leadership and management of Swinburne’s pathways business. Tony has over 20 years’ experience in international education holding senior management posts as Campus and College Director with Private Higher Education Providers such as Study Group and Navitas.
As a former New Zealand Secondary School Principal, Tony has a proven track record in leading schools and managing programmes in Singapore, Brunei and the United Arab Emirates. He is an alumni of the University of Otago, New Zealand and has managed major programmes for the Ministry of Education, Wellington, New Zealand for schools serving a low decile community.
As leader of the Swinburne Academy, Tony is focused on enhancing access to university study through the provision of outstanding, innovative, relevant and effective pathway programmes that meet the needs of domestic and international students.
No need to waste a moment. Our online delivery is a full and enjoyable learning experience and allows you to make the most of your time at home to gain the knowledge, skills and confidence for university and your future. We are here to support you.
Swinburne Academy’s online delivery is a rich learning environment where you will get access to all the expertise, guidance, tools and resources you need.
Here at Swinburne Academy, your wellbeing is of the utmost importance to us.
We have kept our classes and study groups’ sizes small so that online study gives you access to your teacher daily.
Our online offering maintains all of the extra support features our Pathways courses offer.
You are not alone. We use several online applications to deliver our programmes and ensure you have the most effective and intuitive learning experience.
Enjoy real-time interaction with your teacher as we take you through your learning process. You can discuss tasks, ask questions, and solve problems live.
Powerful digital technologies are used to bring you an engaging and rich learning experience,
preparing you for university and your future in Australia.
Canvas is our central learning management system, powerhouse of course organization, resource management, student guidance, and personalized learning.
Because Canvas is a web-based system, it does not need to be installed on your computer.
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We are using Collaborate as our main video conferencing tool for live lessons with our teachers and students.
It’s a versatile application that allows students and teachers to communicate in real-time and facilitates:
Used for interactive and real-time feedback on teaching and learning activities.
our alternative video conferencing tool for student group-work or other collaborative activities.
We understand the challenges of study and we’re here to help. Following these simple guidelines and tips will help you manage your learning experience and lead to the best outcome.
Our established multi-platform learning system has effectively enabled us to adapt to delivering classes online. In addition to a fully supported digital learning outside real-time classes, students receive guidance and set expectations to ensure they stay on track.
We are excited to welcome you to join our upcoming intake where you will begin your course online ahead of joining us face to face once borders re-open. As we know that this may seem quite different for you and your family, we have prepared a list of questions and answers which will hopefully address some of these, but you can reach out to us directly if there is anything else that we can help with.
The course will start on 22 February 2021 for Foundation and UniLink Diploma students. Students in the Postgraduate Qualifying Programme will start on 22 February 2021.
We can accept late starts for online study up until 5 March 2021 for Foundation and Unilink Diploma. However, we discourage this as you would be expected to catch up any coursework that you have missed.
You can use either Apple or Windows for your online studies. We have tested both and are confident that there will be minimum problems regardless of the equipment or systems that you are operating at home.
We have selected platforms that we are confident will operate in all regions, so this should not be a problem for you. We have active students from a wide-range of locations currently accessing our systems from abroad. If you experience any problems, we will have dedicated student support staff on campus to help you. Contact our dedicated IT support team: +61 3 9214 5000 / email@example.com
Yes, you will have assignments just like if you were physically in Australia. These will be submitted through Canvas (Swinburne’s Learning Management System).
The same teachers that are teaching the students in Australia will be delivering the online modules.
Teachers will maintain a discussion thread in their Canvas course, which allows students to ask public questions that all students can see. Students can also message staff privately through Canvas or direct email.
There is no reason for you to fall behind as you will be studying at the same pace as your classmates in Australia. You will be able to easily track your progress as your tuition will be separated into weekly activities. If you do feel you are falling behind, we have a range of experienced academic support staff on hand to assist you.
We have the unique advantage of being a very technologically advanced institution already.
The teaching team in particular, are very well prepared for online delivery. The majority of our staff have completed Higher Education study related to online delivery techniques and effective use of technology. In addition, a number of our academic team members currently hold academic positions in Swinburne Online.
All subjects will be offered online.
Foundation students will study four common units in Stage 1 and one discipline-specific unit (e.g. Marketing for Business students). The four common Stage 1 units are Academic Communication A, Innovation and Change, Introductory Mathematics and Information Technology. Foundation Stage 2 will consist of four discipline-specific units.
UniLink (8 Month Diploma) students will study four discipline-specific units and Stages 1 and 2.
The majority of subjects in your course will be compulsory. If electives are available, you will be able to select these units online through our student portal.
No, failed units will not appear on your transcripts while you are studying online due to COVID-19.
Yes, it is expected that you attend all scheduled classes the same way as you would if you were physically on campus in Australia. We will take attendance and we will also monitor your interaction with the online resources we make available, so we have evidence of full participation as this is important for your future success.
Please note that once you obtain your student visa and join classes in Australia, you will need to comply with attendance requirements and conditions attached to your student visa. Attendance requirements can be found here.
We understand that from time-to-time students may be unwell and unable to attend class. A doc- tor’s note for any absences of more than 2 days is required. Any assignment extensions due to illness need to be supported by medical evidence. If a class is missed, all teaching and learning materials for that session will be available online from the day of delivery.
Yes, all students will follow the same timetable regardless of their location.
Yes, all live sessions will be recorded and available for playback immediately after delivery. You can self-manage your study but time with your tutor will need to be arranged so you receive regular feedback on your progress.
We are considering acceptance of alternatives here as well, and will be in touch as soon as we can confirm what we can accept.
In addition to our normal equivalencies, we have also decided to accept the Duolingo English test, Linguaskill General & TOEFL iBT Home Version, using the scores that you can find here:
Equivalent IELTS Score
Linguaskill – General
Overall score of 140–159 with no band less than 120
No individual band below 5.0
Duolingo English Test
Overall score of 85-90
Linguaskill – General
Overall score of 160–179 with no band less than 140
No individual band below 5.5
TOEFL iBT Home-Based Edition Test
TOEFL iBT: minimum score 65 (no band less than 15)
No individual band below 5.0
TOEFL iBT Home-Based Edition Test
TOEFL iBT: minimum score 75 (no band less than 17)
No individual band below 5.5
While the Duolingo/Linguaskill English Test has been approved for entry to Swinburne, it may not satisfy visa requirements for an Australian student visa. You may be required to take an additional language test to qualify for a student visa. Any questions related to student visas for study in Australia should be directed to the Department of Home Affairs nearer the time of your student visa application.
You are advised to contact Swinburne Learning and Academic Skills (LAS) Centre for additional support throughout your study at Swinburne. Please click here for further information.
The university has made available additional language support for you. This is an additional service that Swinburne provides to you at no cost and a service that will not impact the duration of your study with us. If you inform the university that you need additional support, you will be required to undergo a Versant test to determine the level of language support.
As soon as we are confident that the borders will re-open, we will work towards welcoming students to Australia. We will teach out the semester that you are studying online so that all students can join face to face at the beginning of the following semester together.
Please note that there is likely to be a delay with visa processing due to the backlog of applications. Our goal is that this will allow enough time for students to obtain visas in time for the following semester’s intake. However, we will commit to providing online learning for as long as required while students wait for visas to be processed.
We understand that this is new and that you may not have studied online before, but we would recommend that you try the online learning option and see how it goes, this will allow you to stay on track with your study plans.
We’re confident that once you get started you will see the value that our programme delivers. All students will be able to commence their learning online. If you experience difficulties with accessing the online course material, you have some different options around deferral, depending on when you decide to do so.
A: If you choose to defer before course commencement, we will transfer your offer, Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE) and any fees paid to the next available intake.
B: If you choose to defer after course commencement, you must do so before the census date (13 November 2020). We will transfer your enrolment, CoE and any fees paid to the next available intake.
C: If you choose to defer after commencement and after the census date, you can do so, but you will incur the cost of the tuition fee for the first semester of your course.
Please note that changing to a future intake may mean that your whole study plan is delayed. If you wish to withdraw and defer to a future intake, you must advise the Admissions team (firstname.lastname@example.org) before the census date.
If you would prefer to defer your offer to a later intake, our courses will run in July 2021 as well. We are unable to confirm at this time when face-to-face delivery will be available as we must follow guidelines set by the Australian Government. You can view up to date information here.
In the case of commencement of studies by remote learning, we require you to have been issued your Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE) – although this means that you need to prepare further in advance for your remote learning studies, it will reduce the risk of a visa rejection.
In order to ensure that you have the best chance of obtaining your visa quickly once you commence, we expect students to submit their visa application within the first week of commencement. However, we acknowledge that even once we have issued the CoE, there is still a small possibility that some students may have their visas refused, in which case, we will provide a full refund of the course fees whether you have already studied part of your course or not.
No, unfortunately if you are already in the country, the immigration regulations restrict you from being able to start your online study without a valid visa. You cannot commence study onshore unless you have a valid visa that allows you to study in a formal course. If you hold a valid student visa and are already in Australia, you can apply as normal.
Yes, please pay all fees as indicated on the offer letter.
No, you only need to sign & submit your Offer Acceptance Form to confirm your acceptance and you will be issued with your Confirmation of Enrolment.
Any scholarships issued for pathway programmes can be deferred for the next preferred intake.
If there is anything that you would like to discuss, please contact our student support team. During orientation, we will introduce you to your individual support contacts who will include:
For any other inquiries, we are confident that we will be able to answer all of your questions during our orientation programme, but please reach out to your agent or our Swinburne Admissions team if you’d like to speak to someone
For general inquiries, email our Pathways Support Team.
During orientation, we will introduce you to your individual support contacts who will include the Tutors, Subject Teachers and Deans of your course.