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University of Ballarat

The University of Ballarat is a modern university, which was first established in 1870, making it the third oldest tertiary institution in Australia, behind The University of Sydney (1850) and The University of Melbourne (1853), the University is the culmination of mergers of many different educational institutions over the years, Early in its history, it gaining an enviable reputation for courses in applied art and science, along with its close and strong links with industry. In 1994 the University of Ballarat gained its independent university status to become the University of Ballarat and continues to forge strong links with industry and to develop internationally recognised, relevant, and progressive courses for all of its students.

The University of Ballarat is connected to its various communities and reaches into all aspects of life in Ballarat and regional Victoria. From health, to sport, to education, to business, to social facilitation and in many more ways. The University also has a strong commitment internationally with a profile that continues to grow and gain further respect, delivering courses to equip future graduates with the knowledge and skills necessary to work in an ever increasing global environment.

Why Choose University of Ballarat?

The Ballarat Advantage

Quality courses
UB's courses are regularly updated to suit changes in the environment. The University's close links with industry play an important role in the design of courses which greatly benefit the new graduate.

Internationally recognised qualifications
A UB qualification is recognised worldwide for its quality and academic vigour.

Small class sizes
At UB you will enjoy being part of the class, you will not get lost in the crowd.

Accessable academic faculty and staff
At UB you are a name not a number. Academic and administrative staff will get to know you.

Personal support
5 star graduate rating for quality of the education experience, 4 star for ‘getting a job’ and for ‘starting salaries’

Modern equipment
Resources are put back into the University to develop facilities and services that benefit you as a student.

Excellent teaching and sporting facilities
Modern lecture theatres and outstanding sporting facilities.

Friendly and safe regional city
Ballarat is a progressive and dynamic "college" town that has many educational institutions; and friendly locals welcome international students.

Economical costs of study and living
Costs of studying and living are less than most other regions in Australia.

Student Services

  • Library/Information Services

  • Health Centre with doctors

  • Counselling Services

  • Ballarat International Student Club (BISC)

  • University Gymnasium and pool

  • Student Association

  • Unijobs, assistance in finding employment

  • Pre-departure information and assistance

  • Free Melbourne airport “meet and greet” service

  • Accommodation and settling in support

  • Course advice and enrolment assistance

  • Academic and language support

  • Orientation programs

  • Social activity programs

  • Cultural and welfare support

  • Reorientation assistance prior to departure home

  • On Campus accomodation



To be eligible for entry to the University of Ballarat, applicants must meet the University of Ballarat general academic admission requirements (specific subject prerequisites for particular courses) and demonstrate proficiency in the English language.


Academic Entry Requirements

Entry requirements vary from course to course, but generally require completion of a first degree from a recognised university with specified minimum grades (or marks) in relevant subjects. A period of work experience, following graduation, may also be required for some professional courses. Note: Details of the University’s postgraduate admission requirements for particular courses are available from the University website:



English Language Proficiency

In addition, for all courses, students must have obtained the following minimum level of English language proficiency to be admitted.

Postgraduate (Coursework)

IELTS A Band Score of 6.0, with no sub-scores less than 5.5.

TOEFL A score of 550, including the Test of Written English (TWE),

or a score of 213 in the Computer based Test, and the essay rating.



To be eligible for an Australian student visa, all prospective international students are required to apply for and be accepted into a registered course, or part of a registered course, by a registered Australian education provider. The University of Ballarat is a registered provider under Australian Government legislation (Registered Provider Number: 00103D).

Prospective students should complete the relevant International Student Application Form in this Handbook, attach the required documents and return the form to the University’s International Student Programs office. There are no closing dates, however, students are advised to seek information on visa application time frames from the Australian Consulate in their home country. All prospective students must refer to University of Ballarat Refund Policy as it appears on:



before signing application forms.


Contact Address for Applications

All international student applications for postgraduate course work studies must be sent direct to the following address:


International Student Programs

University of Ballarat


Postal Address

PO Box 663. Ballarat, Victoria 3353. Australia.

Street Address

University Drive, Mt Helen. Ballarat, Victoria 3350, Australia.


Tel: +61 (3) 5327 9018 Fax: +61 (3) 5327 9017


Website: www.ballarat.edu.au/international


Alternatively, prospective students may apply through one of the University’s overseas representatives, check details on the website:



Accommodation and Living Costs

The University of Ballarat understands the importance of finding appropriate accommodation for its international students and offers a variety of options to choose from. The Accommodation Services Office manages and supports students with their accommodation, as well as their living, learning and social environments. Emphasis is placed on creating a friendly, caring, living and study environment that helps new residents adapt as quickly as possible to being away from home. It encourages them to make new friends, and  to maximise their study capabilities. Residents are also encouraged to treat the Residence as if it were their home. To that end they are invited to play an active part in improving the services provided and planning the various social, sporting and cultural activities that are organised during the year. A wide range of housing options are available and include; on-campus residences,

off-campus University houses and hostels, private rental (houses and apartments) as well as home stay (with an Australian family).Temporary housing, if required, is guaranteed for all international students prior to their arrival.


Offer Process

Successful applicants will receive an official letter of offer from the University’s International Admissions Officer specifying the details of the course or courses, the required fees, the terms and conditions of enrolment and other relevant information. The offer must be accepted in writing and one semester’s course fee, and compulsory medical insurance, must be paid at the time of acceptance

in order to secure a place in the course. After acceptance of the offer and payment of fees, the University will send each confirmed student a Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE) form, in order for the student to apply to the Australian diplomatic post for a student visa to come to Australia.

For details of closest Embassy please refer to:







Tel: +61 3 5327 9018

Fax: +61 3 5327 9017


CRICOS Provider number



International Education


Street Address:
University of Ballarat
Vice-Chancellor's Office
University Drive
Mt Helen VIC 3350

P.O. Box 663
Ballarat VIC 3353

Phone: +61 3 5327 9018
Fax: +61 3 5327 9017


Website: www.ballarat.edu.au



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