Swinburne University of Technology
Undergraduate programs – The Swinburne Advantage
At Swinburne we understand it takes more than just qualifications to compete in today’s job market. We equip our students with the knowledge and capabilities they need to establish successful careers through high-quality teaching and work-integrated learning.
Work Integrated Learning
For more than 50 years Swinburne has been partnering with leading Australian and global organisations to offer students authentic workplace experiences through Work Integrated Learning: undertaking industry internships, solving day-to-day challenges in the field and gaining the professional skills that put knowledge into practice.
Swinburne’s professional degrees feature a mandatory 12-month professional placement which is normally undertaken during your third year of study. Students will be paid for the placement, receive academic credit and gain invaluable skills that will ensure they are job ready upon graduation. These degrees can be completed, including the 12-month placement, in as little as 3.5 years.
Some of the most valuable knowledge will come from observing industry professionals at work in a student’s future field. An internship gives students the opportunity to do this while they are studying. If selected to undertake an internship, students will be paired with a leading employer in their area of study. Internships are normally taken for one or two days per week over one semester or intensively during the summer or winter break.
Problem-solving is a strength that can bolster your prospective career. Industry-linked projects invite students to take on authentic workplace challenges related to their future career. All projects are team-based and guided by real industry professionals. Industry-linked projects are normally undertaken as a unit of study during the final year of a course.
Some degrees include a mandatory work placement as a requirement of professional accreditation. Some professional experiences or clinical placements are credited towards the degree, others not, but all are compulsory. We have long-standing relationships with top organisations that welcome Swinburne students every year. Getting great experience with an impressive company will allow students to maximise this opportunity to the fullest.
Industry study tours
The cultural experience of international study offers students a personal growth opportunity: to develop insight, communication skills and a depth of understanding. Industry study tours are designed to give students overseas experience that will benefit their career. The tours give credit towards a degree and offer a unique opportunity to enrich learning and gain an international perspective within a selected area of study.
Explore all of the Work Integrated Learning opportunities available to undergraduates at www.swinburne.edu.au/workintegrated-learning