I have a question about tailoring my studies...

Online study is flexible, you can login when it suits your schedule. Self paced, individual learning along with some group work will give you the opportunity to gain a broad perspective within your field or discipline.

Online study is flexible, you can login when it suits your schedule. We recommend that you log in at least once every 48 hours to ensure that you're keeping in touch with the discussions within your subjects.

A course is made up of a number of subjects, upon which a successful completion will lead to a qualification such as a Bachelor's or Master's degree. Upon your successful enrolment into a La Trobe course, you will be required to successfully complete all of the subjects within in the course handbook to be admitted to your chosen degree. An Open Access Subject falls outside of this requirement, as they are standalone units that do form part of a specific course. This means that upon completion of your Open Access subject, no qualification can be issued.

La Trobe Online subjects are delivered over a period of time, referred to as 'study periods'. These study periods rotate and have a minimal break in between, allowing you to expedite your studies, or to tailor your studies to suit your lifestyle.  For exact dates please consult the intake dates section and key dates table on the applicable course or open access subject page.

When studying online you will be a part of a greater body of like-minded students from a range of different backgrounds and experiences. This will help you gain a holistic and varied perspective, through positive engagement with your peers.

Upon enrolment into the course you will be provided with the contact information of your tutor. Course coordinators can also be contacted regularly and we encourage you to maintain a regular channel of contact with any support staff to ensure your success.

  • What is online study like?
    Online study is flexible, you can login when it suits your schedule. Self paced, individual learning along with some group work will give you the opportunity to gain a broad perspective within your field or discipline.
  • Do I need to be available at set times for study?
    Online study is flexible, you can login when it suits your schedule. We recommend that you log in at least once every 48 hours to ensure that you're keeping in touch with the discussions within your subjects.
  • What is a subject and what is a course?
    A course is made up of a number of subjects, upon which a successful completion will lead to a qualification such as a Bachelor's or Master's degree. Upon your successful enrolment into a La Trobe course, you will be required to successfully complete all of the subjects within in the course handbook to be admitted to your chosen degree. An Open Access Subject falls outside of this requirement, as they are standalone units that do form part of a specific course. This means that upon completion of your Open Access subject, no qualification can be issued.
  • What are Study Periods?
    La Trobe Online subjects are delivered over a period of time, referred to as 'study periods'. These study periods rotate and have a minimal break in between, allowing you to expedite your studies, or to tailor your studies to suit your lifestyle.  For exact dates please consult the intake dates section and key dates table on the applicable course or open access subject page.
  • Who do I study with (cohort)?
    When studying online you will be a part of a greater body of like-minded students from a range of different backgrounds and experiences. This will help you gain a holistic and varied perspective, through positive engagement with your peers.
  • Is it easy to contact the course coordinator/lecturer if I have questions?
    Upon enrolment into the course you will be provided with the contact information of your tutor. Course coordinators can also be contacted regularly and we encourage you to maintain a regular channel of contact with any support staff to ensure your success.

I have a question about how I will study...

The waiting time is minimal, our courses and subjects run over a variety of Study Periods, each with multiple intakes. For exact dates please consult the intake dates section and key dates table on the applicable course or open access subject page.


Currently there are online and face to face study options available for select courses, please contact ASK La Trobe on 1300 LA TROBE (1300 528 762) to confirm if you're eligible for this study mode.

As a guide we recommend that you commit at least 10-12 hours per week per online subject,  specific information can be found on the course and subject pages. As everyone processes information and learns differently, this may take you more or less time, so we recommend developing a study plan early to help you achieve your study goals.

You can tailor your online studies to suit your personal situation. In any one study period the minimum study load that you must undertake is one subject, which is classed as a part time study load. The maximum amount of subjects you can undertake in a study period is two, which is classed as a full time study load.

At La Trobe the time it will take for you to complete your course will vary depending on your study load (the number of subjects you take each semester) and any prerequisites required for further study. Typically the maximum allowable time to complete your course is calculated by doubling the full-time duration and adding one year.

There may be a variety of alternative exits you can finish your studies with, depending on the course you're studying. If you would like further information, we encourage you to contact ASK LA TROBE or your Course Coordinator who will be in a position to assist you. 

  • What are intake dates and how soon can I start studying?
    The waiting time is minimal, our courses and subjects run over a variety of Study Periods, each with multiple intakes. For exact dates please consult the intake dates section and key dates table on the applicable course or open access subject page.

  • Can I study both face to face and online modes?
    Currently there are online and face to face study options available for select courses, please contact ASK La Trobe on 1300 LA TROBE (1300 528 762) to confirm if you're eligible for this study mode.
  • How much time should I allow for my studies?
    As a guide we recommend that you commit at least 10-12 hours per week per online subject,  specific information can be found on the course and subject pages. As everyone processes information and learns differently, this may take you more or less time, so we recommend developing a study plan early to help you achieve your study goals.
  • Can I study one subject at a time?
    You can tailor your online studies to suit your personal situation. In any one study period the minimum study load that you must undertake is one subject, which is classed as a part time study load. The maximum amount of subjects you can undertake in a study period is two, which is classed as a full time study load.
  • Is there a maximum amount of time I have to complete my course?
    At La Trobe the time it will take for you to complete your course will vary depending on your study load (the number of subjects you take each semester) and any prerequisites required for further study. Typically the maximum allowable time to complete your course is calculated by doubling the full-time duration and adding one year.
  • What are the exit points for the course?
    There may be a variety of alternative exits you can finish your studies with, depending on the course you're studying. If you would like further information, we encourage you to contact ASK LA TROBE or your Course Coordinator who will be in a position to assist you. 

I have a question about study specifics...

Your course and subject material will be made available to you through the Learning Management System or LMS. The LMS will contain all of the material that you will use throughout your course, and also provides a place where you can keep in touch with other students and our Academic team, who will be there to support you through your learning journey.

La Trobe Online students may use one of three LMS'.  To access the relevant LMS for your course go to the Current Students page.

Throughout your course, you will be tasked with a variety of assessments designed to give you the chance to exercise the theories and concepts you will be exposed to within your subject. These can take the form of academic essays, reports and case studies, to mention a few. Some subjects also contain group assignments that will give you the chance to collaborate in preparation for your chosen career. You can find more information about assessment on the course pages . Upon the commencement of your subject you will be informed of the specific assessment outlines and expectations.

You will be provided with a list of any required materials such as textbooks and other learning materials upon release of your unit at the beginning of the study period.

  • What is the Learning Management System (LMS)?
    Your course and subject material will be made available to you through the Learning Management System or LMS. The LMS will contain all of the material that you will use throughout your course, and also provides a place where you can keep in touch with other students and our Academic team, who will be there to support you through your learning journey.

    La Trobe Online students may use one of three LMS'.  To access the relevant LMS for your course go to the Current Students page.
  • How do assessments work?
    Throughout your course, you will be tasked with a variety of assessments designed to give you the chance to exercise the theories and concepts you will be exposed to within your subject. These can take the form of academic essays, reports and case studies, to mention a few. Some subjects also contain group assignments that will give you the chance to collaborate in preparation for your chosen career. You can find more information about assessment on the course pages . Upon the commencement of your subject you will be informed of the specific assessment outlines and expectations.
  • Will I be advised on any textbooks, software or materials that I may need?
    You will be provided with a list of any required materials such as textbooks and other learning materials upon release of your unit at the beginning of the study period.

I want to be a La Trobe Online student, and ...

Answering your questions about studying with La Trobe Online and how is differs from face to face.

   1. Online Study Questions
   2. How will I study?

Answering your questions on key dates and credit for previous studies.

   1. Course and Subject Admin

Answering your questions about student support services the University offers.

   1. Getting help and assistance

Answering your questions about fees and the application and offer process.

   1. Apply and Offer
   2. Commonwealth Support Places and Fees

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