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Swinburne College

Professional Year Programs

Make your mark in the Australian workplace Swinburne’s Professional Year Programs have been specifically designed for international graduates seeking an additional pathway from university to employment in Australia. You can gain valuable experience in the workplace and enhance your qualification by: n n

getting practical experience with a 12-week industry internship developing the confidence to promote yourself to employers in job interviews


refining your workplace communication skills


increasing your understanding of Australian workplace culture.

Students have free access to IELTS exam preparation material as well as ongoing career mentoring after graduation. Graduates also have access to services provided by Swinburne’s Careers and Employment Unit, including free seminars, résumé checks, interview practice sessions and online employment database. Both programs have both been approved by the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC).

Why Swinburne? Swinburne is a world-ranked education provider with a reputation for delivering high quality programs. Swinburne consolidated its place in the top 500 universities in the world for the third year in a row in the Academic Ranking of World Universities 2011 (ARWU). Swinburne has also been named in the top 400 in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2011–2012 and top 450 by the QS World University Rankings 2011. QS Stars 2012 also awarded Swinburne 5-star ratings for employability, facilities and internationalisation. Swinburne was also awarded more five-star ratings in the ‘educational experience’ category than any other university in Melbourne, including for teaching quality and graduate satisfaction by The Good Universities Guide 2012.

Two thirds of Swinburne’s Professional Year graduates were employed in their field within six months of completing the program (Graduate survey 2011).

Professional Year Programs Campus Prahran


Computer Science

■■Skilled Migration Internship

■■ACS Professional Year in Computer Science


Program: Accounting (SMIPA)

44 weeks

SMIPA has been developed by Swinburne College in conjunction with CPA Australia, the Institute of Chartered Accountants (CA) and the Institute of Public Accountants (IPA).


Swinburne College has been accredited to deliver this program on behalf of the Australian Computer Society (ACS).

March, August

Program fees* $12,700 (payable in four instalments) $250 enrolment fee * Fees are subject to annual review and may be adjusted

If you are a Swinburne graduate, you are eligible for a 10 per cent fee saving on the total program fee.

Program structure Students spend the first half of the program undertaking two concurrent units of study. Classes are held during business hours for two days per week. Students then undertake their 12-week internship, as well as an online unit. Teaching period

Unit name





Australian Workplace Culture


Prahran campus

Business and Professional Communication


Prahran campus

17–18 weeks (2 days per week), plus the online accounting unit if applicable

Introduction to MYOB

Accounting students only


IT Governance, Ethics and Strategic Business Frameworks

Computer science students only


Industry Internship


Industry placement


12 weeks (2.5 days per week), plus the online IT unit if applicable

* Total program duration is 44 weeks. Teaching period duration does not include holidays.

I decided to undertake the Professional Year Program to better understand Australian workplace culture and get experience in my professional field. The program is very well designed, and the support Swinburne College provides for the internship and career development is superb. Takuya Kito, ACS Professional Year in Computer Science

Classroom units

Industry Internship

Australian Workplace Culture

Swinburne’s Professional Year internships provide an opportunity for you to demonstrate your knowledge and gain new skills in the Australian workplace.






improve your résumé writing and job interview skills develop a career plan and learn how to apply for appropriate jobs gain a better understanding of Australian workplace culture learn how to understand and respond to employers’ expectations contribute to cultural diversity in the workplace.

Business and Professional Communication ■■





develop interpersonal skills to help you succeed in the workplace learn how to communicate effectively with colleagues and clients chair and participate in meetings using appropriate language write reports and other documents relevant to your profession give presentations to work colleagues, managers and clients.

Internship placements are organised by Swinburne College. We match your skills and objectives with a suitable host organisation to help you get the most out of your internship. Students are placed in a range of professional fields, including:

Accounting ■■ ■■ ■■ ■■

auditing taxation accounting financial advisory firms.

Computer Science ■■ ■■ ■■ ■■

web design internet security database development IT help desk support.

Online units Introduction to MYOB (Accounting students only) ■■




get an introduction to the MYOB accounting software learn how to create accounts, record customer payments and perform reconciliations learn how to work with reports and produce business activity statements develop the practical accountancy skills necessary to succeed in your internship and the workplace.

IT Governance, Ethics and Strategic Business Frameworks (Computer science students only) ■■




develop a basic risk management plan for simple projects identify legal requirements and constraints imposed on a project develop a working knowledge of ethics, standards and professional practice review an information systems strategy and how it supports an organisation’s goals.

This online unit is delivered by the ACS and explores the role of information technology within and between organisations.

We believe this is a fantastic program for both Australian companies, and for the international interns. It helps to break down some of the barriers that exist when considering someone for a role when English is their second language. Sarah Riegelhuth Internship host, Wealth Enhancers

Application information Entry requirements ■■




a bachelor or master degree in accounting or ICT from an Australian institution; students must have completed at least two years study in Australia an overall IELTS result of 6.0 (no band below 6.0) a skills assessment from the ACS, CPA, CA or IPA who are authorised to assess students’ qualifications and experience in relation to applications for skilled migration a Skilled – Graduate (Temporary) visa (subclass 485) or a Bridging Visa A; student visa holders are not eligible.

Students must also attend an interview as part of the application process.

How to apply Step 1 Download an application form at

Step 2 Attach all of the required certified documents to your application form.

Step 3 Read the enrolment policy at

Step 4 Submit your application form and documents. Email: In person:

Prahran campus Student Information Centre Ground floor, PD Building St John Street, Prahran


Hawthorn campus Student Information Centre Ground floor Swinburne Place West (SPW) building Wakefield Street, Hawthorn

(9am–5pm, Monday–Friday)

Step 5 Attend an application interview.

Step 6 Accept your offer.

Before the Professional Year Program I did not know much about the real world of accounting. Now I can apply my theoretical knowledge to practical work. I’ve now got a job as a production manager for a clothing company and my role includes management and accounting. Rajbir Kaur Professional Year in Accounting

n More information +61 3 8676 7002

CRICOS Provider Code: 00111D Swinburne University of Technology (Swinburne) has used all reasonable endeavour to ensure the information contained in this publication was correct and current at the time of publication (June 2012), however Swinburne accepts no responsibility for any error, omission or defect herein. Any information contained in this publication is subject to change from time to time without notice. You are advised to reconcile the accuracy and currency of the information provided with the relevant faculty, school or department at Swinburne before acting upon or in consideration of the information. SP1365-11-0612

Professional Year Program  

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