Is this program right for you?
Students who want to live in the heart of Melbourne and study at one of Australia’s leading research and higher education institutions choose the University of Melbourne. This program is right for students who wish to experience the Australian education system first hand by taking classes directly enrolled at an Australian university alongside local students. Students who choose to study at the University of Melbourne want an immersive Australian experience, the big city of Melbourne, and the independent nature of a direct enrollment program.
Established in 1853, the University of Melbourne is the second oldest school in Australia. Studying at the University of Melbourne provides students with a rich academic and social experience on a wonderful campus in the midst of a city with a great lifestyle. Its main campus is located only 5 minutes from the center of Melbourne. With 47,000 students and over 12,000 international students studying at the University of Melbourne, the university has a strong academic history with high rankings. The University was ranked number one in Australia and 33 in the world by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2015–2016.
The University of Melbourne’s study abroad and exchange program is flexible, allowing students to choose undergraduate subjects from most degree programs across the schools and faculties (dependent on meeting subject prerequisites).
View and search for subjects on offer at the University of Melbourne using their course search feature. When searching for courses, be sure to select “subject” (Melbourne’s word for course) and “undergraduate.” Note that courses from February – June will be marked as “Semester 1” and from July – November will be marked as "Semester 2."
View the Course Equivalency Database to find out which courses on this program have already been equated to AU courses. Please note that you are NOT limited to just these courses. Students will need to request equivalency for courses which have not been previously reviewed. Read more about the course equivalency process and how AU counts study abroad credits on our Courses and Credits page.
Students should be prepared to directly enroll in the Australian education system which is based on the British model of education. The student's academic schedule fluctuates between lectures, tutorials (small group sessions), laboratory work, seminars, and library study. For the class grade students may be expected to concentrate their academic efforts in library research and writing, and it is not uncommon to have a large percentage of the grade based upon only 1 to 2 exams. The tutorials may require students to prepare materials, present a paper, read articles, or participate in group discussion. Australian students generally concentrate on their major in the first year since there is not a "general education" requirement like most US four year institutions, and therefore introductory subjects may be more difficult than at AU.
Melbourne is consistently ranked “most livable city”and offers something for everyone. With a diverse population of about 3.5 million, it is known as the cultural capital of the country. Melbourne is one of the safest cities in the world to live, work and study. The locals are friendly, and the city’s multicultural vibe means you’ll instantly feel at home here. Whether students are heading out for a bite to eat, exploring parks and leafy boulevards, or just catching the tram to uni, they always feel secure and welcome. In this multi-cultural city, students will never be without something to do as the city is famous for its wide variety of museums, operas, theaters, dance companies, and art galleries.
Learn more about life in Melbourne.
Housing & Meals
Study abroad students are typically housed in university-affiliated housing or non-affiliated apartments, both only a short walk from the campus. There are a range of housing alternatives designed to suit different personalities, budgets, and lifestyles, and allow AU students to be integrated with local students from Australia. Students have three main options: (1) University Affiliated Housing in Residential Halls which offer meal plans, a range of academic, cultural, social, and sporting activities within a 10-minute walk to campus, and (2) student apartments and (3) share houses. Learn more about accommodation options at the international office website or the university's accommodation website.
AU students are responsible for researching what they need to do to legally study in Australia. Please visit the Australian Embassy website and read the information provided to figure out what you need to do to legally be a student in Australia.