Semester in Bendigo

Kangaroos on campus, life in a small Australian city, and a superb Outdoor and Adventure Education program! If you are looking for an authentic Aussie experience—wildlife included—then this is for you.

With heaps of academic areas, including Adventure Education, you’ll find courses to fit your needs. Study within your major or take some courses on Aboriginal art and culture. Whatever you’re looking for, you’ll find a match in Semester in Bendigo.

We love Bendigo, and you will too. At CISabroad, all our advisors have studied or lived abroad, so we know how to help you make the most of it. If you’ve always wanted to study in the Outback, then Bendigo has much to offer.  We can’t wait to get you there so you can experience it!

We care about the environment. Your round-trip flight to Melbourne will be offset by the work of CISabroad’s environmental partnerships around the world. You can study abroad in Australia, and take care of the earth as well. Plus, you’ll have opportunities to give back by volunteering on campus.

On our Semester in Bendigo, you will have it all: outstanding academics at La Trobe University's Bendigo campus, a vibrant student community, a walkable city, and easy access to Melbourne and Victoria’s wine country. What really makes Bendigo great is that you'll enjoy urban amenities while experiencing true Aussie living.  And the climate is mild year-round. You will experience:

Life in a small city of Aussies –  If you’ve always wanted to study abroad in Australia, Semester in Bendigo is perfect; located in a great Australian city, the program has all the amenities of urban life without all the tourists. You may even witness a kangaroo hopping through campus.

Exceptional academics La Trobe University is one of the best in Australia, and the UK Times named it as one of the top universities in the world.

Unique Adventure Education program – Interested in education, but perhaps something a bit different from the norm? Look no further! Paddle up the Murray River and explore the Outback in Bendigo.

Vibrant campus community – You’ll be living on a campus where each residence hall has its own personality and culture. It’s a great way to really get involved in and acclimated to your new home.

CISabroad Adventure Orientation – This stellar orientation in Australia will acquaint you with the local Australian culture and get you accustomed to the Aussie way of life.

If you’ve always wanted to study abroad in Australia, there are many reasons to study on our Semester in Bendigo program. Here are a few of the key highlights that make this program unique.                                                            

  • CISabroad Orientation
  • Mid-size student body
  • Vibrant campus community with active residence halls
  • Live in a suburban setting, with Melbourne only a few hours away
  • Robust academic offerings in liberal arts, education, applied sciences, media studies, and more
  • Unique Adventure Education program

Are you ready to start your amazing semester abroad in Bendigo? Your CISabroad program in Bendigo will start with a CISabroad orientation to welcome you to Australia! All spring students will arrive in Sydney to explore the the city and local customs. All fall students will arrive on the Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia to experience an amazing costal area in Australia with rich history and customs. 

When you arrive in Australia your site director will provide you with a detailed schedule of events for your orientation. CISabroad orientation is a chance for you to explore Australia, meet your on-site staff and fellow CISabroad Austrlia students. It's a a great start to your semester and a quick way to integrate into the culture! 

Semester in Bendigo offers a 14-week semester starting in either July or February. La Trobe University has an international reputation for academic excellence and innovation and was ranked among the best 150 universities in the world by the UK Times. In addition the general course offerings, the University also has one of the few Adventure Education programs in the world.

Adventure Education Program
If you are interested in Adventure Education, this is the program for you! You will take 3–5 subjects, choosing between a full outdoor education curriculum or an interdisciplinary program combining outdoor education with subjects such as biology, photography, and psychology. Outdoor education subjects include Outdoor Living and Travel Skills, Naturalist Studies, Worldviews and the Environment, Adventures in the Australian Landscape, and Australian Environments.

GPA Required: 2.5. If you find your GPA is lower than the requirement, do not despair! Use the "Contact An Advisor" button on this page or call us to let us know your situation. We'll do all we can to find the right program for you.

How to choose your courses
Now the fun part! As part of the application process you will be required to complete the CISabroad Course Selection Worksheet found in the CISabroad Application Page. The following instructions will guide you through the steps of choosing your courses. You can choose courses in the following disciplines: Humanities and Social Sciences; Education; Business, Law and Management; Health Sciences; Science and Computing; and Engineering.

Course load: 3–4 classes (12–16 US credits)

Course approval: It is best to get 7–8 classes approved before you go abroad. This gives you some flexibility in setting up your class schedule. Think about courses required for your major, but also courses that fulfill your elective requirements.

Course descriptions and catalog:

Want to see what your options are? To see an A-Z listing of departments, click here

From there, you can view different majors/programs. Click on a "bachelor" program offered at the "Bendigo" campus. The section will expand and you can then click on "Bendigo" at the bottom of that section next to "Full course details," which will steer you into a selection of courses. Click on "Subject code" to view a specific course's details. You'll want to only consider courses that are available to study abroad students "Y."  

Already know what you want to study? To search for subjects, click here.  

With this tool, you can use a keyword search in the "Subject Short Title" to find courses with a specific focus. Ex: "health" for Subject Short Title and "Bendigo" for location yields all courses with "health" in the course name. For this method, the same guidelines apply as above: you'll want to make sure the course is offered on the "Bendigo" campus and is available to study abroad students "Y." 

Timetables: There are 2 ways to determine when a class is offered.
    •    The syllabus at the bottom of the course description. At the bottom you will see whether the class is offered in Semester 1 (spring) or Semester 2 (fall).
    •    The number at the end of the course code. For instance: For the code ACC12, ACC = Accounting; 1 = first-year level course; 2 = Semester 2 (fall)

How to read the La Trobe University course catalog
Be sure to choose subjects that are offered at the Bendigo campus during the semester you will be there.

Did you know that 70% of all CISabroad students receive scholarships or grants to study or intern abroad? You can get a grant for something as simple as applying early, or a scholarship for blogging. 

For details on all scholarship and grant offerings and to apply, please click here.

If you are looking for a small city, with a vibrant arts and cultural scene, and easy access to the great outdoors, then look no further. Located about 80 miles from Melbourne, Bendigo has it all. Surrounding Bendigo is the Greater Bendigo National Park, with many wildflowers, native animals and breathtaking views. These natural bushlands are why Bendigo is known as the ‘City within a Forest’. The city’s many running, walking and cycling trails allow you to explore the countryside at your own pace while you study abroad in Australia.

Bendigo enjoys a thriving economy, a diverse arts scene, fabulous restaurants and cafés, and a mild climate. What really makes Bendigo great is that you’ll enjoy urban amenities while experiencing true Aussie living. Bendigo is home to the Bendigo Art Gallery, one of the oldest and largest regional art galleries in Australia. Significant artists and artisans make the Bendigo region their home and bring with them talents and skills that foster its vibrant cultural scene.  The city also hosts a number of live music venues, a local orchestra, and rugby and Aussie-rules-football teams. The Capital – Bendigo’s Performing Arts Center - hosts more than 160 live shows including theatre, music, dance and comedy.  There’s also a hopping nightlife; nightclubs, pubs and lounges can be found in the heart of the city.

The truly adventurous can travel underground in a miners’ cage along an old deep-shaft mine at Central Deborah, ride the famous Vintage Talking Tram that weaves through the streets of Bendigo, or speed down Australia’s highest Vertical Slide at Discovery Science & Technology Center. Whether you just want to cycle the beautiful wineries near Castlemaine, hike through the national park, or take in a new exhibit at the art gallery, Bendigo has something for everyone.

La Trobe University is one of Australia's leading universities. It has 7 campuses around the state of Victoria—including its flagship near the center of Melbourne, which has more than 26,000 students. It has an international reputation for academic excellence and innovation. Indeed, the UK Times ranked it among the best 150 universities in the world.

The Bendigo campus is LaTrobe's second largest, with more than 4,000 local and international students. You’ll have tons of opportunities to meet local Aussies and other international students. The campus is situated about 2 miles from the city center on 33 hectares of natural Australian bushland adjacent to Bendigo National Park. Student apartments, the fitness center, and lecture halls are all within easy walking distance.

As one student, Dennis B., said about studying in Bendigo, “Part of the great thing about this campus is it’s so close to the forest. You can be sitting up in the Ironbark Centre which is where we have most of our Outdoor Ed lectures and look out the window and there’ll be a kangaroo hopping by or you can hear the birds flying around. It’s just a really nice place to come and study.”

As part of Semester in Bendigo, you will take part in the CISabroad Adventure Orientation. We’ll prepare you for the cultural difference you may encounter and give you a chance to meet other CISabroad students heading to study in Australia.

On campus, the International Programs Office provides a comprehensive orientation program for all international students. You’ll get all the tools you need to settle in quickly and make the most of your time in Bendigo and Australia.

Are you the athletic type? Numerous options will keep you fit and happy. La Trobe's sports facilities include a heated swimming pool, a gymnasium, tennis courts, basketball courts, and extensive sports fields.

Not into sports? No problem! The University has ample opportunities for you too! You can get involved with the radio station, political parties, environmental groups, a women's group, religious groups, and much more.

Joining a student club is the best way to find activities that fit your interests. The Bendigo Student Association organizes events such as Orientation Week for new students as well as on-campus sports, a trips & tours program and national competitions such as the National Campus Band Competition. Many clubs have booths during orientation week where you can talk to members and find out what they do. You can sign up there, contact a club committee member or (for most clubs) you can join at the BSA Info Center. It's a good idea to join at the start of the semester so you don’t miss out on the events, activities, exhibitions, and trips.

Housing at Bendigo is on-campus and is self-catered.  CISabroad students will either stay in the Terraces or in The Units.

The Terraces consists of 21 houses, each of which holds eight students.  Each of the terrace units contains a spacious heated and fully furnished lounge room, a modern and well equipped kitchen, two laundry areas, and two bathrooms.  Students will need to provide their own desk lamps, kitchen utensils/crockery, bed lines, blankets, pillows, and their own room heater (if needed).  CISabroad recommends that students wait until arrival to purchase these materials to share the costs with their housemates.

The Units consist of nine centrally heated units.  Each of the units can accommodate up to 12 people, each with a single bedroom.  All of the units contain large partly equipped dining/kitchen area, a small mezzanine lounge area, and two bathrooms.  There is a fully equipped central laundry facility for all students residing in the Units.  The complex offers a Common Room to students which overlooks the tennis courts, and contains a computer room, a group study room, a large lounge room, a small kitchen, and photocopying facilities.  Students will need to provide their own desk lamps, kitchen utensils/crockery, bed lines, blankets, pillows, and their own room heater (if needed).  CISabroad recommends that students wait until arrival to purchase these materials to share the costs with their housemates.

Regardless of where you stay, the best thing about the Bendigo housing is that kangaroos frequently hop through!

CISabroad’s Site Director in Australia:

Queensland Area Site Director/Country Director

Jackie was born on the Central Coast, NSW (on the coast half way between Newcastle and Sydney) and now lives on the Gold Coast in Queensland. Jackie holds a Masters in Communication (Corporate Communication) from Bond University, QLD and a Bachelor of Social Science (Recreation and Tourism) from Newcastle University, NSW. Jackie has a passion for travel and education having worked, lived and studied overseas.

As an undergraduate student Jackie studied abroad at the University of North Carolina, Wilmington, upon her return from the US, Jackie kicked off her career in international education working in student support and admissions at the International Office at University of Newcastle. Later relocating to Denver, CO for two years she lived and worked in the international education sector, enjoying weekends snowboarding and hiking in the Rockies – simply incomparable to the ‘mountains’ in Australia! Upon returning home she took on a support role for US students studying in Australia and New Zealand before moving into various marketing and management roles focused primarily on project management, business analysis, large scale events and strategic planning.

Favorite destinations: Vietnam, Thailand, Japan, Nepal, New Zealand, USA, Finland and Malaysia.

Interests: Yoga, jogging, the beach, hiking, family adventures, thinking she can still snowboard and of course – travel.

Jackie will welcome you to Australia and will be available to students for activities, emergencies, issues or simply to discuss any concerns around your program. You will be introduced to her prior to the start of your program – so you will know who you are meeting when you land down under!

1. What is the cost of the program? What is included in the program fees?

The program cost for Semester in Bendigo can be found on the Price and dates page.

2. When are the program fees due?

The program fees for Semester in Bendigo are due on December 31st for Spring programs and June 1st for Fall programs. CISabroad will email invoices to students approximately one month before the program payment deadline. For example, if your payment deadline is July 15, you should expect your invoice in mid-June. If you are using financial aid, please ensure all financial aid paperwork is returned to our office by the payment deadline. If your financial aid does not cover your entire balance, CISabroad accepts these payment methods.

3. What is due with my application and when is my application due?

There are four easy steps in the Application process.

1. Fill out the online application, which includes your contact information, what program you are applying for, etc.  

2. Pay the $200 application deposit in order to secure your space in the program. This amount will be applied toward the final cost.

3. Complete the Academic Reference Form, Course Selection Worksheet, Personal Statement, Applicant Profile, and Scholarship Application (Optional).

4. Mail in your official Transcript to our office.

For detailed instructions, see application instructions. The application for Semester in Bendigo Fall 2014 is due on May 1st.

4. Do I need a passport or visa? When should I apply for my passport/visa?

For Semester in Bendigo, you WILL NEED A PASSPORT. Your passport must be valid for 6 months BEYOND the date you return to the United States. For detailed passport instructions, U.S. citizens should check the State Department's Travel Site. For Semester in Bendigo, you WILL need a visa. You will receive specific visa instructions once you have been accepted to the program.

5. Is there a GPA requirement?

Yes! For Semester in Bendigo, the GPA requirement is 2.5. If you find your GPA is lower than the requirement, do not despair! Use the "Contact a CISabroad Advisor" button on this page or call us to let us know your situation. We'll do all we can to find the right program for you!

6. What are my housing options? 

For Semester in Bendigo, you will have an on-campus, self-catered living arrangement. CISabroad students will stay in either The Terraces or The Units.

7. Will other students participate in the program with me? How many?

CISabroad programs are not only a great way to meet local and international students, but also students from around the United States. Program size varies each year - if enrollment size is important to you, contact a CISabroad advisor at 1-877-617-9090.

8. How many credits are offered in the program?

You will take 3–5 subjects (12-16 U.S. Credits) and can choose between a full outdoor education curriculum or an interdisciplinary program combining outdoor education with subjects such as biology, photography, and psychology. Outdoor education subjects include Outdoor Living and Travel Skills, Naturalist Studies, Worldviews and the Environment, Adventures in the Australian Landscape, and Australian Environments. To see the courses available, go to the course catalog

9. Can I combine this program with another CISabroad program like intern, summer, or semester abroad?

Yes! A great way to extend your CISabroad experience is participating in another program. Combine semester programs to create a full academic year or if an academic year is just a little too long and a semester is too short, combine a semester and summer session or a semester and a January term program. You can also participate in a semester abroad and combine that with a summer intern abroad. To find out more information on the application process for more than one CISabroad program, contact a CISabroad advisor at 1-877-617-9090.

Term: Fall 2015
Arrival July 16
CISabroad Orientation July 16 - 19
La Trobe University Orientation
July 20 - 24
Classes Start July 27
Classes End October 23
Departure November 20
Application Deadline May 1
Term: Spring 2016
Arrival Mid December
CISabroad Orientation Mid December
La Trobe Orientation
Late December
Classes Start Early of March
Classes End End of May
Departure End of June
Application Deadline November 15
Term: Fall 2015 Price: $15,490
Term: Spring 2016 Price: TBD more info

Dates posted here are for reference only and are subject to change. Please do not book flights until you have received the confirmed dates in your acceptance paperwork.

To view expected additional expenses for this program, click here.

Program fees are in US dollars and include the following:

  • CISabroad Adventure Orientation
  • Full-time tuition and fees
  • Housing (residence halls)
  • Medical and accident insurance
  • CISabroad support services before, during, and after the program
  • Academic advising
  • Financial aid counseling
  • Assistance with travel arrangements
  • Predeparture orientation
  • Airport pickup
  • La Trobe University orientation
  • On-site support
  • Internet connection
  • Student Guild fees
  • La Trobe University official transcript
  • Carbon offset of travel & Green Travel Guide

CISabroad reserves the right to alter fees at any time due to currency fluctuations and/or fee changes made by their partner universities.