Semester at La Trobe University

Study in Melbourne, the cultural capital of Australia, birthplace of Australian film and art. Here you'll find a vibrant campus as well as a student-friendly city life.

With over 70 academic areas, you’ll be able to find courses to fit your needs. Study within your major or take some courses on Aboriginal art and culture. Either way, you’ll find a match in Semester in Melbourne.

We love Melbourne, and we know you will too. At CISabroad, all our advisors have studied or lived abroad, and we’ll help you make the most of it. We’ve fallen in love with its parks, history, and culture, and we can’t wait until you study in Melbourne to experience it for yourself!

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 as well.

Study abroad in one of the most livable cities in the world at one of the top universities in Australia, La Trobe University.  An enticing and multi-dimensional city, Melbourne is Australia's preeminent center for arts, education, culture, entertainment, shopping, and business.  You will get the best of all worlds: suburban living with an amazing city outside your door, exceptional academics and experiential learning opportunities - all on a green campus! 

The cultural capital of Australia Melbourne is the birthplace of Australian film and impressionistic art, and is home to many concerts of traditional and contemporary Australian music.

Exceptional academics – La Trobe University is one of the top universities in Australia and was named one of the top 150 universities in the world by the UK Times.

Science courses with fieldwork – Interested in getting some hands-on field experience while studying abroad in Australia? Semester in Melbourne offers some courses that do just that.

Vibrant campus community – You’ll be living on campus, and you’ll see that each residence hall has its own personality and culture. It’s easy to really get involved in and acclimated to your new home.

CISabroad Adventure Orientation – Start off your semester with a 4 day/3 nigh orientation exploring the Great Barrier Reef! This orientation will provide you with an unique look into Australian culture and its iconic wildlife. You will have the opportunity to explore the rain forest, indigenous communities, and the largest tropical coral reef system in the world! You'll also be able to cross holding koalas, snorkeling, and feeding kangaroos of your bucket list!


If you've always wanted to study abroad in Australia, we've got a lot of reasons to study on our Semester in Melbourne program. Here are just a few of the key highlights that make this program unique:

  • CISabroad Adventure Orientation
  • Large, diverse student body
  • Vibrant campus community with highly active residence halls with plenty of friends around to help you study in Melbourne
  • Fieldwork, internship, and volunteer opportunities
  • Live in a suburban setting with easy access to central Melbourne
  • Robust academic offerings from liberal arts to education, applied sciences to media studies
  • Single dorm rooms
  • Extensive sports facilities on campus
  • Access to a phenomenal fitness club at a discounted student rate

To start your semester in Melbourne you will participate in an amazing CISabroad orientation to welcome you to Australia. All spring students will arrive in Sydney to explore local culture and customs. All fall students will arrive on the Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia where you will explore a beautiful coastal area of Australia!

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 Australia students. It's a a great start to your semester and a quick way to integrate into the culture! 

Semester in Melbourne offers two 14-week semesters, starting in July and 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.

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 areas: 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 "Melbourne" campus. The section will expand and you can then click on " Melbourne" 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."  

Timetables: There are 2 ways to determine when a class is offered.

    •    Use the syllabus at the bottom of the course description. At the bottom of the syllabus, either Semester 1 (spring) or Semester 2 (fall) will be noted.
    •    Use the number at the end of the course code. For instance, ACC12 can be broken down as follows: ACC = Accounting; 1 = first year level course; 2 = second

How to read the La Trobe University course catalog
Be sure to choose subjects that are offered at the Melbourne/Bundoora campus. 

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.

Melbourne is arguably the coolest city in Australia! The capital city of Victoria, it is home to 3.2 million people from various cultural backgrounds. An enticing and multi-dimensional city, it is Australia's preeminent center for arts, education, culture, entertainment, culinary excellence, sports, shopping, and business. The campus itself has several campus art galleries and various exhibitions. The Melbourne campus is also home to Hyllus Maris Annual Memorial Lecture which honors Aboriginal woman on an Australian university campus.

Plus, La Trobe is set amidst beautiful parks and gardens and surrounded by endless stretches of beach. Its moderate oceanic climate is quite enjoyable, especially in the Spring and Summer months. The floral displays, manicured lawns, ancient elms, cooling fountains and heritage architecture are all free to visit and within walking distance of the city. This unique combination of diversity, vitality, ambience and natural beauty has helped make Melbourne one of the world's great cities. In fact, it’s been voted the Most Livable City in the world! But the best parts of the city are the “little secrets,” all the nooks and crannies you find by just walking around. Down side streets you’ll find tiny vendors with the most amazing coffees, food, jewelry, clothes, and so much more.

The Melbourne public transport system’s efficient trams, buses, and trains make it easy to get from the campus to the Central Business District and other areas of interest around Melbourne and Victoria. That’s “areas of interest” in the broadest sense: beaches, various shopping districts, nightlife, sports stadiums, galleries, museums, tourist attractions, parks, gardens, historical icons . . . Whether you’re a culture vulture, adrenaline junky, or bookworm, Melbourne has so much for you.

Our Semester in Melbourne program is located at La Trobe University - 2015 highly ranked international university in the world. Founded in 1964, La Trobe is an AACSB member and accredited by the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations of Australia, and a member of Innovative Research Universities of Australia (IRUA). La Trobe is recognized as Australia’s best university for research in Microbiology and equal ranked in Biochemistry, Cell Biology, and Veterinary Science. Its main campus is situated in one of the world's most liveable cities, according to the Economist Intelligence Unit.

The university has more than 26,000 students, including over 3,000 international students from over 90 countries. That means tons of opportunities to meet local Aussies as well as other international students. Located on 330 hectares of land, the campus includes a world-renowned library, research and development park, restaurants and shops, sports facilities, an art museum, residential colleges, entertainment venues, and the Melbourne Wildlife Sanctuary. The university also offers limited fieldwork and internship opportunities as well as numerous volunteer opportunities.

The main campus is located in the suburb of Bundoora, about 8 miles from central Melbourne. It is situated on 500 acres of Australian bushland and is home to countless species of wild birds and other Australian fauna and flora. La Trobe University offers a peaceful and beautiful campus environment, with a wide range of social and recreational activities that will fit every student’s interests! There are over 50 student organizations to get involved with, ranging from politics, religions, sports, culture, environment, and more.

Cricos Code: 00115M

As part of Semester in Melbourne, you will take part in the 4-day 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, 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 Melbourne and in Australia. In addition, during orientation week and throughout the semester you and other CIS students can take advantage of the Down Under Program. Through presentations, speakers, tastings, and films, you will experience what "being Australian" is really about instead of reading a bunch of catchphrases in a book.

The study-minded will find that the University's buildings and facilities are among the best in Australia. The main library, Borchardt Library, is recognized as one of the leading university libraries in Australia, with more than a million volumes as well as sophisticated information technology. The University also houses various cafés and restaurants; a bar; a hairdresser, a travel agent, and a dry cleaner; bookstores, banks, a cinema, and a weekly market; and a medical center hospital, a dentist, and optometrist.

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 many more social groups – a great way to meet people on campus!

Semester in Melbourne has excellent on-campus accommodations a few minutes' walk from the academic buildings. You will live in one of La Trobe University’s many residence halls, where you’ll have a single room with a desk, a shared kitchen and bathroom, and access to laundry facilities.  In addition, you will have access to recreational and study areas which are great places to meet your dorm-mates and other students attending the University. Each residence hall plans numerous social activities and cultural programs to help you meet new friends and welcome you to the campus community, so there will always be something fun for you to do!

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 Melbourne can be found on the Price and dates page.

2. When are the program fees due?

The program fees for Semester in Melbourne 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?

The application process can be broken into easy steps!

The first step is to fill out the online application, which includes your contact information, what program you are applying for, etc. (Only takes five minutes!)

After filling out the online application, an advisor from our Global Advising Center will grant you portal access with a set of preliminary forms.

The next step is to pay the $200 application deposit in order to secure your space in the program. This amount will be applied toward the final cost. 

Within a day after submitting your deposit, you will receive a welcome email from your Program Coordinator—the person you will work with until departure. Your Program Coordinator will then give you program specific items in your portal. (Note: Both preliminary portal pieces and program specific tasks must be completed by the application deadline.)

#CISabroadTip: Contact your school’s registrar and have them send us your transcript early on in the application process (you can send us your transcript even before you’ve made the $200 deposit!) since snail mail makes this the slowest piece to submit. (We do also accept electronic OFFICIAL transcripts if your school provides them.)

For detailed instructions, see application instructions. Application deadlines can be found here.

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

For Semester in Melbourne, 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 Melbourne, 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 Melbourne, 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 at 1-877-617-9090 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 Melbourne, you will reside in on-campus accommodations that are a few minutes' walk from the academic buildings. You will live in one of La Trobe University’s many residence halls where you will have a single room with a desk, shared kitchen and bathroom, and access to laundry facilities.  

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 classes (12-16 U.S. Credits). 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 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 2016
Arrival July 15
CISabroad Orientation July 15 - 18
La Trobe University Orientation
July 18 - 22
Classes Start July 25
Classes End October 21
Departure November 18
Application Deadline May 1
Term: Spring 2017
Arrival February 13
CISabroad Orientation February 13-16
Classes Start February 27
Classes End June 22
Departure June 23
Application Deadline November 1
Term: Fall 2016 Price: $15,490
Term: Spring 2017 Price: $15,490

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 4 day/3 night Adventure Orientation on the Great Barrier Reef
  • 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.