Program Overview

Our Semester in Melbourne – La Trobe University program offers the best of all worlds: top-notch academics, a vibrant campus, and an exciting city life. Set in the green, leafy suburb of Bundoora, you’re only 30 minutes from the city of Melbourne, Australia’s hub for arts, education, culture, entertainment, shopping, and business. Easily zip into the city for an art opening or concert, swim and surf at the famous St. Kilda beach, or retreat to a more serene campus. La Trobe is known as a highly ranked research university, and you’ll learn from distinguished professors. Take courses in over 70 academic areas, including some sensational offerings in Aboriginal art and culture.


GPA Requirement
Application Deadlines
Fall: May 1
Spring: November 1
Avg Course Load
3-4 courses (12 -16 U.S. credits)
Language(s) of Instruction

Key Program Highlights

  • Large, diverse multinational student body
  • Vibrant campus community with highly active residence life
  • Robust academic offerings, from liberal arts to education, applied sciences to media studies
  • On campus living with single dorm rooms—no roommates!
  • Extensive sports facilities on campus
  • Hundreds of clubs and student societies to join

Your Journey Begins Here

  • Connect with your Global Advisor to start planning. Apply by the application deadline.

  • Meet your Program Coordinator to finalize acceptance paperwork, housing, courses, flights, visas, payments, etc. Attend a pre-departure orientation.

  • Fly away. You'll be greeted at the airport, participate in a robust On-site Orientation and La Vida Local Curriculum with your Site Director.

Life in Melbourne

Welcome and Orientation

Your program will kick off with the action-packed and engaging CISabroad Adventure Orientation. This 4 day/3 night orientation will provide you with an amazing introduction to Australia’s culture, wildlife, and natural environments. We’ll be on our feet (and in the water) much of the time, visiting places like the rainforest, indigenous communities, and the Great Barrier Reef. You’ll also get to do things we know you came a long way to do, like holding koalas, snorkeling, and feeding kangaroos.

This active and engaging orientation program isn’t just one big adventure, however! We’ll also gather around to discuss program and behavioral expectations, touching on topics such as culture, slang, food, and where to go and what to do when you settle into your new home in Melbourne.

Once you’re settled in Melbourne, you’ll also get an orientation at your new campus to help you get adjusted to your new campus and home in Melbourne.

Farewell and Re-entry Program

Though you’re not an astronaut returning from space, re-entering your home culture after being abroad can be shocking to the system. We’ll walk you through some of the things to expect, rehash your time abroad so that you can remember the highlights and, yep, we’ll feed you again as part of our farewell to Australia.

Housing Options

Semester in Melbourne – La Trobe University has excellent on-campus accommodations only a few minutes walk from the academic buildings, the student union, and sport facilities. You’ll 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. Don’t like to cook? Don’t worry, there are plenty of places to eat on campus or just off campus.

In addition, you’ll 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.

melbourne by the water at sunset

Local Life

  • Old Melbourne Gaol: Spend a few hours and learn about early settlers in Australia. The gaol provides a good insight into Australian history, you even have the chance to be “arrested' and encounter what’s like to be locked up.
  • Sports events: Melbourne is the unofficial sporting capital of Australia. No matter when you are there you can find something to watch or play – be in Australian Football League, cricket, soccer, basketball, horse racing, netball, tennis or wakeboarding.
  • Café culture: Australians take their coffee seriously and in Melbourne, coffee is king. Some might say an obsession - yes Melburnians do coffee better than most of the world.

More About Melbourne

Voted the "Most Livable City in the World" a record six times in a row, Melbourne is often referred to as the cultural capital of Australia. As the capital city of the state of Victoria, it's home to 3.2 million people from all over the world. It has a thriving downtown, easily reachable from CISabroad's two study abroad programs at La Trobe University and the University of Melbourne. And, the smaller neighborhoods that surround the city are equally vibrant.

The culture of the city of Melbourne is often compared to U.S. cities like Boston or San Francisco. Easily navigable by walking, biking, or public transportation, the city offers unique experiences around every corner. Coffee houses, international cuisine and street food, theatre, music, and art all thrive in this metropolis. Want to hit the beach? Melbourne's most famous beach, St Kilda, is a 20 minute tram ride from the city center. Explore wine country? The Yarra Valley produces wines that rival any in the world. Just want to find a quiet spot in the city? Melbourne is full of green spaces and parks.

Locals in Melbourne are passionate about sports. Home to Aussie Rules Football and the iconic Melbourne Cricket Grounds (MCG), nearly every local will passionately cheer on a favorite team. International sporting events also take place every year in the city, including the Australian Open tennis tournament and the Melbourne Cup horse race. The beaches, the food, the sporting events, and the city itself will keep you riveted.

Program Excursions

While participating on a CISabroad program, you'll be able to take part in built-in weekend and day trips at no additional cost. These trips are subject to change from term to term; listed below are excursions that have run in the past. You'll also enjoy a comprehensive culture- and adventure-based orientation, which will include excursions to places such as the rainforest, indigenous communities, and the Great Barrier Reef!

CISabroad Study Abroad Semester Program st kilda beach australia

St. Kilda

Taking the tram from the city to St Kilda on a perfect beach day (or even a not-so-perfect day) is always on the hit list. After a dip, discover the phenomenal old German cake shops, where your day will get a tad bit sweeter.

Melbourne Cricket Grounds

The Cricket Ground (MCG) is unquestionably the most famous sporting venue in Melbourne. You'll either tour the venue or catch a live AFL game, plus have the chance to check out to the National Sports Museum. It’s a must see in Melbourne, even for non-sports lovers!

4 days on the Great Barrier Reef

Spend 4 days learning about the environmental and cultural beauty that Australia has to offer in the Great Barrier Reef. Whether you spend your time snorkeling, or exploring the rain forest, you won't leave Cairns without some unbelievable photos and memories!


GPA Requirement

If you find your GPA is lower than the requirement listed at the top of this page, do not despair! Get in touch to let us know your situation. In many cases, there are additional application materials that you can submit to make your case for acceptance.

How to Choose Your Courses

Now the fun part! You get to pick the courses you will take abroad. Review the course information on this page and once you’ve decided which courses you want to take. Fill out the CISabroad Course Selection Worksheet in your online portal.

Course Approval

Make sure to talk with your home university about course approval and get additional classes approved before you go abroad. For example, if you are taking 4 classes abroad, we recommend getting 8 approved. 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.

Choose your courses, making sure to get them approved by your home university and then fill out the Course Selection Worksheet.

Course Information

Semester in Melbourne at La Trobe University 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.

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.

The University

La Trobe University, founded in 1964, boasts one of the most scenic campuses in all of Australia. You'll study on 500 acres of Australian bushland in a suburb of Melbourne. The University's Bundoora campus is home to more than 26,000 students, including over 3,000 international students from more than 90 countries. Students adore the serene and peaceful setting, outside of the hustle and bustle of the city.

As part of CISabroad's Semester at La Trobe University program, you can meet your fellow students by joining one of the many student organizations on campus. The student union organizes more than 50 such groups, which range from politics, culture, sports, environment, and more.  One of the more popular groups with American students is the Australian Rules Football club. Try it, and you'll never watch a U.S. football game the same way again! Want a truly unique Australian experience? La Trobe hosts its Weekend Break Program, where you can stay with a host family in another part of the state for a few days.

Academically, La Trobe ranks highly in many of the world's top university ranking tables. Its innovative teaching and research programs cover hundreds of majors and dozens of academic areas. The University is particularly respected for its courses in health, biological, and medical sciences. Additionally, it's accredited by the prestigious international business group AACSB. As a study abroad student, you'll have access to hundreds of courses that can apply to your home university degree.

Accredited by The Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations of Australia and a member of IRUA (Innovative Research Universities of Australia).


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Student Feedback

CISabroad gave me the opportunity to visit a country that I have dreamed about living in since I was a little girl through affordable means and a safe environment.

Rachel Yurchisin - Juniata College

Program Support

Meet Our Staff

Before, during, and after your study abroad experience, you’ll be supported by the dedicated and passionate CISabroad staff. Our goal is quick responses to your questions before you depart, and even quicker once you’ve arrived on site.

Robust Advising Center

Our team of advisors will help you choose a program, connect with your home university regarding classes and financial aid and get you prepared to apply for your program.

Team of Dedicated Program Coordinators

Your Program Coordinator will assist you in finalizing housing, enrolling in courses, booking flights, obtaining visas, arranging payments, and provide pre-departure orientation.

Experienced On-site Staff

From greeting you at the airport to a robust On-site Orientation to La Vida Local Activities our on-site staff will be there to support you throughout your time on-site.

Ongoing Support

Our support doesn’t end when your program does. We have alumni programming, webinars, and resources to help you readjust when you’ve returned from your experience.

Your Support Staff

Program Fees & Dates

Advisor Tip: Please do not book flights until you have received confirmed dates in your acceptance paperwork. Dates posted here are subject to change.

  • Fall 2018
    Application Deadline
    May 1
    July 19
    July 19 - 22; La Trobe University Orientation: July 23 - 27
    Classes Start
    July 30
    Classes End
    October 26; Exams: November 2 - 22
    November 23
  • Spring 2019
    Application Deadline
    November 1
    February 21 (Estimated)
    February 21 - 24 (Estimated)
    Classes Start
    March 4 (Estimated)
    Classes End
    June 27 (Estimated)
    June 28 (Estimated)
    $16,190 (Estimated)

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

Program Inclusions

As with all study abroad programs, you should count on a few additional expenses.

Program fees are in US dollars and include the following:

  • 4 day Great Barrier Reef Excursion
  • 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
  • NYTimes Digital Subscription
  • La Vida Local cultural program