Program Overview

Situated steps away from the heart of the city, the University of Melbourne provides the perfect backdrop for a once-in-a-lifetime overseas study experience. With prestigious academics and a lively social community housed on a bustling campus, it’s a great base to explore the edgy and cosmopolitan city of Melbourne – always on the front lines of culture, arts, music, sports, and food.

GPA Requirement
Application Deadlines
Spring: November 1
Fall: April 15
Avg Course Load
3-4 courses (9-15 U.S. Credits)
Language(s) of Instruction
  • #1-ranked university in Australia and #33 in the world
  • Vibrant hub of style, sport, and culture
  • Distinguished professors, including Nobel Laureates and Rhodes Scholars
  • AACSB-accredited business school
  • Central housing within walking distance to campus
  • Easy access to fabulous street art and famous beaches
  • Host of world-famous sporting events, including the Australian Open (tennis) and Melbourne Cup (horse racing)
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.



The University of Melbourne is the perfect setting for a once-in-a-lifetime study abroad experience. The University has a strong academic and social community set on an urban campus located just minutes from the city center. You’ll join more than 45,000 students from around the globe. The institution is ranked #1 in Australia and #33 in the world by the London Times Higher Education rankings.

The University campus is located within a bustling area of the city and is surrounded by student housing. You can stroll to the Queen Victoria Market, famed Lygon Street’s shops, restaurants, and pubs. Jump on the tram for a few minutes to reach the central business district. Another 25 minutes on the tram and you’ll arrive at St. Kilda’s beach, Melbourne’s most famous beach.

Academically speaking, the University boasts numerous renowned researchers and industry leaders who are internationally recognized for their achievements. You’ll have the unique opportunity to learn from faculty who are leaders in business, government, and the community. As a member of Australia’s Group of Eight (similar to the US Ivy League), University of Melbourne offers a range of academic areas in which you can study, including arts and humanities, architecture, business, engineering and social sciences.

Accredited by the Department of Education and Training, Australia. Also accredited by CPA Australia; Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia (ICAA); Australian Computer Society (ACS); Engineers Australia; European Foundation for Management Development; Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) (EFMD-EQUIS)

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. 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.

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.

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 – University of Melbourne offers two 19-week semesters. You can easily find a semester that fits with your study abroad schedule.

Course load: 3 – 4 courses (12 – 16 U.S. Credits)

Course approval: Although you will only take 3 – 4 classes, it is best to meet with your current academic advisor and obtain approval for 8 – 10 classes. Courses are generally approved as requirements for your major, but also as elective credits.

Course descriptions: Please click here to see a list of all of the fields of study offered at the University of Melbourne

You can use the Handbook to search all of courses offered during the semester. New classes are being added all the time! Once you search something, you can filter the results. On the left hand side under “TYPE” select “SUBJECTS,” under “LEVEL” select “UNDERGRADUATE” and under “SUBJECT STUDY PERIOD” select “Semester 1” or “Semester 2.”

Quick Tips:
Subject = Class
Course = Type of Degree
Major = Field of Study
Semester 1 = Spring Semester
Semester 2 = Fall Semester

Additional course and enrollment details:

Courses are coded according to the following:
1000 – intro
2000 – intermediate
3000 – advance

Enrollment is not dependent on your year in school, but on the level of the course. You may have to login multiple times to create a timetable if you are taking courses at different levels.

You can find some expectations of the enrollment process at University of Melbourne here. Note that enrolling in your subjects must happen before – and is a different process – than creating your timetable.

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

One of the best features of the Semester in Melbourne – University of Melbourne program is the housing. You’ll live within walking distance to both the campus and downtown Melbourne. And the city’s amazing public transportation system is right at your doorstep so you can easily venture to hip suburban neighborhoods or relaxing beaches.

The apartments include communal study rooms, cooking facilities (including outdoor barbecues!), a TV lounge, and an indoor gym. When the weather is right, you’ll even have access to a heated pool! You’ll usually share a room (singles may be available on request for an additional charge), which are well equipped. Each apartment has a private bathroom, beds, study desk, dresser, refrigerator, stove top, microwave, and TV. There is wifi throughout the building.


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 it'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 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.

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-Day Orientation on the Great Barrier Reef

Talk about an amazing orientation! 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!

Your Support Staff

Global Advising Team

Travel Tip: We love what we do and want to talk to you! The Global Advising Center is here to help you decide on a program, and complete the Online Application. From the moment you first hear from us be it through a phone call, email or personal visit, you will find that our passion for international education is contagious. We’re ready to launch you abroad.

Emma Van Loon
Senior Program Coordinator - Australia, New Zealand, and Hawai'i

Travel Tip: When I begin planning a trip I love to leave two or three days free. There are always fun activities you’ll learn about while in country so you don’t want to miss out on them due to over scheduling!

Learn more about Emma

Jemimah Murugi
Site Director in Melbourne, Australia

Travel Tip: Be exactly where you are, enjoy each moment as it comes without comparing it to any other place because every destination brings along its own uniqueness and authenticity. Embrace that even though it may be strange at the start. Traveling helps you find yourself and pieces of yourself you didn’t know you were missing.

Learn more about Jemimah

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, Semester in Newcastle, Juniata College, Wildlife Conservation

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 2019
    Application Deadline
    April 15
    July 29
    November 22
  • Spring 2020
    Application Deadline
    November 1
    February 13 (Estimated)
    June 27 - 29 (Upon completion of exams and by June 29 move-out) (Estimated)
    $22,990 (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 CISabroad Adventure Orientation in Cairns
  • Full-time tuition and fees
  • Housing
  • Medical and accident insurance
  • Overseas Health Insurance (mandatory for any student studying in Australia)
  • CISabroad support services before, during, and after the program
  • Academic advising
  • Financial aid counseling
  • Assistance with travel arrangements
  • Predeparture orientation
  • Airport pickup
  • University of Melbourne orientation
  • Student union and club fees
  • On-site support
  • Internet connection
  • University of Melbourne official transcript
  • NYTimes Digital Subscription
  • La Vida Local cultural program