Program Overview

On our Semester in Melbourne – University of Melbourne program, you’ll study at one of the mostly highly ranked universities in the world. 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. You’ll enjoy prestigious academics and a lively social community housed on a bustling campus. Melbourne is an edgy and cosmopolitan city, always on the front lines of culture, arts, music, sports, and food. Over 140 cultures are represented in the city, giving Melbourne a distinctly vibrant, inclusive feel. Come explore it for yourself and end up adopting Melbourne as your second home.


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

Key Program Highlights

  • #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 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.

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.


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

GPA Required: 3.0. 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.

Course selection: 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.

Course load: 3-4 courses (3-12 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 courses offered during the semester. New classes are being added all the time!

The University

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)

two ladies lounging on university of melbourne's campus

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
    April 1
    July 12
    July 12 - 15; University of Melbourne Orientation: July 16 - 20
    Classes Start
    July 23
    Classes End
    October 21; Exams: October 22 - November 16
    November 17
  • Spring 2019
    Application Deadline
    November 1
    February 18 (Estimated)
    February 19 - 22 (Estimated)
    Classes Start
    February 25 (Estimated)
    Classes End
    June 21 (Estimated)
    June 22 (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
  • 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