Program Overview

Our Semester in Melbourne – La Trobe University program really brings you the best of all worlds: top-notch academics, a vibrant campus, and an exciting city life. Study in a suburb of one of the most livable cities in the world at a highly ranked La Trobe University. A hip and international city, Melbourne is Australia’s preeminent center for arts, education, culture, entertainment, shopping, and business all just a short bus ride away.

GPA Requirement
Application Deadlines
Spring: November 1
Fall: May 1
Avg Course Load
3-4 courses (12 -16 U.S. credits)
Language(s) of Instruction
  • Large, diverse multinational student body
  • Vibrant campus community with highly active residence life
  • Official La Trobe University DIGITAL Transcript
  • 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 friendly Global Advisor to ask questions and find the best fit program. Start planning for on campus processes, and apply by the application deadline.
  • Meet your Program Enrollment Coordinator to finalize acceptance paperwork, housing, courses, flights, visas, and payments. Attend one our our LIVE pre-departure orientations.
  • Fly away! You'll be greeted at the airport (comforting after a long flight!) and experience a robust On-site Orientation and La Vida Local Curriculum with your Site Director.



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 37,000 students, including over 8,000 international students from more than 110 countries. Students adore the serene and peaceful setting, outside of the hustle and bustle of the city.

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 and Training of Australia and a member of IRUA (Innovative Research Universities of Australia).

Beginning effective January 1, 2020, all CIS Abroad returning transcripts from institutions in Australia will be completely digital. This will mean no physical copies of transcripts will be mailed for this program.



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.


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.


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.


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Natural & Applied Sciences
Social Sciences
World Languages

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Choose Your Courses

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

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.

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.

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.

The Melbourne Star

The Melbourne Star is a giant Ferris wheel in the Waterfront City precinct in the Docklands area of Melbourne, the state capital of Victoria, Australia. Enjoy a “flight” day or night to enjoy one of the best views of the vibrant city.

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 Enrollment 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

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

The CISabroad orientation was unreal, from scuba diving to interacting with wildlife… things I never imagined myself doing. All the other students are awesome too. I’ve been abroad for nearly three months now (wow) and yet being in Sydney, standing along the harbour taking in the bridge and the opera house, I had a moment of “I’m really here; I’ve truly made it.” I absolutely love that I am still finding things to be in awe of. Between Melbourne and Sydney, I may consider myself to be a city person, after all!

Casey Magee, James Madison University

Program Fees & Dates

Advisor Tip: Please WAIT to book flights until you have received confirmed dates in your acceptance paperwork. Dates posted here are subject to change.

  • Fall 2020
    Application Deadline
    May 1
    July 28 (Estimated)
    November 28 (Estimated)
    3 courses: $14,590 4 courses: $16,390
  • Spring 2021
    Application Deadline
    November 1
    February 15 (Estimated)
    June 26 (Estimated)
    $14,990 - $16,590 (Estimated)
    3 courses: $14,590 4 courses: $16,390

CIS Abroad 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
  • Overseas Health Insurance (mandatory for any student studying in Australia)
  • CIS Abroad 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
  • La Vida Local cultural program