Semester in Melbourne
La Trobe University

Athlete Friendly
LGBTQIA+ Friendly

Study at a funky Australian campus just outside hip Melbourne.

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.

What to Expect:

  • Language: English
  • Average Courseload: 3-4 courses (12 -16 U.S. credits)
  • GPA Requirement: 2.5


  • Large, diverse multinational student body
  • Vibrant campus community with clubs and active residence life
  • Official La Trobe University DIGITAL Transcript
  • On-campus living with single dorm rooms—no roommates!
  • Extensive sports facilities on campus, including a climbing wall, a pool, and running trails

Program Details

La Trobe 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 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.


Areas of study with 8 or more classes available

  • Art & Design
  • Business
  • Communications
  • Engineering
  • Health
  • Humanities
  • Natural & Applied Sciences
  • World Languages

Don't see your major listed here? There may still be courses available. Browse our programs by major.

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.

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. In 2019 they achieved AACSB accreditation.

Course descriptions and catalog:
Want to see what your options are within La Trobe’s vast course offerings? Filter your options as a “study abroad” student by checking the box “For study abroad students.” In the “Campus” drop-down, choose “Melbourne.” You can then browse through all results, or refine according to discipline, “school” (department), and/or “year level.”

Please note that study abroad students can only take course levels 1, 2 and 3. Anything higher is a graduate level course.  Study abroad students can only enroll in one online course during their semester at La Trobe University.

Start your course search here.

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

Why Life in 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.

Live La Vida Local

  • 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.

Housing 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.

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.


The residence halls have kitchens that you can use to make your meals. Don’t like to cook? Don’t worry, there are plenty of places to eat on campus or just a few minutes away.

Inclusions and Amenities

  • BathroomShared
  • CommuteWalking
  • Desk
  • Kitchen Equipment
  • LaundryOn-site
  • Single Room
  • Study Areas

What's Included


Program fees are in U.S. 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
  • Pre-departure 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

Welcome & Orientation

Your program will kick off with the action-packed and engaging Great Barrier Reef Orientation. This 4-day/3-night orientation will provide you with an amazing introduction to Australia’s culture, wildlife, and natural environments. Get ready to be on your feet (and in the water) much of the time, visiting places like the rainforest, indigenous communities, and the Great Barrier Reef. Also 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! 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, get an orientation at your new campus to help you get adjusted.

Farewell & 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. Your site director will walk you through some of the things to expect and help you reflect on your time abroad so that you can remember the highlights. Also, enjoy a group meal as part of your farewell to Australia.

Program Excursions

While participating on a CIS Abroad 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.

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!

St. Kilda

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

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.

Your Support Staff

CIS Abroad Advising & Support
Travel Tip:

You’ll be supported every step of the way!

Global Advising

Our advising team will help match you with a program that fits your academic and personal needs. Once you have selected your program our advisor will help you complete your Online Application.

Program Enrollment

Once you’ve started your application and submitted the $90 deposit, you’ll be assigned a program enrollment coordinator who will guide you through the enrollment process to get you abroad!

Alexandra Woolner
Travel Tip:

Expect the unexpected! Sometimes culture shock is stronger in countries where you expect things to be more similar to your home country and environment. Traveling abroad is an excellent way to learn more about your own culture, habits, style, and adaptability.

COVID-19 Plan

We believe that study abroad is still possible during the COVID-19 pandemic, but certain policies and procedures will need to be in place to ensure every student can be safe and healthy during their semester abroad.

Learn more about CIS Abroad’s Risk Management Team’s three step process for operating  our programs around the world and important program refund policies.

Read more below for information related to this program:

Program Suspended

This program is currently not available for the Academic Year 2021/22. Please consider other options by exploring our Open Semester Programs in 2022, Open January Programs in 2022, or consider a Virtual Internship.

We monitor international indicators and health standards in the country where we operate and our risk management team makes decisions based on those factors and our own policy. We will reopen programs as we are able.

Dates & Prices

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

  • Application Deadline: Nov 1 (Estimated)
  • Arrival: February 17 (Estimated)
  • Departure: June 26 (Estimated)
  • Price: $14,990 - $16,590 (Estimated)
  • Application Deadline: Apr 15 (Estimated)
  • Arrival: July 16 (Estimated)
  • Departure: November 20 (Estimated)
  • Price: $14,590 - $16,390 (Estimated)
  • Application Deadline: Nov 1 (Estimated)
  • Arrival: February 17 (Estimated)
  • Departure: June 26 (Estimated)
  • Price: $14,990 - $16,590 (Estimated)
  • Application Deadline: Apr 15 (Estimated)
  • Arrival: July 16 (Estimated)
  • Departure: November 20 (Estimated)
  • Price: $14,590 - $16,390 (Estimated)
Additional Information:

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

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