Semester in Melbourne
University of Melbourne

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Study at a top global university in Australia's sporting capital.

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.

What to Expect:

  • Language: English
  • Average Courseload: 3-4 courses (9-15 U.S. credits)
  • GPA Requirement: 3.0


  • Distinguished professors, including Nobel Laureates and Rhodes Scholars
  • Official University of Melbourne DIGITAL Transcript
  • AACSB-accredited business school
  • Central housing within walking distance to campus
  • Host of world-famous sporting events, including the Australian Open (tennis) and Melbourne Cup (horse racing)
  • Elite athlete program and extensive athletic facilities

Program Details

University of Melbourne

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)

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 which have more than 8 classes available

  • Art & Design
  • Business
  • Communications
  • Engineering
  • Natural & Applied Sciences
  • Health
  • Humanities
  • 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 – 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.

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


One of the best features of this 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.


You’ll share a kitchen with your flatmates so you can cook all your own meals, and when it’s nice out you can host a barbecue outside and grill.

Inclusions and Amenities

  • Bathroom
  • CommuteWalking
  • Desk
  • Double Room
  • Fitness Center
  • Kitchen Equipment
  • Microwave
  • Pool
  • Single RoomOptional
  • Study Areas
  • Television
  • Wi-Fi

Upgrade to a Single Room

If you're looking for more space to yourself, consider upgrading to a single room. Singles may be available on request for an additional charge - just ask your program enrollment coordinator!

What's Included


Program fees are in U.S. dollars and include the following:

  • 4-day CIS Abroad Adventure Orientation in Cairns
  • Full-time tuition and fees
  • Housing
  • 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
  • University of Melbourne orientation
  • Student union and club fees
  • On-site support
  • Internet connection
  • University of Melbourne 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.

Melbourne Cricket Grounds

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!

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 27 (Estimated)
  • Price: $22,390 (Estimated)
  • Application Deadline: Apr 15 (Estimated)
  • Arrival: July 13 (Estimated)
  • Departure: November 21 (Estimated)
  • Price: $22,590 (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.