Summer in Melbourne
Business & Sports

Study in the sports capital of Australia

Are you looking for a short-term program that focuses on your passion for the sports industry? On our Summer in Melbourne – Business & Sports, you’ll be taken behind the scenes of some of Australia’s longest standing and respected sporting brands and facilities. Melbourne has more professional sporting teams per person than any other city in the world. The city is built for sport with major stadiums and sporting precincts across the city. You’ll have the opportunity to learn firsthand from industry experts about the business of sport in Australia, including but not limited to the day-to-day challenges, trends, and growth areas.

What to Expect:

  • Language: English
  • Average Courseload: 1 course (3-4 credits)
  • GPA Requirement: 2.5


  • Visit some of Melbourne's greatest sporting arenas
  • Meet Australian sports industry experts
  • Live in the artistic and cultural capital of Australia
  • Go on experiential learning trips with your classes
  • La Trobe University official transcript
  • Attend 1-2 Athletic Events or Sports Games
  • City and University orientation in Melbourne

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.


Classes in Business, Sports Management & Marketing, Journalism

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.

What's Included


  • Full-time tuition and fees
  • Housing (residence halls)
  • 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
  • La Trobe University orientation
  • On-site support
  • Internet connection
  • Student Guild fees
  • La Trobe University official transcript
  • NYTimes Digital Subscription
  • La Vida Local cultural program
  • 1-2 athletic events/sports games

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.
Construction Site Tour - La Trobe Sports Park

Construction Site Tour - La Trobe Sports Park

See behind the scenes of the La Trobe Sports Park, a $150 million development project in Melbourne. In July 2018, the first stage of the project opened – a new artificial turf football field. Consultants SPORTENG designed the synthetic grass playing surface to match the existing terrain, with innovative features like underlying drainage for a seamless playing surface appearance.

Australian Football League (AFL)

Australian Football League (AFL)

Cheer on the local team at an Australian Football League (AFL) game in Adelaide! Borrow a jersey from a classmate and learn the proper cheers. AFL features only Australian teams. (Subject to season or other sports game.)

Melbourne City Football Club Tour

Melbourne City Football Club Tour

Melbourne City Football Club competes in the major Australian domestic competition, the Hyundai A-League. The Club, formerly known as Melbourne Heart FC was established in 2009, inspired by a vision for a broad-based community team, celebrating cultural diversity and sporting passion through football. The club’s training and admin base is located on La Trobe University’s  campus.

Your Support Staff

CIS Abroad Advising & Support
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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!

Jemimah Murugi
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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.

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.

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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.