Program Site: The University of Melbourne's main campus in Parkville, a short walk from central Melbourne.
Eligibility: Minimum 3.0 cumulative USC GPA or higher.
Description: The University of Melbourne, consistently ranked at or near the top in Australia and Oceania, is located in the heart of one of the most livable cities in the world. A major cultural and design capital, Melbourne is set around the shores of picturesque Port Phillip Bay. USC students directly enroll alongside the University of Melbourne's 47,000 students, 28% of whom are international students.
Academics: USC students can take courses across 80 academic fields within the Faculties of Arts, Business and Economics, Engineering, and Science. Melbourne offers excellent academics across its departments. Particularly innovative academic programs include ancient world studies, biomedicine, and the history and philosophy of science. They may be an excellent fit for students of biological sciences, psychology, neuroscience, philosophy, history, and political science. USC students majoring in English, creative writing, or narrative studies would especially benefit from Melbourne's strong English program. Students majoring in theater, studio art, cinematic arts, or dance may enroll in select courses if they spend the full calendar year at the University of Melbourne.
Course Load and Credit: Students take 4 courses and earn a maximum of 16 USC units per semester.
Activities and Other Program Features: There are more than 150 student organizations, 40 sporting clubs, as well as multiple leadership and volunteering programs available. Students also have access to Melbourne University Sport, a world-class sports precinct with numerous amenities. There is a week-long orientation program designed to introduce visiting students to the institution and its surroundings (for an additional fee).
Accommodations: Students may live in furnished single rooms within one of 12 residential colleges located on or near the Parkville campus. The colleges provide meals, academic and pastoral support as well as 24-hour access to study-related facilities including libraries and common areas. Visiting students may also apply to live in RMIT Village, a self-catered apartment-style living facility for local and international students.
Dates: Fall, spring or academic year. Fall semester (Melbourne's semester 2) runs from mid-July to late November, spring semester (semester 1) runs mid-February to late June. Full calendar year runs mid-February-late November.
Estimated Semester Cost:
Cost Updated: 2/27/14
Text Updated: 3/4/14
*Additional expenses include estimated costs for airfare, room and board, books and supplies, health insurance (both American and government-required Australian), and personal expenses (which can vary greatly from student to student). USC financial aid, scholarships, and tuition remission may be applied to program costs. Please visit the Office of Overseas Studies for more detailed cost information