Semester in Melbourne

Program Information

Study abroad in one of the most livable cities in the world at one of the top universities in Australia, La Trobe University. An enticing and multi-dimensional city, Melbourne is Australia's preeminent center for arts, education, culture, entertainment, shopping, and business. You will get the best of all worlds: suburban living with an amazing city outside your door, exceptional academics and experiential learning opportunities - all on a green campus!

The cultural capital of Australia – Melbourne is the birthplace of Australian film and impressionistic art, and is home to many concerts of traditional and contemporary Australian music.

Exceptional academics – La Trobe University is one of the top universities in Australia and was named one of the top 150 universities in the world by the UK Times.

Science courses with fieldwork – Interested in getting some hands-on field experience while studying abroad in Australia? Semester in Melbourne offers some courses that do just that.

Vibrant campus community – You’ll be living on campus, and you’ll see that each residence hall has its own personality and culture. It’s easy to really get involved in and acclimated to your new home.

Adventure Orientation – This stellar orientation in Australia will acquaint you with the local culture and get you accustomed to the Aussie way of life.

Highlights and Excursions

If you've always wanted to study abroad in Australia, we've got a lot of reasons to study on our Semester in Melbourne program. Here are just a few of the key highlights that make this program unique:

  • Adventure Orientation 
  • Large, diverse student body 
  • Vibrant campus community with highly active residence halls with plenty of friends around to help you study in Melbourne 
  • Fieldwork, internship, and volunteer opportunities 
  • Live in a suburban setting with easy access to central Melbourne 
  • Robust academic offerings from liberal arts to education, applied sciences to media studies 
  • Single dorm rooms 
  • Extensive sports facilities on campus 
  • Access to a phenomenal fitness club at a discounted student rate


Semester in Melbourne has excellent on-campus accommodations a few minutes' walk from the academic buildings. You will 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 will 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, so there will always be something fun for you to do!


Courses available in humanities, social sciences, education, business, law, management, health sciences, science and computing, and engineering

For a complete list of course offerings, please click here.

Campus Setting


Average Course Load

3-4 courses (12-16 US credits)

GPA Requirement


Language of Instruction


Program Dates

Spring 2014*:

Start Date: February 13
End Date: July 27

Fall 2014*:

Start Date: June 30
End Date: November 27



*Cost may change at any time due to the current exchange rates.


  • Ohio University City and Beach Adventure Orientation
  • Full-time tuition & fees
  • Housing
  • Pre-departure and onsite orientation
  • Airport pick-up
  • On-site support 24/7
  • La Trobe University official transcript
  • Student Guild fees
  • Carbon off-set of travel & Green Travel Guide

How to Apply

  • Set up an appointment with Frances Weiner,
  • Fill out the CISabroad Online Application
  • Pay the $200 application deposit*

*This is NOT an extra fee, but is a non-refundable deposit applied towards your total program fee. You will be directed to pay this after completing the online application.

Past Students

"I'm really glad I chose to go to La Trobe University...I really liked living on campus in the residence hall, I met a lot of people and they had so many events that I could participate in, I never really went a day without doing something. It was such a great experience!"

Kimberly L.