Study Abroad in the Most Livable City in the World: Melbourne, Australia

by Dominic James Fusco

Life is good in Melbourne. For the fifth year in a row, Australia’s cultural capital has been crowned the world’s most livable city according to the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU). Sitting on Phillip’s Bay, along the southeastern coast Australia, Melbournians enjoy a mild climate year round which complements its impressive infrastructure and increasingly contemporary cityscape. Throw in world class food, drink, music, art, and voila, Melbourne is the perennial standard of living for the entire global community to aspire to. 

Melbourne Souther Cross Station

Naturally, Melbourne has instantly become one of the most attractive destinations for study abroad in the world. Luckily, Australia’s second largest metropolis hosts some of the finest academic institutions in the world that pair perfectly with its cultural opportunities. A great adventure awaits students who are ready to experience life down under, so without further ado, we bring you the top study abroad programs in Melbourne, Australia. 

1. The University of Melbourne 

Students who choose to study abroad in Melbourne with International Studies Abroad will have the opportunity to enroll in classes at the University of Melbourne. Winner of the People’s Choice Award at the 2015 GoAbroad Innovation Awards, ISA gives students a great degree of flexibility in designing their own study abroad experience in Melbourne. Participating students get to live in campus housing, alongside local students, enjoy full time assistance from ISA’s local staff, and explore the deeply enriching atmosphere of Melbourne freely in their spare time. The University of Melbourne provides students with access to an expansive course catalogue, with subjects ranging from creative writing to marine biology.

2. Youth for Understanding

Youth for Understanding (YFU) offers exchange programs specifically designed for students who want to have a fully immersive experience of Australian culture while studying abroad in Melbourne. All YFU participants live in carefully selected homestay placements, for anywhere from a few weeks in the summer to a full year. While experiencing local life, students also enroll in a variety of courses for academic credit and have the opportunity to explore many sights throughout Australia, such as the Outback and the Great Barrier Reef!

Monash University

Monash University

3. Monash University

Monash University has campuses located all across the world, including six in and around the Melbourne metropolitan area. With academic programs specifically designed for international students, such as courses focused on understanding contemporary Australian life and culture, students who decide to study abroad in Melbourne at Monash University will be able to balance schoolwork with local experiences. Monash University also offers a full time, on-the-ground support network, ensuring students have the most enjoyable time in Melbourne possible.

4. La Trobe University

CISabroad offers an extensive culture and adventure program that will introduce you to the sights and sounds of Australia’s second largest city. Placed at La Trobe University, one of the most highly regarded institutions in Australia, foreign students will have the opportunity to choose from a wide range of courses, from science to liberal arts. Students who study abroad in Melbourne with CISabroad will have the chance to live in La Trobe’s dormitories, amidst a vibrant and multicultural campus community that hosts students from all over the world.

5. Deakin University 

Deakin University takes pride in its practical approach to academia, preparing students to succeed in the global arena through hands-on experiential learning. Whether you are studying computer science or education, you will benefit greatly from Deakin’s industry-specific courses taught by highly prestigious faculty. Deakin boasts four modern campuses throughout Australia, with Melbourne’s branch hosting nearly 25,000 undergraduate and graduate students.

Deakin University

Deakin University

6. Victorian College of the Arts

Students pursuing performing or visual arts will benefit from the small and energetic community fostered at the Victorian College of the Arts. Widely proclaimed as the cultural capital of Australia, study abroad programs in Melbourne offer a terrific environment to develop any passion for music, theater, dance, and any type of art for that matter. The Victorian College of the Arts boasts a variety of modern facilities including high tech music rooms, theaters, and numerous studio spaces. This study abroad opportunity in Melbourne is provided by Arcadia University.

7. Swinburne University of Technology

Future scientists and mathematicians of all different fields will find Swinburne University of Technology to be the perfect place for study abroad in Melbourne. A small and highly regarded university, with five different campuses located in Melbourne’s Eastern suburbs, Swinburne offers international students a highly personalized educational experience in one of the city’s top areas. Students will be able to live in modern three or four bedroom apartments, which are fully furnished, along with peers from across the world (who will more than likely share their academic interests).

8. La Cordon Bleu 

La Cordon Bleu is a big name institution when it comes to culinary arts and cooking, but it also offers a diverse array of courses throughout other spheres of the hospitality industry. Students who choose to attend La Cordon Bleu can enroll in specialized courses such as commercial cookery, patisserie, and restaurant management. Melbourne is one of the most highly respected culinary destinations in all of Australia, with (so they say) a higher density of restaurants and cafes than New York City, making it the perfect place to take any culinary skill set to the next level.

Victoria Barracks

Victoria Barracks

Still didn’t find a program or university that interests you?

There are plenty more study abroad programs in the most livable city in the world. Check out our directory of study abroad opportunities in Melbourne!