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Studying Abroad in Melbourne

Idyllic laneways, cafes galore, and trendy pubs are around every corner, creating a blend of artsy and hip that many students enjoy while studying abroad in Melbourne, the capital of Victoria, Australia. From royal gardens to world-renowned sports, Melbourne is a laid back, yet energetic city that has been ranked as one of the most livable cities in the world for multiple years. If you’re looking to experience Australia while receiving a world-class education, studying in Melbourne should be a top pick!

Subjects & Courses

Melbourne is home to several accredited institutions, including, but not limited to, the University of Melbourne, Monash University, RMIT University, Victoria University, and La Trobe University. Needless to say, students can choose from just about any subject and major of study in Melbourne, and select from some of the world’s top ranked universities.

Courses are taught in English and are comparable to classes in many Western countries. Most universities operate on a two semester schedule, each with 12 teaching weeks, from early March to early May, and late July to late October. Most study abroad programs in Melbourne are offered for a semester or a full year, with options for summer study abroad as well.

Whether students take business classes at the University of Melbourne, computer science at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT), or study history and culture at Monash University, Melbourne has a program for everyone.

Life in Melbourne

Some of the world’s best coffee, awe-inspiring street art, and sporting events are all part of daily life for students studying abroad in Melbourne. Referred to as Australia’s cultural capital, there is also no shortage of parks, museums, eateries, and so much more to explore - and getting there is easy too. Melbourne is home to the world’s largest tramway, which serves as the city’s comprehensive and easy-to-navigate public transit system. Buses, trains, and taxis are also available for traveling short and long distances.

Melburnians are friendly and laid-back, and usually very proud and loyal to Melbourne, as there is somewhat of an in-country rivalry between Melbourne and Sydney, both claiming to be the best place to live in Australia. If an abundance of art, quirky boutiques, and delectable bakeries puts Melbourne ahead of Sydney, then they just might be right!

Scholarships & Costs

Studying abroad in Melbourne can range in costs, but in general living costs are quite high in Australia. Students should be prepared to pay a bit more for daily living costs in Australia, as opposed to in their home country, such as the U.S. or Canada. However, the extra money spent will be well worth the added experiences.

For students in need of financial assistance to study in Melbourne, have no fear! Check out GoAbroad’s Scholarship Directory for study abroad in Australia.

Accommodation & Visas

Accommodations are most often included in study abroad programs in Melbourne, and include a dormitory in a campus residence hall or a shared apartment. Campus housing is comfortable and encouraged, to help international students meet local students and enjoy campus life. Students should check with their program provider and host university for specific accommodation details, as well as if any meals are included. Student visas are required for students who want to study abroad in Australia. Ask your provider if they will help with obtaining your visa and they should be able to provide you with a checklist and any needed documents.

Benefits & Challenges

Living and studying in Melbourne will prove to be a rewarding and unforgettable experience for many students. While every country requires some discovery and adjustment, Australia is usually an easy transition for most. Students should employ common sense and be aware of their surroundings in any major city, but know that Melbourne is considered safe and family friendly. Melbourne offers students a unique chance to study abroad at a top ranked university, while living in a top ranked city. Between academics and the vibrant culture, students are sure to find value in studying abroad in Melbourne.

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API students have the opportunity to study abroad in Melbourne – one of Australia’s (and the world’s) most exciting and cosmopolitan cities! Located approximately 8 miles outside of the city center, La Trobe University has a student population of over 30,000 (including over 7,000 international students). La Trobe University was founded in 1967 as the third university to operate in the state ...


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Experience the exciting pace of life in Melbourne while completing an academic program. ISA works in partnership with Globalinks to offer opportunities to study at world-class institutions. Participants get the chance to receive a high quality education while enjoying the trendy, easygoing, and vibrant atmosphere of Australia’s second largest city.


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This program is ideal for students looking for scholastic excellence, top quality research, industry partnerships, tailored courses, and, of course, fun. The Deakin University program offers you the opportunity to enroll in a wide range of courses from the following academic faculties: Arts; Business and Law; Education; Health; Nursing and Behavioral Sciences; and Science and Technology. You ma...


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Sage Corps’ semester study abroad program is your chance to not only learn in a foreign classroom setting but also gain incredible professional experience building a company. While abroad, you'll also establish a global professional network. Your semester study abroad will be an amazing cultural experience and may be the ticket to your dream job. For most students, semester study abroad is thei...


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Get ready to embark on a journey of discovery. A Youth For Understanding USA (YFU) study abroad program is an experience that will immerse you in the lives, cultures, and communities of a real family in one of more than 40 countries around the globe. An adventure where you'll learn in a year, semester, or a summer, what life is like for teens in another part of the world. An experience that ...


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