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University of Melbourne Partnership

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Program Overview

Love to be out and about? You’ll fit right in in Melbourne, one of the world’s most livable cities, known for arts, sports, and great food. Australia’s #1 university makes a great choice for students of education, law, linguistics, psychology, accounting and finance, and premedicine. With campus in the heart of the city, it’s easy to explore a wealth of cultural opportunities.

Details at a Glance

Application deadline

Fall: April 1
Spring: Nov. 1

Minimum GPA


Credit load



Apartment/Flat;Residence Hall/Dormitory;Single Room

Instruction language


Language prerequisites


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CHART Your Course
Find the classes you need fast with CHART. Our easy-to-use tool shows you classes recently taken by IFSA students.

Open the University of Melbourne online class catalog to explore the available class options. Note that at Melbourne, classes or courses are called subjects.

Bachelor of Fine Arts students with a specialty at their home university have the unqiue opportunity to pursue classes at the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA) on the Southbank Campus or the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music (MCM) on the Parkville Campus in relation to their major.

Credit Conversion
The University of Melbourne requires all study abroad students to take four courses worth 12.5 points for a total of 50 Melbourne points which equals 16 U.S. semester credit hours.

6.25 UME points = 2 U.S. semester credit hours
12.5 UME points = 4 U.S. semester credit hours
50 UME points = 16 U.S. semester credit hours

Lab & Field Trip Fees
Please review syllabi and course materials when registering for direct-enroll classes. Certain classes may have a one-off lab or field trip fee disclosed in the syllabus or during the first meeting of the class. These fees are not included in your IFSA program fee. You will be responsible for these fees, whether they are billed and paid by IFSA or billed to you.

The University of Melbourne has class restrictions in certain faculties and disciplines. Click here to view the list of restrictions. Also please note that Melbourne does not permit study abroad students to take Honours/4th year level classes or postgraduate classes.

Develop your practical scientific skills with a research project at the University of Melbourne. See all of the available research positions on the University of Melbourne website. Applications for this opportunity will require additional application materials that demonstrate your background in the research subject of your choice.



  • You must be at least 18 years of age. Students under 18 may be accepted on a case-by-case basis.
  • You must be currently attending or recently graduated from a U.S. or Canadian community college, technical college, two-year college, four-year college, or four-year university.
  • You must have completed at least one (1) full-time year of study at your home institution before the beginning of the term.

Recommendation Letter
One (1) letter of research recommendation is required if selecting the University of Melbourne’s research option.

Visa Requirement
This program requires a visa for all students.

Upon completion of your program, IFSA will send an official Butler University transcript to your home university with your coursework converted to the U.S. semester credit hour system. You will also have access to an unofficial transcript in your IFSA Student Portal. The transcript reflects classes taken, credits attempted, and grades earned during your term abroad. This service is included in your study abroad program at no additional cost. See our Transcripts page for more information.


Activities and excursions are designed to pull you into the communities you visit and encourage cultural connections of every kind. There’s no extra fee to participate in these optional outings—everything is included in your program fee.

Below are examples from previous terms; outings may be different for your program. We’ll make every effort to run them all, but sometimes things we can’t control, such as local regulations and health protocols, get in the way. As result, we cannot guarantee activities and excursions.


  • Melbourne City Discovery Tour: Discover the hidden laneways, jazz and wine bars, graffiti lanes and more that make Melbourne eclectic and exciting. Orient yourself with visits to architectural landmarks like Town Hall and Parliament House, and the idyllic botanical gardens.
  • Wheelers Centre and State Library Victoria Visit: The Wheelers Centre describes itself as “the cornerstone of Australia’s literary activity,” and hosts engaging speakers and story makers that promote deep thought. Plus, see the State Library Victoria’s dynamic learning space, complete with free study spaces, Wi-Fi, and events.
  • Queen Victoria Night Market: Don’t miss this fantastic opportunity to experience multicultural Melbourne and its noted food culture. Through cultural reflection, you’ll learn about the theory of everyday multiculturalism and how to recognize it.
  • First Peoples Exhibit at Melbourne Museum Visit: This fantastic interactive exhibit tells the stories of the First Peoples of Victoria, past and present.
  • NACE Competencies Workshop: Mastering the eight U.S. National Association of Colleges and Employers competencies is essential preparation for college graduates. This IFSA staff workshop helps you make meaningful links between your study abroad experience and career readiness.
  • Great Ocean Road Adventure: Travel to the beautiful coastal town of Anglesea—gateway to the 150-mile-long Australian National Heritage Site— for an unforgettable overnight trip. Stay at an eco-resort and enjoy nocturnal animal spotting, coastal hikes, and fossil hunting on this stunning coast.
  • Penguin Parade and Phillip Island Adventure: Phillip Island is home to the largest Little Penguin colony in the world. Every day at dusk, hundreds of penguins waddle from the ocean to their family burrows on Summerland Beach. On this overnight trip, you’ll watch the Penguin Parade, plus visit spectacular local wineries and wildlife parks.
  • AFL Match: Australian football, created by Australian cricket players to stay fit during winter, is Australia’s most popular sport. Before the excursion, you’ll get to know Australian Football League culture and rules—and learn the local team song, sung by the victorious team and its fans at the end of every game.
  • Melbourne Cricket Ground and Sports Museum Tour: This immersive visual journey takes you through the history of Australian sport and its role in Australian culture. Your personalized tour includes a visit to the famous long room, the players changing rooms, and the Ron Casey Media Center.

Housing and Meals


Apartment/Flat, Dormitory/Residence Hall, Single Room (May Incur Added Costs)


Most Included;Self-Catering


Housing ranges from university apartments to rooms in residential college halls that include opportunities to share meals, socialize, get academic support, and more.  

Keep in mind that some options have extra amenities—like a private bathroom or meal plan—that warrant higher costs. If you’re placed in more expensive housing, expect additional charges to cover these costs.   

Sample housing 

Take a look at Melbourne University Student Village—which includes a mix of Australian, international, and visiting students—to see what your MU home might be like: 

  • Location: On campus.  
  • Living space: Furnished apartments with four single bedrooms and two bathrooms, kitchen and lounge area. Each student has a private room with a large bed, desk, chair, and storage. Complete bedding set provided. Kitchen includes stove, refrigerator, microwave, and basic kitchenware.  
  • Meals: No meal plan. Students prepare meals or eat out, and tell us cooking together is a fun, social part of the day.  
  • Other details: Internet included. Staff on-site 24 hours. Café. Heated pool, gym, rec room, large kitchen, outdoor barbecue area, music rooms, study spaces, and laundry facilities. Resident advisors offer community activities and events.  
  • Nearby: University facilities, including classes and libraries. Lygon Street. Queen Victoria Market. Melbourne Museum. Carlton Gardens. Brunswick Street. Melbourne city center.  

Dates and Fees

Term begins
Term ends
Program costs
Application deadline
Spring 2024
February 12, 2024
June 22, 2024
Fall 2024
Mid-July 2024
Mid-Nov. 2024
April 1

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Emma Lynch

Emma Lynch

Student Engagement Manager