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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, year ’round festivals, great food, excellent public transportation, and sports galore. Australia’s number one university is ideal for studying education, law, language, psychology, accounting, and finance, or following a premed track. You’ll also find something new, with unique electives like street art.  

With campus in the heart of the city, it’s easy to explore a wealth of cultural opportunities. Ready for adventure? Surfing, hiking, skiing, and snowboarding are all in reach. Plus, take advantage of trips that broaden your view of Australia, with highlights like the Great Ocean Road and Phillip Island. 

Details at a Glance

Application deadline

Fall: April 1
Spring: Nov. 1

Minimum GPA


Credit load



Apartment/Flat, Residence Hall/Dormitory, Single Room Option

Instruction language


Language prerequisites


Visa required?

Yes. Learn more.

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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
Not required. A research site may request a reference letter before placement is finalized.


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 a selection of activities and excursions from previous terms; options may vary for your program. Due to the seasonal nature of many of program activities, we cannot guarantee a specific activity or excursion will be available in a given term or program.


  • Melbourne City Discovery Tour & Indigenous River Walk: 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 Southbank precinct. Then connect with historic indigenous stories and modern indigenous city connection through a guided river walk and discovery center experience run by the Koorie Heritage Trust.
  • Queen Victoria Night Market: Don’t miss this fantastic opportunity to experience multicultural Melbourne and its noted food culture. Link in with the city with live music performances, cooking displays, food truck offerings, and even a silent disco walk! Through cultural reflection, learn about everyday multiculturalism through this immersive experience.
  • Melbourne Comedy Festival Evening: Connect with the art scene at the heart of Melbourne culture at one of the largest comedy festivals in the world. Have a laugh while experiencing the iconic comedy venues and unique experiences on offer as the city buzzes to life and Melbournians and international visitors mingle and laugh together.
  • Great Ocean Road & Phillip Island Overnight Excursion: Take a guided experience to visit sites including the 12 Apostles, Gibson’s Steps, Loch Ard Gorge, and the Great Otway National Park Rainforest. Enjoy a ferry ride across the bay to the Mornington Peninsula, visit an Australian animal wildlife park before discovering Phillip Island and watching the spectacular evening Fairy Penguin Parade.
  • Puffing Billy Railway Day Trip: Enjoy an excursion steam train journey through fern gullies, passing mountain ash trees. Leaving Belgrave, stop for a picnic lunch at the Emerald Lake precinct. This is a completely unique way to experience the famous Victorian mountain range.
  • 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.

Housing and Meals


Apartment/Flat, Residence Hall/Dormitory, Single Room Option


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 

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

  • Location: Easy walking distance from 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
Fall 2024
July 8, 2024
November 16, 2024
Spring 2025
Mid-Feb. 2025
Late June 2025
$25,975 (estimated)
Nov. 1, 2024
Fall 2025
Early July 2025
Mid-Nov. 2025
$25,975 (estimated)
April 1, 2025

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Emma Lynch

Emma Lynch

Student Engagement Manager