Situated at the head of Port Phillip Bay on the Yarra River, Melbourne is a bustling, cosmopolitan city. The city was named after Lord Melbourne, who was prime minister of England at the time of Melbourne's founding. Its geographic position at the mouth of the Yarra River lends itself to being Australia's busiest cargo port. In addition to being Victoria's financial capital, the city also offers a full range of cultural activities and sporting events, such as the Victorian Arts Center, the Moomba Festival, the Spoleto Arts Festival, horse racing's Melbourne Cup, and the Grand Final. Melbourne was recently named the second best city in the world to be a student, so this is the perfect place for you to study abroad!
Founded in 1853, the University of Melbourne offers a large selection of courses, with strengths in agriculture, forestry, architecture, arts, communications, business, education, law, health sciences, music, visual and performing arts, and environmental sciences. Review the University of Melbourne website for details on academics and campus life. Watch the "Create your own Melbourne" video and others on the University of Melbourne YouTube channel to catch a glimpse into academic and social life in Melbourne.
"Melbourne is one of Australia's leading cities for cultural activities. Melbourne is a very diverse, safe city with great culture such as museums, a fun nightlife, and delicious food...Due to the diverse population, you will be able to find a wide variety of food, from everywhere in the world." -Jenna Shedd, University of Melbourne, Spring 2008
You will receive credit for all academic courses taken at this institution, and all of your grades from abroad will count toward your Penn State cumulative GPA. You may not take any courses overseas on a Pass/Fail basis. Students may not fulfill GHA (General Health and Activity) general education requirements abroad.
Use the on-site course catalog to find more information about specific courses. You will take regular courses with local students at this institution. Course registration takes place during your on-site orientation period, so enrollment in particular courses cannot be guaranteed in advance of arrival. You may enroll in any courses for which space is available and for which you meet the host institution's requirements or prerequisites. You must take what the host institution considers to be a full-time load (no more than 50 University of Melbourne points equivalent to 12 - 16 Penn State credits). Academic or foreign student advisers on-site can assist you with enrollment; however, they cannot advise you on how your courses abroad will fulfill Penn State degree requirements.
Academic Terms in the United States and Australia
When viewing the on-site course catalog, please note that the Australian academic terms are different than what is used in the United States.
Academic Terms Used in the United States and Australia
United States Term
School or College
Subject, Unit or Paper
To see what kind of credit students in past semesters have received for courses taken on this program, visit the Melbourne Course Equivalency*. Keep in mind you will need to complete the course equivalency process once you have been accepted to your program and after you have completed your registration abroad. To obtain specific instructions on this process visit our Course Equivalencies page. To learn how the courses on this program can work into your individual degree audit, meet with your academic adviser.
*The University Office of Global Programs is committed to making its websites accessible to all users. As such we are currently developing a new course equivalency database which will launch in Academic Year 2014-2015. In the meantime if you require an accessible version of the course equivalency information provided for this program please contact email@example.com.
Successful applicants will satisfy the pre-requisites established by the program.
Housing and Meals
You may apply to residential colleges (the Australian version of dormitories) but placement is highly competitive and full-degree students receive priority over study abroad and exchange students. Accommodation in student apartments near campus is guaranteed to study abroad and exchange students in the event that they are denied acceptance to (or do not wish to apply to) residential colleges. If you live in a residential college, you may purchase meal plans or, in some cases, may cook for yourself; if you live in a student apartment, you will be responsible for your own meals.
Housing costs in Australia can vary significantly between the different residential colleges and off-campus options. Students are responsible for researching the different housing opportunities in order to choose their best option. Review the notes section of the Budget Sheet for more details on the varying costs.
For more information on program costs, please be sure to review the fall budget sheet and spring budget sheet. These budget sheets include information on costs that are billable to the bursar bill, as well as estimated additional costs. Costs vary by program, so it is important to review this information carefully.
Please note that tuition rates may vary depending on major and class standing.
Financial Aid & Scholarships
Penn State students studying through Education Abroad can use most components of their existing financial aid packages toward the cost of study abroad. This may include federal and state grants, VA educational benefits, federal student loans, and University scholarships and grants. Notable exceptions include work-study awards and some athletic scholarships.
The University Office of Global Programs also administers a number of grants and scholarships. Eligibility is based on academic excellence and/or financial need. There is also funding available for study abroad programs in diverse locations and for students from diverse backgrounds. In most cases, applicants should have a current year FAFSA on file with the Office of Student Aid. Funding opportunities may also be available through Penn State academic departments. For detailed information on financial aid and scholarship opportunities and application procedures, please visit theFunding Study Abroadsection of the Global Penn State website.
For More Information
For more information about programs and education abroad at Penn State, we encourage you to meet with or contact our Peer Advisers. These study abroad returnees can explain program options, give an overview of the education abroad process, as well as provide information about his/her program. If you are not at University Park, contact your Campus Global Representative.
To learn more about the specifics of each program, schedule an appointment with the education abroad adviser for this program.
For the inside scoop on life in a foreign country, be sure to check out the GeoBlogs of Penn State students currently studying abroad.
How to Apply
If you would like to participate on this study abroad program, you will need to apply to Penn State Education Abroad by clicking the "Apply Now" button on this page.
You must complete the following materials in your application:
Education Abroad Questionnaire
One academic recommendation
Visit the How to Apply section of our website for more information.
NOTE: The semester begins on July 28. Students will be required to attend a mandatory orientation prior to the beginning on July 21.
NOTE: Start date marks arrival in host country. End date marks departure from program housing.
NOTE: Start date marks arrival in host country. End date marks departure from program housing. If you're joining the Melbourne Welcome program, you must arrive before July 13. Dates are tentative. Confirm dates with the University of Melbourne.
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