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Melbourne: University of Melbourne
Melbourne, Australia (Exchange Program) (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Academic Year,
Homepage: Click to visit
Restrictions: PSU applicants only
Budget Sheets Fall,
Fact Sheet:
Apartment, Dormitory
Minimum GPA:
Class Standing:
3 - Junior
Courses Offered:
Agriculture, Architecture, Art, Biology, Business/Management/Finance, Communications, Computer Science, Criminal Justice, Cultural Studies, Drama/Theater/Performing Arts, Economics, Education, Engineering, Environmental Studies, Forestry, Health Sciences, History, Language, Law, Literature, Mathematics, Music, Philosophy, Political Science, Sciences, Social Sciences/Sociology
Type of Program:
Direct Enrollment, Exchange
Language of Instruction:
Language Requirement:
0 - none
Education Abroad Adviser:
Whitney Longnecker
Internship Available:
Non-Penn State Students:
Global Programs Scholarships:
Diversity Grant-in-Aid, Grant-in-Aid
Program Description:

Melbourne Skyscrapers at NightThis institution 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. View the University of Melbourne brochure for more information about the academic and student life. 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 PSU 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.  Watch the "Create your own Melbourne" video to catch a glimpse into academic and social life at the University of Melbourne.


Courses or Areas of Study

"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, EA: 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 of a Pass/Fail basis. Students are required to take a minimum of the equivalent of 12 PSU credits per semester; students can enroll for a maximum of the equivalent of 16 PSU credits, or 50 Melbourne Points.


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. Students may not fulfill GHA (General Health and Activity) general education requirements abroad.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

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.  See the notes section of the budget sheet for more details on the varying costs.


Melbourne building


Program Costs
For more information on program costs, please be sure to review the Budget Sheets listed above. 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 above may vary depending on major and class standing.

Financial Aid & Scholarships
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 see Funding Study Abroad.

For More Information

For more information about this program and education abroad at Penn State, we encourage you to meet with 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.  Students at University Park can also contact their International Coordinator within their college.  If you're not at University Park, students can contact their Campus Global Representative.

To learn more about the specifics of this 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 at the top of this page.

Visit the How to Apply section of our website for more information.

Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2014 09/15/2013
Rolling Admission 02/21/2014 06/27/2014
Academic Year 2014-2015 01/20/2014
03/15/2014 TBA TBA
Fall 2014 01/20/2014
03/15/2014 07/21/2014 11/21/2014
NOTE: The semester begins on July 28. Students will be required to attend a mandatory orientation prior to the beginning on July 21.
Spring 2015 09/15/2014
Rolling Admission 01/01/2015 01/02/2015
NOTE: NOTE: Please note: The dates listed above are not the actual dates of the program. At a later date your program dates will be provided to you. Should you have any questions, please follow up with your Education Abroad advisor.

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.

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