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Fact Sheet:
Education Abroad Adviser:
Erica Nikolaisen
Minimum GPA:
Class Standing:
2 - Sophomore
Language of Instruction:
Language Requirement:
0 semesters
Internship Available:
Fields of Study:
Accounting, Agricultural Sciences, Animal Science, Anthropology, Arabic, Architecture, Asian Studies, Biochemistry, Biology, Business, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Chinese, Civil Engineering, Classics, Communications, Computer Science, Criminology, Data Sciences, Earth and Mineral Sciences, Economics, Ecosystems, Education, Electrical Engineering, Engineering, English, Environmental Engineering, Environmental Studies, Film Studies, Finance, Food Science, French, Geography, Geosciences, German, Global Studies, Graphic Design, History, Information Systems, International Business, Italian, Japanese, Jewish Studies, Journalism, Kinesiology, Landscape Architecture, Linguistics, Literature, Management, Marketing, Materials Science, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Mechanics, Media Studies, Meteorology, Molecular Biology, Music, Nutritional Sciences, Philosophy, Physics, Plant Science, Political Science, Premedicine, Psychology, Religious Studies, Russian, Science, Sociology, Spanish, Statistics, Sustainability, Theatre, Visual Arts, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Program Description:
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Program Overview     

Melbourne, Australia, buildings - old and newSituated 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

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Education Abroad Credits

Melbourne, AustraliaYou 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 take sport or physical activity courses (e.g. sailing, bowling, yoga, etc.) abroad. These courses will not be credited at Penn State.

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.

Internships are available in a limited number of fields for academic credit.

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
Australian Term
United States Term
School or College
Subject, Unit or Paper
Course outline
Semester 1
Spring semester
Semester 2
Fall semester

To see what kind of credit students in past semesters have received for courses taken on this program, visit the Melbourne Course Equivalency List. 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. 


Successful applicants will satisfy the pre-requisites established by the program.

Housing and Meals

Australian Flags at SeaYou 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.

Learn more about the cost of living in Melbourne.

Program 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 the Funding Study Abroad section 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 Student Spotlights of Penn State students currently studying abroad.

How to Apply

Australian beachesIf 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
  •  Signature Documents

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

Studying Abroad with a Disability

Many students with disabilities successfully study abroad each year. Please note that other cultures may have different attitudes and available accommodations regarding disabilities. While we cannot guarantee the accessibility of all program sites and locations, specific accommodations may be arranged in consultation with our office, the Student Disability Resources office, and our partners abroad. To prepare for success, students are strongly encouraged to research the country and program location to consider if and how they will manage their disabilities abroad in advance of selecting a program. Students with disabilities and other diverse backgrounds can begin their research on our Diversity Awareness Abroad page.

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Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2018 09/15/2017
Rolling Admission 02/12/2018 06/22/2018
Academic Year 2018-2019 03/01/2018
03/14/2018 TBA TBA
Fall 2018 03/01/2018
03/14/2018 07/08/2018 11/17/2018
NOTE: Start date marks arrival in host country. End date marks departure from program housing.
Spring 2019 05/01/2018
06/08/2018 TBA TBA
Fall 2019 03/01/2019 03/13/2019 TBA TBA
Academic Year 2019-2020 03/01/2019 03/13/2019 TBA TBA

** 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.

Indicates that deadline has passed