University of Melbourne
Melbourne, Australia (Outgoing Program)
Melbourne was settled in 1835 as a trading post with 50 settlers. Today, the city is the capital of the state of Victoria, and vies with Sydney for cultural, political, economic, and sporting pre-eminence. Melbourne is a city of parks and fine Victorian buildings; visitor highlights include the National Gallery of Victoria, the Chinese Museum, and Scienceworks. The open-air Queen Victoria Market is a wonderful place to browse and, when you get hungry, the restaurant options reflect all the different peoples who have made Australia their home: Italian, Greek, Chinese, Polish, Lebanese, Vietnamese, and Indonesian. And moving a little further afield, Melbourne is also a great base from which to explore the Great Ocean Road, or catch an overnight ferry to Tasmania.
In order to have an idea of what classes are available, you should visit the University of Melbourne website.
When looking for courses, be sure you are only looking at the offerings for undergraduate students. Also, please be sure you choose courses that are offered during your semester of study. If you are studying abroad during the semester running from July - November/December (Rutgers fall semester), then you should choose courses that are available during Semester 2 at Melbourne. If you are studying abroad during the semester running from February/March – July (Rutgers fall semester), be sure to choose courses available during Semester I.
Students in the past have recommended taking courses at the 100 or 200 levels. Unlike the U.S. university system, universities in Australia offer upper-level courses at the 100 to 200 level. Courses at the 300 level tend to be rather advanced, much closer to a US graduate course. However, you may request 300-level courses if you have the relevant background.
You should plan to take four classes per term, each worth 12.5 credits at Melbourne. One 12.5 credit course at the University of Melbourne is worth 4 Rutgers University credits. Thus, four 12.5 credit Melbourne classes will give you 16 Rutgers credits per term. It is not possible to take classes as not-for-credit or pass/fail.
For information about Study Abroad credit transfer, registration, and transcripts please visit the Academics section of our website.
Fall Semester: Late July – Late November
Spring Semester: Late-February – Late June
To view the current academic calendar, please visit the University of Melbourne web page.
*All dates are subject to change. Do not book your flight until you have been accepted by the university and the academic dates have been confirmed.
Accommodations and Meals
The two types of accommodations available at the University of Melbourne are Residential Colleges and Student Apartments. You may choose to apply for either type of accommodation.
Residential Colleges are student residence buildings located on or near campus. Residential Colleges are privately owned and operated buildings that function more like fraternities/sororities or special interest housing in which admission is selective and group activities, such as formal dinners, community service, and general caretaking duties are performed regularly. Each person is expected to actively participate. Some of the Colleges have held on to their traditional religious affiliations. You need not follow any religious practices if you do not wish, but you should be aware of this tradition.
There are 12 different Residential Colleges at the University of Melbourne. Most of the Colleges are comprised of single rooms with shared bathrooms (note: sometimes the bathrooms are unisex) and kitchen facilities. Each Residential College has a cafeteria in the building where you will take your meals (you are usually allowed up to 21 per week, but this depends on the specific Residential College). Applications for the Residential Colleges can be competitive, and usually only 1 in 4 applicants is admitted.
* During university breaks, it is possible to stay in your Residential College, as long as you inform the manager ahead of time. If you are granted permission to stay in your housing during breaks, or before or after official housing opening and closing dates, you may be responsible to pay a specific amount per additional day.
Student apartments are multiple-story apartment buildings occupied entirely by students. Most residents in the student apartments are upper-level students from the U.S., Japan, Singapore, Canada, Europe, Scandinavia, and many other countries. If you are housed in student apartments, you will prepare your own meals, as no meal plan is available. You are responsible for the cost of your food on the program. Your apartment will have its own kitchen, so you can prepare meals whenever you like. Your apartment will also have a refrigerator, stove-top, microwave, and food storage areas.
For more information on housing options, please visit the University of Melbourne web page.
Program Cost: 2017-2018
For more information about the additional Non-Billable Expenses please click on the Budget Sheet links near the top of this page.
For more information about Finances, including information about Financial Aid please visit the Finances Section of our website.
As part of your preparation to apply for this study abroad program, please familiarize yourself with the Rutgers Study Abroad withdrawal policy.
Students are also encouraged to start researching Scholarship opportunities as early as possible. You may find the following scholarships applicable to this program.
Center for Global Education Scholarships- Available to all Rutgers students participating in a Center for Global Education program during the fall/spring/academic year/summer. Applications will be released to students after their acceptance and are reviewed on a first-completed basis. For more information please visit the Scholarship section of our website.
Benjamin A. Gilman Study Abroad Scholarships- Available to study abroad students who receive a Pell Grant. For more information about the scholarship and additional eligibility requirements please visit the Gilman website.
Please also visit the Scholarships section of our website for additional information about Rutgers and National Scholarships.