The University of Melbourne is the second oldest university in Australia and a premier institution which benchmarks itself against top international universities. It’s consistently ranked among the leading universities in the world, and is also Australia’s number 1 research university with over 100 research centers and institutes. Melbourne offers its student population of approximately 47,000 students (of which 12,000 are international) a truly campus-based experience. The campus, which combines contemporary architecture and sustainable design with historic sandstone buildings and multiple green spaces for students, is located in Parkville, a unique neighborhood surrounded by an exciting restaurant and retail district, including the historic Queen Victoria Market and Lygon Street (Little Italy). For bustling city life, the heart of downtown is only a 15-minute walk or a 5-minute tram ride.
For additional information, visit the University of Melbourne website and YouTube channel.
The City of Melbourne
Melbourne is well known for its trams, cafes, and restaurants and its variety of cultural events, making it the cultural capital of Australia. The city is also the country’s sports capital, serving as the home of Australian Rules Football as well as home to the Melbourne Cup (horse racing), Australian Open (tennis), and Formula 1 racing (grand prix).
Did you know…?
Melbourne’s number one restaurant – the Colonial Tramcar Restaurant – is a tram. The tram restaurant takes you around the city circle route, passing by most major spots, while you eat delicious meals prepared by 5-star chefs. Melbourne is the food capital of Australia, so you’ll never run out of delicious venues and meals to sample.
The program at the University of Melbourne is for Engineering and Wharton students, and for College credit only.
Minimum GPA Requirement: 3.0
Language of Instruction
A full course load at the University of Melbourne usually consists of four courses per semester. In rare circumstances students are permitted to take five courses but this depends on the student’s academic background and proposed coursework at Melbourne. Penn students must maintain a full course load while abroad and may only enroll in courses at the undergraduate level.
Penn students have the freedom to select any course which is offered during their exchange semester as long as they meet the prerequisite requirements and if there are vacancies available.
As on all Penn Abroad programs, grades are recorded on the Penn transcript and are calculated in the cumulative grade point average. The pass/fail option can be exercised according to the Penn on-campus policy of your home school. For more information on Penn Abroad’s academic policies, click here.
Grades are reported to Penn on the University of Melbourne scale and then converted to Penn grades according to the following grade equivalencies:
University of Melbourne Grade
All Penn students are required to attend the orientation activities organized by University of Melbourne prior to the start of each semester. More information on the University of Melbourne’s orientation activities can be found here. In addition to orientation activities, Penn students are required to attend the pre-orientation Melbourne Welcome program.
The Melbourne Welcome program is a 4-day social orientation that runs prior to the start of class each semester. The program introduces study abroad and exchange students to Melbourne’s sights, sounds, history, entertainment, and Australian culture with current University of Melbourne students as guides.
The University of Melbourne provides a number of internship opportunities for students which are open to visiting exchange students. Further details can be found on the Internship, Work Experience and Mentoring website. For Wharton students, it may be possible to enroll in the Management Consulting course which provides an opportunity to apply university learning in a real business environment and engage in a business challenge of genuine strategic importance to a client organization. The University of Melbourne also has a Parliamentary Internship Program that provides limited access to eligible visiting exchange students.
The University of Melbourne provides a range of opportunities for visiting students to participate in excursions and field trips. The Melbourne University Student Exchange Society (MUSEX) is a student-led organization on campus that arranges specific activities throughout the semester including a surf camp and other weekend excursions. Students can sign up to be a member during the welcome and orientation week at Melbourne.
Participants must be willing to live under local conditions for students.
Penn students are strongly encouraged to apply for a spot in one of the eleven University-affiliated Residential Colleges. These are not owned by the university but associated with it. Residential Colleges welcome students into a unique community and foster participation in college life. Since each College has its own unique culture and identity, students are encouraged to research the options before submitting an application. The Colleges provide both academic and spiritual support for resident students, as well as opportunities for extracurricular activities and for developing friendships with other students from all faculties. Educational programs of small-group tutorials are supported by facilities such as libraries, computer rooms, and music practice rooms. All Colleges provide three meals a day, seven days a week as well as a regular cleaning service. The charges for Colleges include utilities and the use of many facilities, as well as academic and personal support, opportunities for extracurricular involvement, and the chance to belong to a friendly community. Students interested in meeting Australians should give this option serious consideration as the colleges consist of a large Australian student population. Due to the limited number of spots available in the Colleges, admission is not guaranteed. Read more information regarding Residential Colleges.
Students also have the option to apply for off-campus apartment-style accommodation in a variety of choices located close to campus. Recommended options include RMIT Village, Student Village and Urbanest Carlton which are all located right next to campus. All of these off-campus options are self-catered.
Cost and Finance
Penn Abroad Financial Policies
Students are charged Penn tuition and academic fees for all Penn Abroad programs. Additional expenses will typically include items such as housing, visas, and airfare. Please see the program budget sheets below for more information. For more on Penn Abroad’s financial policies, click here.
Financial Aid and Study Abroad
In most cases, financial aid applies to Penn-approved programs. Student Financial Services reviews program budget sheets each semester to determine how to appropriately adjust your aid package. For more information on how Financial Aid will work during your semester abroad, click here.