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University of Melbourne
Melbourne, Australia (Outgoing Program)
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Program Terms: Academic Year,
Fall Semester,
Spring Semester
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Dept Offering Program: Study Abroad OIP Program Type: Study Abroad (semester)
Language of Instruction: English Language Prerequisite: NO
Program Features: Academic Study Degree Level: 3 - Sophomore, 4 - Junior, 5 - Senior
Time Away: Academic Year, Fall Semester, Spring Semester Housing options: Apartment (Shared), Dormitory
Program Group: Study Abroad OIP Program Adviser: Jordan Zilla
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The University of Melbourne

Please be reminded that you need to meet different deadlines when applying to this program:

  • Princeton application deadline: October 16, 2020
  • Melbourne application deadline: December 1, 2020
The University of Melbourne, the cultural-hub of Australia, offers students the opportunity to take courses across a wide range of disciplines, such as anthropology, engineering, political science, and more. Students can participate in clubs, organizations, and experience the bustling city all during their semester abroad.

The University

The University of Melbourne, the second oldest university in Australia, opened its doors in 1855. The university is noted for its academic excellence in a wide range of subjects and has a student population of 34,720. The campus is located on the edge of the business district, in an area that offers a variety of shops, restaurants, clubs, and cafes.

The Setting

Melbourne, the second-largest city in Australia, is a lively, cosmopolitan city of over three million people and is known as the multi-cultural hub of Australia. The city’s theaters, concert halls, and sporting venues provide world-class entertainment, and it is easy to get around the city using public transportation. The state of Victoria, of which Melbourne is the capital, is noted for its beauty and the variety of climates and regions. The state’s 32 national parks include beaches, mountains, deserts, and rainforests.

Academics 

Courses:

Students will enroll in a full course-load while at Melbourne, which typically equates to four courses at 12.5 Melbourne points each (coming to a total of 50 points per semester). Note that Melbourne does not permit study abroad students to take more than 50 points in one semester. 50 points is the equivalent of four Princeton credits. 

Students can take courses across a wide range of disciplines. Courses, called "subjects" at Melbourne, can include the following areas: Anatomy, Asian Studies, Australian Environment, Biochemistry, Botany, Chemistry, Classical & Near Eastern Studies, Contemporary Australian Culture, Earth Sciences, Engineering, English, Fine Arts, Genetics, Geography, Hebrew & Near Eastern Studies, History, History & Philosophy of Science, Language, Linguistics, Mathematics, Microbiology, Philosophy, Physics, Physiology, Political Science, Psychology, Statistics, Zoology, and more! For a full list of available courses, please visit the online course catalog

In general, the academic environment at Melbourne is much more independent and student-driven. Lecture classes are typically larger, with less contact with the professor, and the tutorials are smaller and typically involve more participation. Overall, there are far less methods of assessment throughout the semester, and grades weigh heavily on the final exam. Some classes have what is called a "hurdle requirement," which are a set of conditions that need to be met in order for a student to be eligible to pass the course. For example, students may be required to attend a certain percentage of classes or complete all assignments in order to pass. 

Eligibility:

Applicants must have a B average in the fall and spring preceding the semester abroad (Princeton requirement) and a cumulative B average (University of Melbourne requirement).

Grading & Credits:

For information regarding credits, grading, and other academic policies, read the Academic Policies on the Study Abroad website.     

Academic Calendar

Fall semester typically runs from late July to early November
Spring semester typically runs from late February to early June

You can view exact program dates on the university’s academic calendar 

Housing

A number of accommodation choices are available to Princeton students. Princeton students are required to obtain university-sponsored or university-affiliated housing. Visit the University of Melbourne housing website for more details on how to apply. 

Residential Colleges: The University of Melbourne has 12 residential colleges adjacent to the campus, many of which welcome study abroad students. Admission to the residential colleges is by separate application. The colleges offer single rooms, full meal plans, active sports programs, as well as study rooms and tutors. Living in the residential colleges ensures integration into student life. Many Princeton students have enjoyed this option and made life-long friends among students in their college.  Please note that spaces in the residential colleges are limited; we recommend applying as early as possible.  

Self-contained Apartments: Complexes, such as College Square Apartments and Student Village, are popular among students who prefer greater independence and the ability to prepare their own meals.

Money Matters

Students who receive financial aid at Princeton continue to receive Princeton financial aid for the approved costs of study abroad programs during the academic year. For detailed information about financial aid, program fees, and billing for study abroad, please visit the Money Matters section of the Study Abroad website.     

Passport and Visa

Students must have a passport valid for at least six months after the end of their study abroad program.  For information on obtaining or renewing a US passport, please consult the US State Department Passport Website.    
 
Students must have a student visa issued before going to Australia. Information on how to obtain an Australian student visa can be found on the Department of Home Affairs website

Application Process

  1. Students need to be nominated to the university by their study abroad advisor, so students should meet with their advisor in order to start that process.
  2. Open an application in GPS, which can be accessed by clicking "apply now" at the top of this page. ​​
  3. Submit a program application to the University of Melbourne by according to the Melbourne deadline.

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Spring Semester 2021 10/16/2020 10/20/2020 03/01/2021 06/25/2021
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