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University of Melbourne
Melbourne, Australia (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms:
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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University of Melbourne

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

  • Melbourne application deadline: April 1, 2019
  • Princeton application deadline: April 26, 2019
Studying at the University of Melbourne provides students with a rich academic and social experience on a wonderful campus in the midst of a city with a great lifestyle. Princeton University has an agreement with the University of Melbourne that facilitates the application process and the payment of tuition and other fees for Princeton students. Princeton’s Office of International Programs maintains close working relations with the International Office at the University of Melbourne for advising students.

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. 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.



Subjects available for visiting students 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, and Zoology

For a full list of available courses, please visit the online course catalog


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:

Students take a program of 50 points each semester at Melbourne, equivalent to 4 Princeton course credits. Most courses are worth 12.5 points each, so students are normally enrolled in four courses each semester. Note that Melbourne does not permit study abroad students to take more than 50 points in one semester.

At the end of the semester abroad, students will be issued an official transcript from the University of Melbourne, which will be reviewed by the Office of International Programs for credit. Students must earn the equivalent of a C or above in courses taken abroad in order to receive Princeton University credit. Credit is not given for courses taken on a pass/fail basis. Courses may be taken to fulfill departmental requirements and up to two general education requirements, but they must be in different areas.

The official University of Melbourne transcript becomes a part of the returning student's permanent file. A copy of the transcript will be sent to the student’s academic department at Princeton. Courses but not grades from the University of Melbourne will appear on the Princeton transcript. Grades for junior independent work completed abroad are recorded on the Princeton transcript. Students who will be applying to postgraduate programs will be asked to submit an official transcript from the University of Melbourne since it is part of their undergraduate studies. Grades will appear on the University of Melbourne transcript.

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

The standard for grading at the University of Melbourne is as follows:
High Distinction... (A+)
Distinction... (A)
Credit... (B)
Pass... (C+)
Conceded, Conditional or Compensatory Pass...(D)
Failure... (F)

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 


A number of accommodation choices are available to Princeton students. Unless you want to organize your own housing in Melbourne, you will need to complete a housing application. You should submit your housing application with your application for admission. Student Support Services at Melbourne organizes placement into the residential colleges and into independently run hostels/apartments.

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, are popular among students who prefer greater independence and the ability to get their own meals.

Off-campus Housing: If you wish to organize your own accommodation off-campus, the University can arrange temporary accommodation and provide you with access to house shares, rental property, and home-stay listings upon arrival.

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.     
For estimated program costs, please click on the Budget Sheet at the top of this brochure.

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 are responsible for checking the entry requirements for their destination country, and obtaining an appropriate visa, if required. Entry requirements can be found on the destination country’s embassy or consulate website. 
Students must have a student visa issued before going to Australia. Information on Australian student visas can be found at

Application Process

  1. Students should submit the Melbourne application and the housing application online on the Melbourne website.

  2. Request than official electronic transcript be sent by the Registrar's Office to your study abroad advisor via email. 

  3. In addition to the Melbourne application, students must also complete the Princeton Study Abroad Course Approval Form. This form is reviewed by the Committee on Examinations and Standing, which grants final approval to participate in the program. Students who meet the university eligibility requirements to study abroad and who have the support of their department are normally approved by the Committee.

Application deadlines: Check the University of Melbourne website for their application deadlines.  Please note that program application deadlines may be different than the Princeton approval deadlines.

Students approved to study abroad must secure a student visa to study in Australia. Once students accept their offer of admission, they should apply for a student visa.


Start planning your study abroad experience!

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Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Academic Year 2019-2020 04/26/2019 05/10/2019 TBA TBA
Fall Semester 2019 04/26/2019 05/04/2019 TBA TBA
Spring Semester 2020 10/25/2019 11/01/2019 TBA TBA
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