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IFSA-Butler University of Melbourne
Melbourne, Australia (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms:
Program Terms: Academic Year,
Fall Semester,
Spring Semester
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Program Type: Study Abroad (semester) Language of Instruction: English
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Housing options: Apartment (Shared), Dormitory, Student responsibility Program Adviser: Jordan Zilla
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IFSA-Butler University of Melbourne

This program is not running in spring 2021. Please contact Jordan Zilla for more information. 

Through IFSA-Butler, students not only have the opportunity to take a wide range of courses at the University of Melbourne in Melbourne, Australia, but IFSA Butler also provides on-site support and the opportunity to participate in excursions throughout the semester. Students can experience a large, multi-cultural city environment, not far from some of Australia's beautiful beaches.

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 rain forests.



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.

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. IFSA Butler provides extra support to students and assists them through the course selection and registration process. 


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

Please visit the IFSA Butler website for up-to-date calendars.


Students may select a self catered, off-campus apartment/flat at Student Village Melbourne sharing a four bedroom, two bathroom flat with another IFSA or international students. Each apartment is fully furnished and has a kitchen. Students may also elect to apply to the residence hall/dormitory, which has three meals per day included; however, there is an additional semester fee of $5,000+ for the meal plan and additional housing services. Please note that spaces in residential colleges are extremely competitive and placements are made by the college rather than IFSA. Students who are not placed in a residential college will automatically be placed in the Student Village.

Student Life

The University of Melbourne has an energetic and active student union that sponsors concerts, speakers, and cultural events. Union House is the hub of campus social life and home to many of the 160 clubs and societies. In addition to access to regular university clubs and activities, IFSA also provides its students the opportunity to participate in program excursions, volunteering, and community-based learning. 

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 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

Students interested in applying to the this program should complete the following steps:
  1. Click "apply now" here on the GPS brochure to begin an application. Complete all of the study abroad application items listed in GPS by the GPS deadline and submit to the Office of International Programs. 
  2. Complete the program-specific application and submit all required materials and documents according to their deadline. 


Start planning your study abroad experience!

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