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  • Locations: Melbourne, Australia
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Calendar Year, Fall, Winter
  • Restrictions: UM applicants only
  • Dates / Deadlines
Program Description:
University of Michigan Center for Global and Intercultural Study

University Study in Australia -
University of Melbourne


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University of Melbourne (like the other Australian options offered by CGIS) is a member of the prestigious Australian "Group of Eight", which is a coalition of leading Australian universities that are intensive in research and comprehensive in general and professional education. It is a large university with over 40,000 students and it is located in Melbourne, the capital of Victoria. Melbourne has a population of approximately 4 million people and is located on the southern coast of the continent.

In Australia, the academic year runs from about mid-February until November, with a 3-month break from the end of November to mid-February. Students interested in attending an Australian university for a full year may want to consider attending starting in Michigan's winter term and continuing through fall term instead of U-M's regular academic year, from fall to winter.

The University of Michigan has a bi-lateral exchange agreement with the University of Melbourne. This agreement allows the CGIS office to offer both exchange and visiting (study abroad) student opportunities to U-M students. Visiting students will not pay tuition to the University of Michigan; instead they will pay tuition to University of Melbourne. Exchange students, in contrast, pay their normal University of Michigan tuition, and they will not pay Melbourne tuition fees. Both Visiting and Exchange students will pay on-site for housing, food and other academic expenses as listed on the budget sheet (see link below). Both Visiting and Exchange students are considered in-residence by the University of Michigan during the duration of their program. For more information, please contact the appropriate CGIS Intercultural Programs Advisor.

All Michigan students (visiting or exchange) are fully integrated into the academic and social life of the University of Melbourne and follow the same courses as degree-seeking students enrolled at the University of Melbourne.

Please note: this program will begin accepting applications approximately three months in advance of the deadline.


  • Sophomore standing or higher by program start date, having completed at least two full semesters at the University level
  • Good academic standing
  • Minimum GPA 3.0
  • Open to University of Michigan-Ann Arbor students only


Students earn 16-18 credits per term while choosing from a full range of course offerings from the university. University of Michigan students will be taking classes with Australian and International degree-seeking students. A wide range of subjects are offered in the Arts, Australian and Indigenous Studies, Architecture and Design, Business and Economics, Engineering, Environmental Studies, Humanities and Social Sciences, Science, and Media and Communications. Academic Internships (receiving university credit) and volunteer opportunities are also available to students attending the University of Melbourne. See here for the University of Melbourne Subject and Course Listing.

Instruction is in English.

LSA Students: All grades earned abroad will factor into the cumulative GPA.

Non-LSA Students should check with their home school or college to determine whether the grades will be calculated into their cumulative GPA and what type of credit they will receive for the program (in-residence credit or transfer credit).


Winter 2020 Exchange Budget Sheet 

Winter 2020 Visiting Budget Sheet 

Fall 2019 Budget Sheet 

Students paying for their university experience via a Michigan Educational Trust (MET) plan may use this plan towards a CGIS study abroad program.

Program costs vary greatly among all CGIS programs and the CGIS staff recommends that you carefully review the most recent budget sheet for any program you may be interested in to see what fees/costs are involved. Please note that the itemized budget sheets are per term estimates accurate at the time of publication and are subject to change. Please check back regularly to see the most recent term costs available. If you have any questions about the costs involved for a program or how to read the budget sheet or interpret the notes, please contact the appropriate CGIS Intercultural Programs Advisor for more details and information.

The Center for Global and Intercultural Study encourages all students to share this information with people in your life who help you make decisions (such as parents, guardians, family members, etc.).

Scholarships and Funding

LSA Study Abroad Scholarship: Students should apply for the LSA Study Abroad Scholarship at the same time they apply for the program. Scholarships are granted based on financial need and may only be applied to one program per spring/summer period.

MCompass Funding Opportunities 

Sources for Funding Global Study

Passport and Visa

Prior to departure, it is each student's responsibility to research and obtain entry/exit requirements. The consulate or embassy of your country of destination determines the visa requirements and application process for each type of visa. You can locate consular information and read about entry/exit requirements on the U.S. Department of State website.

When determining your exit/entry requirements, be sure to check each country in your travel itinerary, even if you will only be visiting for a short period. Requirements, visa types, and application fees can vary greatly based on your citizenship and individual travel plans. Please note that most consulates will require a passport to be submitted as part of the visa application. The amount of time required can also vary greatly. We recommend beginning your research early and being aware that independent travel plans may be affected by the process.

For more information on travel documents and pre-departure preparation, visit Students Abroad, a website created by the Department of State just for students, or contact your CGIS Intercultural Programs Advisor.

Application Procedures

Detailed application instructions for your program will be provided when you begin an application.

Application Requirements include:

  • Attendance at a session of First Step
  • 1 Academic Recommendation Form (short questionnaire is sent via the online application to recommender's e-mail; recommender submits online)
  • U-M Transcript
  • Passport Photocopy
  • Application Questionnaire (short essay questions)
  • Records Release
  • Disciplinary Disclosure
  • Official Non-U-M Transcripts (if you have attended courses at another institution)
  • Partner Institution Application (online form) 
  • Partner Scholarship Application Materials (Optional)
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Course Study Plan
  • Housing application forms to the University of Melbourne
Throughout the remainder of the semester and when you return, you will be required to submit additional documents and attend CGIS program events.


The University offers many different options for housing. Students may apply to live on campus in Residential Colleges or specialized long-term Study Abroad-Exchange student packages. Please see their website for more information: University of Melbourne Long Term Housing.

Student E-Advisor

Would you like to hear about this experience from a returnee who participated in this program previously? Consult an e-advisor! E-advisors are part of the CGIS Ambassador cohort, you can reach out to them via e-mail any time and ask questions to a peer who actually knows what it will be like on-site. For this program you can reach out to: 

Zebedee Miller -

Need to Know

Fall 2019 CGIS Handbook 

Host university: University of Melbourne
University of Melbourne Study Abroad and Exchange Guide
University of Melbourne Subject and Course Listing
Australian Government Website

CGIS provides resources and information on its website to help students understand policies, procedures, and how to navigate the experience from start to finish. Refer to the Students for information related to the topics listed below, and more:

  • Preparing to Travel (passports, visas, air travel, culture shock, financial planning)
  • Financial Aid and Scholarships (program affordability, university financial aid packages, scholarships)
  • Health and Safety (travel health insurance, vaccinations/medications, self-disclosure of health information, mental health, social identities, emergencies abroad)
  • Policies (grades and credit, registration, billing, withdrawals)
  • Diversity and Access Abroad (helpful resources, LGBTQ identities abroad, racial and ethnic identities abroad, disabilities and accommodations)
  • Information for families of students participating in CGIS programs

Contact Information

Center for Global and Intercultural Study
Suite 200
Weiser Hall
500 Church St
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1003

Note: The decision date listed is not necessarily reflective of when you will hear back about admission. After acceptance, students will have one week to commit to a program. Upon commitment, your participation will be considered financially and legally binding. Deadlines will not be extended for students waiting on decisions for multiple applications.

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Academic Year 2020-2021 02/01/2020 03/15/2020 TBA TBA
Fall 2020 02/01/2020 03/15/2020 TBA TBA