Established in 1853, the University of Melbourne is a public-spirited institution that makes distinctive contributions to society in research, learning and teaching and engagement. It’s consistently ranked among the leading universities in the world, with international rankings of world universities placing it as number 1 in Australia and number 33 in the world (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2014-2015). The University also has high profile employers actively seek out our graduates, the University is currently ranked number 18 in the world for graduate employability (QS World University Rankings 2015-2016)). What can you study?
We are the leading research university in Australia, with more than 100 research centres and institutes. As a student, you will be taught by experts at the forefront of their field and learn from the finest minds engaged in breakthrough research.
Aligned with leading universities in Europe, North America and Asia, our curriculum will prepare you for excellence in whatever career you choose. Our undergraduate degrees offer more than 100 majors, allowing you many options on which area of interest to focus on throughout your degree.
Our 10 academic divisions also offer more than 300 undergraduate and graduate programs. This allows you to achieve a greater degree of specialisation and gain significant career opportunities after graduation.
You can pursue study in many different areas (some at graduate level), like:
- Commerce and Economics
- Environmental Science
- Information Technology
- International Studies
- Management and Marketing
- Media and Communications and Journalism
- Music and Fine Arts
- Veterinary Medicine
The Parkville campus
The University is located in the heart of Melbourne; a city ranked as the world’s most liveable city for a fourth consecutive year and the 2nd most student-friendly city.
The University of Melbourne's heart is based in Parkville, where our main campus has been situated for 160 years. The Parkville campus has:
- 12 libraries
- 3.6 million books and other items
- 190+ student clubs
- 40+ sporting clubs
- 25+ cafes
Parkville campus is only a short walk from Melbourne's city centre,
A CITY WITHIN A CITY
Parkville campus is like a small city – it even has its own postcode! With everything from a supermarket to specialty shops, two gyms and a theatre on campus, you’ll never need to leave.
With 12 libraries and dozens of purpose-built study spaces on campus, you can always find a comfy place to plug in your laptop or join a group swot session.
FOOD AND FRIENDS Get to know your new mates over an authentic curry, a gourmet salad or a heavenly street crepe!
A WORLD-CLASS ARTS HUB OTHER CAMPUSES We have six other campuses in Victoria providing specialist equipment and resources for students studying forest ecosystem science, agriculture, horticulture, rural health and veterinary science. They are situated in Southbank, Burnley, Creswick, Dookie, Shepparton and Werribee.
SAFE AND FRIENDLY Melbourne is one of the safest cities in the world to live, work and study. The locals are friendly, and the city’s multicultural vibe means you’ll instantly feel at home here. Whether you’re heading out for a bite to eat, exploring the parks and leafy boulevards or just catching the tram to uni, you’ll always feel secure and welcome.
A SHOPPER’S PARADISE With locally designed originals and the best of international brands to choose from, Melbourne shoppers are spoilt for choice.
Life at Melbourne is more than just lectures and study sessions. We give you plenty of excuses to take a well-earned break from your books, and our packed calendar of events and activities means a new friend is never far away.
Joining a club on campus is a whole lot of fun, and the best way to make new friends. With close to 200 clubs to choose from, there’s bound to be one for you – whether you’re into film-making, animal welfare, politics, debating or eating chocolate!
Employers love to see leadership experience on your résumé – and we love to help you get it! At Melbourne you can:
- Take part in leadership conferences
- Participate in peer mentoring programs
- Lead a community engagement project partnered with an eligible organisation
- Run a club or society.
Volunteering allows you to take your skills into the community and contribute to a cause you are passionate about – and make a difference! You can volunteer in Melbourne or overseas, and in many degrees your experience will count towards your degree (in place of a regular classroom-based subject). We even offer awards and grants to help you finance your volunteer work.
OVERSEAS STUDY PROGRAMS Some courses offer specialised study programs overseas. These give you the chance to apply your skills in an international setting, and experience other cultures while you learn. University grants and scholarships are available to help fund travel costs. Mio Matsuda spent three weeks in Europe as part of the International Accounting Study Program, and she says it was a life-changing experience. “We visited internationally recognised companies such as BMW and Nestlé, and had opportunities to ask questions of the people working there,” she says. “I also enjoyed spending time in some beautiful European cities with the friends I made on the tour, with whom I still keep in touch. The trip was truly unforgettable and I strongly recommend anyone to join the program!”
At Melbourne, you’ll learn from renowned researchers and industry leaders recognised globally for their outstanding achievements.
LEARN FROM THE BEST
Melbourne is consistently ranked among the top research universities in the world. But what does that mean for our students? It means that, from day one of your degree, you will be taught by experts at the forefront of their fields. Your lecturers and tutors are engaged in research into everything from breast cancer risk genes to Australian racial politics and nutritional engineering. They are passionate, brilliant, and dedicated to sharing their insights and discoveries with you.
SEE THE WORLD WHILE YOU STUDY
As a student at Melbourne, you can receive credit and fulfil academic or practical work requirements for your degree through approved programs all over the world. Study at some of the world’s most prestigious institutions, get an academic edge and, best of all, have an amazing experience.
You could study at one of the University of Melbourne’s undergraduate exchange partner institutions listed here. mobility.unimelb.edu. au/outbound/exchange/ partners
YOU’LL BE IN DEMAND
Melbourne graduates are highly sought after. Many of our students secure their desired position soon after completing their course – or even while they are still studying! Employers know our graduates are highly skilled and job-ready. UM is ranked 13th in the world for the employability of its graduates
PREPARED FOR YOUR FUTURE
Whatever pathway you choose, we will be there to support you and challenge you to achieve your very best. Careers and Employment provides the following services for every student, free of charge:
- One-on-one consultations with a career counsellor who specialises in your field
- Degree-based career workshops on everything from finding internships to crafting cover letters and acing interviews
- Networking events, career fairs and industry nights, where you can meet employers looking to hire Melbourne graduates
- Career exploration seminars, where guest speakers from industry answer all your questions about your future profession.
MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL UNDERGRADUATE SCHOLARSHIPS
Available to international students on the basis of academic merit. All eligible students are considered (no application is required).
Many faculties have scholarships and benefits for students applying for specific courses. Make sure you take a look at our online Course Search database to find any faculty or course-specific scholarships in the areas of study you’re interested in:coursesearch.unimelb.edu.au
Once you’re enrolled, there are lots of additional financial awards available across all our faculties, many of which are based on academic merit and financial need.
RESIDENTIAL COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIPS
The University’s residential colleges also offer financial assistance to students to assist with accommodation costs. Residential scholarships vary considerably in their terms and conditions and may include financial support in the form of scholarships, bursaries or employment opportunities. Scholarships are usually awarded on the basis of academic merit and/or financial need. colleges.unimelb.edu.au/start-here/financialsupport.html
Studying overseas is a life-changing experience that we want as many of our students as possible to experience. We offer a range of travelling scholarships, grants and awards to help fund your overseas study. For more information, see page 16, or go to:futurestudents.unimelb.edu.au/travelling_scholarships
EXPECT TO CONNECT
At Melbourne, we want to know who our students are. So as part of your transition to University, you will meet one-on-one with a specialist Student Connect adviser to talk about what uni’s all about, why you’re here, and where you want to go. Together with your adviser, you’ll develop an action plan to ensure you are on track to achieving your goals – and that you’re having fun and experiencing amazing things along the way! If you need further support, your adviser can mentor you through regular appointments during your time here, or recommend other University services that might benefit you.studentconnect.unimelb.edu.au
SERVICES FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
If you’re an international student, you can expect specialised support at Melbourne. We are committed to ensuring you settle in to student life at the University, and enjoy your time in this wonderful city.
Pre-departure briefings We hold pre-departure briefings in many countries and online, so you will know what to expect when you arrive in Melbourne.
Free airport pickup We want to ensure you arrive safely in your new home. Our free airport pickup service is available to interstate and international students (including study abroad and exchange students) commencing their first semester at the University of Melbourne.
Arrival briefing An online International Student Briefing will provide information on health, safety and visas.
Transition workshops Take part in transition workshops on a variety of academic, cultural and practical topics.
Events and activities The Melbourne University Overseas Students’ Service (MUOSS) is the official representative body for international students. MUOSS offers support and organises fun events throughout the year.
Student support and emergency contact We have experienced staff who can assist you with academic, personal and family matters. Our student support service is also the emergency contact for family or friends overseas if they are concerned about the wellbeing of a student.
Migration advice Our staff can offer referrals to specialist support services for visa-related matters, including student visa applications, visa implications following changes to your enrolment, and practical advice on extending your stay after you have completed your studies.services.unimelb.edu.au/international