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Academics

Fields of Study: Engineering, Sciences, Humanities, Social Sciences

The University of Melbourne offers a wide variety of courses and a premier education modeled after the top universities in the world. Melbourne’s six core undergraduate degrees in the arts, biomedicine, science, design, music, and commerce accommodate over 100 majors.

Unique study opportunities

  • Many courses encourage volunteer work or arrange internships in subjects such as management consulting, public affairs, science, technology, and other areas.
  • Access an outstanding selection of engineering courses, including biomedical, chemical and biomolecular, and computing and information systems.
  • Gain a global perspective in business administration, economics, or management and marketing.
  • Attend the top media and communication program in Australia and prepare for a career in the fast-changing professional areas of digital, broadcast, print, and mobile communication.
  • Take undergraduate education courses (listed under breadth subjects).

Language

Language of Instruction: English

Language Study: Optional

All instruction is in English, but foreign language study is available. Check the university course catalog.

Courses and credit

Requirements While Abroad

To successfully complete this program:

  • Take a full-time course of study: Four courses for a total of 24 quarter/16 semester UC units each semester or 50 University of Melbourne units per term.
  • You may take up to one-third of your total unit load pass/no pass.
  • Courses may transfer as lower or upper division to UC.

Current Program Courses

You will finalize your study plans and register for classes after arrival with assistance from UCEAP. In addition to regular university courses, independent study and internships for academic credit are also an option in this program. Before you enroll in courses, you’ll review the calendar, restrictions, and prerequisites for all courses to ensure success.

Catalogs and resources

  • University of Melbourne Course Catalog: Browse the handbook by study area or find a specific course using the subject and keyword search. Semester 1 courses are in the spring, and Semester 2 courses are in the fall.
  • Course Specifics: Review specific requirements and restrictions by study area. Scroll to the bottom of the page to find volunteer, internship, and research project offerings.
  • UCEAP Course Catalog: See a list of courses UC students have taken on this program.
  • Campus Credit Abroad: Learn the types of credit (major, minor, general education, elective) students from your campus received at this location.

Academic Culture

To help you acclimate to Australian campus life and culture, there are a few key differences and similarities with UC to be aware of:

  • The Australian semester is longer and has a slower pace than the UC semester or quarter.
  • Students address Australian lecturers and tutors informally by their first name.
  • Similar to UC, the main forms of teaching are lectures (50-500+ students), tutorials (10-25 students), seminars (30+ students; half lecture, half tutorial), and labs/practicals.
  • All lectures are recorded—beware of waiting until the last minute to watch them.
  • In Australia, students are expected to be independent and show initiative. Instructors won't chase you up if you miss classes or assignments.
  • Assignments tend to require heavy research and critical analysis.
  • You’ll need to use Australian English for assignments.

Grades

You will earn direct UC credit and grades for all coursework. Australian university grades are criterion-referenced rather than norm-referenced (i.e., curved). This means that your performance on an assignment will be compared to a predefined standard, not to the performance of your classmates. Your lecturer will advise you of this standard via a grading rubric.

Most assessment is due toward the end of the semester. In a semester, it is not uncommon to have your first assignment due in the sixth week and not receive any grades back until the eighth week. Finals may be very heavily weighted (40-80% of your final grade). There is usually a study week (called swot vac) between the last week of the semester and the start of the exam period.

UCEAP converts your Australian grades to UC grades. Fall grades are usually available late January to early February. Spring grades are usually available mid-August to mid-September.