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Please do not contact this university directly.
For all enquiries please contact the Exchange Office at
Last updated May, 2019

Academic Information

Course Information

  • Courses available
  • Courses by study area
  • Faculty specific restrictions
  • Terminology: Course: A degree or program studied, for example, the Bachelor of Arts is an undergraduate course. Courses vary in length from three to seven years; Subject: A unit within a course, for example the subject “Aboriginal Art” can form part of the Bachelor of Arts course. You can search for undergraduate subjects using the online handbook.

Semester Dates

  • Academic Year: Februrary – December
  • Semester 1: Februrary – June
  • Semester 2: July – December

Course Load and Minimum Unit Requirements

  • Minimum Course Load: 37.5 points for one semester
  • Maximum Course Load: 50 points (usually 4 x 12.5 points per subject) for one semester

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Accommodation and the Cost of Living


Housing for students can be broadly categorised into residential college housing and “off-campus” housing, which comprises student housing (in some cases across the road from the campus), or private rental accommodation in neighbouring suburbs. It is best that students begin their research online, which will have the most up-to-date information on housing options, including application deadlines:

Accommodation information

It is imperative that students organise their housing early. As soon as the admissions application has been submitted, students should begin to organise housing using their Application ID (Student Number).

Estimated Cost of Living

Estimated cost of living

Additional Information

Overseas Student Health Cover
It is an Australian Government requirement that all international students must have health insurance, known as Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC), from an approved Australian provider. No Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE) documents will be issued until a student has either purchased OSHC through the University of Melbourne or provided evidence of having purchased this insurance elsewhere.

Getting started

More about Melbourne

Student Visa and Insurance

Information on Student Visas and Insurance for students going on exchange can be found elsewhere on this website.

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The University, City and Region

The University

The University of Melbourne has a rich and fascinating past spanning 160 years. Every building, every department and every period of time has its own story. While some of these stories have been recounted many times over, a great number remain to be written. Beginning as a cluster of buildings set in a large park on the fringe of the city, with four professors and 16 students, the University now sits at the heart of a thriving international city.Today over 8000 academic and professional staff support a vibrant student body of more than 48 000, including more than 13 000 international students from over 130 countries around the world.

Melbourne Campus

The City of Melbourne and Region

Melbourne has become one of the world’s most multicultural cities and a dynamic international business hub, but it’s still easy to navigate. The inner city is a cluster of exciting communities connected by public transport and bike paths – and the University of Melbourne is at the heart of it all. You can walk along the famous cobblestone lanes, see a world-class theatre production or linger over an amazing meal – and if you don’t yet have an AFL team, you might want to choose one! Regional Victoria is world famous for its iconic beaches, wineries, bushwalking and farm-to-table food and is just a short train or bus ride away.

Explore the City of Melbourne

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Further Information

For further information about Otago Global Student Exchange please email