Located in central Melbourne, the University of Melbourne, member of the Group of Eight (coalition of research-intensive Australian universities), was founded in 1853 as Victoria’s first university. One of Australia’s top-ranked research universities with approximately 40,000 students, Melbourne offers excellent programs in arts and sciences, humanities, law, and management. Based on the British academic system, instruction combines lectures and tutorials.
Students enroll in courses that span disciplines at the University of Melbourne. Courses are composed of lectures, which are supplemented by weekly discussion groups or “tutorials.” The Australian system fosters independent research and scholarly reflection; emphasis is placed on end-of-term culminating research projects and final exams rather than weekly assignments.
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Students should consult the acceptance materials that they receive from The University of Melbourne for the dates of the orientation. Plan to stay until the last exam date; students must remain for all of their exams. During the orientation students will be advised about course selection. Students are advised not to take Australian classes that are designed for visiting students, but rather to take courses about aspects of Australian culture within the academic departments. Course selection information at the host university is available at this website
. Students will find courses (“subjects”) listed under the relevant Faculty and School.
Education majors can take 'School Experience as Breadth,' which includes a placement of 20 hours in a school classroom, offering an opportunity to collaborate as a Tertiary Student Assistant (TSA) under the guidance of a qualified teacher.
While students are encouraged to explore new areas of interest and opportunities that may not be available in Chestnut Hill, keep in mind that they must have a significant academic component. Boston College does not grant credit for courses in non-academic subjects (such as food, wine, fitness, sports, or chorus) or for personal or professional workshops. Courses that are not approved for credit include, but are not limited to:
- MUSI20150 Music and Health
- UNIB10011 The Secret Life of the Body
- UNIB20018 Going Places
- Fall Term: Starts in mid-July and ends in mid-December.
- Spring Term: Starts in early February and ends in late June.
There are 12 residential colleges for undergraduate and graduate students, located on the Parkville campus or within short walking distance. The colleges provide academic and pastoral support as well as 24-hour access to study-related facilities including libraries, music practice rooms and common areas. College students live in fully furnished single rooms which all have phone and internet connects. There are limited places for study abroad students and acceptance is quite competitive. The housing website
provides information about the Residential Colleges as well as other options. In the past, St. Mary’s College has often been favorable to BC students.
Regardless of the type of accommodations that students choose, please remember that students are responsible for paying housing fees directly to the housing service/provider. Fall and Year students should apply for housing as soon as possible after applying for the program; the application deadline is May 15. Spring semester applicants should apply for housing beginning around October 1; the application deadline is November 15.
If a student applies for a Residential College and does not receive an offer, he/she should apply directly to student apartments
: Student Village, RMIT Village, or Yarra House, where he/she will be offered housing. Be sure to check the dates for the housing application period at the above website.
Students may also wish to consider non-university student apartments
such as UniLodge, which provides furnished, dorm-style accommodations. Conveniently located near the campus and elsewhere in Melbourne, they are geared to students' needs, and may be less expensive than the Residential Colleges. The UniLodges on Swanston, and UniLodge at Melbourne are the closest locations to the campus.
For students that receive financial aid from Boston College, please keep in mind that financial aid is not disbursed to your account until after the first week of class. This may be an issue for students going abroad in the fall semester as payment for housing in Melbourne is due in July whilst a refund of excess funds is only available in September.
Australian universities do not have meal plans as universities do in the United States. There are a number of dining facilities on campus and students may dine on a pay-as-you-go basis. At least some meals will be included in the fees for students living at a Residential College.