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IFSA in Australia: University of Melbourne

Language of Instruction: English
Term: Academic Year, Spring, Fall

Take a wide variety of classes at the University of Melbourne with administrative support from IFSA 

The next application deadline is Oct 1, 2022
See other program dates


This study abroad program through IFSA allows you to take courses at the University of Melbourne, one of Australia’s leading universities. You can take classes in a variety of subjects, alongside local students. You will live in an off campus apartment complex or an on campus residential college.


Established in 1853, the University of Melbourne is the second oldest university in Australia. It is a world-class institution with an international reputation for excellence. With strengths in both teaching and research, the University of Melbourne offers a wide array of courses across the curriculum. Popular subjects include Arts, Australian Studies, Economics, Engineering, Politics and Psychology. Some subjects have restrictions for visiting students, which you can view on the IFSA website. You will take classes alongside full-degree local students. You will most likely take a traditional course load - four courses worth the equivalent of four Columbia points each.

You should note the different academic calendar in Australia, which varies significantly from the American academic calendar. Approximate dates are available on the IFSA website.

Program Features

Melbourne is a livable, vibrant, green and artistic city in the south of Australia. The University of Melbourne campus is in Parkville, a student-friendly neighborhood in West Melbourne. You will live in either an off campus apartment complex with other program student or in an on-campus residential college. As a visiting student, you will have the access to the University’s student union and student clubs and social activities. IFSA will provide administrative support for your experience. They will offer academic advising, an orientation, activities and excursions.


Review eligibility to ensure that you meet all Columbia requirements to study abroad.

Review the external program webpage to understand any additional program prerequisites.

Application Instructions

To apply, you must complete the two steps below. Deadlines vary and some applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Therefore, you should complete the steps below simultaneously:

  • To apply for Columbia clearance (approval) to study abroad, click on "Start Your Application" on this webpage. Clearance applications are approved on a rolling basis until the application deadline listed on this webpage.
  • To apply for program admission, complete an external application directly on the program webpage. Note that this deadline may be in advance of the Columbia clearance deadline.

Fact Sheet

Arts and Architecture, Humanities, Social Sciences, STEM
Columbia College, Columbia Engineering, Columbia General Studies
Language of Instruction:
Australia and New Zealand
Academic Year, Spring, Fall

Dates & Deadlines

Academic Year
Application Deadline: 
Tuesday, March 1, 2022
Admissions Decision Date: 
Tuesday, March 1, 2022
Application Deadline: 
Saturday, October 1, 2022
Admissions Decision Date: 
Saturday, October 1, 2022