University of Melbourne

About the University of Melbourne

The University of Melbourne offers a dynamic, research-driven community and a wealth of cultural, institutional and recreational opportunities for social interaction, leadership and personal development.

Established in 1853, the University of Melbourne is the second-oldest institution in Australia and the oldest in Victoria. It has over 35,000 students, who are supported by nearly 7,200 staff members, and is consistently ranked among the leading universities in the world. The four pillars of the university are leadership, involvement, volunteerism and service-learning.

Learning at Melbourne

GW students may choose coursework in a variety of subjects at the University of Melbourne, such as:

  • Foreign Languages and Literature
  • Sciences
  • Business and Economics
  • Engineering
  • Communication
  • Mathematics
  • Public Policy
  • Arts and Humanities
  • Computer Science
  • International Affairs
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
Life at Melbourne

Students can get involved in the campus community by joining one of more than 100 clubs and activities, sport clubs, and volunteering opportunities. Students can also participate in the Melbourne Welcome Program to explore the city’s sights with Australian students as guides. In the past, activities have included Aboriginal Heritage Walks, surfing, listening to jazz at dusk at the Melbourne Zoo, going to the footy(a truly Melbournian experience), playing cricket  at the MCG, and joining city and campus tours.


As exchange students, GW students may live in one of Melbourne’s 12 residential colleges or select specialized Study Abroad and Exchange (SAEX) housing package. Most residential colleges offer a single, furnished room with communal bathrooms, kitchen, laundry and common areas. Since most meals (including vegetarian) are provided,  there are no self-catering facilities.

Entry into a residential college is quite competitive, with limited spaces available. Students do not secure a place in a residential college may wish to consider RMIT Village, located next to campus.  Upon acceptance to the program, students receive emailed instructions on how to apply for student apartments or hostels. Student apartments or hostels are close to campus and generally less expensive than residential colleges.

Academic Calendar

Fall semester:                   Mid-July to late November
Spring semester:              Mid-February to late June
Academic year:                 Mid-July to late June

Term Notes: This program follows the Australian academic calendar: Fall Quarter begins in early July and ends in November. Winter/Spring Quarters begin in early February and end in late June. Full Year is either February through November (the Australian academic year) or early July through late June (the U.S. academic year). Students may choose either option.


While Northwestern’s GPA requirement is 2.5, this program requires a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0.Admission Info:
To apply, Northwestern students must:

  1. Complete a Northwestern Study Abroad Application by the appropriate deadline
  2. Complete an Arcadia application by the program’s deadline

Languages: English

  • Off-campus, self-catered student apartments with other Arcadia students at the Arcadia University Melbourne Center, located in the popular St. Kilda suburb (approximately 45 minutes by tram from the University of Melbourne). You will be accommodated in single bedrooms and share bathroom facilities.
  • On-campus residential college with Australian students (spots are limited, competitive, and include an additional cost)
  • For more housing details, visit Arcadia’s Housing Overview page.
Program Costs: 

Fall 2018: $33,590

Billed by Northwestern: $21,010

  • Tuition: $18,210
  • Study Abroad Fee: $2,800

Estimated additional costs: $12,580

  • Housing: $6,190
  • Meals: $1,880
  • Airfare: $1,630
  • Local transportation: $550
  • Books & supplies: $245
  • Personal expenses: $1,645
  • Visa: $440

Financial Aid & Scholarships

  • Financial aid for study abroad is based on the total cost of the program, including all expenses outlined above.
  • Students are also encouraged to apply for other study abroad scholarships.

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