Inbound students Study Abroad and Exchange at the University of Melbourne

Faculty specific requirements & restrictions

All Research Students

If you are coming on exchange principally to doresearch at PhD or Masters level at the University of Melbourne you must provide the following addtional information as part of your application:

  • a one page description of your research project/thesis topic and how the research you hope to undertake at the University of Melbourne will contribute to your degree;
  • a study plan of subjects that you would like to study, if any;
  • the dates that you propose to be here at the University; and
  • a letter, signed and on University of Melbourne letterhead, OR an email from the official email account of an academic staff member of the University of Melbourne confirming that he/she has agreed to act as a temporary supervisor of your research while you are here on exchange.
Agricultural Science

See Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences below.

Biomedicine

The following subjects are not open to Study Abroad and Exchange students:

  • BIOL10002 Biomolecules and Cells
  • CHEM10006 Chemistry for Biomedicine
  • BIOL10003 Genes and Environment
  • PHYC10007 Physics for Biomedicine
  • MAST10016 Mathematics for Biomedicine
  • MAST10011 Experimental Design and Data Analysis
  • BIOM20001 Molecular and Cellular Biomedicine
  • BIOM20002 Human Structure and Function
  • BIOM30002 Biomedicine: Molecule to Malady
  • BIOM30001 Frontiers in Biomedicine
Dentistry

Subjects offered by the Melbourne Dental School are not open to study abroad or exchange students.

Education

If you wish to participate in a teaching practicum or internship through the University of Melbourne you must:

  • have successfully completed some Education studies at your home institution as documented in an academic transcript.  Your suitability will be assessed on an individual basis. 
  • provide a police report from your home province/state and one from the province/state of your home university (if they are different). These must have been was issued within the last six months. 
  • undertake a Working with Children Check shortly after enrolment at the University of Melbourne, as required by the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development to be eligible for student teaching in the State of Victoria.
Engineering
  • If you are intending to study two or more subjects in the Faculty of Engineering, you must nominate at least 75 points (usually 6 x 12.5 point subjects) worth of subjects from any area when you apply in order to avoid potential timetabling problems when you enrol.
  • Indicate on your application which subjects, if any, are essential for you to take.
  • Where prerequisites are listed for your preferred University of Melbourne subjects please provide descriptions of subjects previously completed, or an online link to the subject descriptions.
  • Note that exchange and study abroad students are not able to take any of the following subjects:
      • COMP60001 Computer science research project
      • ENGM90006 Engineering contracts and procurement
      • ENGM90011 Economic analysis for engineers
      • ENGM90012 Marketing management for engineers
      • ENGM90013 Strategy execution for engineers
      • ENGM90014 The world of engineering management
      • ENGM90015 Management and leadership for Engineers
      • ENGM90026 Engineering entrepreneurship
Law

Students not enrolled in a law degree at their home institution
Students not enrolled in a law degree at their home institution and wishing to study law while at Melbourne are encouraged to consider the undergraduate breadth subjects offered by the Faculty to non-law students. These are subjects with legal content designed for students not enrolled in a law degree at their home institution. Students must still be able to meet any relevant prerequisites in order to enrol.

See the Law Breadth Subjects web page for a list of available subjects.

Students enrolled in a law degree at their home institution
The Melbourne Law School no longer teaches a professional entry undergraduate degree.  As a result, the only subjects available to students enrolled in an undergraduate law degree are the breadth subjects mentioned in the previous paragraph. Students enrolled in an undergraduate lasw degree are not permitted to undertake subjects from the Juris Doctor (JD) degree.

The Melbourne Law School accepts applications from JD and the Master of Law (LLM) level students (this includes European students in the fourth and final years of a five-year combined LLB/LLM degree and European students in their fourth or fifth years of a law programme that does not follow the Bologna model).  All incoming exchange students seeking to enrol in JD or LLM subjects must provide transcripts that demonstrate that:

  • they are studying at a graduate level; and
  • they have met the pre-requisites of the subjects they are requesting to undertake. A subject’s pre-requisites can be found on the handbook but a syllabus of any the subjects completed may be requested for verification purposes.
Incoming students may:
  • study only one subject from the (Melbourne Master of Law (MLM) program (for further details, see http://law.unimelb.edu.au/study/masters/courses), if you list more than one, please number them in order of preference;
  • enrol in elective JD subjects (see http://jd.law.unimelb.edu.au/) except for the following which are NOT available to exchange and study abroad students:
    • Administrative Law (LAWS50032);
    • Centre for Transnational Legal Studies (CLTS) Program (LAWS00011);
    • Diability Human Rights Clinic (LAWS90004);
    • Economic and Business Law in Asia (LAWS90037);
    • Evidence and Proof (LAWS50037);
    • Global Lawyer (LAWS50071);
    • Institutions in International Law (LAWS50045);
    • International Criminial Justice Clinic (LAWS90060);
    • Jessup Moot (LAWS50042);
    • Law Apps (LAWS90033);
    • Laws and Legal Practice in Asia (LAWS90006);
    • Legal Ethics (LAWS50038);
    • Legal Internship (LAWS50059);
    • Legal Research (LAWS50039);
    • Melbourne Journal of International Law (LAWS50060);
    • Melbourne University Law Review (LAWS50058);
    • New Ideas in Legal Scholarship (LAWS50114);
    • Property (LAWS50030);
    • Public Interest Law and Practice (LAWS50116);
    • Remedies (LAWS50036);
    • Street Law (LAWS50102);
    • Sustainability Business Clinic (LAWS50126);
    • Trusts (LAWS50033);
    • WTO: Moot Court Competition (LAWS50044); and
  • learn about common law methodology should consider enrolling in Legal Method and Reasoning and/or Obligations as positions in the MLM subject ‘Fundamentals of the Common Law' (LAWS70217/70256) are limited.

Please note that strict quotas are in place in both the JD and MLM programs.  As a result, the Faculty is not in a position to approve subject selections prior to students arriving in Australia. Students will be notified, however, prior to arrival if they have selected subjects that are not available to exchange students.  During the Faculty’s orientation session students will be asked to nominate up to eight subjects.  The academic in charge of the Faculty’s incoming exchange program will then allocate students to classes.  Although no assurances can be given about particular subjects, the Faculty is usually able to accommodate the interests of exchange students.

Medicine

Subjects offered within the Doctor of Medicine program are not open to Study Abroad or Exchange students, with the exception of MEDS90028 - Principles of Clinical Practice 3 Oslo.  This subject is only available to approved medical students from the University of Oslo in Norway as part of a faculty-specific exchange agreement.

Medical students interested in undertaking a clinical placement in a metropolitan, regional or rural hospital affiliated with the Melbourne Medical School should carefully read the information outlined on the faculty web page: http://medicine.unimelb.edu.au/study-here/clinical_elective and follow the instructions.

Nursing

If you wish to participate in Nursing clinical placements through the University of Melbourne you must:

  • have successfully completed some Nursing studies at your home institution as documented in an academic transcript. Your suitability will be assessed on an individual basis.
  • provide a nation-wide police report from your home country/state and one from the country/state of your home university (if they are different). These must have been issued within the University of Melbourne academic year of the intended clinical placement. 
  • undertake a Victoria Police check shortly after enrolling at the University of Melbourne, as required by the Department of Human Services in order to be eligible to do clinical placements in the State of Victoria.
Physiotherapy

If you wish to take part in a Physiotherapy clinical placement through the University of Melbourne you must:

  • have successfully completed some Physiotherapy studies at your home institution as documented in an academic transcript. Your suitability will be assessed on an individual basis. 
  • provide a police report from your home province/state and one from the province/state of your home university (if they are different). These must have been issued within the last six months.
Psychology

Undergraduate Studies in Psychology
Where prerequisites are listed for your preferred Melbourne subjects please provide descriptions of subjects previously completed, or an online link to the subject descriptions.

Postgraduate Studies in Psychology
There are only a limited number of subjects available to postgraduate students in Psychology. For the list of these subjects view the Psychological Sciences web page: http://www.psych.unimelb.edu.au/study/study-abroad-and-exchange

Science

If you are intending to study subjects in the Faculty of Science, you must, where prerequisites are listed for your preferred University of Melbourne subjects, provide descriptions of subjects previously completed, or an online link to the subject descriptions, with a detailed list of the topics covered.

See also Biomedicine above for subjects not available to Study Abroad and Exchange students.

Social Work

Students may be eligible to participate in a supervised field placement through the exchange or study abroad program. Interested students should contact the School of Social Work providing details of their current study program and the area in which you are interested in doing a placement.

Any student participating in a supervised field placement must provide a Working with Children Check and a Police Check from his/her home country. For students who are studying at an institution away from their home city/state/province/country checks must be provided from the institution state/province/country AND from his/her home state/province/country where they are different. In addition, a Victoria Police Check will be required when the students arrive in Melbourne.

Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences

Subjects offered within the professional program in veterinary medicine are not open to Study Abroad or Exchange students, except by special arrangement.  This applies to level 3 undergraduate subjects in the Veterinary Bioscience specialisation of the Bachelor of Science and for all subjects in the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine.  Where an exception can be made, which is very limited, students must be enrolled in a professional veterinary science/veterinary medicine course at their home institution as documented in an academic transcript. Places are limited and suitability will be assessed on an individual basis.

Non-Veterinary subjects offered in other disciplines taught by the Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences are generally available to Study Abroad and Exchange students provided the student has met the prerequisites as listed in the subject’s Handbook entry.
VCA & Music (Parkville)

Music Performance
Students wishing to undertake Music Performance subjects must send an audition recording with their application. The recording should consist of at least three works, demonstrating your skill on the instrument you wish to study. The pieces should be of contrasting styles and periods, and the audition program should be no longer than 20 minutes.

Ensembles
Students wishing to undertake Ensemble subjects at Parkville may be required to meet minimum performance standard requirements or audition for a place in the week prior to commencement of semester. Performance standard requirements are published in the ensemble subject descriptions. Auditions are required for entry to the following: Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra, Chamber Music, Big Band, Piano Duo and Duet, and Early Voices. Please note that ensemble options are also available to students with little or no musical experience. Ensemble subjects that carry no pre-requisite requirements include: Choir, African Drum and Dance, Great Opera Choruses, Gamelan, World Music Choir, Shakuhachi and Chinese Music Ensemble. 

Aural and Theory subjects
Students wishing to undertake Aural Studies and/or Music Language subjects may be required to undertake a 1.5-hour Musicianship Test in the week preceding semester commencement to demonstrate the necessary knowledge for successful completion of the subject. An exemption from the Musicianship Test can be granted where there is sufficient evidence of a student's prior musical experience and/or study.

VCA & Music (Southbank)

Students interested in attending performance or fine art classes at the Southbank campus can only gain entry by competitive audition or folio, in addition to the academic and English-language requirements.

Limited places are available in the disciplines:

  • Fine Art;
  • Dance;
  • Music; and
  • Production.

There are no exchange or study abroad places available in the disciplines of Theatre (Drama) or Film and Television.

Please note the following:

  • It is preferred that studies on exchange in Photography, within Fine Art, are taken only in the second semester (July to November), due to the structure of the course; and
  • It is recommended that studies on exchange in the discipline of Production are taken only in second semester (July to November) as the studio-based training is greatly enhanced by the larger number of projects conducted in that semester.

For further course information and application instructions please refer to the Faculty's inbound Exchange and Study Abroad page.

 

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