Inbound students Study Abroad and Exchange at the University of Melbourne

Eligibility Requirements

 

Short-term Overseas Study

All University of Melbourne students are eligible to apply for short-term overseas programs as long as they maintain satisfactory academic progress in their course.

Students are not eligible to apply if:

  • they have an “at risk” status at the time of application and up to commencing the overseas study program;
  • have conditions imposed by the Course Unsatisfactory Progress Committee; or
  • they are subject to an undischarged misconduct penalty, are suspended for misconduct, or become suspended any time before departure.

* Students who would like to query their status at the time of application should speak to staff at Stop 1 before applying. Where a student becomes “at risk” in the academic period immediately prior to departure, participation will be subject to approval of the Registrar in consultation with the relevant course co-ordinator. Any expense incurred due to cancellation of eligibility will be met by the student.

 

At what stage in my program am I eligible to undertake an overseas program?
Short-term program (usually eight weeks or less):

  • UNDERGRADUATE - completed successfully# at least two study periods and 37.5 points before departure.
  • GRADUATE - completed successfully# at least one study period and 12.5 points before departure.

  #defined as at least one12.5 point subject with a passing mark.

NOTE: For UNDERGRADUATE overseas programs in 2017 and 2018 a minimum of one study period (minimum 37.5 points) before departure will be piloted.

How will students be selected?
Selection into some short-term programs may be subject to conditions imposed by host institutions and may require a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA-where this is used at the host institution, a WAM equivalent is used in assessment) and a minimum period of prior study.  This information is provided on the web site.

Selection into programs where applicant demand is higher than the number of places available will be based on academic merit, unless otherwise specified.

 

Pilot participation for 1st year students (2017 and 2018)
Subject to agreement with the host institution, students applying for a short-term program in their first semester of study (without a Weighted Average Mark - WAM) will be considered for programs (where places are limited) through submission of a statement of purpose which will include:

  • Motivation for participation
  • Articulation of how the program advances academic and career goals
  • Other relevant factors that may support participation

 

Semester-long and Year-long Study

Undergraduate students

To be eligible to participate in a Melbourne Global Mobility Program at an undergraduate level, for applications submitted from 1 July 2017, you must:

  • be enrolled at the University of Melbourne as a local or international student;
  • have completed a minimum of two study periods at the University of Melbourne before departure;
  • not have an “at risk” status at the time of application and up to commencing the overseas study program;
  • not have conditions imposed by the Course Unsatisfactory Progress Committee;
  • not be subject to an undischarged misconduct penalty, are suspended for misconduct, or become suspended any time before commencing the overseas study program;
  • for exchange students, be able to study the equivalent of at least a full-time load while overseas (see choosing your subjects);
  • have attended a compulsory myWorld First Step Session;
  • demonstrate through a financial plan your ability to support your stay overseas;
  • satisfy host institution and host country entry requirements; and
  • be a 'good ambassador' for the University of Melbourne.

* Students who would like to query their status at the time of application should speak to staff at Stop 1 before applying. Where a student becomes “at risk” in the academic period immediately prior to departure, participation will be subject to approval of the Registrar in consultation with the relevant course co-ordinator. Any expense incurred due to cancellation of eligibility will be met by the student.

Combined degree/diploma students

Combined degree students, or more commonly these days, students studying a degree and a concurrent diploma, may study subjects from either or both while on exchange.

 

Honours students

Students undertaking honours are normally only allowed to go on exchange for one semester and 37.5 points of coursework study. Different departments/faculties, however, may have different requirements and you should consult your Honours Co-ordinator for more information. While technically the honours year is a separate course, the minimum amount of subjects completed before being able to apply is considered to be met by the completion of the undergraduate degree at the University of Melbourne. You must have the support of the Honours Co-ordinator and thesis supervisor, however, to participate in exchange during your honours year.


Note:
In most cases you will not be able to begin officially your thesis until you return to Melbourne after your exchange. This will extend your honours course by six months to 18 months.

 

Transferring students

Students who have transferred from another tertiary institution after at least a semester of study at that institution, and who have been granted credit at the University of Melbourne, only be required to complete a minimum of one semester at the University of Melbourne, before being eligible to apply for a place on the exchange program. All other undergraduate eligibility requirements apply.

 

Graduate students

Coursework: Graduate, postgraduate diploma and masters-by-coursework students are usually eligible to participate in the Melbourne Global Mobility Program, but should confirm their eligibility with the convenor of their course. If there are no course restrictions, to be eligible for an overseas study program, for applications submitted from 1 July 2017, you must:

  • be enrolled at the University of Melbourne as a local or international student;
  • have completed at least one study period at the University of Melbourne before departure;
  • not have an “at risk” status at the time of application and up to commencing the overseas study program;
  • not have conditions imposed by the Course Unsatisfactory Progress Committee;
  • not be subject to an undischarged misconduct penalty, are suspended for misconduct, or become suspended any time before commencing the overseas study program;
  • for exchange students, be able to study the equivalent of at least a full-time load while overseas (see choosing your subjects);
  • have attended a compulsory myWorld First Step Session;
  • demonstrate through a financial plan your ability to support your stay overseas;
  • satisfy host institution and host country entry requirements; and
  • be a 'good ambassador' for the University of Melbourne.

* Students who would like to query their status at the time of application should speak to staff at Stop 1 before applying. Where a student becomes “at risk” in the academic period immediately prior to departure, participation will be subject to approval of the Registrar in consultation with the relevant course co-ordinator. Any expense incurred due to cancellation of eligibility will be met by the student.


Research: Masters-by-research and PhD students are usually able to undertake a period of study on exchange with Melbourne Global Mobility exchange partners. You should make individual arrangements with Melbourne Global Mobility directly.

To be accepted by Melbourne Global Mobility, research students will have to provide, in place of the academic reference required by the Melbourne Global Mobility application, a statement of support for their principal supervisor which addresses:

  • the student's academic merit;
  • the value of the exchange to the research project;
  • details of any subjects to be undertaken overseas, if they are for credit and their relevance to the research;
  • details of any temporary supervision that has been arranged; and
  • if the student can still complete their thesis within the original time frame.

Research students will be required to notify their Graduate School of their acceptance for exchange and seek permission to study away once they have received their formal acceptance documents from the host institution. Before proceeding with their application, research students should ask for an interview with the Student Mobility Program Manager at Melbourne Global Mobility.

 

Selection Criteria - all students

University of Melbourne exchange agreements with overseas partner institutions usually specify a certain number of places which will be available to Melbourne students. These numbers vary for each institution. If available places at a host institution are insufficient to meet demand for any given application round for outgoing students, eligible students will be ranked according to:

  1. academic merit;
  2. whether the student has sufficient time left in their course to defer their exchange;
  3. whether the student has previously been on Exchange;
  4. assessment of the students, by Melbourne Global Mobility, as to whom will best represent the University of Melbourne as an ambassador; and
  5. other criteria of relevance specific to an individual partner institution, as determined by Melbourne Global Mobility (e.g. Japanese language students for partner institutions in Japan).

Final distribution of places will rest with Melbourne Global Mobility and students who are not selected will be given the opportunity to apply to another partner where possible. In the rare event that your third preference is also not available, you will be contacted to discuss further options.

 

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