The University of Melbourne’s agriculture cohort is a tight-knit group of around 200 students. Student society social events, sports, agricultural competitions, activities and the opportunity to study at Dookie will help you to form long-term friendships and networks. You’ll also gain access to the University’s wide range of societies, with interests as diverse as drones and robotics, wine, chess and community service.
“The ag cohort is just awesome. It is such a fantastic feeling being able to walk into a lecture hall and know the people around you. Everyone is just unbelievably friendly, and ready to get stuck in and have a go. As clichéd as it may sound, I know the friendships I am making now will last a lifetime, and I cannot wait to spend the rest of my uni days, and hopefully career, with these people.”
Your campus in the country
The Dookie agricultural campus’ accommodation and teaching spaces have recently been upgraded, allowing you to learn agriculture on a working 2,440 hectare research and teaching farm without sacrificing comfort. You can choose to spend at least one semester at Dookie while studying, along with shorter stays for intensive subjects.
“A highlight of my studies was often the weeks I was able to spend at the Dookie campus for intensive subjects. The Dookie campus is a tight-knit community and we were able to make friends quickly. Many of my Dookie classmates are still my close friends to this day even though we’re from different parts of the world."
Your teachers and mentors
As Australia’s leading university, Melbourne attracts outstanding academic staff who come to collaborate, learn and teach with the very best. You will be taught by some of the country’s foremost experts, known globally for their contribution to the agricultural industry. You really can’t help but be inspired.
There are many opportunities to network and build connections while you’re at university, and it’s never too early to start thinking about your career. You will be able to develop job preparedness and interview skills and meet industry representatives at events in the second and third years of your degree.
“Throughout my degree, I have had the chance to meet some incredible mentors and business professionals, with every single one of them having an impact and shaping the way I view agriculture… Through the University of Melbourne I have also been introduced to programs like Gradlink and the Victorian Farmers Federation – Young Agribusiness Professionals. The networks have been so important and these connections have helped build my career.”
Melbourne is both a key market for fresh food and a centre for science and professional services that contribute to agriculture. Major businesses and organisations in the city include biotechnology and other research, agricultural finance, trade, sales, food processing and distribution. Around half of our agriculture graduates work in metropolitan areas.
“I have heard about Melbourne being one of the most liveable cities in the world. Studying in Australia has been my dream… [It] has definitely been challenging, but it has also been very exciting. As this was the first time I have left the comforts of my home to an unknown place alone, I was naturally worried and scared in the beginning… Luckily, I met a group of friends and university staff members who were friendly and helpful, and they assisted me a lot in my transition.”