The University has updated its current travel advice to all students due to COVID-19. Student exchange applications from New Zealand for Semester 2, 2021 have been reinstated. We remain unable to receive study abroad and exchange applications from other locations for Semester 2, 2021. If you have an application for Semester 2, 2021, the Global Learning team will be in contact with your home institution. Further information on the University's response to COVID-19 is available on the dedicated COVID-19 website.

Entry requirements

As well as being approved by your home institution for an Exchange or Study Abroad program, you'll also need to meet academic eligibility, English language and faculty-specific requirements to gain entry to our undergraduate and graduate subjects.

For elite athletes on exchange, you'll also need to meet all entry requirements mentioned to be eligible to apply for the elite athletes program Interchange.

Academic eligibility

You need to have completed two semesters of full-time tertiary study outside Australia at the time of entry to the University of Melbourne.

A minimum in one of the following grading systems or an equivalent grade from any other country:

  • Canada/USA - 3.0 grade point average or higher
  • China PRC - an average of 75 or 4 (liang-hao "良好") or higher
  • Chile - 5.0 average or 66% or higher
  • Europe - 'C' average in the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) or higher
  • Japan - 70% average or 'C' or higher
  • Mexico - 80% average or higher
  • South Africa - 60% average or higher
  • UK - 60% average or higher

Some subjects have prerequisites. You can find these on every course page and in the University of Melbourne Handbook.

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English language requirements

To be accepted into either the Exchange or Study Abroad program you need to show evidence that you have satisfied the University's English language requirements if you study at an institution where English is not the language of instruction. The ways in which you can do that are:

  • If you have a Non-English speaking background for TOEFL, IELTS, Pearson Test of English or Cambridge English, Advanced/Certificate in Advanced English (CAE). Review the levels required for these tests on the University's English Language requirements page.
  • If you have an English-speaking background or education for various high school and final-year approved English subjects. Review the levels required various qualifications on the University's English Language requirements page.
For European applicants there are special English language requirements that apply.
  • Common European Framework Language System
    International study abroad and exchange students can satisfy the English language requirements by achieving a certificate of English language proficiency from their home institution with an overall grade of C1 (according to the Common European Framework) in lieu of an overall academic IELTS score of 6.5
  • Students from Denmark, Finland, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway and Sweden
    • Studentereksamen (Denmark): English A - Grade 7, English B - Grade 10
    • Ylioppilastutkintoto/Lukionpäästötodishis (Finland): Grade of at least 8 or better in English or English A in final year of secondary school.
    • Abitur (Germany): Grade 10 in Leistungskurs English
    • VWO (Netherlands): Grade 8 in final year English
    • Vitnemal (Norway): Grade 4 in final year English
    • Avgangsbetyg/Slutbetyg (Sweden): VG or grade 4 in final year English or a C grade in English 6

    There are also other ways to satisfy English language requirements with study conducted and assessed entirely in English.

Graduate research requirements

If you're coming on Exchange or Study Abroad principally to do research at PhD or Masters level at the University of Melbourne, you need to meet additional faculty-specific requirements to be eligible for admission.

See Faculty-specific requirements and restrictions

Subject prerequisites

You may need to meet prerequisites for the subjects you’ve selected. You can find prerequisites in the University of Melbourne Handbook.

The subjects you can choose will depend on meeting entry requirements and what agreement is in place with your home institution.

To find out how you can choose the right subjects for your program and if there are any faculty specific requirements or restrictions, see Selecting your subjects.

Interchange elite athletes requirements

You'll need to meet all entry requirements mentioned to be eligible to apply for the elite athletes program Interchange.

Find out more about Interchange

Application due dates

If you meet eligibility, ensure you apply by application due dates.

View application due dates

Once you know what program you're eligible for, you're ready to apply! You can get your exchange or study abroad team to help you with the application process.

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