If you want to do research at PhD or Masters level through the Study Abroad program, you need to provide the following additional 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.

See Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences below.

The following subjects are not available to study abroad and exchange students:

  • IBUS20007 International Business Experience
  • MGMT30017 Global Management Consulting
  • BUSA30000 Business Judgement
  • ECON10002 Seminar in Economics and Commerce A
  • Honours subjects (numerical codes beginning with '4'), unless prior approval is granted by the subject coordinator
  • BUSA90473 Melbourne Business Practicum
  • BUSA90485 Global Business Practicum
  • IBUS90007 International Business Experience
  • Subjects within the Masters of Enterprise, Entrepreneurship and Supply Chain Management
  • MGMT30012 Management Consulting
  • MGMT20012 Business Case Analysis
  • Compulsory Subjects from the Masters of Commerce Doctoral Programs in Accounting; Decision, Risk and Financial Sciences; Economics; Finance; Management; and Marketing, unless prior approval is granted by the relevant PhD Director.

Graduate study abroad and exchange business students are encouraged to select subjects from the Master of Management general electives list.

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.

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

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.
  • 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
    • ENGM90015 Management and leadership for Engineers
    • ENGM90026 Engineering entrepreneurship
    • ENGR90034 Creating Innovative Engineering.

Melbourne Law School does not offer a professional entry undergraduate degree (Bachelor of Laws, LLB), and as such Melbourne Law School accepts applications from Juris Doctor (JD) and Master of Laws (LLM) level students only (this includes European students in the fourth and final years of a five-year combined LLB/LLM degree). All incoming Exchange and Study Abroad students seeking to enrol in JD or LLM subjects must provide written proof that they are studying at a graduate level.

Graduate-level students enrolled in a law degree at their home institution may:

Enrol in the following compulsory JD subjects

Enrol in one subject from list of Single Subject Study options from the Melbourne Law Masters (MLM) program except for the following:

  • International Legal Internship (LAWS70067)
  • Minor Thesis (LAWS70003)
  • Online subjects

Enrol in elective JD subjects except for the following:

  • Center for Transnational Legal Studies (CTLS) Program (LAWS00011)
  • Economic and Business Law in Asia (LAWS90037)
  • Global Lawyer (LAWS50071)
  • Institutions in International Law (LAWS50045)
  • Jessup Moot (LAWS50042)
  • Law and Legal Practice in Asia (LAWS90006)
  • Law Apps (LAWS90033)
  • Legal Internship (LAWS50059)
  • Melbourne Journal of International Law (LAWS50060)
  • Melbourne University Law Review (LAWS50058)
  • MLS Tax Clinic (LAWS90164)
  • NDIS & Disability Benefits Clinic (LAWS90189)
  • New Ideas in Legal Scholarship (LAWS50114)
  • Property Law and the City (LAWS90134)
  • Public Interest Law Clinic (LAWS50116)
  • Start-Up Law (LAWS90108)
  • Street Law (LAWS50102)
  • WTO: Moot Court Competition (LAWS50044)

Please note that you must still be able to meet any relevant prerequisites in order to enrol.

Students wishing to learn about common law methodology should consider enrolling in Legal Method and Reasoning (LAWS50023) and/or Obligations (LAWS50026). An alternative option is the MLM subject Fundamentals of the Common Law (LAWS70217); however, this subject has a strict quota and places are limited.

Please note that quotas are in place in both the JD and MLM programs. As a result, subject selections may only be approved on a provisional basis prior to arrival in Australia. Enrolment into subjects is dependent on the availability of places.

Students enrolled in an undergraduate law degree at their home institution are not permitted to undertake subjects from the JD or the MLM programs.

Students enrolled in an undergraduate law degree, OR not enrolled in a law degree at their home institution and wishing to study law while at the University of Melbourne are encouraged to consider breadth subjects (undergraduate subjects), designed for non-law students and not as part of a law degree. Students are advised to consult with their home institution about whether these subjects are appropriate for their degree.

Course Rules

Study Abroad and Exchange students will be subject to the relevant course rules for subjects they undertake. These rules include assessment, attendance requirements, and assignment extensions.

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 and follow the instructions.

If you wish to participate inNursing 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.

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.

The undergraduate psychology subjects indicated in the handbook are available to incoming study abroad or exchange students with the exception of the following two subjects which are not available:

  • PSYC30013 (Research Methods for Human Inquiry)
  • PSYC30021 (Psychological Science: Theory & Practice)

The available undergraduate psychology subjects do not have prerequisites although for the available second and third year psychology subjects, it is recommended that students have completed prior study in psychology – refer to the “Recommended background knowledge” information in the “Eligibility and requirements” section of each of the Handbook entries for specific information.

Fourth year/honours and graduate subjects are not available.

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.

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.

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.

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.

For a trial period MCM have agreed to waive the requirement of auditions from performance-based music students from faculty partners. The partners to which this will apply at this time are:

  • Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
  • Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, UK
  • Sibelius Academy, Helsinki, Finland
  • University of Music and Performing Arts, Graz
  • University of Music and Performing Arts, Vienna
  • Chicago College of Performing Arts, USA.

Students with no prior background in music practice are not permitted to take subjects from the Bachelor of Fine Arts (although they may take breadth subjects in this area).


For further course information and application instructions please refer to the Faculty's web site.

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.

Students with no prior background in visual art practice or dance are not permitted to take subjects from the Bachelor of Fine Arts (although they may take breadth subjects in this area).

For further course information, folio/audition requirements and application instructions please refer to the Faculty's web site.