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La Trobe University
With a sprawling traditional campus and onsite wildlife sanctuary (keep your eyes peeled to spot some koalas on the way to class!) close to bustling Melbourne, La Trobe University puts you right in the center of a quintessential Australian study abroad experience. Offering a wide range of course fields, with Business, Liberal Arts, Social Sciences, Sports and Exercise Science programs being particularly popular, students can easily find the classes they need to fit your major at this respected institution. The comprehensive semester also includes on-campus living and an optional meal plan all wrapped up in one of the most affordable programs in Melbourne.
Study at one of Australia's well-respected institutions, and most affordable Melbourne university, offering a variety of courses as well as class sizes and styles
Live close to the cultural hub of Melbourne, voted the world’s most liveable city four times running
Get to know other international and local students while staying in on-campus dorms
Make the most of the thriving student community and all it has to offer, including countless extracurricular activities
Enjoy the traditional campus’ verdant 500+ acres of stunning parkland and even a wildlife sanctuary
Appreciate access to TEAN’s in-country Resident Director for continued support throughout the semester
TEAN’s exclusive “Welcome Abroad” Orientation Program takes place in Cairns in the north of Australia famous for its tropical setting and access to the Great Barrier Reef – what better way to start the semester than a week full of adventure, including snorkeling on the largest coral reef system in the world? Your Australia Orientation is designed to set you up for a successful semester by introducing you to the local culture and academics while also getting to know your soon to be friends and having an exciting journey in the process. On the final day of Orientation, students travel to their host city where they are met by their local TEAN Resident Director and introduced to their housing and local area.
Students studying at La Trobe University live on campus within a vibrant residential community of local and international students. The co-ed dorms with men and women living in adjacent rooms include fully furnished, single bedrooms with shared bathrooms. Students can also access common spaces, like a large lounge, recreational rooms, indoor games area, barbecue, study rooms, library, health sciences study room, and coin-operated laundry facilities. Rent, utilities, WiFi, and bed linens are also included. Housing is available with either a partial meal plan providing daily breakfast and dinner or a self-catered (no meal plan) option.
Our team works with you start to finish through the study abroad process. Our programs staff will help guide you through the application process to go abroad, then upon arrival in Australia, you will meet our team who will provide assistance during your time in-country. Throughout your semester you will meet with the Melbourne Resident Director for informal discussions and excursions. Our staff is readily available and able to assist you with any academic, social, or cultural questions or issues that you may face during your time abroad.Meet the Team
About La Trobe University
- Founded in 1967, La Trobe has grown to be one of the country’s leading universities, including a top public university in Melbourne, with six campus locations spread throughout the state of Victoria.
- La Trobe is rated in the top 50 QS World Rankings for sports-related subjects, top 100 in nursing and archaeology, and top 250 in accounting and finance.
- La Trobe’s main campus is located just outside downtown Melbourne, giving students various public transit options to travel between the campus and the central business district.
- Emphasizing its two core values – excellence and inclusivity – the university hosts more than 7,000 international students each year.
La Trobe University is located in Melbourne’s northern suburbs and is 45 minutes away from the city center via public transport. Visit the Google Maps link below to see the campus location.View Map
Courses are available in the below disciplines. For detailed instructions on finding and selecting courses and a list of popular courses, see our course selection instructions. Students enroll in 3-4 courses per semester (45-60 credits), which usually transfers as 12-16 U.S. semester credits.Find Courses
|Communications & Media||
|Humanities & Social Sciences||
|Visual, Performing Arts & Design||
- 2.5 GPA to apply
- Open to high school seniors and gap year and first year students.
Events & Excursions
Activities / Immersion
Our local staff arrange various activities during the semester designed to help immerse you in the local culture. These activities are included in your semester program. In addition, if you have a specific interest or hobby, your Melbourne-based TEAN Resident Director will be able to point you in the right direction. Below are examples of previous activities arranged for students. Note that activities change each semester.
In addition to the TEAN-organized events, to make sure you don’t miss out on any opportunities, our local staff send out frequent emails letting you know what is happening in Melbourne. Ranging from community events to music festivals, we tap you into the local culture right from the start.
Melbourne walking tour
Included within the first few weeks after arriving in Melbourne, we walk and jump on trams all over the city, clueing you into the local secrets. Melbourne’s city center is made up of winding bylanes, and it’s here where you find unique cafes, bars, restaurants and galleries. We’ll also explore Melbourne’s urban villages, ending the day in an iconic locals-only venue for dinner. This day will set you up with the knowledge you need to make the most of your time in this great city.
Aussie Rules Football match
There is no sporting event that gets the sports-mad Victorian more vocal than the Aussie Rules Football match. Australian Rules football began in Victoria in the 1850s, predating American football, rugby and soccer. It’s not like other football types, the best explanation is to experience a game yourself. We see a game between two local rivals, and sample a local culinary favorite – the meat pie! It’s the hot dog equivalent of the Australian spectator sporting experience.
Local original live music
Melbourne is known for its local, live music scene and excellent intimate venues. We make sure students get to experience becoming part of a local crowd by heading to a show of an Australian band at an incredible venue. If you have a music genre preference, let your local staff know and we’ll try to accommodate your request – or at least give you some recommendations to check out on your own!
TEAN has a rolling admissions process. We recommend submitting your application anytime from June for Spring applications, and from January for Fall applications. Late applications may be considered. Contact TEAN if the application deadline has passed.
|Spring Deadline||Nov 15|
|Fall Deadline||April 15|
|Depart the US||Mid-July|
|Arrive in Australia||July 11|
|TEAN Orientation||July 11||July 15|
|University Orientation||July 18|
|Classes Begin||July 19|
|Semester Break||Aug 29||Sept 2|
|Classes End||Oct 14|
|Study Period||Oct 17||Oct 20|
|Exam Period||Oct 21||Nov 4|
|Program Ends||Nov 5|
*These dates are tentative. Final dates will be released closer to departure.
This program not running for Spring 2022. Please check back for future available terms.
|Depart the US||Early Feb|
|Arrive in Australia||Early Feb|
|Classes Begin||Late Feb|
|Program Ends||Late June|
Fees & Inclusions
- Estimated tuition and program fees: $12,200*
- Estimated housing (on campus): $4,500-$5,800 without meals, or starting from $6,100 with partial meal plan
*Tuition for 4 courses. Students are permitted to enroll in 3 courses but there is no tuition discount.
- Estimated tuition and program fees: $12,495*
- Estimated housing (on campus): $4,795-$6,250 without meals, or starting from $6,100 with partial meal plan
*Tuition for 4 courses. Students are permitted to enroll in 3 courses but there is no tuition discount.
- Full tuition (4 courses)
- Guaranteed, pre-arranged, on-campus student housing
- Overseas health insurance, plus evacuation and repatriation insurance
- Services of local Resident Directors
- Five-day Orientation Program with some meals, excursions, accommodations and transportation
- Cultural events scheduled throughout the semester
- Wireless internet access in all housing
- Access to pre-arranged and affordable cell phone packages
- Access to competitive airfares and pre-arranged flight itineraries
- Extensive pre-departure counseling and information packets
- University and course selection advice
- Official academic transcripts from host institution
- Credit approval and transfer assistance
- Help with student visa preparation
- Financial aid transfer planning
- Airport pickup and reception in Melbourne
- Arrival Welcome packet containing important local contact details and information
- Melbourne Farewell Dinner at conclusion of program
- Host university orientation
What’s Not Included
- International airfare ($1,800)
- Domestic airfare in US ($500)
- Student visa ($450)
- Books ($365)
- Meals during the semester ($2,500)
- Airport transfer at the end of the semester ($50)
- Travel insurance ($350)
- Travel and personal expenses ($1,500 – 2,500+)
*Numbers are estimated based on previous student experience and budget. Actual amounts will vary depending on student.
Apply for TEAN scholarships – starting at $1,000 – for the chance to receive money specifically for studying abroad. Each year we award thousands of dollars in need- and merit-based scholarships, diversity scholarships, a full ride scholarship and more. Visit our scholarships page for details!
We Love Melbourne
Resident Director - Melbourne
Browse up Chapel Street
Chapel Street runs the length of a number of suburbs but it is the end that runs through Windsor, Prahran, South Yarra and Toorak that are the most interesting. Grab a coffee and start at Windsor Station, then walk north through Prahran past funky café’s, cool hip restaurants, vintage clothing stores and bars full of locals. As you make your way through South Yarra and Toorak, the vibe changes to include fancy restaurants, an art house cinema, boutique designer stores and plenty of locals sipping on lattes.
Corporate Social Responsibility Manager
Right next to the University of Melbourne in the heart of Carlton is Lygon Street, Melbourne’s Little Italy. Lined with pizzerias, pasta bars, café’s and gelato stores, Lygon Street is worth a visit if you want some hearty Italian food. Walking up Lygon Street, restaurant hosts will entice you in as they share their menu, however the Italian loving locals will all agree that Tiamos is the place to go.
What inspired you to pursue your masters degree in Sustainability?
My mom instilled me in from an extremely young age that the natural environment, along with all of the wild species that call it home, are the most important pieces to our ecosystem and that we should respect them deeply. Thankfully, after an academic career based around environmental science, one buzzword kept coming back into my life that encompassed everything that I stood for – sustainability – and I jumped at the opportunity to pursue a masters degree in a field that combines the preservation of our natural environment while also factoring in the needs of human beings.
In what ways is study abroad tied to sustainability?
Studying abroad gives students an opportunity to live their life in an environment which differs from the one in which they were raised. Some students may find themselves in situations where they are very pleased with the pro-environmental initiatives in their host country…or shocked by the lack of. It is an opportunity to understand the reasonings behind the host country’s practices and either take those green initiatives back home with them or to educate yourself more on the obstacles that the host country is facing that perhaps is keeping them from taking their next steps towards a sustainable future.
What are some small and big ways students can Choose Earth while abroad?
The beauty of sustainability is that small-scale efforts are the building blocks to large-scale changes and there are plenty of ways that students can make green choices while studying abroad including; choosing public transportation or walking, using reusable water bottles, grocery bags and utensils instead of single-use items, turning off lights, air conditioning and electrical appliances while not in your housing, making an effort to eat locally-produced foods that are in-season and taking your own reusable food container when ordering food to go, offsetting your airline carbon credits and ensure that any animal or nature preserve visits outside of TEAN’s planned activities are legitimately ethically sound places and not tourist traps that harm animals or the natural environment – do research online and ask around.
What is your favorite travel quote?
“Take only memories, leave only footprints” is a quote that I live by while traveling. To me, fully taking in and appreciating a moment so that I have a solid memory of a trip is more important than any picture or souvenir. It is important to not leave any human impressions on the natural environment that you explore while abroad so future generations of all species can live in harmony with the land.
If you were going to study on a TEAN program tomorrow, where would you go?
I would definitely choose one of the New Zealand programs. I have a huge admiration for the country’s sustainability initiatives and how they are moving at such a fast rate towards cutting their carbon footprint – they are a great example for other countries to follow! I also want to experience its spectacular natural settings and landscapes.