Program Overview

In this exchange program, you will enroll directly in classes at La Trobe University, one of Australia’s leading teaching and research universities. Along with many traditional classes, La Trobe offers several unique areas of study, such as aboriginal studies, Hellenic studies, zoology and cinema studies. Students can participate in a variety of extra-curricular activities including sports, exploring the outdoors, and theater. Comprised of a campus network in locations throughout Australia, students live and take most of their courses at the main Bundoora campus, which is located approximately 8 miles from downtown Melbourne and is easily accessible by public transportation. The program is open to UO undergraduate and graduate students from any discipline for a semester or full academic year of study. See a 360 degree virtual tour of the La Trobe campus.

Opportunities for field excursions make La Trobe a great choice for students interested in the biological sciences, archaeology, or Australian studies. Even non-biology majors can sometimes join in field trips designed to give students an up-close encounter with Australian wildlife. Australian Studies is an interdisciplinary program that offers students an understanding of Australia society and culture in a global context. Students looking to enhance their Study Abroad experience are encouraged to take the Australia Studies unit 'Discover Australia.' Other recommended fields of study at the Melbourne campus are: politics, international development, international economics, tourism, viticulture (science of wine production), history, legal studies, chemical sciences, computer science, business, education, media, and journalism.
La Trobe’s International Office offers support academic, financial, accommodation, cultural and personal issues. You can engage in community activities and volunteer work opportunities. The office is also available to help you in critical incidents, understanding university policies and procedures and accessing career services.
Melbourne is the capital city of Victoria and has been ranked as one of the world's most livable cities. It is referred to as Australia's "cultural capital" and is the birthplace of Australian impressionism, Australian football, and a number of Australian film and television industries. Federation Square is the cultural center, with a number of cafes, restaurants, and performances. It is also very convenient to travel around the city, with Melbourne having one of the largest operating tram networks in the world.

Additional requirements

  • 3.25 GPA is required for graduate students 
  • Completed UO WR 121 and 122 with grades of B- or higher 


What is an Exchange?

This is a program in which the University of Oregon and the partner universities exchange students on an ongoing basis. The number of places available to UO students varies based on the number of partner institution students coming to UO. If there are not enough exchange places available in a given year, then qualified applicants will be offered the opportunity to apply as a fee-paying study abroad student, or to apply for an alternate exchange program.

This is an exchange program in which you will directly enroll in courses at a UO partner university. Exchange programs differ from other study abroad options and on-site student support services such as academic advising, health & counselling services may vary. Students most comfortable and successful in exchange programs typically have high levels of self-reliance, resourcefulness, and willingness to adapt to unfamiliar teaching styles and living arrangements.

NOTE: The host university has its own credit and grading system. The transcripts provided by the host institution will be converted by the UO Registrar’s Office based on established standards of conversion. Exchange applicants should meet with a GEO advisor to discuss program details.

Academic Details

The academic year at La Trobe is divided in two semesters. The first semester starts at the end of February and finishes at the end of June and the second semester runs from Late July to Late November. The curriculum at La Trobe is organized in subjects (similar to UO courses). Exchange students are able to choose subjects from all the major areas of study the University offers. For a full list of courses offered, please see La Trobe's list of courses available on the sidebar menu.

La Trobe University (Bundoora campus) features course offerings in the following disciplines: Arts and communications, Business and economics, Education, Health Sciences, IT and engineering, Law, Sciences and psychology. Please note that the fields of study of Law, Medicine, Midwifery, Occupational Therapy, Pharmacy, and Physiotherapy are closed to exchange students.

Subjects are offered in different formats such as lectures, tutorials, labs, seminars, and workshops. During lectures, your teachers will present information to your entire class. Tutorials and seminars are smaller group sessions that are sometimes led by your teacher, another academic, or another student. Tutorials and seminars are meant to be interactive, and are your chance to get more information about lecture material and assignments. La Trobe uses three categories in their teaching approach: problem based learning, enquiry based learning, and flexible learning.

Most subjects at La Trobe are worth 15 unit points, which is equal to 6 UO quarter credits. A course load of four subjects per semester is generally considered full-time at La Trobe University. It is a formal requirement of the University and a condition of the student visa that all international students on student visas must maintain full-time enrolment at all times, unless formally permitted.

Note: You should consult with your UO academic advisor before submitting your course enrollment to La Trobe University.

Course Equivalencies

Actual credit awarded is determined by the relevant department at your university in consultation with the study abroad office. Check with your study abroad advisor for more information.

UO students, please refer to the UO Course Equivalency Process and the UO Office of the Registrar Course Equivalency Database.

Housing Description

You may choose to live in on or off campus housing or with a homestay. On campus, you will live in dormitories or “colleges” as they are called in Australia. You should expect living conditions to be similar to your home campus with slightly higher costs. The colleges at La Trobe University are modern and typically have single rooms and shared cooking facilities. Find information on the range of La Trobe’s accommodation options visiting the link in the sidebar menu. You will have access to a kitchen to prepare your own meals easily and affordably, or you can also opt for the convenience of having some meals catered in the Glenn Dining Hall. 

It is recommended that you apply for housing (even before you submit your application) should you wish to stay on-campus. On-campus housing fills up very fast so the earlier you apply the better. There is no fee to apply for on-campus housing.  

Application process

Applying for an exchange program involves 2 steps. First, you will complete the GEO application process and interview. Selection for this program is based on a review of your online written application, transcripts, recommendations, and completion of the interview process. After your initial application is complete, GEO will review it and select successful candidates for nomination to La Trobe. Nominations are made in March for the fall semester and in September for the spring semester of the following year. 
Next, you will need to complete a secondary application for the host university. After being nominated by GEO, students will receive instructions regarding the secondary exchange application for La Trobe. This typically includes an online application for La Trobe, and providing documents such as your transcript, copy of passport, study plan, and a statement of purpose outlining your study plan at La Trobe. 

La Trobe makes the final decision regarding acceptance into the program. The acceptance letter will also include information about registering for classes. 

Dates and Deadlines

TermYearDeadlineArrival DateDeparture Date
Fall Semester20202/1/2020Late JulyLate November
Academic Year2020-212/1/2020Late JulyLate June
Calendar Year20216/15/2020Mid-FebruaryLate November
Spring Semester20216/15/2020Mid-FebruaryLate June

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