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  • Locations: Melbourne, Australia
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Calendar Year, Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Click here for a definition of this term Language of Instruction: English Click here for a definition of this term Minimum GPA: 3
Click here for a definition of this term Housing Options: Apartment, Homestay, Residence hall or dormitory Click here for a definition of this term Program Type: Exchange / Direct Enroll
Recommendation Requirement: None required
Program Description:
About the program Accommodations
About the city Dates and costs
Eligibility Immigration requirements

Melbourne campus

About the University of Melbourne

  • Affectionately known by its students as "Melbourne Uni," the University of Melbourne, a Richmond affiliate university, was founded in 1853 to train the leaders of Australia.
  • The University currently enrolls over 20,000 undergraduate students, and has a staff of 2,000 academicians with research and teaching expertise in many areas.
  • The (required) "Melbourne Welcome" program, for which students register individually, has become known as a very popular introduction to life and study in Australia.
  • Click here to access campus maps
Melbourne Fountain

About the city

  • Melbourne (pop. 3.8 million) is Australia's second largest city and has been referred to as one of "The World's Most Livable Cities," with a moderate cost of living and a low crime rate.
  • The main campus of the University is in Parkville, a short ten-minute bus ride from the city center.
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  • Junior or Senior class standing
  • Melbourne is quite strict about requiring a 3.00.  Students should not apply to this program unless they have a solid cumulative GPA at this level and are highly confidence that it will stay at that level between the time they apply to go abroad and the start of their semester at Melbourne.
  • If the OIE approves your preliminary application to study abroad and authorizes you to apply directly to Melbourne, be aware that you will need to already have a valid passport in hand at that point.  You will need to submit a copy of it to Melbourne with their application materials and they will not review your application without it. 
  • Note:  Students must be in good academic and disciplinary standing with the University to study abroad. Each applicant’s disciplinary record will be reviewed, and students must be cleared by the Office of the Dean of Richmond College or Westhampton College. Students on conduct probation will not be able to study abroad if their probationary period extends beyond the start date of their intended program.  Situations of housing probation and honor probation will be handled on a case-by-case basis.
  • Participation may be denied, or acceptance may be revoked, if a student's conduct prior to departure raises doubts as to his or her suitability for the program.

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Classes available

Melbourne is a large and comprehensive institution; UR students will be able to take a very wide range of courses there. Click here for a list of courses available at Melbourne.

The Australian academic year begins in February.  Students going there for UR's spring semester should look for classes offered in Melbourne's Semester One.  Students going there for UR's fall semester should look for classes offered in Macquarie's Semester Two.

Business students: Melbourne’s Faculty of Economics and Business has full AACSB accreditation in business and in accounting.

Please be aware that not all subjects are open to visiting students; for example, classes in Film & Television are not.

Credit conversion to units

Please see this page on the website of the Registrar for an explanation of how academic credit earned abroad is converted to UR units.

Grading scale


Melbourne letter grade Melbourne numerical grade UR equivalency
H1 80 - 100 A
H2A 75 - 79 A-
H2B 70 - 74 B+
H3 65 - 69 B
P 60 - 64 B-
P 55 - 59 C+
P 50 - 54 C (minimum required for UR transfer credit)
N 45 - 49 C-
N 40 - 44 D+
N 35 - 39 D
N 30 - 34 D-
N 0 - 29 F

Course load

The normal course load is four 12.5-point courses per semester. The chart below shows how Melbourne credit points convert to Richmond units.

Melbourne Richmond equivalent
one 12.5-point course 1.2 units
four 12.5-point courses 4.8 units

The Australian Educational System
Australian universities are quite different from those in the US.  The University of Melbourne's international office has written a publication about university culture in Australia, and about how students need to adjust their study practices in order to succeed there.  Click here to access this.

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Melb RMIT Vill

Interior court of RMIT Village, a popular housing option for students at Melbourne

Students taking part in the program will have multiple options for housing, such as apartments or residential colleges; many are not affiliated with University, which is typical in Australia.

Click here to visit Melbourne's housing page.

Melbourne offers the option of living with an Australian family.  There is no better way to learn about Australian culture.  Visit this page for details.

Dates and Costs
Click here for Dates and Costs for Melbourne.

Click here to read about scholarships for study abroad.

NOTE:  Travel allowances, reimbursements, health insurance premiums and other payments above tuition costs paid by Richmond on behalf of its semester and year abroad students are available only to Richmond degree-seeking students accepted to participate on UR-affiliated abroad programs.

Immigration requirements

The government of Australia assigns different "Assessment Levels" to different countries, and requires visa applicants to follow specific procedures according to their countries of citizenship.
Citizens of the US, Canada, most of the European Union, and some other countries (Assessment Level 1) can usually apply for an Australian visa online, and the process takes less than a month. (Note: Even if you have permanent residency in the US but are not a citizen, you cannot follow the procedure for US citizens).
Citizens of other countries (Assessment Levels 2, 3 or 4) may need to have medical exams, submit test results showing English proficiency, and file their applications in person at an Australian embassy or consulate. The process involves substantial cost to the student (which cannot be reimbursed by UR) and may take three months.
For details, please read Australian Visa Information.



Contact Chris Klein in the Office of International Education.

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This document represents the most accurate information available at the time of publication. Statements contained herein are not contractual obligations, and verbal or other representations that are inconsistent with or not contained within the document are not binding. The University of Richmond reserves the right to change without specific notice programs and the conditions under which they are offered.
Updated March 2017