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University of Melbourne Quick Snap
Location: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Main Campus: Parkville (downtown Melbourne)
City Population: 4.8 million
Student Population: 50,000
International Students: 18,000
Semester 1 Starts: Mandatory Orientation: mid-February
Classes commence: early March
Semester 2 Starts: Mandatory Orientation: third week of July
Classes commence: late July
Faculties: Architecture, Building and Planning
Business and Economics
Fine Arts & Music
Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences
Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences

University of Melbourne


The University of Melbourne is a leading international university with a tradition of excellence in teaching and research. Established in 1853, it is Australia’s second oldest university, and has been ranked as the country’s top university in both worldwide and national standings.

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The University of Melbourne comprises a student population of 47,000, which includes a diverse international student community who hail from more than 130 countries around the globe.


About the University

Postera crescam laude: "Later I shall grow by praise," the University of Melbourne's motto, taken from an ode by Horace, gives an outsider a glimpse of the University of Melbourne's initial goals, and now, its achievement.

The study of history has been part of the curriculum of the University of Melbourne since it began teaching in 1854. The University of Melbourne is as much a part of the City of Melbourne as its people.

The University of Melbourne was founded very early in the history of the colony of Victoria, less than 20 years after Batman and Fawkner arrived and less than two years after gold commenced the dramatic increase of population and wealth.

The university itself was a direct product of the gold rushes. It was made possible by the wealth of gold and was a demonstration of how important Victoria now saw itself. It was a conscious move by the raw and young community to cloak itself with some of the culture and sophistication of the parent country, and to assert its equality with Sydney whose university opened in 1852. Melbourne's university was also intended to be an agency of civilization.

Founded in 1853, it is Australia's second oldest university and the oldest in Victoria. The main campus is located in Parkville, an inner suburb just north of the Melbourne CBD. The university also has several other campuses located across Victoria. It is a member of Australia's "Group of Eight" lobby group, the Universitas 21 and Association of Pacific Rim Universities networks.

International Leadership

The University of Melbourne has a history of more than 150 years of leadership in research, innovation, teaching and learning. As a University of Melbourne student, you will become part of a dynamic, collegial environment with a distinctive research edge.

The university’s researchers are at the forefront of international scholarship in fields as diverse as human rights law, telecommunications and medical research. Among its many scholars of international standing are three winners of the Nobel Prize: Prof. Peter Doherty for Physiology and Medicine and visiting Eminent Scholars Professors Sir James Mirrlees and Clive Granger for their achievements in Economic Science.

Achieve Outstanding Career Outcomes

Melbourne graduates are prominent in political, cultural, academic and business arenas throughout the world. High-profile employers from Australia and around the world actively recruit Melbourne graduates, who stand out for their problem-solving skills, capacity for independent critical thought and leadership potential.

Award-winning Approaches to Learning

The University of Melbourne has been the top Australian university for teaching excellence, winning the large share of the Commonwealth Government’s Learning and Teaching Performance Fund in past years.

A Stimulating Environment

Established shortly after the founding of Melbourne, the university is located just a few minutes from the centre of this global city—an exciting and vibrant centre of cultural, social, sporting and business life. It is just a short walk from Carlton’s stylish Lygon Street and not far from the Bohemian Brunswick Street. The main campus in Parkville is recognized as the hub of Australia’s premier knowledge precinct, and includes eight hospitals, many leading research institutes and a wide range of knowledge-based industries.

Melbourne’s learning community and curriculum is internationally and culturally diverse. Diversity is valued, multiculturalism is celebrated and the integrity of the individual is respected. Melbourne is credited as one of the world’s most livable cities (Economist Intelligence Unit, London), a World Health Organization safe community, and is a safe place to live and study. At the University of Melbourne, you will have the opportunity to make lifelong friends from around the globe.

University of Melbourne Campuses

As the University of Melbourne has 7 Victorian campuses, it is important that also you know basic aspects about the campus of your studies! The university is based in Parkville, an inner suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Melbourne also has several associated rural and regional campuses in the State of Victoria.

Parkville is the University of Melbourne's main campus. The Parkville campus offers a variety of unique cultural, architectural and landscape features which play an important part in the history of the City of Melbourne and the story of Victoria.

Burnley campus is renowned for teaching and research in environmental and ornamental horticulture. Set on 9 hectares of heritage-listed gardens, the grounds began operating as a learning centre at the forefront of horticultural education in 1891. A strong collective of academics and contributors continue to develop education in horticultural processes to meet industry demands.

Situated on 20 hectares of land with adjacent native and plantation forests, Creswick has been an important location for forest science education since 1910, the historic campus containing original goldfields architecture significant to Victoria's heritage. It is Australia's only dedicated forest ecosystem science campus where staff undertake extensive research in forest ecosystem conservation, forest industries and molecular biology.

The University of Melbourne's Dookie campus is Victorias oldest and Australia's second oldest agricultural college. Dookie Campus played an important role during each period: pioneering wine grape varieties in the district since the 1870s, and contributing to vineyard and wine making techniques and research. The Winery, built in 1896, is used in teaching and research as well as a contract wine making facility for boutique winemakers. Since its inception, the campus has been the site of research and experimental trials by students, academics, and industry.

Shepparton, population 35,000, is located in the centre of the Goulburn Valley, 200 km north of Melbourne on the Goulburn Valley Highway. This campus is home to the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry & Health Sciences' Rural Health Academic Centre.

The Southbank campus is home to the majority of the Victorian College of the Arts and Melbourne Conservatorium of Music programs. The purpose-built facilities in the heart of Melbourne's arts precinct encourage our students’ creative talents. The campus sits alongside the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne Theatre Company, Melbourne Recital Centre, The Australian Ballet, Chunky Move, the Arts Centre and the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art.

Home to the Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences. The current veterinary school has a Preclinical Centre in Parkville, and a Clinical Centre at Werribee that has been operational since 1966.

Why Canadians Enjoy Studying at Melbourne


The University of Melbourne is arguably Australia’s most reputable higher education institution with a tradition of excellence in research and teaching. Students from Canada choose Melbourne due its high ranking among the best universities in the world. Canadians also enjoy its downtown campus location in the beautiful city of Melbourne as well as the beauty of this sandstone campus.

Located right on the doorstep of Melbourne’s CBD, the University of Melbourne is a great place to learn. It’s close to transport, fantastic cafes, shopping, arts and sports venues and accommodation. Everything is accessible.

There’s always something happening on campus—you might stumble across a group of jugglers practising on South Lawn, breakdancers in the Union Building, a free barbecue or a rock band. Theatre, exhibitions, trivia nights, comedy, film and a huge range of public lectures also add to the campus experience.

University of Melbourne students identify the best aspects of their Melbourne Experience as

  • inner-city location
  • social and cultural experiences
  • outdoor spaces on campus
  • reputation and prestige of the university

“Love the organization and leading edge mentality of a well-oiled machine of the Medical School. University of Melbourne's Doctor of Medicine program is of the highest caliber in Australia and is at the same level if not better than the top Canadian medical schools. They have the history and tradition of a world-class university and is located in the densest innovative biomedical research hub in the Southern Hemisphere. This is where you want to go to learn from the best so you can be the best.“

“The University of Melbourne is very easy to get settled into. There is lots to do on campus, there are tons of restaurants and cafes to socialise, and in general, it's just a very welcoming campus to be a part of“

“To be completely honest I am loving the weather here. I can handle the 15C winter no problem! Besides that, the people in Australia are so friendly and quite cheerful. There is a great cafe environment here, which is the perfect opportunity to escape studying (if only for a few hours) and socialise outside of school. I am in love with my program as we are one big family. It is so personal in comparison to my undergraduate degree where the few individuals I met in my program were through labs and I did not see them outside of school. In contrast, my fellow students in Vet Med are my support group and my best friends.“

“I love University of Melbourne. The professors make every effort they can to get to know the students. They are very approachable and want you to succeed.“

“University of Melbourne is a beautiful university with an amazing campus. Melbourne is a great city to live in and the different types of cultures and foods is phenomenal. The DDS program at Melbourne is top-notch, the staff are extremely helpful and the systematic approach of the course allows continuous practice and learning before stepping onto the next concept.“

“All of the teaching staff are amazing and very encouraging. They truly do want every student to succeed. As well, this program (Doctor of Physiotherapy) is not one that is offered in Canada. The university of melboune is the top-ranked school in Australia. It also ranks very high internationally. The Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences also ranks very high. The school has a beautiful campus as well. The program is very good and is the first of its kind in Australia. “

“This experience has given me the confidence to push myself and try new things. I love that the university has been so welcoming and provided many opportunities to exchange students. The Melbourne Welcome program was amazing and I would highly recommend it!“

Location: Melbourne

City History

Melbourne is the capital of Victoria and home to nearly four million people. It is the second-largest and most cosmopolitan city in Australia. Here are some Melbourne fast facts:

  • Melbourne was judged as the Most Livable City in the world in 2014 for a fourth consecutive year by the Economist Intelligence Unit.
  • Melbourne has been ranked the sixth most student-friendly city in the world in the QS Best Student City Rankings in 2013.
  • Melbourne has been recognized as a UNESCO City of Literature—they have more bookshops per head of population than anywhere else in Australia and more people borrow more books from libraries in Melbourne than anywhere else in Australia!
  • More than 100 languages are spoken by the city's residents.

The University is located just a few minutes from the centre of Melbourne—an exciting and vibrant centre of cultural, social, sporting and business life – and just a short walk from Carlton’s stylish Lygon Street and not far from the Bohemian Brunswick Street. The University’s main campus, Parkville, is recognized as the hub of Australia’s knowledge precinct, and includes eight hospitals, many leading research institutes and a wide range of knowledge-based industries.


Melbourne is a multicultural city, with its residents representing 140 nationalities and speaking 151 languages. Thirty per cent of Melbourne's population was born overseas, and Melbourne has the largest population of international students in the country.

Melbourne is also Australia's sporting capital. In 2006, Melbourne hosted the Commonwealth Games. This important sporting event showcased Melbourne as an international sporting and tourism destination of world quality. Melbourne is also home to many international sporting events including: Australian Open tennis, Formula One Grand Prix, The Melbourne Cup (horseracing), Rip Curl Surfing Pro at Bells Beach and the Australian International Airshow.

What OzTREKK Students Say About Living in Melbourne

“I like the new culture, the weather and the Australian plants, trees, and animals! Everyone here is super friendly!“

“To be completely honest I am loving the weather here. I can handle the 15C winter no problem! Besides that, the people in Australia are so friendly and quite cheerful. There is a great cafe environment here, which is the perfect opportunity to escape studying (if only for a few hours) and socialise outside of school.“

“Melbourne is an amazing city, very clean and the people are friendly. Australia is a lot like Canada and very easy to get around.“

“I love the city of Melbourne because there's always something to do and somewhere to go. I love that I see cafés everywhere and that I can get very good coffee on my way to school. I love Queen Victoria Market which is only 2min walk from where I live! Every day is like a festival there.“

“Culture—laid back yet studious when need be. Melbourne the city is beautiful, clean, organized.“

“Melbourne is a great city to live in and the different types of cultures and foods is phenomenal.“

“Melbourne is an amazing city to live in. There is so much variety and excitement in this city. Everywhere is accessible with bike paths and public transport. Australia has been an incredibly easy country to settle into. I've made wonderful friends and established a very nice life here.“

Some Popular University of Melbourne Programs for Students from Canada

University of Melbourne Architecture School (Undergraduate)

  • Bachelor of Environments

University of Melbourne Architecture School (Graduate)

  • Master of Architecture
  • Master of Construction Management
  • Master of Landscape Architecture
  • Master of Property
  • Master of Urban Planning

University of Melbourne Arts and Humanities (Undergraduate)

  • Bachelor of Arts (Media and Communications)
  • Bachelor of Dance
  • Bachelor of Dramatic Art
  • Bachelor of Film and Television
  • Bachelor of Fine Art
  • Bachelor of Music
  • Bachelor of Music Performance
  • Bachelor of Production

University of Melbourne Arts and Humanities (Graduate)

  • Master of Arts
  • Executive Master of Arts
  • Master of Applied Linguistics
  • Master of Arts (Professional and Applied Ethics)
  • Master of Criminology
  • Master of Development Studies
  • Master of International Relations
  • Master of Islamic Studies
  • Master of Journalism
  • Master of Public Policy and Management
  • Master of Social Policy
  • Master of Art Curatorship
  • Master of Arts Management / Postgraduate Diploma in Arts Management
  • Master of Cinema Management
  • Master of Cultural Materials Conservation
  • Master of Creative Writing, Publishing & Editing
  • Master of Global Media Communication
  • Master of Publishing and Communications

University of Melbourne Audiology School

University of Melbourne Business School (Undergraduate)

  • Bachelor of Commerce (many majors to choose from)

University of Melbourne Business School (Graduate)

  • Master of Accounting
  • Master of Commerce (Finance)
  • Master of Commerce (Marketing)
  • Master of Enterprise
  • Master of International Business
  • Master of Management
  • Master of Supply Chain Management

University of Melbourne Dental School

University of Melbourne Engineering and IT

  • Master of Engineering Project Management
  • Master of Environmental Engineering
  • Master of Engineering Management
  • Master of Engineering Structures
  • Master of Biomedical Engineering
  • Master of Information Technology
  • Master of Engineering in Distributed Computing
  • Master of Software Systems Engineering
  • Master of Telecommunications Engineering
  • Master of Geographic Information Technology
  • Master of Engineering Science (by Coursework and Research)
  • Master of Applied Science (by Coursework and Research)
  • Master of Computer Science (Research)
  • Master of Geomatic Engineering (Research)

University of Melbourne Environmental Sciences

  • Master of Agribusiness
  • Master of Agricultural Science
  • Master of Animal Science
  • Master of Environment
  • Master of Food and Packaging Innovation
  • Master of Food Science
  • Master of Forest Ecosystem Science
  • Master of Science (Geography)
  • Master of Urban Horticulture
  • Postgraduate Certificate & Postgraduate Diploma in Bushfire Planning and Management
  • Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma in Forest Systems Management

University of Melbourne Health Sciences

  • Graduate Diploma in Adolescent Health and Welfare
  • Master of Genetic Counselling
  • Graduate Diploma in Genetic Counselling
  • Graduate Diploma in Mental Health Science
  • Master of Audiology (by research)
  • Master of Primary Health Care (by research)
  • Master of Nursing (by research)
  • Master of Biostatistics
  • Master of Science (Epidemiology)
  • Master of Public Health (by coursework)
  • Master of Public Health (by research)
  • Master of Rural Health (by research)

University of Melbourne Law School

University of Melbourne Linguistics

  • Master of Applied Linguistics (Technology and Language Learning)
  • Master of Applied Linguistics (English Language)
  • Master of Applied Linguistics (Language Testing and Language Program Evaluation)
  • Master of Applied Linguistics (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages)

University of Melbourne Medical School

University of Melbourne Nursing School (Graduate)

  • Master of Nursing Science

University of Melbourne Optometry School

University of Melbourne Physiotherapy School

University of Melbourne Public Health School

  • Master of Public Health

University of Melbourne Science (Undergraduate)

  • Bachelor of Science (many majors to choose from)

University of Melbourne Science (Graduate)

  • Master of Biotechnology
  • Master of Environment
  • Master of Information Systems
  • Master of Science )
  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Information Systems
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Science (Earth Sciences)
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Information Systems

University of Melbourne Speech Pathology School

  • Master of Speech Pathology

University of Melbourne Teacher Education

  • Master of Teaching

University of Melbourne Veterinary School

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