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Friday, June 3rd, 2016

New innovative arts education space at the University of Melbourne

With soundproof flooring, pull-out seats and an attractive light-filled piazza complete with a grand piano, the University of Melbourne’s new arts education space studioFive is every arts teacher’s dream.

New arts education space at the University of Melbourne

A new art space has been designed to maximise teaching and learning (Photo credit: University of Melbourne)

Comprising specialist studios for drama, music and visual art, studioFive is multi-purpose built and can be tailored to teaching styles in each artistic discipline from media to dance.

Led by Professor Susan Wright, Chair of Arts Education, this unique space brings together visiting fellows, artists-in-residence and over 50 doctoral and masters students to generate teaching practices that will meet the needs of 21st-century learners.

“The arts support the development of fine motor skills, creativity and expression, and are a vital part of a child’s learning. We’ve created an environment in which artistic approaches to teaching and learning are practiced, and can flourish and develop,” said Professor Wright.

Designed by PTID in collaboration with academics in Arts Education in the Melbourne Graduate School of Education and the University of Melbourne’s Learning Environments Applied Research Network (LEaRN), lead designer Ben Lornie said the space was designed to maximise teaching and learning.

“We worked closely with the university to envision new ways of designing space to support teachers, students and researchers in twenty-first-century learning environments. This space is the most adaptable learning environment of its kind in the world; it sets a new benchmark for Arts teaching,” he said. “Flexible furniture and glass acoustic sliding doors enable each room to transform easily, changing from an open rehearsal area to a private lecture theatre in seconds.”

Fitted with state-of-the-art equipment, including 64 video channels that can be streamed to the Science of Learning Research Classroom lab, a wide body of research will also be collected and housed by studioFive.

“This technology-rich space will help support our educators and learners to examine the principles and practices of the arts in education and engage in a range of learner-orientated, cross-disciplinary research projects,” said Professor Wright.

Dean of Education Professor Field Rickards said the long-awaited arts education space is a much welcome addition to the Graduate School.

“The benefits of the arts are for everyone, and I look forward to seeing not just our students use this space but also schools, community groups, and the broader arts industry.”


Learn more about arts education at the University of Melbourne. Contact OzTREKK Admissions Officer Shannon Tilston at 1-866-698-7355 or shannon@oztrekk.com.

Monday, January 4th, 2016

Australian romantic comedy filming at the University of Melbourne

The University of Melbourne has welcomed the crew and actors working on a unique stereotype-busting Australian romantic comedy feature film.

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A scene from Ali’s Wedding, filmed at the University of Melbourne (Photo credit: Ben Timony)

Ali’s Wedding—backed by Screen Australia, Film Victoria, Screen NSW, White Hot Productions and the Adelaide Film Festival—is based on the true story of Osamah Sami, the son of a Muslim Cleric, who migrated to Australia from Iraq. Through a series of well-intentioned lies, Osamah managed to convince his family he was enrolled in Medicine at the University of Melbourne.

The film documents his attempts to live up to the expectations of his community and his father.

The film’s producer, Sheila Jayadev, said the University of Melbourne was a vital location for the shoot, given the real-life Osamah really did attend lectures at the University’s Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences Faculty.

“We spent three wonderful days filming at Melbourne University, shooting scenes for our film at various locations around the campus,” Ms Jayadev said.

“It was a special place to film not only because of its significance in Osamah’s story, but also for the array of visuals it offered us, from the grandeur of its sandstone arches, to the stunning design of its newer buildings. It has been terrific to partner with the University of Melbourne to bring this element of the film to life.”

Executive Producer, Tony Ayres, who is University of Melbourne Victorian College of Arts alumnus, said it was fantastic to return to the old Alma Mater to film.

“Matchbox Pictures is so excited to bring Ali’s Wedding to life. When I heard Osamah Sami’s real-life story, I knew it would one day make a great movie.

“Now, more than ever, the world needs a film about Muslims where the only mention of bombers is the Essendon Football Club.”

Osamah Sami, co-writer and lead actor said, “Hopefully telling this story will make up for my loitering and distracting security guards a decade ago.”

University of Melbourne Executive Director Marketing and Communications, Lara McKay, said the university welcomed productions onto the campus.

Ali’s Wedding provides a great opportunity to showcase the university’s Parkville campus to people across our city, state, the country and potentially globally.

“We’ve welcomed crews from large scale productions in recent years such as Lion, and Predestination.

“Usually these films don’t actually depict the location as the University of Melbourne so Ali’s Wedding is unique in that regard and we are so pleased to be able to support such an important Australian film.”


There are many arts programs available at the University of Melbourne! Contact OzTREKK Admissions Officer Shannon Tilston for more information: shannon@oztrekk.com or call toll free in Canada at 1-866-698-7355.

Wednesday, August 5th, 2015

Melbourne Conservatorium launches new music curriculum

From 2016, students enrolled in the new Bachelor of Music program at the University of Melbourne will have the choice to specialise in any discipline, including Music Performance, Composition, Musicology/Ethnomusicology, Jazz and Improvisation, or Interactive Composition.

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Music Rehearsal at Melba Hall (Photo credit: University of Melbourne)

The Faculty of the Victorian College of the Arts and Melbourne Conservatorium of Music (VCA & MCM) currently boasts the largest and most comprehensive range of music courses in Australia.  The new move to bring all music specialisations together under the one ‘Bachelor of Music’ umbrella will aid collaboration and allow music students the flexibility to focus their studies on the subjects that inspire them most.

Director of the MCM Professor Gary McPherson said the new curriculum would position the music programme at the University of Melbourne both nationally and internationally as a leading provider of quality training for future musicians.

“With better opportunities for cross-collaboration across all forms of music, this new mode of delivery will enable a more integrated and complimentary learning experience to emerging musicians,” Professor McPherson said.

“Jazz and Improvisation, and Interactive Composition are options currently offered through the Bachelor of Fine Arts (Contemporary Music) at the VCA.  By merging these two specialisations into the Bachelor of Music at the MCM, all students will be able to tailor their course offerings and focus on what really matters and interests them most,” Professor McPherson said.

The emphasis of Jazz and Improvisation, and Interactive Composition will continue to be on intensive studio-based and ensemble teaching, delivered by the same talented and committed staff on the Southbank campus.

New graduate study options will also be available in 2016, with an expanded range of specialisations in the Bachelor of Music (Honours), the addition of a Master of Music (Jazz and Interactive Composition), and a Master of Music (Interactive Composition).

“We are also working towards a long-term plan of consolidating the full music program south of the river and I soon hope to be able to share plans for a new Conservatorium building which is gaining momentum,” Professor McPherson said.


Would you like more information studying arts and music at the University of Melbourne? Contact OzTREKK Admissions Officer Rachel Brady at rachel@oztrekk.com or call 1-866-698-7355 (toll free in Canada).

Tuesday, March 31st, 2015

State-of-the-art recording studio launched at the Melbourne VCA and MCM

On March 27, the new Brian Brown Recording Studio was launched by the Minister for Creative Industries, Martin Foley MP at the University of Melbourne’s Southbank campus—home to the Faculty of the Victorian College of the Arts and Melbourne Conservatorium of Music (VCA and MCM).

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Elizabeth Murdoch building at the Melbourne VCA

Funded by Creative Victoria, the upgraded facility will allow for large-scale live recordings incorporating high-end technology and a range of new teaching, research and community engagement activities.

With low-latency HD video monitoring, the facility will also allow musicians in a variety of spaces to record and communicate with adjacent teaching spaces and internationally via audio and video link.

Director of the VCA and MCM, Professor Su Baker, said the studio was named in honour of the eminent Australian jazz musician Brian Brown OAM (1933–2013), who established the jazz and improvisation course at the VCA in 1980.

“The studio was originally developed by Brian Brown some thirty-fve years ago and regarded as one of the foremost state-of-the-art recording studios and centres for electro-acoustic composition in Australia,” said Professor Baker.

“As a result of the upgrade, the studio now offers all the functions required by emerging musicians in the twenty-first century, continuing the legacy of the visionary Australian artist,” she said.

There are also plans to set up full synthesiser integration to allow digital input into the analogue synthesiser collection—including the “Rare ‘Doctor Who’ synthesiser,” Synthi 100—meaning new production technologies can be used in conjunction with old.

Minister for Creative Industries, Martin Foley MP, who officially launched the studio today said the Melbourne Faculty of VCA and MCM has a long history of providing the highest level of teaching and facilities to emerging artists.

“For well over forty years, the VCA and MCM has fed and nurtured our creative sector—attracting, training and retaining outstanding talent for Victoria,” Minister Foley said.

“World-class training needs world class facilities, and this studio will help to foster the next generation of musical talent and create projects that will be shared with the wider community for many years to come,” he said.


Find out more about the University of Melbourne’s many arts and music programs. Contact OzTREKK Admissions Officer Rachel Brady for more information about Australian arts degrees. Email rachel@oztrekk.com or call (toll free in Canada). Learn how OzTREKK can help you to study in Australia!

Monday, March 2nd, 2015

Acclaimed Indigenous artist joins University of Melbourne

One of Australia’s foremost Indigenous artists, Richard Frankland, has joined the Wilin Centre for Indigenous Arts and Cultural Development at the Faculty of the Victorian College of the Arts and Melbourne Conservatorium of Music (VCA & MCM) at the University of Melbourne, as Head of Curriculum & Programs.

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Study arts at the University of Melbourne

Professor Barry Conyngham, Dean of the Faculty of the VCA & MCM, said the Wilin Centre has connected Indigenous artists with a pathway to their future in visual and performing arts, design, film and television and production for the past 12 years.

“Richard Frankland is superbly well-placed to continue this role and further educate the university community in Indigenous culture,” Professor Conyngham said.

Mr Frankland’s initial focus at the university will be on Indigenous recruitment.

“I want to see more Aboriginal faces studying at the VCA and MCM, more opportunities for Indigenous artists to achieve and more engagement from the broader community at our performances and concerts,” he said.

Mr Frankland is currently planning an extensive regional recruitment program and a series of Indigenous artist residencies.

A Gunditjmara man from Portland in south-west Victoria, Mr Frankland has an extensive background as a writer, filmmaker and musician. He has also worked as a soldier, fisherman and Field Officer during the 1988 Royal Commission on Aboriginal Deaths in Custody.

Mr Frankland has written, directed and produced over 50 film projects including the documentary No Way To Forget for which he became the first Indigenous director to win an AFI Award in 1996.

Mr Frankland’s 2014 stage production at the Malthouse Theatre, Walking into the Bigness, was nominated for three Green Room Awards last week for production, writing/adaptation and ensemble work. He is also an acclaimed musician—his music features on the soundtracks to many of his films and in 1991 his first band Djaambi supported Prince on his Australian Tour.

Former head of the Wilin Centre, opera singer and composer Deborah Cheetham, will stay on at the University of Melbourne’s VCA & MCM as Associate Dean (Indigenous Development) in a policy and advisory role.


Find out more about the University of Melbourne’s many arts and music programs. Contact OzTREKK Admissions Officer Rachel Brady for more information about Australian arts degrees. Email rachel@oztrekk.com or call 1-866-698-7355 (toll free in Canada).

Friday, January 16th, 2015

Master of Marketing Communications at the University of Melbourne

Developed in consultation with industry, the Master of Marketing Communications at the University of Melbourne prepares you for a career in the rapidly evolving integrated marketing, communications and digital environment. The program combines the communications expertise of the Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences and with the marketing rigour offered by Melbourne Business School, and is taught by industry experts.

This vocational program has been designed to help integrate your skills in the marketing and communications disciplines to help you adapt to the changing industry of the digital age. Graduates will emerge as creative and reflective practitioners who are equipped to face dynamic industry challenges with practical skills in content marketing, advertising, public relations and strategic communications.

To maximise your industry exposure, an internship, Applied Syndicate project and Advanced Practice subjects taught by industry experts will be offered as part of the program. You’ll address challenges and explore a range of contemporary issues through individual and team-based opportunities.

The Master of Marketing Communications will develop future executives and professionals with disciplinary-specific knowledge and interdisciplinary expertise.

Careers in marketing communications

The Master of Marketing Communications prepares students for careers involving persuasive public communications and engaging with audiences across a variety of digital platforms such as content marketing, advertising, media campaign strategy, social media and public relations.

In the first 1-3 years of your career, you can expect to work in positions such as

  • Social Media Coordinator
  • Digital Brand Officer
  • Content Marketing Coordinator
  • Junior Advertising Executive
  • Public Relations Advisor
  • Media Campaign Consultant
  • Marketing Coordinator

With 5-10 years’ experience, you can expect to progress to roles such as

  • Communications Manager
  • Senior Public Relations Consultant
  • Social Media Manager
  • Campaign Strategy Director
  • Senior Account Manager
  • Integrated Marketing Campaigns Executive

Program: Master of Marketing Communications
Location: Melbourne, Victoria
Semester intake: February
Duration: 2 years

Apply to the University of Melbourne!


Would you like more information about Master of Marketing Communications? Contact OzTREKK Admissions Officer Rachel Brady for more information about Australian arts degrees and Australian business degrees at rachel@oztrekk.com or call toll free in Canada at 1-866-698-7355.

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

Study international relations at the University of Melbourne

The Melbourne School of Government is housed in the Walter Boas Building which is at the heart of the Parkville campus. Programs offered by the school are delivered in cutting-edge teaching and learning environments, close to student support services and other student amenities.

The Melbourne School of Government is a graduate school within the Faculty of Arts focused on public policy and governance.

  • The Dean of Arts is the custodial Dean.
  • The Melbourne Law School and the Faculty of Business & Economics are core Partner Faculties for the new School, supporting the development and delivery of its academic mission.
  • The School also provides opportunities for staff from all faculties to participate in research and teaching, and to better influence public policy.
  • The School has a core team of staff leading its activities and works with and through academics in the three core faculties and beyond on teaching, research and engagement.
  • The School has a multifaculty Executive Management Group overseeing its activities.
  • The School’s work will be supported by an external advisory board comprised of leading figures from the worlds of government, industry and the not-for-profit sector.

Collaborative work and social spaces enable you to network, exchange ideas and socialise with others, as well as build a strong cohort experience. Facilities include dedicated teaching and event spaces, and study and meeting rooms.

The Master of International Relations is offered collaboratively by several schools in the Melbourne Faculty of Arts. The degree is designed for graduates who are seeking careers in international affairs, in government, diplomacy, non-government organisations (NGOs), international organisations, and the media. It is a program that combines advanced study in the field of international relations, with relevant professional skills development, and an electives program that is specifically designed to promote cross-cultural understanding. The elective program is also to reflect Australia’s geographic location and the University of Melbourne’s research strengths, notably in Asian and Islamic Studies with an emphasis on Asian and Islamic politics, society and culture. The program will also offer students exchange and language study opportunities. The degree is specifically designed as a pathway to professional employment; however, there is a thesis option for high-achieving students who may wish to progress to a PhD.

Students will have the opportunity to

  • Study contemporary issues including international politics of climate change, nuclear weapons, genocide, human rights, globalisation, corruption, international trade, and women in global politics.
  • Acquire deep knowledge of key developments within international relations, as well as the roles of the United States, China, the European Union, and the United Nations.
  • Apply skills and knowledge and gain relevant work experience through an optional internship.
  • Become an active global citizen with keen cross-cultural awareness and understanding.
  • Participate in international student exchanges and study another language.
  • Potentially progress to a research higher degree through a minor thesis option.

Learning Outcomes
The Master of International Relations is designed to provide students with a comprehensive, multidisciplinary and professionally-oriented degree in international relations, with a focus on the Asia-Pacific region. It is designed to provide students with a conceptual knowledge of key developments in international relations together with the practical skills that are relevant to a career in international affairs, including working in international organisations, government, business, media, and non-government organisations.

Program: Master of International Relations
Location: Melbourne, Victoria
Semester intake: March and July
Duration: 2 years
Application deadline: The university has a recommended deadline of October 31, 2014 for the March 2015 intake.

Apply to the Melbourne School of Government!


Find out more about studying the Master of International Relations at Melbourne! Contact OzTREKK Admissions Officer Rachel Brady for more information about how you can study in Australia! Email Rachel at rachel@oztrekk.com or call toll free in Canada at 1-866-698-7355.

Thursday, October 2nd, 2014

Melbourne Master of Cultural Materials Conservation

So many undergraduates have a passion for culture and the arts, but aren’t sure where to turn after their bachelor degrees are completed. How about the University of Melbourne’s Master of Cultural Materials Conservation?

Students of the program can take advantage of the university’s unique position as a laboratory based interdisciplinary program and work with senior heritage professionals and conservators to preserve art and objects for future generations.

The university has connections with national and international institutions, and students can capitalise on the vast cultural collections and expertise of the University of Melbourne Centre for Cultural Materials Conversation, the Arts and Science Faculties and the Ian Potter Museum of Art.

Students will also be able to get involved with Indigenous projects, including the Association of Northern Kimberley Arnhem Aboriginal Artists and the Warmun Art Centre; and global institutions like the National Visual Art Gallery of Malaysia; Getty Conservation Institute, USA; and the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) in Victoria.

Students will have the opportunity to

  • specialise in areas such as conservation, treatment of paintings, objects, works on paper and photographs;
  • access and apply sophisticated scientific conservation equipment at the University of Melbourne’s Science and Engineering faculties; and
  • gain professional experience through a national or international internship, where you will work under senior heritage professionals and conservators to carry out conservation research or a conservational treatment.

The Centre for Cultural Materials Conservation (CCMC) is the only centre of its kind in Australia, combining both the theory and practice of cultural material conservation. Teaching programs offer specialist courses in conservation and art authentication. The Centre has a strong research track record and active research programs, with national and international collaborations. In addition, the Centre seeks to develop graduate research opportunities, relating to the broader issues of cultural preservation, particularly for communities and cultures within the Asian-Pacific region. Specialisations include conservation treatment of paintings, works on paper, frames, and object and architectural conservation; research and technical analysis; collection management reports and strategy plans.

Program: Master of Cultural Materials Conservation
Location: Parkville, Melbourne
Duration: 1 – 1.5 years
Semester intake: March 2015
Application deadline: January 2, 2015; however, applicants are strongly encouraged to submit a completed application before December 15, 2014.

Graduates of the Master of Cultural Materials Conservation will

  • develop a sound knowledge and understanding of cultural material conservation principles, methodologies and best practice standards;
  • gain an understanding of the role of cultural material in the economic, social and cultural well-being of individuals, communities and nations;
  • be equipped to contribute to national and international debates, protocols and conventions relevant to cultural material conservation;
  • be informed advocates for cultural material conservation and play a leadership role within the sector, actively engaging in critical policy issues;
  • develop an appreciation of cultural diversity, community sensitivities and a changing social context to the scientific and historical paradigms that exist within the cultural heritage and conservation sectors;
  • develop critical and analytical skills and methods, and a cross-disciplinary understanding and approach, to the identification and resolution of conservation issues.

Apply to the University of Melbourne Faculty of Arts!


There are many arts programs available at the University of Melbourne! Contact OzTREKK Admissions Officer Rachel Brady for more information about Australian arts degrees: Email  rachel@oztrekk.com or call 1-866-698-7355.

Monday, September 8th, 2014

Melbourne Master of International Relations – The OzTREKK student experience!

Studying the complexities of international relations is not everyone’s cup of tea, but some people thrive on analyzing the world we live in, and aim to make it a better place.  Chloe began her journey with OzTREKK in December 2012 and decided that the University of Melbourne was the ideal locale to achieve her goals of studying global interests.

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Chloe and her partner visiting the 12 Apostles, Great Ocean Road

International relations focuses on contemporary issues, including international politics of climate change, nuclear weapons, genocide, human rights, globalisation, corruption, international trade, and women in global politics. Read on to find out more about the Master of International Relations program and why Chloe chose to study at the University of Melbourne.

How did you become interested in international relations?

I spent a lot of time traveling during my undergrad at the University of Winnipeg, and after I graduated I spent two years teaching English in Japan. When I was looking into my options for graduate programs, I knew I wanted to work on the international scene. My main areas of interest are international law, human rights and immigration policy, and the international relations programs I looked into in Canada and Australia all had great reputations and offered subjects that I could apply to my areas of interest.

What made you choose Melbourne?

Honestly, the main reason I chose the University of Melbourne is because my partner is from here, so I had my mind set on Melbourne from the beginning. But besides that, I actually came to Australia on holiday a few years ago to visit some friends, and after spending time in Sydney and traveling around the east coast, I came to Melbourne and could sense right way that this was a place I could see myself living one day. Melbourne gave off such a great vibe. I loved the laneways and street art, the architecture, the markets and the cafés. Melbourne is an incredibly friendly, diverse and welcoming city.

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Stopping for selfies at Salmon Bay after a day of bike riding Rottnest Island, WA

What is Master of International Relations, anyway?

In the Master of International Relations, we study politics, history, theory, economics and law. The electives cover a range of topics like global justice, human rights and policy, as well as subjects that focus on specific organisations or regions. It also gives you the option to take two language electives, which some people use to improve languages they already know, or to learn a whole new language.

What do you hope to do once you’ve finished your degree?

I have a few career paths that I hope to pursue once I graduate. I’d like to work in diplomacy, policy making or advocacy. I might even go back to university to learn about international law in more depth. The program is designed to prepare graduates for jobs in government, NGOs, diplomacy and international organisations.

What do you like about your program/dislike?

I like the size of the classes. Each lecture has about 30 or 40 people, so it’s small enough that you can have discussions with your classmates, ask questions in class, and get to know your professors and classmates. I also like the freedom we have to shape our course load to our own interests. There are six core subjects that each student is required to take, and a range of electives to choose from. But, if you’re interested in relevant subjects that aren’t on the list of electives, you can ask for permission to take those as electives as well. The university also brings some really interesting guest speakers from all over the world to lead master classes.

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Chloe and her mom having a winery day in the Yarra Valley, Victoria

How has your time in Melbourne been so far?

Life in Melbourne has been great. I spent my first few months getting to know the city, exploring the different suburbs and meeting people. The food and coffee here is amazing—it’s definitely a gluttonous life here in Melbourne! Uni life has been really easy to settle into. I was initially intimidated by the size of the campus, but after some exploring, I’ve found my favourite spots to eat, good hideaways to study and there’s a great Japanese pub on campus that is always a fun place to relax.

What was the most difficult thing about moving to Australia?

Most elements of life were really easy to set up. I have a student line of credit from Canada, and setting up a bank account here was pretty straightforward. But I’ve found the health care system to be really frustrating, and as a foreigner, I don’t always know where I stand. I have OSHC health insurance, but its uses aren’t very clear. By going to the wrong clinic for a minor stomach problem, and after being told by numerous staff at the clinic and the OSHC representative that I would be reimbursed for my expenses, I sent my claims through only to find out that I went to the wrong type of clinic and ended up having to cover a few hundred dollars’ worth of medical bills. There is a clinic on campus where you can make an appointment and OSHC will be billed directly, and had I been told that by someone when I purchased my insurance, I could have saved a lot of money.

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Winery lunch at Green Olive at Red Hill, Mornington Peninsula, Victoria

Do you have any advice for students thinking about studying Master of International Relations?

I’d say the most important thing is to be open to constructive criticism and don’t expect perfect marks right off the bat, no matter how good your GPA was as an undergrad. I’d consider myself a really good student in my undergrad, and I had competitive grades that got me into the Master of International Relations, but I was disappointed by my first few assignments. The standard is really high here, and I’ve heard criticism about elements of my work that had never been an issue before. I found this really frustrating at first, but after getting through a few assignments, the expectations have become a lot more clear, and it has made the quality of my work so much better. So just be open to suggestions!

How did you find out about OzTREKK and what did you think of our services?

I found out about OzTREKK on the University of Melbourne website. When I was checking out the university’s website to find out how to apply, OzTREKK came up as on of the university’s recommended agencies for Canadian students. I sent OzTREKK an email with a few questions and heard back almost immediately. The service has been amazing right from the start. They laid out really clearly everything I needed to apply to the programs I was interested in and had answers for all of my questions. They’ve been taking care of all of my questions and concerns for over a year now, and I’m just really grateful for the support they’ve offered, answering emails and even having an OzTREKK staff member come to Australia to welcome us here and help us get set up. I also really appreciate how friendly the service is. Starting each email with a “How are you?” Or “How was your weekend” made me feel like they enjoy what they do and that they genuinely care. I also really appreciated the OzTREKK scholarship!

I would definitely recommend Melbourne to anyone considering moving to Australia, and the University of Melbourne‘s MIR degree is definitely a challenge and a great learning experience.

Master of International Relations at the University of Melbourne

Program: Master of International Relations
Location: Melbourne, Victoria
Semester intake: March and July
Duration: 2 years
Application deadline: The university has a recommended deadline of October 31, 2014 for the March 2015 intake.

Apply to the Melbourne School of Government!


Find out more about studying the  Master of International Relations at the University of Melbourne! Contact OzTREKK Admissions Officer Rachel Brady for more information at rachel@oztrekk.com or call toll free in Canada at 1-866-698-7355.

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

Hebrew Studies at the University of Melbourne receives generous gift

The Hebrew Studies will possess Australia’s leading course in Hebrew language and Jewish culture, thanks to a generous gift from a University of Melbourne alumnus on his 95th birthday.

Dr Israel Kipen, who has been involved in Victorian education for more than half a century, has worked closely with the university to form the Dr Israel Kipen Lectureship in Hebrew Studies.

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The gift will provide significant ongoing support that will underpin the lectureship in Hebrew Studies within the Program in Jewish Culture and Society—the only one of its kind in Victoria. The lectureship will enable the continued teaching of the Hebrew language and literature, and contribute to the understanding of Jewish history, culture and society at the University of Melbourne.

Dr Kipen migrated to Melbourne from Poland in 1946, following the end of the Second World War. He quickly established himself as a knitwear manufacturer and educationalist, and was one of the founders of Bialik College in 1963. Dr Kipen was on the school executive of Mount Scopus College (1949–58) and helped found the immigration reception resource, the Bialystoker Centre.

Dr Kipen later studied at the university, completing a Bachelor of Arts (1980) and Master of Arts (1982). In 2007, he was awarded an honorary doctorate by the university, acknowledging his long involvement in Australian education and the Australian Jewish community.

Dr Dvir Abramovich, Director of the Program in Jewish Culture and Society and the Dr Israel Kipen Lecturer in Hebrew Studies, said the gift would ensure the Hebrew language retained a strong base at the university.

“This generous endowment significantly adds to the momentum, presence and future vitality of the Program in Jewish Culture and Society, and ensures we can keep offering subjects in Hebrew language and literature to our students and the public,” he said.

“Dr Israel Kipen has always cared deeply and profoundly about fostering Jewish education and learning, and this gift is a testament to the values he holds dear.

“The endowment gives a permanence to Hebrew Studies, a field that has had a home at the University of Melbourne for more than 60 years, and I am proud to carry on the unique and proud legacy Dr Kipen has helped to create and hope to follow in his footsteps.”

Professor Mark Considine, Dean of the Faculty of Arts, welcomed Dr Kipen’s generosity. He said it reflected well on the depth of the faculty’s undergraduate program.

“The Faculty of Arts offers Melbourne’s original and oldest degree and retains a strong commitment to excellence across a wide range of subjects in the humanities, social sciences and languages that engage students,” he said. “Dr Kipen’s gift supports a lectureship that has enriched academic life at the university and enables us to continue teaching the best and brightest students.”

University Vice-Chancellor, Professor Glyn Davis AC, thanked Dr Kipen for his generosity. He said Dr Kipen’s gift was one of the many positive results of the University’s largest-ever philanthropic campaign, Believe – the Campaign for the University of Melbourne.

“Friends and alumni of the university have committed themselves to supporting a university that continues to provide world-class teaching in a stimulating academic environment,” he said.

“Dr Kipen has been a longtime supporter of the university and we are immensely grateful that he has chosen to uphold the valuable Hebrew research and teaching program at the university.”

Believe – the Campaign for the University of Melbourne aims to raise more than $500 million by the end of 2017. The campaign will educate tomorrow’s leaders, find answers to the world’s grand challenges, and enrich communities near and far.

Melbourne School of Historical and Philosophical Studies

The School of Historical and Philosophical Studies was formed in 2011 comprising the programs of History, History and Philosophy of Science, Philosophy, Classics and Archaeology, and the Centre for Cultural Materials Conservation and the Program in Jewish Culture and Society.

The school brings together a lively, engaging and vibrant program of teaching and research which offers a wide variety of courses and subjects. The school offerings give students an opportunity to extend their knowledge and understanding of their historical interests in a range of diverse contexts, as well as to develop the students’ capacity to analyze, think critically and communicate effectively. The school offers both breadth and depth, covering through its subjects a diversity of times, places, and themes which reflect the latest developments in historical research and vocational practice.


Are you interested in Hebrew Studies and other arts degrees at the University of Melbourne? Contact OzTREKK Admissions Officer Rachel Brady for more information about Australian arts degrees. Email rachel@oztrekk.com or call 1-866-698-7355 (toll free in Canada). Learn how OzTREKK can help you to study in Australia!