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Study Abroad at Victoria University (Melbourne)
Melbourne, Australia (Outgoing Program)
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Study Abroad Advisor: Samantha Skillman

Program Dates

Fall semester: Late July - Late November
Spring semester: Late February - Late June

Program Costs

Estimated program Budgets can be found above in the "Budget Sheets" box or by clicking the links below:

Click the links below for useful fee schedule timelines designed to help you plan for a potential semester in Australia:

Australia Fee Schedule - Fall Semester.pdf
Australia Fee Schedule - Spring Semester.pdf

Global Scholar Program Opportunities may be available for New Paltz students applying for this program.  The SUNY New Paltz Global Scholar Program opportunity grants successful New Paltz applicants a significant reduction in the cost of their program fee. This program aims to identify eligible students who demonstrate the ability to think critically about global issues and who are willing to invest in both the New Paltz community and their host community abroad.  For more information, click the link below and contact the Center for International Programs:

Global Scholar Program Opportunity

Location Description


The university is located in the beautiful city of Melbourne, offering a unique blend of lifestyles and cultures in a safe and clean environment. Melbourne has something to offer everyone: restaurants from around the g lobe, cultural and performing arts, festivals, world class sporting events, a thriving coffee culture and exhilarating night life. Melbourne is surrounded by beautiful beaches, parks and gardens for all to enjoy.

Melbourne was just voted the worlds most livable city by the Economist Intelligence Unit!
An additional tool to help you in the course review and selection process is our Course Equivalency Database.  Click the link to view and use the database in order to find courses taken at this university by previous participants in this program and see the SUNY New Paltz course equivalent.

Host University

With educational roots dating back to 1915, Victoria University of Technology is best known as one of the Australia's most innovative institutions of higher learning. Students can study for either the fall, or spring semester or for an academic year, choosing from hundreds of subjects at the undergraduate level.


Academic Program

Australian Vocabulary

Before you start looking up courses at Victoria University, a quick explanation on vocabulary is in order.  When visiting the VU website, you will see some words and terminology that mean slightly different things in Australia than they do in the US.  Some common ones are below:
Australian Term US Equivalent
Unit Class or course
Course Course of study, or major
Faculty Department
Timetable Course Schedule

Study Abroad students can choose from hundreds of subjects at the undergraduate level from within three faculties:
  1. Art, Education & Human Development
  2. Business & Law
  3. Health, Engineering & Science
Included within each faculty are multiples schools, described below:
  1. Schools within the Art, Education & Human Development faculty consist of, Communication and the Arts, Education, Social Sciences and Psychology and Sport and Exercise Science.
  2. Schools within the Business and Law faculty consist of, Accounting, Economics and Finance, Hospitality Tourism and Marketing, Law, and Management and Information Systems.
  3. Schools within the Health Engineering and Science faculty consist of, Bio-Medical and Health Sciences, Engineering and Science, Nursing and Midwifery.

Credit Conversion

Courses at VU are usually 12cps (3 US credits) each. In rare cases where the cps is more than 12 or less than 12,
US credit equivalencies will be determined proportionally.

NOTE: Each semester, students must enroll in a sufficient number of cp units (48 or more) to equal at least 12
US credits. This typically equates to taking at least 4 courses each semester. All students are expected to
maintain this full-time status. Failure to do so can subject the student to possible deportation by the Australian
immigration authorities.

Unit Search

To conduct a search of units that VU offers, please visit the online handbook at the following link:

Victoria University Unit Search

To search within a particular course (major), select “Search for Courses” from the dropdown menu next to the
search box.

Exchange/Study Abroad students can study from any of the faculties as long as there are no pre-requisites (or an equivalent unit has been completed back home).

Students are invited to study for a semester or academic year. A five day orientation program is offered one week prior to the beginning of each semester, which provides a broad introduction to the university and usually includes a tour of the city as well as a field trip to one of Melbourne's many popular attractions.

Language of Instruction

All courses are taught in English


12-15 undergraduate credits may be earned per semester.

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Students who are Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors at the time of application and in good academic standing are eligible. A minimum GPA of 2.5 is required.


The best choice of accommodation depends on personal needs and preferences. These are different for every student.

It is not essential that you live near campus. As long as you have easy access to public transport, you may like to explore other areas of Melbourne. Most students would take between 20 minutes to 1 hour to get to class. You may even like to get a bicycle once you arrive as there are lots of good bike paths.

UniLodge @ VU is the new 12 storey student apartment complex that opened in January 2016. This luxury complex offers studio apartments, 2 bedroom and 6 bedroom share apartments to rent.

Fully furnished with study rooms, outdoor leisure spaces, on-site cafe and a theatre, UniLodge @ VU offers you a first class living experience across the road from the Footscray Park Campus. It's just a short walk to Footscray Nicholson Campus and the Footscray Railway station is only two stops to the city and Flinders St Campus.

You will have access to the applications for housing after you have applied for and been accepted to the Victoria University program.


The Victoria Student Union offers opportunities to join over 50 clubs and societies, including academic, athletics, religious and other personal interest groups. Trips and tours are organized to meet and mingle with your fellow Aussie classmates, in a variety of activities from swimming with dolphins and scuba diving to excursions into the Australia's famous "Outback."  A variety of discount vouchers to movies, nightclubs, comedy clubs and other events are also regularly available from the Student Union.

Recently, Victoria University has been arranging an optional Orientation Trip for new International Students.  The trip takes place over the course of 3 days and includes visits to the 12 Apostles, the Great Ocean Road, a surf lesson, and much more.  The pictures below are from a recent trip.  More information about future Orientation Trips will be provided upon acceptance to the program.

The Student Village also provides a 5-day orientation and social programs such as sports, camp, college outings an annual ball,  and regular movie nights in the hall, fully equipped with a home theatre system. 

Internship/Volunteer Opportunities

The following document was provided upon request by our colleagues at Victoria University and lists a number of agencies in which students may wish to volunteer their services:

Volunteering in Australia

On-site Support

Staff are on hand at Victoria University to help students adjust to life in Australia.


All students must apply for a student visa.  More information about this process will be provided upon acceptance to the program and/or by visiting the Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship:

Citizens from other nations should consult the Australian embassy website for alternate instructions for applying for a student visa.

Check out the following link for information on studying in Australia from the Australian government.

Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Calendar Year 2019 10/01/2018 10/10/2018 TBA TBA
Spring 2019 10/01/2018 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.