The University of Melbourne


The University of Melbourne (UniMelb), one of the highest ranking universities in Australia, has made distinctive contributions to society and attracted the best and brightest students and researchers from around the world. Learn alongside leading academics, whose research informs UniMelb curriculum, with over 100 research centers, galleries and museums on campus.

Quick Facts

Partner Program Type – Exchange

Minimum GPA – 3.0

Eligibility – Good academic and disciplinary standing, Min Age: 18, Open to All Majors, Junior or Senior class standing by the time of departure

Term Options

Fall Semester (Semester 2) – mid-July to mid-November

Spring Semester (Semester 1) – mid-February to late June

  • students must miss both winter and spring quarters at UCSC to participate in this session

Academic Year – mid-July to late June

Calendar Year – mid-February to mid-November

Partner Program deadline dates



City & University

The University of Melbourne is located in the heart of Melbourne, and consistently voted the most liveable city in the world. You can explore its lush parklands, thriving arts scene and strong foodie culture, and enjoy a rich campus life with a range of fun events and activities outside of the classroom. 

Guaranteed housing is available on-campus. Learn more about Accommodations at Melbourne.

You are responsible for applying for, securing and paying for accommodations directly to the housing provider.

Student Support

The University of Melbourne Exchange and Study Abroad team is available to support international students. The team offers resources and opportunities for you to integrate successfully into the culture and society.

Country Information Resources

Students with Disabilities

If you need support services abroad, notify your UCSC Disability Resource Center (DRC) Coordinator

Learn more about Melbourne Student Equity and Disability Support.

Identities Abroad and Away

UC Santa Cruz Global Learning is committed to inclusion and equity in our various program options as well as striving to make everyone’s experiences abroad enriching, positive, and safe.

Learn more on our Identities Abroad and Away webpage.


Host University Courses

As a Melbourne exchange student, you will enroll full-time in courses alongside other local and international students for a semester or full academic year.

Course Search

Satisfying Requirements
It may be possible to satisfy major, minor, GE, and/or electives on this program.

Learn more about:

Course Load Requirements

You are required to enroll in a full-time course load while abroad as defined by your host institution:

  • A minimum of 37.5 credit points per semester
  • You will take three or four subjects to equal a total credit load of 37.5 to 50 points, each subject is usually worth 12.5 credit points

As a UCSC student, you must also continue to meet UCSC Satisfactory Academic Progress, which requires students to enroll in a minimum of 12 UCSC quarter credits per quarter. At UniMelb, you are required to ensure you meet this requirement by enrolling in the equivalent of at least 12 UCSC quarter credits in the fall semester (Semester 2) and at least 24 UCSC quarter credits in the spring semester (Semester 1) after conversion (see below). 

 Credit Conversion

Melbourne uses “point” credits. These will be converted to UCSC quarter credits when added to your UC transcript.

  • 12.5 points = 6 UCSC quarter credits

Academic Restrictions

Course prerequisites may apply for some subjects. See faculty-specific requirements & restrictions

If you are unsure about your eligibility to enroll, please contact UCSC Global Learning at before applying to this program.

Academic Differences

Please note that the academic system, such as assignments, exams, course structure, grading system, etc., at your host institution may be different from what you are used to at UCSC. We highly recommend researching the academic system at your host university in advance to best prepare for your experience abroad.

Academic Calendar

We recommend comparing the host university academic calendar to the UCSC academic calendar to see how the academic calendars, holidays, and breaks differ.

Last modified: Feb 27, 2024