Universities in Melbourne

studying in Melbourne
Updated 2019-05-28 09:43

 Melbourne has most of what makes the Australian lifestyle so appealing – beautiful beaches, a Mediterranean climate with many sunny days, nightlife, cool shops, and a great food and coffee culture. It's no surprise it regularly tops lists of the world's most liveable cities. As Victoria's capital and Australia's second largest city, its cultural calendar is packed year-round with music, art, comedy, film or fashion events, and multicultural celebrations.

Highly ranked universities

Melbourne's universities are known for quality education with world-class research capability. In fact, three of Melbourne's universities were featured in the QS World University rankings in 2019, the University of Melbourne being the best ranked at 39th worldwide, only second to the Australian National University. Victoria is a global hub to attract the world's best researchers and academics.

Australia's best student city

In the QS Best Student Cities Rankings, Melbourne came in 3rd, noting its diverse student communities are making it highly attractive to international students. Following the QS Best Student Cities Index, Melbourne has been voted the most liveable city in the world seven times in a row. International students love the Australian lifestyle; beautiful beaches with a fair share of sunny days, Melbourne's nightlife with interesting bars, cafes, a thriving music and art scene, and exciting cultural events.

The universities are easy to reach by public transport, and there is great infrastructure to assist students, such as free public libraries, plenty of student accommodation, student discounts with travel and transportation, and cheap-but-good dining options. Like other Australian cities, affordability may be its major drawback with both living costs and fees on the rather high side. However, for its high standard of living and incredible surroundings, Melbourne remains tough to beat.

International students in Melbourne

Melbourne is home to seven universities, which teach 277,000 students in total, including a large number of international students coming from all over the world, with the highest numbers being from China, India, Brazil and Nepal.

The teaching culture

Australian students are encouraged to study independently and be responsible for completing their readings and research within the deadlines, but tutors will usually help students to adapt. Generally, the academics and students maintain a more casual and respectful attitude on a first name basis. And students are welcome to challenge lecturers and tutors in tutorial discussions, which often will be part of your final mark.

Entry requirements

To study in Australia, there are entry requirements. In most cases, you will need to provide results from an English rest and the level required may differ from school to school. The Department of Home Affairs is where you can check any language requirements. General guidance on entry requirements for the different level of study include:
English levels
Vocational education and training
Higher education undergraduate
Higher education postgraduate

The student visa you need will also depend on what you choose to study, but a subclass 500 Student Visa allows you to stay up to 5 years in line with your enrolment and costs AUD 575. You must be over sixteen years old and enrolled full-time in a course. Be aware that overseas Student Health Cover is compulsory for student visa holders

Melbourne's main universities

The University of Melbourne was established in 1853 and is consistently ranked among the leading universities in the world. To study at Melbourne University as an international student, you need to achieve academic eligibility, which varies from country to country and show evidence that you have satisfied the university's English language requirements.

Monash University is renowned for being one of Australia's best faculties of medicine, nursing and health sciences and ranks well in social sciences, science, pharmacy, engineering and technology, as well as computer science. Monash provides a variety of English language courses and is one of the largest IELTS test centres in Australia with more than 22,000 international students. For more information, you can visit the International students webpage.

RMIT University is a global university of technology and design and Australia's largest tertiary institution. RMIT is the largest university of international students, making up 46% of all international students studying in Australia. There are three campuses and two sites in Australia as well as two campuses in Vietnam and a centre in Spain. RMIT is known for its focus on design and technology, with a global reputation in art and design, architecture, engineering, business and management studies, as well as accounting and finance.

Living in Melbourne

As in most Australian cities, tuition fees and cost of living in Melbourne tends to be relatively high. Tuition fees will, of course, depend on the university and course program ' however, the average undergraduate fee for Melbourne is AUD 30,830. Estimated living expenses is essential preparation for study in Australia, and The Department of Home Affairs advises AUD 20,290 per year for living costs. Though it's easy to see why thousands of international students find a way to cover their costs and experience Melbourne lifestyle. Working during your studies is encouraged, and the student visa allows you to work up to 20 hours per week.

Student housing in Melbourne

Most universities offer student accommodation or residential colleges, some of which may be off-campus or even include meals. These range from a variety of areas from Box Hill, Brunswick East, Burwood, Carlton, Footscray, Hawthorn, and CBD Melbourne. Prices range between AUS $290 and AUS $750 per week, and you are advised to apply well in advance. More readily available options are independent student housing, homestay (AUS $195-500 per week, and can include meals), private rental (AUS $230 - AUS $600 per week), flat share (AUS $250 - AUS $400 per week) or even room shares starting around AUS $100 per week. Flatmates and Flatmate Finders are great sites to find shared accommodation.

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