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Study Abroad in Melbourne

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Explore Melbourne, Australia

Get ready to study abroad in Melbourne, widely considered Australia’s most livable city and the country’s top destination for students. Renowned for its vibrant cultural scene, world-class education institutions, and diverse population, Melbourne offers a unique blend of academic excellence and cosmopolitan living. Unlike its bustling counterpart Sydney, Melbourne provides a more laid-back atmosphere conducive to immersive learning experiences.

When you study abroad in Melbourne, you’ll be exposed to top-tier academic programs in a setting that allows you to engage with a rich tapestry of cultures, fostering global perspectives and cross-cultural understanding. From exploring the city’s iconic laneways adorned with street art to attending music festivals and sporting events, Melbourne study abroad offers a dynamic environment that encourages exploration and personal growth, making it an ideal choice for those seeking a transformative study abroad experience. Become a well-rounded individual ready to thrive in today’s increasingly interconnected world when you study abroad in Melbourne, Australia! 

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Study Tours & Cultural Excursions in Melbourne

Every CIEE semester program has frequent cultural excursions uniquely designed to complement the program’s academics and enhance students’ cultural immersion. In Melbourne, study tours and cultural excursions may include: 

  • A trip to Phillip Island, a breathtaking wildlife destination only 90 minutes from Melbourne, home to koalas, pelicans, migrating whales, kangaroos, and more 
  • A visit to Melbourne Cricket Ground (locally known as “The G”), an Australian sports stadium and the largest stadium in the southern hemisphere 
  • A tour of Melbourne Skydeck, the southern hemisphere’s highest observation deck (more than 975 feet tall) 

If you’re a student looking for an authentic study abroad experience in Melbourne, our cultural excursions and tours allow you to do just that! Whether you want to immerse yourself in the local culture, visit famous sites, or make new friends, Melbourne study abroad offers something for everyone. 

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Pocket Guide to Melbourne

Australian Dollars (AUD)

Spoken Languages In Sydney 
English, Mandarin, Punjabi, Filipino/Tagalog, and Arabic

Available Transportation 
Train, tram, bus

Famous Local 
Liam Hemsworth – Australian actor

Temperate oceanic climate with warm summers and crisp winters

Places to Explore 
Melbourne Cricket Ground (“The G”) – an Australian sports stadium

Melbourne Airport (MEL)

Social Norms 
It is considered rude to try to mimic the Australian accent, especially in Melbourne

What to Pack 
Swimwear, rain jacket, comfy shoes, water bottle

Frequently Asked Questions

Melbourne study abroad offers an unparalleled opportunity for personal and academic growth. Renowned for its world-class universities, vibrant cultural scene, and diverse population, Melbourne provides students with a dynamic learning environment.  Melbourne's bustling laneways, eclectic neighborhoods, and thriving arts and music scenes offer endless opportunities for exploration and enrichment. Studying in Melbourne not only expands academic horizons but also fosters cross-cultural understanding, global perspectives, and lifelong memories, making it an unforgettable and transformative experience for students.

While both Melbourne and Sydney are excellent cities to study abroad, Melbourne emerges as a top choice for its student-friendly environment and strong academic infrastructure, with a plethora of universities and colleges ranked among the best globally. While Sydney boasts picturesque beaches and a bustling harbor, Melbourne's emphasis on education and cultural diversity sets it apart. 

Moreover, Melbourne's reputation as Australia's cultural capital ensures a wide range of extracurricular activities, from attending theater performances at the Arts Centre Melbourne to exploring the vibrant food scene in the city's eclectic neighborhoods.

Read more: Sydney vs. Melbourne Study Abroad: Which is Better for You?

Melbourne is an exceptional destination for college students to study abroad. The city’s unique blend of academic rigor, cultural richness, and quality of life makes it an ideal choice for students seeking a transformative and enriching study abroad experience. Home to globally recognized universities, Melbourne offers a wide array of academic disciplines and cutting-edge facilities, fostering academic excellence and intellectual growth. Additionally, students benefit from the city's multicultural environment, where they can engage with diverse communities, explore unique cuisines, and participate in a myriad of cultural events and festivals.

The cost of studying abroad in Melbourne varies depending on the specific program that you choose and how long you plan to study abroad for. For detailed cost information, we recommend researching each individual Melbourne study abroad program page.

For costs not included in your program’s outlined fees, it’s important to consider factors surrounding your individual journey while abroad.  

Read more: How Much Does it Cost to Study Abroad?

Study Abroad Scholarships & Grants

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Apply in 1,2,3!

CIEE offers scholarships and grants for study abroad programs in Melbourne to students with demonstrated financial need, proven academic merit, and for specific CIEE programs. Students can apply for scholarships through three simple steps: 

  1. Search for and apply to your dream program 
  2. Review all available funding opportunities 
  3. Complete the Scholarship & Grants portion of your application
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Study Abroad Scholarships


Based on students' Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) from their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and enrolled institution. Complete the Scholarships & Grants portion of your program application to be considered for all awards to which you are eligible.


Based on academic achievement. Complete the Scholarships & Grants portion of your program application, along with an essay, to be considered for all awards to which you are eligible.


Other scholarship awards are based on program or alumni status.


Talk to a Student Who's Lived it...

Ask an Ambassador

Reach out to one of our Student Ambassadors to learn what CIEE Study Abroad is really like from alums who've lived it! Address any questions you may have about Melbourne, from your academic interests and travel planning to housing and cultural differences.