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ENGR Exchange: University of Melbourne (Australia)

Melbourne, Australia
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Year (Fall-Spring)
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Non-UMD Students Eligible to Apply: 
EA Advisor: 
Katherine Schwarzentraub

University of Melbourne


All students accepted to an Exchange program are automatically considered for an award of $1,000! See Cost tab for more information.

Host Institution
The University of Melbourne is a vibrant institution with a reputation for excellence built over 150 years. Our success has been achieved by insisting on international excellence and among our many scholars of international standing are three winners of the Nobel Prize. Our researchers are at the forefront of international scholarship in fields as diverse as human rights, art conservation and nanotechnology.

In a dynamic academic environment students will learn to study effectively in groups and to communicate knowledge in new ways and forms. They also have the flexibility of choosing their subjects from a broad range of disciplines allowing them to diversify and fully explore their interests.

The main Parkville campus is a unique blend of traditional and contemporary culture. It offers students a range of galleries, theatre and entertainment venues, bookshops, retail stores, cafes and restaurants all within walking distance from Melbourne's city centre.

They will find themselves mixing with students from over 100 countries and our student clubs offer something for everyone. There is also an extensive range of sport and recreational activities.

The University has developed an award-winning student support facility encompassing arrival, housing, counseling and learning support and careers and health related services. Exchange and Study Abroad students will also have access to the Melbourne Welcome and orientation programs.

Host City
Melbourne is the second most populated city in Australia.  An international center for performing and visual arts, Melbourne is often referred to as Australia's cultural capital.  It is home to many of Australia's largest and oldest cultural institutions such as the Australian Centre for the Moving Image, the Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne Museum, Melbourne Zoo, the National Gallery of Victoria, and the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Royal Exhibition Building.
In 2010, Melbourne was named by International Business Times as one of the best cities in the world for viewing street art; and in 2008, its street art and lanes were voted by Lonely Planet readers as Australia's most popular cultural attraction.

Universitas 21
The University of Melbourne and the University of Maryland are both members in Universitas 21 (U21). U21 is the leading global network of research-intensive universities; working together to foster global citizenship and institutional innovation through research inspired teaching and learning, student mobility, connecting our students and staff, and wider advocacy for internationalization. 

Learn more about Universitas 21 and it's programs and mission on the U21 website.

Exchange programs are highly competitive and space in each program is limited. You must meet the following eligibility requirements in order to apply to this program:

  • 3.0 GPA
  • Completion of 2 semesters at UMD
  • You must be an ENGR major

Exchange programs are a good fit for students looking for immersion, personal growth, and the opportunity to strengthen qualities such as independence and adaptability.

Student Visa Information
A student visa is required for participation on this exchange. For more information, please visit our study abroad visa guide to view instructions for the country you will be visiting. Please note that visa information is subject to change and you are responsible for checking the embassy website for updates.

  1. Click "Apply Now" at the top of this page. You will log in with your UMD directory ID and password.
  2. Submit all application materials by the deadline listed below. This includes meeting with your EA advisor (listed at the top of this page), and may include requesting a faculty letter of recommendation, and submitting an official transcript. If a letter of recommendation and/or official transcript are required, it will be listed in MyEA once you start an application for this program. 
  3. After the application deadline, we will review all completed applications and nominate students for available spots in each exchange program.
  4. If you are nominated to participate in this exchange, you will work with your EA advisor (listed above) to apply directly to the host university, who will formally admit you to the exchange program. Nominated students must complete the host university application in accordance with the host university’s stated deadlines and instructions.
  5. Nominated students will then work with their EA advisor (listed above) and our partner universities to coordinate all aspects of the stay at the host university such as course registration, visas and arrival.

Academic Planning

Visit the Academics & Study Abroad page which outlines key considerations for your academic planning as you navigate different phases of study abroad:


Students studying at University of Melbourne enroll in engineering courses.

Disciplines available:

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
  • Computer Science and Software Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Infrastructural (Civil, Environmental, Geomatic) Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering


There may be other course offerings on this program that are not currently listed in the Study Abroad Course Database (SACD). 



All credit you earn on this program will count as transfer credit towards your UMD degree. Most courses at University of Melbourne will be converted as follows:

University of Melbourne Credit UMD Credit
1 Melbourne point 0.32 UMD credit
12.5 Melbourne points 4 UMD credits

The chart above was last approved by the UMD Transfer Credit Committee on February 12, 2015.


Undergraduates must receive a C- equivalent or better in order to be eligible for the transfer of credit. 

University of Melbourne Grade UMD Grade
50/P C -


The University of Melbourne offers study abroad and exchange students a range of accommodation options to suit different personalities, budgets and lifestyles. On-campus housing is guaranteed for visiting exchange students. A variety of options are available including:

Residential colleges - There are 12 colleges for undergraduate and graduate students, located on the Parkville campus or within short walking distance. The colleges provide academic and pastoral support as well as 24-hour access to study-related facilities including libraries, music practice rooms and common areas. College students live in fully furnished single rooms which all have phone and internet connects. All meals are provided.

Student apartments - For students who are looking for a place that will allow more independence but still provide you with a vibrant local and international student community.

Shared housing -  For students who are looking in a shared house with friends or other international students, and would like this arranged on your behalf before you arrive in Melbourne, then Assisted Shared Housing could offer the perfect solution for you.

Visit this website for more information about housing in Melbourne. 

Exchange Program Cost of Attendance
UMD students participating in an Exchange program have the benefit of paying UMD tuition rates to attend an institution abroad. For specific information about this Exchange program, please reference the Cost of Attendance Chart.

Tuition and fees for exchange programs are charged directly to your UMD account, which means you can apply UMD scholarships, state and federal financial aid, and alternative loans towards the cost of an exchange. Students participating in a BMGT or ENGR exchange program are not charged differential tuition. Housing costs are paid directly to the host institution or on-site housing agency.

You can use the cost of attendance comparison worksheet to view how study abroad programs compare to each other and the amount you pay on campus at UMD. As always, your EA advisor (listed above) is available to help you complete this worksheet and find affordable programs that fit your study abroad goals.

Exchange Scholarship
All students accepted to an Exchange program are considered for an automatic award of $1,000! To be considered for this scholarship, you must:

  • Be a current degree seeking undergraduate UMD student (graduate students are not eligible for this award)
  • Not currently receive full tuition scholarship/benefits (i.e. Banneker Key, tuition remission, Frederick Douglass Scholarship, etc.)

Additional Financial Resources

Maximize your time abroad by taking advantage of resources at your host institution!

Student Clubs and Organizations
The University of Melbourne offers student clubs and societies as well as sports clubs.

International Welcome/Orientation
The University of Melbourne requires that all Exchange Students attend Briefing Day to introduce you to the student services that are available during your stay. There is also an optional Orientation program that students can participate in.

Counseling & Health Services
The Department of Home affairs requires almost all student visa applicants to have Overseas Student Health Coverage. The University of Melbourne offers both a healthcare service, and a free and confidential professional counselling service to students.

Resource Guide for Students with Disabilities*

Resource Guide for LGBTQ+ Identities*

*These resource guides provide general information about services at UMD’s partner institution. For more information, consult your EA advisor.

Term Year Application Deadline Admission Notification Program Start Program End
Year (Fall-Spring) 2023 03/01/2023 03/13/2023
Fall 2023 03/01/2023 03/13/2023
Spring 2024 10/01/2023 10/11/2023