Faculties of Architecture, Arts, Economics and Commerce, Education, Engineering, Land and Food Resources, Music and Science are all popular among study abroad students, and faculties like Medicine, Dentistry, Health Science, Law and Veterinary Science contribute greatly to the research profile of the University and may provide you with an opportunity to access courses that you can't take in the U.S.
If one of your academic goals is to take courses that will teach you a bit more about Australia, these are available throughout the university. The Australian Centre offers interdisciplinary and comparative courses that relate to Australia's culture, politics, and environment. Some courses even involve fieldwork in Central Australia. The Environmental Studies Department is another highlight, with courses across faculties you can focus on policy, science or economic aspects of the environment. Engineering students have found courses which fit well into the U.S. degree structure. Of course, this is only a small sample of the courses available to you.
Enhancing the academic experience at the University is the location of the campus, situated in the center of Melbourne. You'll find all of the amenities you'd expect from a campus of 38,000 students. The Student Union sponsors concerts, art exhibits, and a theater as well as many clubs and societies. If you prefer just sitting around with friends having a bite to eat, facilities feature many shops, cafes and restaurants on-campus and dozens more within a short walk of the campus.