University of Melbourne Courses

Most students take 16 US semester hours of credit, which translates to 50 units.

  • Please review your courses with your academic or study abroad advisor to ensure they will transfer back to your home school and that you are following your home school’s policies.
  • Please be flexible – we can’t guarantee specific courses. If your participation in the program depends on a particular course, be sure to make a note on your online course form.

Special Considerations

A Breadth course is one in which a student from any major can take. If a course is marked as "Y" or "Yes" for Breadth it is open to all students that meet the prerequisites, i.e.: Chemistry 1 is "Y" for breadth and is available to non-Chemistry majors.

Attendance is required at Study Abroad and Exchange International Student Briefing and the Faculty Course Information Sessions to finalize enrollments. Be sure to bring your passport and Certificate of Enrollment (COE).

Course and Department Restrictions

Review the courses that are not available to study abroad students.

Choosing Your Courses

When selecting your courses from the University of Melbourne handbook, include at least 8-10 courses on your online course form.

  • Quicksearch and Advanced Search options can be used to find specific courses based on the criteria you set.
  • Confirm that the course is available in the appropriate semester (Semester 1 for U.S. Spring semester, Semester 2 for U.S. Fall semester).

  • Select the subject name to bring up the Course Profile (syllabus).
  • If the course is outside of your major, check to make sure it is offered as Breadth.

Course Approval

The University reviews your online course form for approval and your Program Manager will email your course approvals to you. This process takes several weeks.

Special Nomenclature

Australian Term U.S. Equivalent
Faculty School or College
Course Degree
Subject Course
Course Outline Syllabus
Semester 1 Spring Semester
Semester 2 Fall Semester

Enrollment Process

Approximately one month prior to departure University of Melbourne will be in contact with log on information and instructions to your University of Melbourne account where you will be able to start the enrollment process prior to departure.

At the University of Melbourne Orientation, you must attend the Study Abroad and Exchange International Student Briefing and the Faculty Course Information Sessions to finalize your enrollments in your subjects. You cannot finalize enrollment in your subjects before this day. Be sure to bring your passport and COE with you to these orientation sessions.

The online course form students submit to Arcadia prior to departure does not guarantee approval or enrollment in those courses. There is an add/drop period at the beginning of each semester that allows students to make changes to course enrollments. If you make any changes it is your responsibility to inform your home institution. 


Possible additional fees for courses that include laboratory work, field excursions or theater trips. Many fine art or production courses will include a supplemental fee.

The University may request that you submit syllabi or an updated official transcript.

For studio art, graphic art, art media production, drama, dancing or music courses, you will need to submit a non-returnable portfolio or audition on 8-12 slides or a CD.

Grade Scale

The following information is vetted and provided by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO) on the Electronic Database for Global Education (EDGE).

Grade Description Ranking U.S. Equivalent
7 High Distinction 85 - 100% A
6 Distinction 75 - 84% A
5 Credit 65 - 74% B
4 Pass 50 - 64% C
3 Conceded* Pass (45 - 49%) D
1-2 Failure 0 - 44% F
Intellectual property copyright AACRAO EDGE.

* Note: The Conceded grade is not offered by all institutions. Where a host institution uses the Conceded, Conceded Pass or Pass Conceded grade, a D will be issued. Where the host institution does not use Conceded, Conceded Pass or Pass Conceded grade, an F will be issued.