Bundoora, La Trobe University's largest campus and one of the most attractive university campuses in Australia, the Melbourne (Bundoora) campus covers 330 hectares (approx 500 acres) of stunning parkland with its own waterways and a wildlife sanctuary. Travel between central Melbourne and the campus is easy: it takes about 20-30 minutes by bus or car and 50 minutes by tram.
Over 21,000 students - including 6100 international students - enjoy superb facilities including an outstanding academic library - offering access to the La Trobe University Library network of more than 2 million books, journals, international newspapers and resources - plus a lively, well-known central student meeting place, the "Agora", ICT services, multi-media facilities, residential colleges, a sports and leisure center and swimming pool, tennis courts, food and retail outlets, banking, postal services, careers and counseling services, language and academic skills assistance and childcare facilities - plus many more facilities. Subjects are available in the following study areas: Humanities, Social Sciences, Media, Communications, Business, Law, Science, Technology, Engineering, Health Sciences and Education.
La Trobe's Study Abroad program offers exciting study opportunities, specialty programs and activities which allow you to create your own personalized program and make the most of your overseas study experience, including:
- Field trips
- Australian studies and Discover Australia Cultural Program
- On-campus accommodation
- Study Abroad Ambassador Scholarships
- Volunteer opportunities at their Wildlife Sanctuary
- Internships available in Media, Communications, or Journalism. Inquire to see if your academic interest can be accommodated.
Study Abroad at LaTrobe University
Read more about studying abroad in Australia in the predeparture guide for North American students - Beyond The Outback
Predeparture Guide for LaTrobe University
International Parent Guide for LaTrobe University
Attend a Study Abroad 101 and 102 Session
Have the required GPA and prerequisite courses for the program. A 2.75 GPA is required.
Students must have completed three semesters of college before studying abroad. Goucher cannot guarantee that any sophomore will be accepted by the host institution.
Declare a major in order to study abroad for a semester
Students cannot be on academic or disciplinary probation at the time of application
Students must complete the online Goucher study abroad application by the published deadline. See the Events and Deadlines Calendar for the most up-to-date information. Students must next apply to LaTrobe University by their published deadline. Initial approval is granted by Goucher OIS and final acceptance is granted by the host program and institution.
TBA - Goucher Spring Semester (Semester 1 in Australia) - Mid February to late June
TBA - Goucher Fall Semester (Semester 2 in Australia) - Early July to late November
Do not purchase airline tickets until you receive confirmation of acceptance from the program and verification of arrival and departure details.
La Trobe University is one of Australia’s leading universities with an international reputation for academic excellence and innovation. Academic standards at La Trobe University are high, with research and teaching programs carefully designed to provide students with an intellectually-stimulating education, and to satisfy the needs of the professions, industry and the community in Australia and overseas. Goucher students will find themselves directly enrolled in courses with Australian and other international students therefore it is critical to be prepared for immersion in the Australian educational system by understanding some of its important characteristics. Please read the article Ready To Go To Australia.
Searching for subjects
Please see the Subject Search Database: http://www.latrobe.edu.au/melbourne
From there, you can view different majors/programs. Click on a "bachelor" program offered at the "Melbourne" campus. The section will expand and you can then click on " Melbourne" at the bottom of that section next to "Full course details," which will steer you into a selection of courses. Click on "Subject code" to view a specific course's details. You'll want to only consider courses that are available to study abroad students "Y" and keep in mind the semester you wish to study (Semester 1 = February to June, Semester 2 = July to November).
When searching for the courses you would like, please note that LaTrobe University uses the terminology 'SUBJECTS'. Courses in Australia refers to a student's major.
The number (on the subject code) in between the letters indicates which year level. Please note that 3rd year subjects often have prerequisites so do not choose subjects for which you do not have the prerequisites.
Internship and Fieldwork opportunities for Study Abroad students.
Media studies internship (MST3INT)
Education research practicum (EDU4RP).
Grading Conversion Guide: LaTrobe University
Australian Grade Australian Qualification U.S. Grade
A - 80 - 100% Pass Grade = A Goucher
B - 70 - 79% Pass Grade = B Goucher
C - 60 - 69% Pass Grade = C+ Goucher
D - 50 - 59% Pass Grade = C Goucher
P Ungraded Pass D
NC Conceded Pass D
N Fail F
15 credit points = 4 semester credits
20 credit points = 5 semester credits
Total semester credit point load at LaTrobe University = 60 credit points per semester
Grades count toward a Goucher GPA
Study abroad courses may not be taken on a pass/fail basis
Students must take a minimum of 12 credits and maximum of 18 credits
All students must participate in a 1 credit Study Abroad Immersion Course while studying abroad. Details will be provided at predeparture orientation.
Students on Goucher programs will receive Goucher grades and credits for all approved courses taken while abroad
Since Goucher students are fully enrolled at Goucher and receive Goucher credit while abroad, they pay regular Goucher tuition for any Goucher semester abroad program. This payment is regardless of the cost advertised and is charged by the program itself. Students pay the non-academic costs (i.e. room and board) in part or in full to Goucher or directly to the study abroad organization or overseas institution depending on the program. Estimated additional costs that a student may incur in attending these programs are listed on the Budget Expense Worksheet for each program. You can utilize institutional and federal aid for a Goucher semester program.
Please refer to the Latrobe publication 'The Cheap and Free Guide' for tips on living in Melbourne.
Any awarded financial aid may be used as payment for semester programs sponsored by Goucher College; however; you are allowed to transport your Goucher institutional aid for only one semester, unless you participate in the Goucher Oxford University yearlong program. In addition, all students are eligible to apply for Goucher OIS scholarships and can apply during the program application process. For information on OIS and outside scholarships please visit the OIS scholarship/financial aid section.
To apply for an OIS scholarship please submit your application by the study abroad application deadline for this program through the following application:
A $500 deposit is due upon application. Study abroad program costs are billed through your Goucher student account and are due at the same time as regular semester fees. Please refer to the Budget Expense Worksheet for details for this program.
The $500 deposit paid upon application is applied to the student’s account and becomes non-refundable when accepted by Goucher College and the host program. If you are not accepted into a program, your deposit will be refunded.
If for any reason, a student withdraws from a Goucher semester after the deposit deadline, he or she will not be entitled to a refund of any fees paid to Goucher, including program deposit, tuition fees, travel fees, or any other fees incurred in connection with the program. If, due to any unforeseen circumstances or other circumstances beyond the control of the college, a semester Goucher program is cancelled, either prior to departure or during the course of the program, the student will not be guaranteed a refund of any fees paid to Goucher, including program deposit, tuition fees, travel fees, program fees, or any other fees incurred in connection with the program. In most cases, the college forwards program fees to vendors in foreign countries, making it very difficult to recover such fees due to a program cancellation. In such cases, the college will make a good-faith effort to recover such fees and to return any portion of fees that it may recover that may be attributable to a student’s participation in the program. However, the college makes no guarantees regarding the recovery of fees and is not liable for any fees that it is unable to recover.
Students live on Latrobe's campus in student housing. You may choose between Menzies and Chisholm. Goucher students will apply for housing and pay charges directly to Latrobe.
No, however kitchen facilities are provided to prepare your own meals and food is available for purchase on campus.
Melbourne Australia Campus
A successful semester abroad is dependent upon adequate preparation. Students will participate in online orientation material prior to the mandatory group orientation prior to leaving Goucher for the semester prior to studying abroad. Dates will be provided upon study abroad acceptance.
Passport, Embassy, Consulate, and Visa Resources
Students are required to have passports for all Goucher programs. Failure to have a passport will prohibit participation in the program. Passports take time to process and need to be valid for six months after your return to the U.S. Check your expiration date and renew if necessary. Please see the U S State Department section on passports
U.S Consulate in Melbourne
Students are required to obtain a student visa for studying abroad for a semester in Australia. You cannot apply until official acceptance from the university, at which time you will receive a Confirmation of Enrollment which will allow you to proceed with the online visa application. Read about visa procedures from Latrobe's section on student visas.
You will be required to submit health forms signed by a health care provider prior to studying abroad. Forms will be supplied when you are accepted. Please read the Health and Safety section of the Goucher OIS website for information regarding Health and Safety, Disability Support, Diversity Abroad, Safety and Security, and Insurance:
Study Abroad Insurance
All students participating on Semester, Year or ICA Goucher programs will be automatically enrolled in a health insurance plan tailored to meet the needs of study abroad students. Students participating in Goucher semester programs will be billed $300. The insurance carrier is ACE American Insurance Company.
Prior to the start of the program abroad, OIS staff will register students for the insurance program. Students will receive information about how to use the health insurance policy from the Office of International Studies prior to departure for study abroad.
Students with Disabilities
Goucher encourages all students who meet our eligibility requirements to consider studying abroad. OIS will work with you regarding any special needs you may have. However, we cannot guarantee that any or all of our program sites can accommodate all of your needs or interests. More information can be found on the OIS Disabilities Support section of the website.
Research the fact sheet for your location of interest on the U.S. State Department website for information on LGBTI rights, women travelers, safety and security, religious, and accessibility/mobility laws and information.
On the CIA World Factbook website, look for your host country’s page and research the “People and Society” section, where you can find the breakdown by ethnic group, religion, and race.
Refer to Goucher OIS section on Student Identity for additional resources for student identity.