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Australia: Melbourne

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Melbourne Quick Facts

Language of Instruction

Fields of Study
Full university curriculum including anatomy, archaeology, art history, biology, botany, chemistry, cinema studies, classics, economics, English, environmental science, environmental studies, genetics, geography, geology, geophysics, history, linguistics, literature, mathematics, media studies, microbiology, music, philosophy, physics, physiology, political science, psychology, sociology, theology, women’s studies, and zoology. Course availability and prerequisites vary.

Host Institution
University of Melbourne

House with other program participants.

Program Dates
Fall semester (Semester II): early July to late November.
Spring semester (Semester I): early February to late June.

Faculty Liaison
Jennifer Friedlander

Arcadia University: University of Melbourne

With a population of more than three million, Melbourne is Australia’s second-largest city, and vies with Sydney for economic and cultural pre-eminence. Melbourne is also the country’s commercial and manufacturing center. Although motor vehicle plants, refineries, and industrial strips are certainly part of the cityscape, Melbourne has been dubbed the Garden City, with parks accounting for about one-fifth of its total acreage. Moreover, the ultra-modern development fails to detract from the city’s Old World Charm, which can be glimpsed in its wide, ordered streets and its well-preserved 19th-century architectural legacy.

Arcadia University helps students enroll directly in courses at the University of Melbourne, which was founded in 1853 and has gained international recognition as one of Australia’s leading research and higher education institutions.  The 50-acre main campus sits on the edge of Melbourne’s central business district in the suburb of Parkville. It is bordered by park lands and the cosmopolitan hub of Carlton, where cafés, theatres and cinemas abound. Arcadia staff will assist students with academics, housing, and excursions.

Academic Program

Students take courses at the University of Melbourne alongside Australian students.

University of Melbourne uses a point system to allocate course credit where 12.5 points are equivalent to 1.0 Pomona credit and 50 points are equal to 4.0 Pomona credits.

Pomona requires participants to take one course focusing on Australian culture, which might be in areas such as film, history, literature, sociology, or politics. Arcadia also offers students excursions and activities to expand their understanding of Australian culture.

Pomona does not award credit for the Education in Natural Landscapes course.  

Living arrangements

Students live with other program students in Arcadia's Melbourne Center, a self-catered home located in St. Kilda.

Number of Students

 Arcadia enrolls approximately 40 students, selected from a national pool. Total University of Melbourne enrollment is approximately 44,000.


9.0 GPA required.

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