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Australia: Melbourne

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Melbourne Quick Facts

Language of Instruction

Field 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

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

In this direct enrollment program, students enroll directly in courses at the University of Melbourne alongside Australian students. The University of Melbourne uses a point system to allocate course credit, so students should consult with Arcadia staff to enroll in a full course load of 50 points each semester, equaling four subjects (courses) worth 12.5 points each, or 4 semester credits. Pomona gives 1.0 Pomona course credit for 4.0 semester credits, and a maximum of 4.0 Pomona course credits will be granted for the semester. Pomona requires participants to take one course focusing on Australian culture, which might be in areas such as film, history, literature, sociology, or politics. Pomona students may not enroll in “Education in Natural Landscapes” for credit. Arcadia also offers students excursions and activities to enhance their understanding of Australian culture.

Living arrangements

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

Number of Students

Approximately 7 Pomona students. Arcadia group approximately 15 students. Total University of Melbourne enrollment approximately 44,000.


9.0 GPA required.

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