Study Abroad at the University of Melbourne with Arcadia University

University of Melbourne
Preliminary Course Instructions


Course Load and Credits
Choosing Your Courses
Course Approval
Enrollment Process
Other Important Points


Course Load and Credits

You are required to maintain a full-time course load throughout your semester at the University of Melbourne. A full-time course load is defined by Arcadia University as 14-16 U.S. semester hours of credit; this is the equivalent of 44-50 units at Melbourne. Please note that you cannot exceed 50 units per semester at the University of Melbourne. Refer to the credit translation scale below when selecting your courses:

Australian University Credit Point Units U.S. University Semester Hours of Credit
6.25 2
12.5 4
18.75 6
25  8 
37.5      12

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Choosing Your Courses

You should include at least 8-10 courses on your Preliminary Course Form to allow for scheduling changes, time conflicts, prerequisites or cancellations. Your flexibility is very important to the process.

When selecting your courses from the university's website, you should be aware of some differences in terminology:

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

Pre-Med Students: A list of course options is available here.

From the University of Melbourne website, https://handbook.unimelb.edu.au/faces/htdocs/user/search/SimpleSearch.jsp:

  • You can use the Quicksearch and Advanced Search options to find specific courses based on the criteria you set.
  • You can also view comprehensive lists of undergraduate courses using the 'Browse by Study Area' section at the bottom.
  • This will populate a list of all available courses in the study areas listed. (Select Display all to view the full list available.)
  • Be careful to make sure the course is available in the appropriate semester.
  • Clicking on the Subject name will bring up the Course Profile (syllabus).

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Course Approval

The University of Melbourne will review your Preliminary Course form for approval and your Program Manager will email your course approvals to you. Each faculty at the University of Melbourne must review your course selections so this process can often take several weeks to complete.

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Enrollment Process

At the same time that your Program Manager emails your Certificate of Enrollment (COE), you will also be given 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 enroll in your subjects before this day. Be sure to bring your passport and COE with you to these orientation sessions.

The Arcadia University Australia Centre requires that you enroll in only one 100-level type course for the semester. To enroll in additional 100-level courses, you must appeal your timetable with the Senior Coordinator Student Liason during orientation.

It is your responsibility to make sure that you are registered for a full academic load according to your home school. Please review your course choices with your academic or study abroad advisor, and submit the online course registration form to The College of Global Studies at Arcadia University.

Every effort will be made to place you in the courses you originally request. However, neither Melbourne nor The College of Global Studies can guarantee approval or placement in any course. Your first choices may not be available due to schedule changes, time conflicts or cancellations. Alternate course approval and flexibility is extremely important.

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Other Important Points

Additional course fees may be associated with some of your overseas course work (i.e. courses that include laboratory work, field excursions or theater trips). Please see our fee information online here.

In some cases, the University of Melbourne will request that you submit syllabi or an updated official transcript. Please have this information available should we need to contact you for this material.

If you are interested in enrolling in studio art, graphic art, art media production, drama, dancing or music courses, you will need to submit a portfolio or audition tape to support your application. Because your work will be sent to the University of Melbourne, we are unable to return the portfolio.

Arcadia University does not issue pass/fail grades for work completed overseas. If you intend to enroll in a unit that is assessed pass/fail, please contact Arcadia University to discuss the procedures associated with the grade translation.

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