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La Trobe University was founded in 1967 and is known for its excellence and innovation in relation to the big issues of our time, and for its enthusiasm to make a difference. API students will take courses at the Bundoora Campus (main campus, Melbourne) of La Trobe University with Australian and other international students in a number of subject areas, including agriculture and environmental science, education, engineering, public health, urban planning, and more!

What's Included?

Highlights

Pre Departure Services

Advising

@api Online System

Orientation Materials and Resources

Access to International Phone Plans

API Alumni Network

Social Networking

Scholarships

On Site Services

Airport Reception

On-Site Orientation

Resident Coordinator

Tuition

Medical and Life Insurance

Excursions (overnight, day)

Social and Cultural Activities

Welcome and Farewell Group Meals

Volunteer Opportunities

Housing (included, but billed separately from program cost)

Re-Entry Services

Re-Entry Materials and Support

Post-Program Evaluation

Transcript

Alumni Network and Global Leadership Academy

View all opportunities and amenities

Application Requirements

  • Minimum 2.5 G.P.A.
  • Open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors
  • Completed API application
  • University contact information form
  • One letter of recommendation
  • One academic and one non-academic reference
  • Official transcript
  • Copy of passport
  • Entry requirement: valid passport with student visa

What You’ll Study

TOTAL CREDITS - 12-16 credits per semester

La Trobe University was founded in 1967 and is known for its excellence and innovation in relation to the big issues of our time, and for its enthusiasm to make a difference. API students will take courses at the Bundoora Campus (main campus, Melbourne) of La Trobe University with Australian and other international students in a number of subject areas, including agriculture and environmental science, education, engineering, public health, urban planning, and more!

TRANSCRIPTS

API students receive a transcript from the La Trobe University upon completion of their program.

(CRICOS 00115M)

Courses

COURSE OFFERINGS

COURSE INFORMATION

La Trobe University offers courses in a variety of areas, including Busines and Economics, Creative Arts, Education, Engineering, Health Sciences, Information Technology, Languages, Law, and Science.

Courses at La Trobe University consist of a mixture of lectures and tutorials. Laboratory and field experience may also be key components of specific subjects. Generally, lectures meet 1-2 times per week in large lecture halls, whereas tutorials are typically conducted once per week in smaller groups. Self-directed study and outside reading are also important components of the course structure.

CREDIT INFORMATION

La Trobe University (Melbourne) issues credits that are equal 0.25 U.S. credits; in other words, to determine U.S. semester credit equivalency from La Trobe credits, divide by four. A full-time workload at La Trobe is typically 60 La Trobe credits per semester (or 15 U.S. credits). As courses at La Trobe can equate to varying amounts of U.S. credit hours, all students should verify that they will complete the required amount of credit for their home university upon their arrival. Students usually complete 3-4 modules per term.

La Trobe Course Information

Click here to search the catalog of courses at La Trobe University. Use the Subject Search to search for available courses. La Trobe refers to their courses here as subjects. You can use the filters to search by campus (City Campus), by dates, courses open to study abroad students or by using keywords. If for example, you do not immediately find the subject you are looking for, think of a synonym or a similar subject type and search under the appropriate letter for a similar course.

When searching for courses, make sure you are looking at courses available in the correct semester. In Australia, the university system goes by the calendar year vs. the academic year such as in the U.S. Also remember that Australia is in the Southern Hemisphere so their seasons are opposite than those in the Northern Hemisphere. Semester 1 in Australia refers to the spring term in the U.S. (February - July), whereas Semester 2 in Australia refers to the fall term in the U.S. (July - December). Study abroad students are able to choose from a large number of subjects offered by La Trobe University, however, there are courses that are not open to study abroad students

  • Be sure to click on the “Subject Options” heading to see when and where the course is offered

  • Check to see if the course is open to study abroad students

  • Make note of “Prerequisites” required for the course

  • If you will need to obtain course pre-approval, API advises selecting 6-8 courses

Click here to view the La Trobe Subject Selection Guide for help navigating the Subject Search.

La Trobe Internship Opportunities

Students at La Trobe University can boost their study abroad experience by combining their studies with a 120-hour practical internship placement. Placements are available within the fields of media and communications specifically. The internship is credit-bearing and is taken as part of a student’s regular course load (i.e. students will take 3 regular courses plus one internship course). Internships are worth 15 credit points or approximately 3-4 U.S. credits.

La Trobe Volunteer Opportunities

Students at La Trobe University can participate in several volunteer opportunities throughout the university in areas such as wildlife management, Australian studies, English as a second language, and cinema and media studies. For more information on these options, contact the API Program Manager.

La Trobe Course Information

Click here to search the catalog of courses at La Trobe University. Use the Subject Search to search for available courses. La Trobe refers to their courses here as subjects. You can use the filters to search by campus (City Campus), by dates, courses open to study abroad students or by using keywords. If for example, you do not immediately find the subject you are looking for, think of a synonym or a similar subject type and search under the appropriate letter for a similar course.

When searching for courses, make sure you are looking at courses available in the correct semester. In Australia, the university system goes by the calendar year vs. the academic year such as in the U.S. Also remember that Australia is in the Southern Hemisphere so their seasons are opposite than those in the Northern Hemisphere. Semester 1 in Australia refers to the spring term in the U.S. (February - July), whereas Semester 2 in Australia refers to the fall term in the U.S. (July - December). Study abroad students are able to choose from a large number of subjects offered by La Trobe University, however, there are courses that are not open to study abroad students

  • Be sure to click on the “Subject Options” heading to see when and where the course is offered

  • Check to see if the course is open to study abroad students

  • Make note of “Prerequisites” required for the course

  • If you will need to obtain course pre-approval, API advises selecting 6-8 courses

Click here to view the La Trobe Subject Selection Guide for help navigating the Subject Search.

La Trobe Volunteer Opportunities

Students at La Trobe University can participate in several volunteer opportunities throughout the university in areas such as wildlife management, Australian studies, English as a second language, and cinema and media studies. For more information on these options, contact the API Program Manager.

La Trobe Internship Opportunities

Students at La Trobe University can boost their study abroad experience by combining their studies with a 120-hour practical internship placement. Placements are available within the fields of media and communications specifically. The internship is credit-bearing and is taken as part of a student’s regular course load (i.e. students will take 3 regular courses plus one internship course). Internships are worth 15 credit points or approximately 3-4 U.S. credits.

La Trobe Course Information

Click here to search the catalog of courses at La Trobe University. Use the Subject Search to search for available courses. La Trobe refers to their courses here as subjects. You can use the filters to search by campus (City Campus), by dates, courses open to study abroad students or by using keywords. If for example, you do not immediately find the subject you are looking for, think of a synonym or a similar subject type and search under the appropriate letter for a similar course.

When searching for courses, make sure you are looking at courses available in the correct semester. In Australia, the university system goes by the calendar year vs. the academic year such as in the U.S. Also remember that Australia is in the Southern Hemisphere so their seasons are opposite than those in the Northern Hemisphere. Semester 1 in Australia refers to the spring term in the U.S. (February - July), whereas Semester 2 in Australia refers to the fall term in the U.S. (July - December). Study abroad students are able to choose from a large number of subjects offered by La Trobe University, however, there are courses that are not open to study abroad students

  • Be sure to click on the “Subject Options” heading to see when and where the course is offered

  • Check to see if the course is open to study abroad students

  • Make note of “Prerequisites” required for the course

  • If you will need to obtain course pre-approval, API advises selecting 6-8 courses

Click here to view the La Trobe Subject Selection Guide for help navigating the Subject Search.

La Trobe Internship Opportunities

Students at La Trobe University can boost their study abroad experience by combining their studies with a 120-hour practical internship placement. Placements are available within the fields of media and communications specifically. The internship is credit-bearing and is taken as part of a student’s regular course load (i.e. students will take 3 regular courses plus one internship course). Internships are worth 15 credit points or approximately 3-4 U.S. credits.

La Trobe Volunteer Opportunities

Students at La Trobe University can participate in several volunteer opportunities throughout the university in areas such as wildlife management, Australian studies, English as a second language, and cinema and media studies. For more information on these options, contact the API Program Manager.

Highlights
  • Classes taught in English
  • Internships available for credit
  • Volunteer opportunities available
  • La Trobe University is among the world’s elite institutions in more than a third of subjects assessed in the latest QS World University Rankings.
  • Seven La Trobe subjects are in the world’s top 200 list: linguistics, agriculture, psychology, accounting and finance, education, law, politics and international studies.
  • La Trobe University’s Melbourne Campus is one of the most attractive university campuses in Australia. It includes 600 acres of stunning parkland and waterways and a major wildlife sanctuary.
  • The campus community feel is completed with retail outlets and services including a hairdresser, travel agent, weekly markets, banks, bakery, post office, theater, convenience stores and much more.

Faculty

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    Rachael Impey

    Rachael will be your Resident Coordinator in Melbourne and will be a resource for you while you are in Australia!

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    Rebecca Cott

    Rebecca Cott will be your Program Manager and prepare you to go abroad!

    Email - rebecca.cott@apiabroad.com

API students participate in several excursions per session designed to help familiarize them with areas of their host city, country, and surrounding region. The following is a listing of all excursions for API Melbourne programs. All excursions and cultural events are subject to change.

In addition to the following activities, API will organize monthly get-togethers to do fun things like volunteer days, attend international film festivals, fashion shows, surfing/yachting experiences, museum visits, local art galleries, participate in indigenous art festivals, and attend rugby matches.

  • Melbourne Orientation

    API students will begin their program with a 2.5-day arrival orientation in their host city of Melbourne. This orientation will provide the opportunity to get to know fellow participants, API, and university procedures, and rules, to explore your new host city and to allow for a smoother transition into Australian life. Students will spend two nights together in a hotel before moving into their semester housing on day three.

  • Cairns

    Midway through the semester, all API Australia students will fly to Cairns, Northern Queensland for a three-night adventure. This excursion will include opportunities to learn about Aboriginal culture, the flora and fauna unique to the country, and partake in day snorkeling on the Great Barrier Reef!

  • Melbourne Museum

    From the natural environment to culture and history, Melbourne Museum explores life in Victoria. Students will be stunned by the impressive collection of the museum guards, including the complete skeleton of a blue whale, the Bunjilaka Aboriginal Center, a living rainforest, and the largest IMAX theater in the world.
  • Phillip Island Penguin Parade Tour

    The best way to witness one of Australia’s most spectacular wildlife experiences is in this magnificent Phillip Island day tour. Not only will students get to see the Penguin Parade, but they’ll also get to hand-feed kangaroos, get up close to koalas, and witness the rugged rocky coastline of the Victorian Island.
  • Aboriginal Heritage Walk

    The Aboriginal Heritage Walk will take students on a journey into the ancestral lands of the Koolin nation and explore their rich and thriving culture. Students will experience a traditional smoking ceremony with an Indigenous guide and discover traditional uses of plants for food, tools, and medicine.
  • Great Ocean Road Tour

    Depart on a coach to spend an exciting day in one of the world’s most spectacular coastal drives as you travel on the world famous Great Ocean Road. You will see the abundance of Australian wildlife, whilst checking out the magnificent surf beaches, and walk amongst the ancient rainforest, before arriving in the afternoon to witness the marvel that is the 12 Apostles.
  • Eureka Skydeck 88

    Eureka Skydeck is Melbourne’s greatest point of view. Situated in the heart of Southbank in the iconic Eureka Tower, the Skydeck stands at a staggering 297 meters above the streets of Melbourne. As the highest public observation deck in the Southern Hemisphere, students will be offered unparalleled views over Melbourne at sunset. Students will have the chance to explore the urban sprawl, humming neighborhoods, and Melbourne tourist attractions.
  • National Gallery of Victoria

    The National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) is Australia’s oldest and pre-eminent public art museum, hosting blockbuster exhibitions and one of the world’s finest art collections. You will explore the unique Gallery’s treasures from ancient Egypt, Greece, Rome and the pre-Columbian period, in addition to an array of European and Asian decorative arts and the Oceanic gallery dedicated to the indigenous cultures of the Pacific area.
  • Melbourne Kayaking Tour

    This is a stunning way to check out all of the major iconic sights of Melbourne from a unique water-level perspective. After a quick briefing and paddling lesson, participants will get kitted up and head downriver under the Princes Bridge and into the heart of Melbourne. The tour will continue along the Yarra River past Flinders Station and up to the iconic Polly Woodside Tallship at South Wharf before entering the Docklands precinct and the beautiful Yarra’s Edge Marina. After a short break, students will paddle back upstream past Crown Casino and the lively South Bank district before finishing back at Boathouse Drive. With a fleet of extremely stable Sea Bear sea kayaks, the experience will be even easier for first-time paddlers.

  • Melbourne Orientation

    API students will begin their program with a 2.5-day arrival orientation in their host city of Melbourne. This orientation will provide the opportunity to get to know fellow participants, API, and university procedures, and rules, to explore your new host city and to allow for a smoother transition into Australian life. Students will spend two nights together in a hotel before moving into their semester housing on day three.

  • Cairns

    Midway through the semester, all API Australia students will fly to Cairns, Northern Queensland for a three-night adventure. This excursion will include opportunities to learn about Aboriginal culture, the flora and fauna unique to the country, and partake in day snorkeling on the Great Barrier Reef!

  • Melbourne Museum

    From the natural environment to culture and history, Melbourne Museum explores life in Victoria. Students will be stunned by the impressive collection of the museum guards, including the complete skeleton of a blue whale, the Bunjilaka Aboriginal Center, a living rainforest, and the largest IMAX theater in the world.
  • Aboriginal Heritage Walk

    The Aboriginal Heritage Walk will take students on a journey into the ancestral lands of the Koolin nation and explore their rich and thriving culture. Students will experience a traditional smoking ceremony with an Indigenous guide and discover traditional uses of plants for food, tools, and medicine.
  • Great Ocean Road Tour

    Depart on a coach to spend an exciting day in one of the world’s most spectacular coastal drives as you travel on the world famous Great Ocean Road. You will see the abundance of Australian wildlife, whilst checking out the magnificent surf beaches, and walk amongst the ancient rainforest, before arriving in the afternoon to witness the marvel that is the 12 Apostles.
  • Eureka Skydeck 88

    Eureka Skydeck is Melbourne’s greatest point of view. Situated in the heart of Southbank in the iconic Eureka Tower, the Skydeck stands at a staggering 297 meters above the streets of Melbourne. As the highest public observation deck in the Southern Hemisphere, students will be offered unparalleled views over Melbourne at sunset. Students will have the chance to explore the urban sprawl, humming neighborhoods, and Melbourne tourist attractions.
  • National Gallery of Victoria

    The National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) is Australia’s oldest and pre-eminent public art museum, hosting blockbuster exhibitions and one of the world’s finest art collections. You will explore the unique Gallery’s treasures from ancient Egypt, Greece, Rome and the pre-Columbian period, in addition to an array of European and Asian decorative arts and the Oceanic gallery dedicated to the indigenous cultures of the Pacific area.
  • Melbourne Kayaking Tour

    This is a stunning way to check out all of the major iconic sights of Melbourne from a unique water-level perspective. After a quick briefing and paddling lesson, participants will get kitted up and head downriver under the Princes Bridge and into the heart of Melbourne. The tour will continue along the Yarra River past Flinders Station and up to the iconic Polly Woodside Tallship at South Wharf before entering the Docklands precinct and the beautiful Yarra’s Edge Marina. After a short break, students will paddle back upstream past Crown Casino and the lively South Bank district before finishing back at Boathouse Drive. With a fleet of extremely stable Sea Bear sea kayaks, the experience will be even easier for first-time paddlers.

  • Melbourne Orientation

    API students will begin their program with a 2.5-day arrival orientation in their host city of Melbourne. This orientation will provide the opportunity to get to know fellow participants, API, and university procedures, and rules, to explore your new host city and to allow for a smoother transition into Australian life. Students will spend two nights together in a hotel before moving into their semester housing on day three.

  • Cairns

    Midway through the semester, all API Australia students will fly to Cairns, Northern Queensland for a three-night adventure. This excursion will include opportunities to learn about Aboriginal culture, the flora and fauna unique to the country, and partake in day snorkeling on the Great Barrier Reef!

  • Melbourne Museum

    From the natural environment to culture and history, Melbourne Museum explores life in Victoria. Students will be stunned by the impressive collection of the museum guards, including the complete skeleton of a blue whale, the Bunjilaka Aboriginal Center, a living rainforest, and the largest IMAX theater in the world.
  • Phillip Island Penguin Parade Tour

    The best way to witness one of Australia’s most spectacular wildlife experiences is in this magnificent Phillip Island day tour. Not only will students get to see the Penguin Parade, but they’ll also get to hand-feed kangaroos, get up close to koalas, and witness the rugged rocky coastline of the Victorian Island.
  • Aboriginal Heritage Walk

    The Aboriginal Heritage Walk will take students on a journey into the ancestral lands of the Koolin nation and explore their rich and thriving culture. Students will experience a traditional smoking ceremony with an Indigenous guide and discover traditional uses of plants for food, tools, and medicine.
  • Great Ocean Road Tour

    Depart on a coach to spend an exciting day in one of the world’s most spectacular coastal drives as you travel on the world famous Great Ocean Road. You will see the abundance of Australian wildlife, whilst checking out the magnificent surf beaches, and walk amongst the ancient rainforest, before arriving in the afternoon to witness the marvel that is the 12 Apostles.
  • Eureka Skydeck 88

    Eureka Skydeck is Melbourne’s greatest point of view. Situated in the heart of Southbank in the iconic Eureka Tower, the Skydeck stands at a staggering 297 meters above the streets of Melbourne. As the highest public observation deck in the Southern Hemisphere, students will be offered unparalleled views over Melbourne at sunset. Students will have the chance to explore the urban sprawl, humming neighborhoods, and Melbourne tourist attractions.
  • National Gallery of Victoria

    The National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) is Australia’s oldest and pre-eminent public art museum, hosting blockbuster exhibitions and one of the world’s finest art collections. You will explore the unique Gallery’s treasures from ancient Egypt, Greece, Rome and the pre-Columbian period, in addition to an array of European and Asian decorative arts and the Oceanic gallery dedicated to the indigenous cultures of the Pacific area.
  • Melbourne Kayaking Tour

    This is a stunning way to check out all of the major iconic sights of Melbourne from a unique water-level perspective. After a quick briefing and paddling lesson, participants will get kitted up and head downriver under the Princes Bridge and into the heart of Melbourne. The tour will continue along the Yarra River past Flinders Station and up to the iconic Polly Woodside Tallship at South Wharf before entering the Docklands precinct and the beautiful Yarra’s Edge Marina. After a short break, students will paddle back upstream past Crown Casino and the lively South Bank district before finishing back at Boathouse Drive. With a fleet of extremely stable Sea Bear sea kayaks, the experience will be even easier for first-time paddlers.

All API Melbourne students will be housed close to each other in dorm-style apartments on/near campus. Students will have their own private bedrooms, and share common areas such as a kitchen, dining/lounge room, and bathroom facilities with their flatmates. Catered and self-catered options are available. Internet and utilities are included.

Due to the range of housing options, housing costs have been separated out from the program costs. The housing range for this program is $4,800-$5,200 per semester for the self-catered option, or $6,800-$7,000 for the fully-catered option (API reserve the right to change fees based on placements, inclusions, currency fluctuations, or other factors). These fees include internet, electricity, linens, and kitchen utensils (in most placements). La Trobe University features catered and self-catered options. Housing is billed separately and once housing placement has been confirmed. Please contact the API office for more information.

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*Due to the range of housing options, housing costs have been separated out from the program costs. API reserves the right to change fees based on placements, inclusions, currency fluctuations, or other factors. These fees include internet, electricity, linens, and kitchen utensils (in most placements). La Trobe University features catered and self-catered options. Housing is billed separately and once housing placement has been confirmed. Please contact the API office for more information.

  • Housing fees per term (self-catered): $4,800-$5,200
  • Housing fees per term (catered): $6,800-$7,200
Session Program Dates Program Cost Application Deadline Payment Deadline
Spring Feb 19, 2019 - Jun 28, 2019 $12,280 Nov 15, 2018 Dec 1, 2018
Fall Jul 18, 2019 - Nov 22, 2019 $12,280 Apr 15, 2019 May 15, 2019
Academic Year Jul 18, 2019 $23,880 Apr 15, 2019 May 15, 2019