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University of Melbourne Quick Snap
Location: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Main Campus: Parkville (downtown Melbourne)
City Population: 4.1 million
Student Population: 47,000
International Students: 12,000
Semester 1 Starts: Mandatory Orientation: mid-February
Classes commence: early March
Semester 2 Starts: Mandatory Orientation: third week of July
Classes commence: late July
Faculties: Architecture, Building and Planning
Business and Economics
Land and Environment
Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences
Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences
Victorian College of the Arts and Melbourne Conservatorium of Music

University of Melbourne


The University of Melbourne is a leading international university with a tradition of excellence in teaching and research. Established in 1853, it is Australia’s second oldest university, and has been ranked as the country’s top university in both worldwide and national standings.

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The University of Melbourne comprises a student population of 47,000, which includes a diverse international student community, who hail from more than 120 countries around the globe.

The Best in the World


The University of Melbourne’s outstanding performance in teaching, learning and research puts it at the forefront of higher education in the Asia-Pacific region and around the world. The university is consistently ranked among the top 25 universities, with international peers placing it in the top 10 worldwide.

This powerful international reputation is underpinned by excellence in teaching and learning and its status as one of Australia’s highest-ranked research universities, by the prestigious The Times Higher World University Ranking. In 2013-14, the University of Melbourne was ranked 34th worldwide by Times Higher Education World University Rankings.

International Leadership

The University of Melbourne has a history of more than 150 years of leadership in research, innovation, teaching and learning. As a University of Melbourne student, you will become part of a dynamic, collegial environment with a distinctive research edge.

The university’s researchers are at the forefront of international scholarship in fields as diverse as human rights law, telecommunications and medical research. Among its many scholars of international standing are three winners of the Nobel Prize: Prof. Peter Doherty for Physiology and Medicine and visiting Eminent Scholars Professors Sir James Mirrlees and Clive Granger for their achievements in Economic Science.

Achieve Outstanding Career Outcomes

Melbourne graduates are prominent in political, cultural, academic and business arenas throughout the world. High-profile employers from Australia and around the world actively recruit Melbourne graduates, who stand out for their problem-solving skills, capacity for independent critical thought and leadership potential.

Award-winning Approaches to Learning

The University of Melbourne has been the top Australian university for teaching excellence, winning the large share of the Commonwealth Government’s Learning and Teaching Performance Fund in past years.

A Stimulating Environment

Established shortly after the founding of Melbourne, the university is located just a few minutes from the centre of this global city—an exciting and vibrant centre of cultural, social, sporting and business life. It is just a short walk from Carlton’s stylish Lygon Street and not far from the bohemian Brunswick Street. The main campus in Parkville is recognized as the hub of Australia’s premier knowledge precinct, and includes eight hospitals, many leading research institutes and a wide range of knowledge-based industries.

Melbourne’s learning community and curriculum is internationally and culturally diverse. Diversity is valued, multiculturalism is celebrated and the integrity of the individual is respected. Melbourne is credited as one of the world’s most liveable cities (Economist Intelligence Unit, London), a World Health Organization safe community, and is a safe place to live and study. At the University of Melbourne, you will have the opportunity to make lifelong friends from around the globe.

Location: Melbourne

City History

Melbourne is the capital of Victoria and home to nearly four million people. It is the second-largest and most cosmopolitan city in Australia. Here are some Melbourne fast facts:

  • Melbourne was judged as the Most Liveable City in the world in 2013 for a third consecutive year by the Economist Intelligence Unit.
  • Melbourne has been ranked the sixth most student-friendly city in the world in the QS Best Student City Rankings in 2013.
  • Melbourne has been recognized as a UNESCO City of Literature—they have more bookshops per head of population than anywhere else in Australia and more people borrow more books from libraries in Melbourne than anywhere else in Australia!
  • More than 100 languages are spoken by the city's residents.

The University is located just a few minutes from the centre of Melbourne—an exciting and vibrant centre of cultural, social, sporting and business life – and just a short walk from Carlton’s stylish Lygon Street and not far from the bohemian Brunswick Street. The University’s main campus, Parkville, is recognized as the hub of Australia’s knowledge precinct, and includes eight hospitals, many leading research institutes and a wide range of knowledge-based industries.


Melbourne is a multicultural city, with its residents representing 140 nationalities and speaking 151 languages. Thirty per cent of Melbourne's population was born overseas, and Melbourne has the largest population of international students in the country.

Melbourne is also Australia's sporting capital. In 2006, Melbourne hosted the Commonwealth Games. This important sporting event showcased Melbourne as an international sporting and tourism destination of world quality. Melbourne is also home to many international sporting events including: Australian Open tennis, Formula One Grand Prix, The Melbourne Cup (horseracing), Rip Curl Surfing Pro at Bells Beach and the Australian International Airshow.

Why Canadians Enjoy Studying at Melbourne


The University of Melbourne is arguably Australia’s most reputable higher education institution with a tradition of excellence in research and teaching. Students from Canada choose Melbourne due its high ranking among the best universities in the world. Canadians also enjoy its downtown campus location in the beautiful city of Melbourne as well as the beauty of this sandstone campus.

University of Melbourne students identify the best aspects of their Melbourne Experience as:

  • Inner-city location
  • Social and cultural experiences
  • Outdoor spaces on campus
  • Reputation and prestige of the University

“I have made it to Melbourne! I would have written to you sooner, but my last three days have been filled with exciting adventures in Melbourne. I have met lots of international students and have made many new friends! I love it here! Melbourne is a beautiful city and there is so much life here! I went to the Victoria Markets on Wednesday night, and they have a huge market with music and so many interesting things!

… I have explored Elizabeth Street, Flinders Street and Swanson Street. Today, my friend Katrin is going to show me around Lygon Street. She is from Namibia, and she is studying the same program as me!”
Jill Sacrey, Newfoundland, University of Melbourne Bachelor of Veterinary Science student

Some Popular Melbourne Uni Programs for Students from Canada

  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM)
  • Master of International Politics
  • Doctor of Medicine (MD)
  • Master in Genetic Counselling
  • Master of Global Media Communication
  • Juris Doctor
  • Doctor of Optometry
  • Master of Public Health
  • Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS)
  • Master of Arts (Publishing and Editing)
  • Master of Teaching
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