La Trobe University

Melbourne, Victoria


University Location Melbourne, Victoria
Address Plenty Road, Bundoora, Melbourne VIC 3086
Main Campus Melbourne (Bundoora, suburb of Melbourne)
City Population 5 million
Student Population 36,000
Int'l Student Population 7,000
Semester 1 Start March
Semester 2 Start July
Semester 3 Start November


In 1967, 552 students enrolled at La Trobe University, the third university to open in Victoria, which has grown to accommodate more than 36,000 students, with over 7,000 international students from 110 countries.

For over 50 years, La Trobe University has transformed people and societies. Striving for excellence in everything they do, the university has risen to the top one per cent of universities worldwide1 with all broad areas of research rated at, above, or well above world standard.2 In the latest QS World University Rankings, the university moved up by 46 places—the strongest improver in Australia.3

Whether it’s helping solve issues with global food insecurity, protecting the world’s biodiversity, understanding and preventing disease, or leading social change and equity, La Trobe University is at the forefront of impactful research—especially in science, health, and technology. The university is rated fourth internationally for its research on key diseases and conditions, support for healthcare professions, and the health of its students and staff.4

1. Times Higher Education (THE), 2021, World University Rankings 2022; Consejo Superior de Investigaciones
Científicas (CSIC), 2021, Ranking Web of Universities.
2. Australian Research Council, 2019, Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) Outcomes 2018.
3. QS World University Rankings, 2023.
4. Times Higher Education (THE), 2022, Impact Rankings 2022: good health and well-being.


  • Melbourne Campus – (main campus) located in Bundoora, just 14 km from Melbourne
  • City Campus – Melbourne’s central business district
  • Bendigo Campus – (second-largest campus) approximately 2 hours from Melbourne
  • Shepparton Campus
  • Albury-Wodonga Campus
  • Mildura Campus
  • Sydney Campus

Why Study Here?

Whether you’re not completely sure of the career path you want to take, or if you’re ready to explore a niche area, at La Trobe you can tailor your degree to fit your interests, broaden your career options, and gain specialist skills future employers are looking for.

More majors, minors, and subjects
Build the career you want with more than 50 majors, minors and electives to choose from. For example, you could add our climate change minor to your degree and become your future organization’s environmental leader.

Study in areas that go beyond your degree
Combine your degree with a major or minor from another discipline to gain the important cross skills that are highly sought after. Studying health sciences? Consider adding a management major to boost your employability.

Do an industry placement minor
You can gain credits for industry experience by choosing an industry placement minor for your degree. That means you can focus on your chosen industry and build your professional networks before you graduate.

Learn from industry partners
La Trobe partners with the best so you can be your best. In courses co-designed and taught with industry, you’ll gain skills and knowledge from professionals in their field.

Build experience while you study
You don’t need to do an industry placement minor to gain valuable work experience that counts as credits toward your chosen degree. Work integrated learning (WIL) is available across many degrees.

Some popular programs for Canadians include dentistry, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, pharmacy, speech pathology, nursing, public health, graduate law and undergraduate law, teaching.

Location Details

City of Melbourne
Getting around Melbourne and wider Victoria is easy, with a range of transport options to fit your lifestyle. In Melbourne, there are extensive train, bus, and tram networks. You can travel inside the city, or out in regional Victoria using a Myki card. La Trobe’s Melbourne campus in Bundoora has a bus station on campus, plus a tram line right out the front, so you can get where you need to go!

Multicultural Community
Join a multicultural and inclusive community Melbourne is one of the safest and most diverse cities in the world to live, study and work. It’s home to people from more than 200 countries, with almost 50% of people living in Victoria either born overseas or with at least one parent who was born overseas.

You’ll feel right at home with the vast choice of food options, community groups to join, and multicultural and multi-faith events happening all year. Living in Victoria means you’ll meet
people from diverse cultures and allow you to grow your understanding of new communities.

Melbourne has a moderate oceanic climate and is well known for its changeable weather conditions. This is mainly due to Melbourne’s location situated on the boundary of the very hot inland areas and the cold Southern Ocean. This temperature differential is most pronounced in the spring and summer months and can cause very strong cold fronts to form. These cold fronts can be responsible for all sorts of severe weather from gales to severe thunderstorms and hail, large temperature drops, and heavy rain.

Melbourne is colder than other mainland Australian state capital cities in the winter. The lowest temperature on record is -2.8 °C; however, snowfalls are rare. More commonly, Melbourne experiences frosts and fog in winter. It can get quite chilly, so come prepared with a good “Canadian” fall jacket—not just a windbreaker!