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There are particular words used on this website to describe different types of students. These can be confusing if you've never studied at university before or if you are used to thinking about these ideas in a different language. The following are types of students at the University of Melbourne. Clicking on each one will take you to the definition of that student and some helpful pages you might like to look at next.


Options for Australian Secondary School students


Options for International Secondary School students

  • If you are an international student studying at an Australian high school, then you can apply to study a University subject in Year 12 with the University of Melbourne Extension Program. Read about the University of Melbourne Extension Program (apply in Year 11)
  • If you're already in Year 12, you can read about the Community Access Program which lets you study single subjects. Not all subjects are available as CAP subjects and not all students will be able to study every CAP subject: it depends on your level of experience.
  • If you're offshore, you can't study only a few subjects at the University of Melbourne, but you can start thinking about your undergraduate degree.

Domestic undergraduate student

You will be a domestic undergraduate student, because you have Australian or New Zealand citizenship, Australian permanent residency or hold an Australian permanent humanitarian visa, and because you are undertaking your first course at university. At the University of Melbourne, courses defined as undergraduate include bachelor degrees, bachelor degrees (honours), some associate diplomas and concurrent diplomas.

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Domestic graduate student

You will be a graduate student because you are undertaking further study at a higher level than a bachelor degree. You are a domestic student because you have Australian or New Zealand citizenship, Australian permanent residency or hold an Australian permanent humanitarian visa. At the University of Melbourne, courses defined as graduate include: graduate certificate, graduate diploma, postgraduate certificate, postgraduate diploma, masters, doctorate.

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International undergraduate student

You will be an international student at the University of Melbourne if you are not an Australian or New Zealand citizen, nor an Australian permanent resident or holder of a permanent Humanitarian Visa. You will be an undergraduate student because you are undertaking your first course at university. At the University of Melbourne, courses defined as undergraduate include bachelor degrees, bachelor degrees (honours), some advanced diplomas and concurrent diplomas.

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International graduate student

You will be an International student at the University of Melbourne if you are not an Australian or New Zealand citizen, nor are you an Australian permanent resident or holder of a permanent Humanitarian Visa. You will be a graduate student because you are undertaking further study at a higher level than a bachelor degree. At the University of Melbourne, courses defined as graduate include: graduate certificate, graduate diploma, postgraduate certificate, postgraduate diploma, masters, doctorate.

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Exchange student

You will be an exchange student because you are undertaking one or two semesters study away from your home institution and your home institution has a formal exchange agreement with the University of Melbourne.

For more information about Exchange programs, see our Study Abroad and Exchange portal.

Study Abroad student

You will be a Study Abroad student because you are undertaking one or two semesters study away from your home institution and your home institution does not have a formal exchange agreement with the University of Melbourne.

For more information about Study Abroad programs, see our Study Abroad and Exchange portal.

Domestic transfer student

You will be a domestic transfer student because you are currently studying at another institution, you have the appropriate visa or citizenship and plan to finish the rest of your degree at the University of Melbourne. If you have never graduated before, you will be an undergraduate student. If you have previously completed a degree, you will be a graduate student.

Before applying make sure that you meet the University's entry standards and prerequisites and English Language Requirements.

International transfer student

You will be an international transfer student because you are currently studying at another institution, you do not have Australian or New Zealand citizenship nor a humanitarian/permanent visa and you plan to finish the rest of your degree at the University of Melbourne. If you have never graduated before, you will be an undergraduate student. If you have previously completed a degree, you will be a graduate student.

Before applying make sure that you meet the University's entry standards and prerequisites and English Language Requirements.


Community Access Program student

The Community Access Program (CAP) opens up study opportunities so that everyone has a chance to enrol in a single subject study and experience the benefits of expert tuition at the University of Melbourne. CAP students attend the same classes as degree students during semester. Not all subjects are available as CAP subjects and not all students will be able to study every CAP subject: it depends on your level of experience.


Cross-Institutional Study student

You will be a Cross-Institutional Study student because you are currently attending an Australian university and wish to study one or more subjects at the University of Melbourne. This is also sometimes known as Complementary Course Study. In order to check if the subjects you wish to enrol in are suitable for you, you'll need to contact the relevant faculty or school directly to gain approval.

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If the faculty you're interested in isn't listed here, contact them directly using the faculty list.