International graduate coursework

Starting at university can be daunting, but applying for a place shouldn't be. Here's a guide to help you through the application process at Melbourne.

If you're already currently studying at Melbourne, the process is a little different. Please follow the application process for current students.

Step 1

Before you apply

You're ready to take the next step in your academic career. Studying overseas is an exciting way to go. At this stage, you should:

If you'd prefer to speak to someone in person about your application, contact a University of Melbourne representative in your country.

Step 2

How to apply

You can apply online.

Please ensure that plan to have your application received by us before the relevant deadline.  An application fee of AUD$100 applies. This fee is non-refundable.

Alternatively, if you would prefer to apply in person in your own country, we have a number of overseas representatives in a variety of countries. Search our list of overseas representatives to find one near you.

If you have accepted an offer from another institution in Australia, been granted a Confirmation of Enrolment (COE) and want to transfer to the University of Melbourne within the first six months of study you will need a letter of release from that institution. Please see our International Student Transfer Policy for more details.

Study abroad or exchange

If you're interested in studying at Melbourne for a shorter period - one or two semesters - please refer to the Melbourne Global Mobility site.

Step 3

After you apply - accepting your offer


When you submit your e-application you will be automatically sent an acknowledgement email.  The acknowledgement letter will include your unique student ID and application reference number. Please quote these numbers in all correspondence with the University.

We will begin by checking that your application contains everything we need to begin assessment.  If anything is missing we will email you.

If your application is complete and we do not require any further information then your application will be assessed.  This takes approximately four weeks for most graduate courses, however some graduate schools assess applications in rounds on particular dates, please check the website of the relevant faculty for more details.

Offer process

If your application is successful, your offer letter will be emailed directly to you (and copied to your nominated authorised representative). 

If the offer is conditional, then you need to meet the conditions of your offer before accepting the offer. If you have been sent an unconditional offer, you can choose to accept it immediately.

Respond to your offer

To accept your offer follow the instructions in your offer.

If you choose not to accept the offer right away, you can also:

  • Consider deferring your offer
  • Ask to be considered for a different course than the one you originally applied for:
    • If you applied directly using our e-application, you can login to your user account and change your preference order and/or submit a new application.
    • If you applied directly not using our e-application, you will need to submit your change of preference via email to International Admissions
  • Decline your offer

Unsuccessful applicants will receive an outcome letter by email explaining why the application has been unsuccessful.

Step 4

Preparing for study

Once you've accepted your offer to study at Melbourne, you'll want to start planning your Melbourne experience, if you haven't already started doing so. It's time to get ready to move to Melbourne, find a place to live, decide whether you need to work while you study and learn about life in your new city. Below are some helpful resources, including enrolment information, to make the transition easier for you.


If you haven't already got your visa to study in Australia, now is the time to do that. All citizens of countries other than New Zealand or Australia need a visa to study here. You should have received information about applying for a student visa with your offer of a place from the University.

Organising your arrival

Each semester, International Student Services organises pre-departure briefings in a number of countries. All commencing international students and their families are invited to attend the briefings prior to your arrival in Melbourne. This will help you understand more about what life in Melbourne will be like.

If you can't make it to a pre-departure briefing or there isn't one near you, don't worry. There is a lot of information right here that can help you find your way.


Finding a place to live can be complicated from a distance. Melbourne offers plenty of housing options. Some students choose to live in campus residences, some choose to stay with an Australian family, while most Australian students choose 'share housing', where a number of students live together close to the University.

Need somewhere to stay until longer term housing is available? You can request temporary accommodation before you arrive in Melbourne. If you provide at least 72 hours notice the University can book you into a budget hotel located close to the University for up to three nights. There's also longer term housing available for all students including Study Abroad and Exchange students.

Enrolment and orientation

The first step in your new academic life is enrolling and attending orientation, designed to help ease your entry into campus life. To assist you with your move to Australian tertiary study the Student Connect website has advice and information to help you understand all aspects of university life, including what happens at enrolment and orientation.

Work while you study

Some students choose to work while they’re studying. Student visas allow you to work, however you must comply with the conditions on your visa. For more information, see Work while studying

Fun while you study

Being at university isn't all hard work. Life on campus can be great fun too! For more information on activities and events outside of classes, take a look at the following:

Other services

Check out all of our fantastic support services to help you out while you study. Our services include: Careers and Employment, Child Care Services, Counselling Service and many more. See Services for Students for more information.