News for International School Counsellors
Sustainability on campus
A group of young, upcoming leaders, who were here on a two week Trinity College Young Leaders Program, were taken on a “walk and talk” tour to show them some of the practical ways that sustainability is practised at the University. Recycling waste material, composting food scraps, refilling water bottles using water fountains across campus, bicycle parking and the use of Keep Cups are some of the sustainable practices encouraged on campus.
“After seeing many examples of sustainability practices in Melbourne University, this idea caught my attention. The bicycle parking space which included bicycle pump and bike mending tools for free is a great idea. Also the free breakfast on Ride to Work Day encourages students and staff to participate and cause zero pollution for the environment.” says David, from Wego Private Bilingual Senior High School in Taipei.
The University of Melbourne is committed to providing an exceptional learning and research environment that fosters a passion in sustainability. Recycling, waste, energy, water, building design, transport and procurement are embedded through our education curriculum and research.
In addition to our existing 5 star sustainable buildings, the University of Melbourne’s new architecture building to be opened in 2015, has been awarded a 6 Star Green Star Education Design rating, and has become the only building to ever be awarded all 10 innovation points under Green Star.
Staff and student networks are active advocates in helping the university reach its sustainability targets.
The students on South Lawn. Solar panels on the Alan Gilbert Building can be seen in the background.
A bicycle repair and pump station at our Parkville campus.
Another impressive ranking!
The University was ranked 18th out of 301 participating institutions under the UI Greenmetric Ranking of World Universities (2013), an international sustainability benchmarking survey.
Open Day 2014
A warm welcome to all visitors to see our campus and learn about our suite of world class undergraduate and graduate university degrees. Find out how your students can apply to the University, and the many services we offer them.
DATE: 17 August 2014, 10.00am to 4.00pm
VENUE: Parkville and Southbank campuses
There is a lot to see and do. Plan your Open Day to ensure you get the most out of your visit.openday.unimelb.edu.au
Tips for newly commencing students in July and six must-dos during O-Week
1. Attend sessions run by your faculty
This is your opportunity to meet staff, find out about services and resources in your faculty and meet other students you will be studying with. Start planning your itinerary to see what sessions your faculty is holding.
2. Visit the Student Services Fair
Get amongst University life at the Student Services Fair on Thursday 24 July from 1pm-3pm in North Court at Union House. Pick up loads of freebies and discover more about what your Student Services and the Student Union can do for you!
3. Attend a Study and Life Support Session
These workshops have been designed to give you the top tips in settling into university life and set you up for study success. Check out the full listing of sessions when creating your itinerary.
4. Attend Sporting Clubs Day
Interested in sport? Or just meeting new people? Come along to the Sporting Clubs Day from 11am - 3pm in North Court, Union House on Wednesday 23 July to speak to a representative from one of the 40 Melbourne University recreational, competitive and instructional clubs or to find out more about what Melbourne University Sport has to offer you.
5. Get involved in the Host program
Join a host group on a guided tour around campus to get oriented, make new friends, and learn some handy tips to navigate the maze that is university life. Visit the University of Melbourne Student Union O-Week website to find a host and get more information on O-Week events.
6. Join a Student Club
Joining a club is the easiest way to make new friends with people who share your interests. Be sure to attend the Clubs & Societies Day from 12-3pm on Friday 25 July and check out the other student events on campus to see our diverse offering of student groups.
From School to University
Kevin Lee Shen Yee, from Singapore is pursing the Bachelor of Biomedicine. “During the semester I study a lot. The lectures provide a wealth of information and details which require understanding and analysis. This work is then used to guide practical laboratory classes and assist with tutorials.” But Kevin also found out that it’s not all work at uni. Social life on campus provides a welcome balance, and there are more than 190 student clubs and 40 sporting clubs that provide a variety of activities. Kevin himself easily found a place and friends to hang out with between classes. “Outside of class, I enjoy spending time with friends from the Melbourne University Breakdancing Club.”
What’s on in Melbourne?
Melbourne is always buzzing with activity. This month, the Melbourne International Film Festival begins. The annual Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) is one of the oldest film festivals in the world and the most significant screen event in Australia. MIFF showcases the very best of Australian cinema, as well as international premieres and other global cinema.
Trinity College Young Leaders Programs
2014 is going to be a very exciting year for Young Leaders. In July this year, Trinity College will be running a Biomedicine Stream for the first time. In this stream, students will explore the world of medicine and medical research including genetics, human physiology and human structure.Find out more
International undergraduate scholarships award ceremony
The University has celebrated the achievements of its international students at an awards ceremony for recipients of international undergraduate scholarships at University House.
Ms Wendy Holden, Associate Director, National Markets (Office of Admissions), welcomed the students who came to Melbourne from countries across the world including Bangladesh, Belarus, Malaysia, India, Sweden, Vietnam and the USA.
To be considered for a scholarship with the University, international students must have achieved a final year school result which is at least equivalent to an ATAR of 99.9 in the Australian Year 12 program.
Ms Holden acknowledged the effort required by the students to earn an international undergraduate scholarship and thanked them for choosing Melbourne as their study destination.
“We have much to gain from your curious minds and diverse, international experiences,” she said.Find out more about our scholarships program
“It is through your dedication and hard work that you are now part of the University of Melbourne family.”
Virtual Fair webcasts
The University recently hosted our online Virtual Fair, featuring presentations and live chat sessions over 16 hours for students from all parts of the world to find out more about our courses.
Hear from three students about about their undergraduate courses.
Nguyen Dao: 1st year, Bachelor of Arts
Alix De La Fuente: 2nd Year , Bachelor of Environments
Shahed Kamal: 3rd Year, Bachelor of Biomedicine
What is the Bachelor of Environments?
Hear from the Bachelor of Environments course director, two students and an Office of Admissions staff member about the course, what it offers and where it can lead.
Semester 1 is now well under way!
Orientation week was a huge success, enabling students to meet their student hosts, join clubs and societies, attend information seesions, and take part in a carnival themed party. A busy week for all students, fuelled by free food around campus!
Watch the video see the carnival action!
The University is looking good in the QS World University Rankings
The recently released QS World University Rankings by subject list the top 200 universities around the world in 30 subject areas. The University of Melbourne has 11 subjects ranked in the top 20 and 27 subjects in the top 50.Find out more
The University of Melbourne is hosting two Virtual Fairs for International Students in 2014.
1 – 2 May, 7.00pm to 11.00am (Australian EST)
16 – 17 October, 7.00pm to 11.00am (Australian EST)
Chat live with University staff in one of several online booths providing information on University programs, the city of Melbourne, housing and support services. Look out for posters coming to your school.
What's happening in Melbourne - the world's most liveable city?
Now in it's third decade, the Melbourne International Comedy Festival begins this month. Comedians of all kinds, from international stars to yet-to-be-discovered newcomers descend onto our city for a month-long residency of laughs.
Welcome to Melbourne
Dear College and University Guidance Counsellors,
This month, the campus is buzzing. Thousands of new and returning students are coming onto campus to attend a range of information events, as they prepare for the start of the academic semester and for some, the start of a whole new life as a University student!
First stop: Student Centres are One Stop Shops for each of the undergraduate degrees and staff provide helpful information from “How do I get my library card?” to “Where is a cool place on campus to hang out in between classes?”.
Find out more about First Year at Unimelb from the First Years themselves!
University of Melbourne School of Engineering’s Amazing Spaghetti Contest
In December 2013, international secondary school students were invited to participate in the University of Melbourne’s annual Amazing Spaghetti Machine Competition. This is a contest where school students’ knowledge and skills in maths, science, engineering, and project management are put to the test in the creation of a ‘spaghetti machine’ – an overly complex machine used to perform a relatively simple task.
Team Nikola 97 from St Joseph’s Institution International in Singapore were selected as the winners for their innovative entry which used the machine to tell an unfolding story – the history of Singapore. The team have scholarships to attend the Trinity Young Leaders Program in Melbourne in July 2014.
Congratulations to our winning team and to all of those who participated in this year’s program.
The University is now tobacco free
The University is now tobacco free on all campuses, as of February 4, World Cancer Day, to provide a healthier environment for staff, students and visitors. The change means smoking on University grounds is prohibited and no campus businesses can sell cigarettes.
What's happening in Melbourne - the world's most liveable city*?
This month, Melbourne's city streets, laneways, landmarks and cultural institutions will once again be transformed into a cultural playground from dusk-till-dawn. Over 12 hours, in venues and major cultural institutions right across the city centre, visitors can participate in an urban adventure of exhibitions, street performances, fashion, lighting installations, film screenings, multimedia projections, concerts, dance and interactive events.
Inspired by Paris' Nuit Blanche, the international network of White Night programmes has grown to over 20 cities globally and Melbourne's own unique interpretation of this worldwide phenomenon will capture your imagination.
Hear from our students
Students from the United Arab Emirates talk about their experiences and impressions of student life in Melbourne.
This video features:
Kamal Shahed, Al Ain Juniors School, Bachelor of Biomedicine
Barwani Al Harthi Ayesha, English College, Bachelor of Science
Mohamed Nizar Nifal, English College, Bachelor of Science
Satish Namrata, Dubai Modern High School, Bachelor of Commerce
Sawhney Eesha, Dubai Modern High School, Bachelor of Commerce
Jagdeep Makkar Riddhi, Dubai Modern High School, Bachelor of Commerce
Studying in Australia
- Is it true that seven of the 100 top universities in the world are Australian?
- Is it true that five of 30 best student cities in the world are in Australia?
- Is Australia the third most popular international student population in the world?
If you answered YES to all these questions – congratulations, you’re right!
Find out more about why Australia is such a great place for international students.
Gain experience after graduation
The Temporary Graduate (subclass 485) Visa offers a great opportunity for recently graduated international students to gain valuable work experience after completing their studies. This work experience helps develop the skills graduates gained during their studies and also makes them more employable upon return to their home country.
Melbourne International Undergraduate Scholarship Winners
Congratulations to the 21 students who received University of Melbourne International Academic Merit Scholarships and commenced study in July 2013!
Our scholarship winners with Deputy Vice-Chancellor Sue Elliott.
Photo competition for 14–16 year old students
"My population and a sustainable world"