University of Melbourne

University of Melbourne

Australia

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THE World Ranking: 33

The University of Melbourne is #1 in Australia and #33 in the world in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2015 - 2016

  • Located in the 2nd most student-friendly city in world
  • Globally aligned and internationally recognized curriculum
  • Australia’s no.1 university in the Times Education Rankings
  • Ranked no.18 internationally for graduate employability
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Why did I choose this university?

My decision to study abroad was partly driven by my desire to experience living overseas, and also to experience a different education system. Melbourne was on the top of my list because my friends have always tempted me about how liveable it is. In retrospect, I couldn’t agree more! I chose the University of Melbourne to study my undergraduate degree because of the flexibility it gives in customising my course. The concept of having electives and “breadth” subjects meant I could tailor it to my interests (Business Law, Media and Marketing) while ensuring I’m on track towards a professional career (Accounting and Finance). To me, being able to expand my horizons without having to extend my undergraduate years sounded like a great deal. Naturally, because of the great experiences I’ve had working with peers, staff and academics at this University, I decided to study my Masters here too.

My first week

O-week (Orientation week) is the time when the university comes to life again after a break (this phenomenon also flows onto the first couple of weeks of classes). Aside from the parties, games and activities offered by student clubs, the university also provides a great deal of social and academic support for new students adjusting into university life. I remember having doubts about how I could fit into this completely new environment. But having gone through that, my advice now would be to definitely participate in the games and activities during O-week, such as campus tour, food hunts, or Amazing Race. Don’t be afraid of saying ‘Hello!’ Since everybody is new, you will definitely find someone like-minded and who knows, some of them may very well be your project groupmates in the coming months!

My campus

The Parkville campus of the University is located just outside the CBD, which is a short stroll away. It is also well connected by the bus and tram network, making it easy to get around. The heart of the campus consists of a cluster of old but beautiful sandstone buildings, surrounded by modern construction, intertwined with lawns and greenery. During the semester, there are quite a number activities happening around the campus. Aside from the occasional lunchtime concerts and BBQs, we also have farmers’ market, as well as other carnivals and events hosted by the respective student clubs. The campus is hardly quiet during the semester, and this means plenty of options if I decide to take a break from the books and relax my mind!

My city

It’s not hard to realise why Melbourne is always known to be one of the most liveable cities. I love how it has a multicultural mix of people from all over the world, who are often friendly, approachable, and respectful of one another. What also attracts me is how history-rich buildings stand alongside quirky modern architecture, while authentic Asian eateries are tucked beside modern fusion cafés. Melbourne is also a city jam-packed with activities and events happening all year round. Just to give you an idea, I watched tennis balls fly at the Australian Open, heard engines roar at the F1 Grand Prix, watched fireworks dazzle at Australia’s largest community carnival, sampled Turkish food at the night markets, laughed my head off at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, and attended the Lion King musical – all in the span of 6 months.

My study space

On average, I have 12 hours of classes a week. While this may sound little (and certainly varies with courses), a lot of learning needs to be done independently. For me, a considerable amount of time outside classes is spent working on assignments and group projects. This may be in the form of reviewing and analysing literature, or meeting the group for discussions. Learning spaces are abundant in the university, from study areas and libraries to collaborative work areas and project rooms. These places provide the necessary technological equipment for group discussions, as well as facilities to make self-studying conducive. Somehow, I prefer to work in the university because it has everything I need to complete my task, and the environment also helps to keep me focused.

My social life

As a food lover, I enjoy getting out on weekends to go café hunting with my friends. It’s no secret that Melbournians love their coffee and take a lot of pride in presenting their food in creative and innovative ways. This makes our weekend food hunts always exciting.  At times when the sun is out, my friends and I would rent a bike and take a relaxing cycle to the beach or along the scenic Yarra Trail. Since coming to Melbourne, I have also improved on my golf skills by practicing at some of the many public (and affordable) golf courses. During longer breaks, I like to organise road trips out of Melbourne to explore the vast natural landscapes the region has to offer. Some of these places like the Grampians, Great Ocean Road, and Wilsons Promontory are definitely the places I would recommend. At times, we would even take a short flight to other places in Australia. From deserts to oceans, I find that every Australian city is so different and they offer so many experiences.

My home

I live alone in a one bedroom apartment in the CBD. The building comes with some amenities such as a pool and gym which I make use of sometimes. I enjoy the convenience of living in the city because everything I need can be easily accessed, without being far from the University. I find that such apartments offer more living space, something which I value highly, but this comes at the cost of higher rent when compared against student accommodation. What I would say to those looking to stay alone – living alone means you have to be fully independent in taking care of your wellbeing. While on-campus accommodation and other student accommodation providers often organise social gatherings and events, I feel that it is important for those living alone to take the initiative to head out of house or socialise or just to breathe the fresh air.

English score required

Minimum IELTS score

Postgraduate

6.5

Undergraduate

6.5

Minimum TOEFL IBT

Postgraduate

79

Undergraduate

79

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Key facts and figures at University of Melbourne

Rankings

Hotcourses Diversity Index (What is this?)

142 International student nationalities at this university

1.8% International students from USA

Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2016-2017
Source: THE

33

OVERALL SCORE

76.3%

TEACHING

65.4%

INTERNATIONAL OUTLOOK

88.3%

INDUSTRY INCOME

63.7%

RESEARCH

73.6%

CITATIONS

88.1%
QS World University Rankings 2016-2017
Source: QS

42

Academic Ranking of World Universities 2016
Source: ARWU

40

Student life in numbers

COSTS PER YEAR*
OVERALL COST OF LIVING

A$28000

CAMPUS ACCOMMODATION

A$16380

AVERAGE TUITION FEE PER YEAR*

UNDERGRADUATE

A$32050

POSTGRADUATE

A$34560

*Price shown is for indicative purpose, please check with institution

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Provider code:00116K

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Candy, Singapore 4

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The most important would be: live your life to the fullest. It may be a cliche but don't get drowned by assignment and stress. Just go out, explore Melbourne, and have fun!

The most important would be: live your life to the fullest. It may be a cliche but don't get drowned by assignment and stress. Just go out, explore Melbourne, and have fun!

Derrick, Indonesia 5

A very enojoyable place to study and very diverse society

Just relax enjoy your 3 years being a student

Just relax enjoy your 3 years being a student

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