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With skilled academics and top facilities you will receive a world class education from a Victorian university.  You can also find support services, a wide variety of campus activities and a rewarding life experience.

Universities in Melbourne, Victoria

In Victoria there are ten universities and many high quality private higher education providers to choose from. Campuses are located near or in central Melbourne, and in the city's surrounding suburbs as well as throughout Victoria.


Victorian universities are among the best in the world. If you study in Melbourne, you will leave with qualifications recognised by institutions and employers around the world.

Victoria's universities are:

Australian universities are ranked number one in the world by the independent Lisbon Council while two Melbourne universities are ranked amongst the world's top one hundred universities (QS rankings).

Victorian universities offer a range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses including:

  • Business Administration and Management
  • Computer Science and Information Systems
  • Engineering and Surveying
  • Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Medical Science and Medicine
  • Architecture and Building
  • Visual and Performing Arts
  • Economics
  • Education and Training
  • Physical Sciences
  • Science
  • Health and Community Services
  • Nursing
  • Law and Legal Studies
  • Services, Hospitality and Transport

Universities with TAFE - dual-sector institutions

RMIT University, Swinburne University of Technology, the Federation University Australia and Victoria University are dual-sector institutions. This means they have a university and a Technical and Further Education (TAFE) division.

Dual-sector institutions offer both higher education and vocational education and training (VET) courses to study. You can transfer course credits between these VET and higher education courses which will provide you with a flexible pathway into higher education.

University information 

Course work

Core course material is delivered in lectures and then discussed in smaller tutorials. Science, technology and psychology subjects also involve laboratory work. Assessment is mostly completed through written assignments and examinations.

Degrees usually take three years to complete, although some, like Law and Medicine take longer. You may be offered the opportunity to do a further Honours year, which will involve more course work, research and an Honours thesis.

Doctoral Degree programs require three to four years of full time study. All Doctoral degrees require students to complete a thesis, dissertation, exegesis or similar.

Campus life

Over the years many international students have come to Melbourne, Victoria to study. Most have gone on to have successful careers in their home country, in Australia or other countries.

Campuses have student organisations, many have multi-faith prayer rooms and there are also government support services such as the Study Melbourne Student Centre  ready to assist you if you need help.

Campus life is informal and teaching staff are usually available for appointments at set times. Most students live off-campus, although some live in Halls Of Residence (accommodation buildings located on campus).

Many universities have cafes, shops, banks, health services, gyms, rock climbing facilities, swimming pools, theatres, libraries, clubs and student organisations on campus. There are lots of activities for you to enjoy.

You will also enjoy a rewarding educational experience. Our universities support independent thought and you are encouraged to manage your own study program.

For help or advice on study-related issues universities provide you with free student support advisors and centres. Teachers are also available by appointment or informally to discuss any issues you may have.

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Top 10 reasons to study in Melbourne

1.  World class education

2.  Education credentials recognised by international institutions and employers

3.  Top class facilities and academics

4.  Portability of qualifications

5.  Leading international student city

6.  Top Asian Pacific education provider

7.  Student support services

8.  Multicultural society with scenic, healthy environment

9.  Diverse range of cultural and sporting activities

10. Attractive cultural and outdoor lifestyle

Last updated: 29 Sep 2015


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