- Classes taught in English
- Internships available for credit
- Volunteer opportunities available
- La Trobe University is among the world’s elite institutions in more than a third of subjects assessed in the latest QS World University Rankings.
- Seven La Trobe subjects are in the world’s top 200 list: linguistics, agriculture, psychology, accounting and finance, education, law, politics and international studies.
- La Trobe University’s Melbourne Campus is one of the most attractive university campuses in Australia. It includes 600 acres of stunning parkland and waterways and a major wildlife sanctuary.
- The campus community feel is completed with retail outlets and services including a hairdresser, travel agent, weekly markets, banks, bakery, post office, theater, convenience stores and much more.
- Minimum 2.5 G.P.A.
- Open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors
- Completed API application
- University contact information form
- One letter of recommendation
- One academic and one non-academic reference
- Official transcript
- Copy of passport
- Entry requirement: valid passport with student visa
Dates & Fees
API students participate in several excursions per session designed to help familiarize them with areas of their host city, country, and surrounding region. The following is a listing of all excursions for API Melbourne programs. All excursions and cultural events are subject to change.
HOST CITY (MELBOURNE)
API students will begin their program with a 2.5-day arrival orientation in their host city of Melbourne. This orientation will provide the opportunity to get to know fellow participants, API and university procedures, and rules, to explore your new host city and to allow for a smoother transition into Australian life. Students will spend two nights together in a hotel before moving into their semester housing on day three.
Midway through the semester API students will fly to Cairns, Northern Queensland for a three-night adventure. this excursion will include opportunities to learn about Aboriginal culture, the flora and fauna unique to the country, and partake in day snorkeling on the Great Barrier Reef!
Semester students will participate in several organized daytrips near the Melbourne area. Possible outings may include:
- Melbourne Museum – From the natural environment to culture and history, Melbourne Museum explores life in Victoria. Students will be stunned by the impressive collection the museum guards, including the complete skeleton of a blue whale, the Bunjilaka Aboriginal Center, a living rainforest, and the largest IMAX theater in the world.
- Phillip Island Penguin Parade Day Tour – The best way to witness one of Australia’s most spectacular wildlife experiences is in this magnificent Phillip Island day tour. Not only will students get to see the Penguin Parade, but they’ll also get to hand-feed kangaroos, get up close to koalas, and witness the rugged rocky coastline of the Victorian Island.
- Aboriginal Heritage Walk – The Aboriginal Heritage Walk will take students on a journey into the ancestral lands of the Koolin nation and explore their rich and thriving culture. Students will experience a traditional smoking ceremony with an Indigenous guide and discover traditional uses of plants for food, tools, and medicine.
- Great Ocean Road – Depart on a coach to spend an exciting day in one of the world’s most spectacular coastal drives as you travel on the world famous Great Ocean Road. You will see the abundance of Australian wildlife, whilst checking out the magnificent surf beaches, and walk amongst the ancient rainforest, before arriving in the afternoon to witness the marvel that is the 12 Apostles.
- Eureka Skydeck 88 – Eureka Skydeck is Melbourne’s greatest point of view. Situated in the heart of Southbank in the iconic Eureka Tower, the Skydeck stands at a staggering 297 meters above the streets of Melbourne. As the highest public observation deck in the Southern Hemisphere, students will be offered unparalleled views over Melbourne at sunset. Students will have the chance to explore the urban sprawl, humming neighborhoods, and Melbourne tourist attractions.
- National Gallery of Victoria – The National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) is Australia’s oldest and pre-eminent public art museum, hosting blockbuster exhibitions and one of the world’s finest art collections. You will explore the unique Gallery’s treasures from ancient Egypt, Greece, Rome and the pre-Columbian period, in addition to an array of European and Asian decorative arts and the Oceanic gallery dedicated to the indigenous cultures of the Pacific area.
In addition to the aforementioned activities, API will organize monthly get-togethers to do fun things like volunteer days, attend international film festivals, fashion shows, surfing/yachting experiences, museum visits, local art galleries, participate in indigenous art festivals, and attend rugby matches.