La Trobe University

Study in the trendy city of Melbourne at one of Australia's top universities for Kinesiology, Archaeology, Classics, and Philosophy.

Founded in 1967, La Trobe has 7 campuses, with a total student population of more than 37,000 students, including nearly than 8000 international students. The main campus is located in the suburb of Bundoora, about 30-40 minutes by bus/train to Melbourne city centre. La Trobe is ranked in the top 3% of universities worldwide, and in the top 25 Australian universities.

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Fall, Winter, Academic year

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Application information

Application status



2020-21 applications

Applications for Winter 2021 and "Australian Full Year" (Winter 2021-Fall 2021) exchanges are still open. First come, first considered for remaining spaces!

University-specific additional requirements

One academic reference required - see the Eligibility section below.

2021-22 applications

Open Nov. 1, 2020

Program details

Areas of Study:

La Trobe offers numerous academic programs at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, including AnthropologyArchaeologyArt HistoryAsian Studies, Australian Indigenous StudiesBiologyBusiness, Chemistry, Computer Science/CybersecurityCommunications and MediaDevelopment Studies and Human GeographyDrama (including acting for Film & Theatre, Screenwriting)EconomicsCivil EngineeringEnglish, Environmental Science, Film StudiesGender Sexuality and Diversity Studies, Graphic Design, Greek and Roman Studies, Health Sciences, History, Human Physiology and Anatomy, International RelationsJournalism and Creative Writing, Latin American Studies, LinguisticsLanguages (Ancient or Modern Greek, Australian Sign Language, Chinese, French, Hindi, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Latin, and Spanish), Law & Society, Math, Occupational Therapy, Outdoor Education and Environment, Philosophy, Physics, Political SciencePsychologyPublic Relations, Social Work, Sociology,Sport and Exercise Science/Nutrition (Kines)Sustainability and Development, Visual Arts, Zoology and more.

To find courses, use the handbook with previous/current year courses to make a tentative wish-list, or you can search by faculty (school). Courses codes that contain 1, 2, or 3 are open to undergrad students (4 or 5 numbered courses are post-grad courses), and the course must indicate that it is open to Exchange students. 
*Bolded areas are offered at main campus, Bundoora (Melbourne). 

Course Requirements:

In Australia, a course is typically called a "unit" or a "subject". Exchange students are expected to take 60 La Trobe credit points per semester (generally 4 courses as each course is worth 15 credit points). 60 credit points = 15 units of credit at UCalgary (5 courses).

It's recommend that students list at least 8 subjects (courses) on their application as syllabi (course outlines) are not typically available until students arrive, so a degree of flexibility in courses will be essential.

The academic year is divided into 2 semesters.

  • Semester 1 runs from late February to late June
  • Semester 2 runs from late July to late November

Students can start in either semester, however full-year students must start in February (Feb-Nov).


Exchange students pay their tuition and academic fees to the University of Calgary. Other expenses are paid directly to the service provider. 

It is recommended that students budget a minimum of AUS$9000 per semester to pay for accommodation and living expenses. Cost of living estimates can be found online, divided by each campus location. 

Additionally, Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) is mandatory for all students studying in Australia and will be applied for at the time of application to your host university. You will be required to provide evidence of OSHC for the duration of your Student Visa at the time of your visa application. Also, remember to include things like visas, insurance, vaccinations, etc. in your budget planning.


Did you know that you can take your UCalgary funding with you on exchange?  
Since you remain a degree seeking student at UCalgary while on exchange you remain eligible for any awards and scholarships you are eligible to receive from the university as well as student loans.

Our office administers the International Study Travel Grant for students travelling on approved UCalgary study programs that are credit bearing. The amount changes year to year as the money is split evenly between qualified applicants. Students may only receive the study travel grant once. Please see the exchange funding page for more information.

Exchange students to La Trobe are given a wide range of options. Several campuses have student residences available, which come predominantly in the format of private rooms with shared kitchens and bathrooms. Students are encouraged to look into the detailed information provided for their desired campus. 

You may also apply for a homestay, where you can live at the home of a local family and be provided lodging and meals.

The university also gives a listing of recommended housing services which students can use to find accommodation on the private market. Because of the range in housing types, rental fees can vary drastically. 

This exchange is open to regular, full-time students in any faculty at UCalgary, who have completed at least 1 full year (10 courses) at the post-secondary level, with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.7 (B-).

An academic reference is required for a complete application.

What resources are available for new students?

La Trobe offers an Orientation Week filled with informative and social events at all of their major campuses. 

There is also the opportunity for international students to sign up for a "Connect Mentor" - a local student who will support you in the transition to Australian life over the first six weeks of the semester.

La Trobe International also offers many activities throughout the term, which can help your integration with both the international and local student community. These include weekend trips, language and cultural exchanges, and opportunities to do volunteer work. 

What accessibility resources are available?

La Trobe's Equity & Diversity centre provides comprehensive academic support for students with disabilities.

What's special about La Trobe?

Many La Trobe buildings and spaces are inspired by those of ancient Greece: Agora ("meeting place"), Peribolos ("enclosed court around a temple"), Plaka ("neighbourhood of Athens"). And so, of course, there are the columns, albeit made from brick, a feature of many buildings. La Trobe also offers a wide variety of Greek and Roman courses including courses on Ancient Greek and Latin, Classics, and even modern Greek courses for context!

La Trobe has a smoke-free campus policy. Smoking on campus is not permitted. 

La Trobe was also the first university in Australia to pioneer Asian Studies. They are still one of the small handful of universities in Australia that offer courses in all the major Asian languages - Japanese, Chinese, Indonesian, and Hindi. 

Have questions?

Study Abroad 101

Please watch this YouTube playlist before reaching out or booking an appointment.

Watch Study Abroad 101

Academic Advising

Before applying to study abroad, you should ask your academic advisor how an exchange might align with your degree (e.g. best time to go, what courses you need).

After you are accepted, you should ask your academic advisor more specific questions about courses/transfer credits. It’s also recommended to follow up with your advisor again once you return to Calgary.

Find your academic advisor

Study Abroad Advising

If you have questions about this exchange program, you can meet with the specific advisor for this program by booking an appointment through the link below. Appointments are currently on zoom.

1. Select “Book an Appointment”
2. Select “Study Abroad Appointments”
3. Select “Book by Appointment Type”
4. Read through the list of appointment types to select the most appropriate type and view available times.

Book an appointment

The exchange advisor for this program is: Kathryn Bauer

How to Apply

Download the application guide

This PDF contains information on how to complete your application and what to do after you have applied.

Application guide

Identify three programs of interest

We recommend applying for your top three programs for the priority application deadline, as placement may be competitive. We will assess your applications in ranked order.

Check requirements and deadlines

These may vary by program, so check the individual program pages and make sure that you are aware of any different application deadlines or eligibility requirements.

Start your application

Once you have gathered everything you need, you can begin your application!

Please note: Applications will not be considered complete until all required documents are submitted in full.


International travel presents challenges that may not be found when attending classes on campus. There may be a lack of resources, emergency services, hospitals, accessibility issues and/or demands on the physical and the mental self, all of which can challenge individuals when away from their usual support systems and structures. Adequate preparation is essential.

For this reason, it is imperative that you evaluate all aspects of your own physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual condition against the rigors of the particular study abroad program you are selecting. If you are unsure of whether or not this program is a good fit for you and/or if you have any circumstances that could impede your enjoyment of the program, please contact us. Our Study Abroad Team will be happy to assist in finding the best options for you and arrange any supports or accommodations necessary to ensure your success.

Please note if you have or are seeking a certificate from Student Accessibility Services, you should provide this early to your Study Abroad Advisor to ensure that the option that you are seeking can support your needs.