The Melbourne experience is more than just lectures and study sessions. As a University of Melbourne student, you can get involved in the many activities on offer, enjoy amazing new experiences and make lifelong friends along the way.

Studying in Melbourne

Melbourne's an exciting, fast-paced, vibrant city - the second largest city in Australia, with a population of 4.17 million. Considered by many as the cultural capital of Australia, Melbourne also features an extraordinary array of different backgrounds that make the city so diverse.

Melbourne was named the Most Liveable City in the world three years in a row (2011, 2012 and 2013) by the Economist Intelligence Unit

Over 100 languages are spoken by the city's residents. The multi-cultural population gives students a fantastic view of the world through other people's eyes, and provides the chance to make lifelong friends from around the globe. Melbourne was ranked the fourth most student-friendly city in the world in the QS Best Student City Rankings in 2012.

Our reputation and rankings

Enrolling to study with us at the Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences means you'll benefit from a world-class education.

For the field of Arts and Humanities, The University of Melbourne has been ranked:

2nd in Australia and 41st in the world (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2016-17).

For the field of Social Sciences The University of Melbourne has been ranked:

1st in Australia and 23rd in the world (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2016-17).

School facilities

Easily recognised by its iconic clocktower, the Old Arts building is at the heart of the Parkville campus. Its purpose-built facilities and flexible learning spaces reflect a contemporary approach to teaching and learning. Network, exchange ideas and socialise with fellow students, employers and community leaders. Research students have access to their own RHD Reading Room, a quiet space with an open-air atrium modelled on the Victorian State Library Reading Room.

Exchange and Study Abroad

Our Melbourne Global Mobility exchange program offers you the unique opportunity to study and live overseas while you complete your Masters degree.

  • Student Exchange: Study for a single semester or full year at any one of over 130 exchange partners in over 32 countries around the world
  • Study Abroad: Study at an overseas institution that does not have an Exchange agreement with the University of Melbourne

The availability of Study Exchange and Study Abroad opportunities vary between programs and individuals, and are subject to the approval by your Course Coordinator.