Study down under in Australia for a Semester!
La Trobe University was created in 1967 with an enrollment of 552 students. It has since grown to more than 30,000 students on 8 different campuses. Exchange students have the option of studying on the Melbourne campus outside of downtown Melbourne or the Bendigo campus located about a 1.5 hr drive from Melbourne.
Located in the south-east of Australia, Victoria is Australia’s most densely populated state. Sitting at the head of Port Phillip Bay Melbourne offers everything one might expect from a major metropolitan city and is often referred to as Australia’s cultural capital. Bendigo got its start as a Victorian era boomtown and has since grown into a major financial and tourism hub in Victoria.
- Fall Semester: Late July to Late November (Semester 2 in Australia)
- Spring Semester: Late February to Late June (Semester 1 in Australia)
For more information about the academic calendar please visit La Trobe’s website
La Trobe offers several housing options to visiting students (on-campus, home stay, and off-campus).
Housing costs will not be billed through Appalachian State due to the varied options. Students will submit their housing payment directly to La Trobe or their housing provider.
For more information please visit La Trobe’s Accommodation webpage. Housing costs will not be billed through Appalachian State due to the varied options.
Paid to Appalachian State
1The OIED Program Development Fee will be placed on students’ accounts upon acceptance by the Education Abroad Office. The fee payment confirms your spot and is non-refundable.
*If no exchange spots are available students will be able to attend La Trobe as a fee-paying study abroad student and Tuition and Fees will be charged at the La Trobe rate
Estimated Additional Costs
1Housing costs will vary by housing type. Home stays and some student housing can be arranged to include meals.
||$1600 - $2200
||$1600 - $2200
||$3000 - $4600
||$6000 - $9600
|Housing Application Fee
||$40 - $50
||$40 - $50
|Refundable Housing Deposit
||$440 - $600
||$440 - $600
|Additional Meals (for housing w/ 2 meals a day)
||$600 - $1000
||$1200 - $2000
|Meals (for housing w/out meal plans)
||$1500 - $2000
||$3000 - $4000
||$1200 - $1800
||$2400 - $3600
|Books and Materials
||$200 - $400
||$400 - $800
||$150 - $300
||$300 - $600
|Required Australian Health Insurance
|Visa (for US Citizens)
|3US Based Health Insurance
|4Personal Travel and Spending
||$1000 - $2000
||$2000 - $4000
2Personal expenses includes but is not limited to: toiletries, cell phone, emergency funds, laundry, clothing, utilities, basic travel and entertainment, etc.
3Students are encouraged to maintain a US based health insurance plan while abroad (to exempt out of AppState insurance students must follow the App exemption process - proving that they have insurance coverage for the entirety of the semester.
4Personal Travel and Spending amounts will vary by student and will be affected by how often a student goes out, travels, and the items they purchase.
Please note that non-billable costs are estimates only and will be affected by personal spending habits, currency fluctuations, etc. Prices listed in USD unless otherwise noted.
Students are encouraged to start planning for their study abroad program costs well in advance. Please use the Student Financial Planning Worksheet to help estimate your anticipated expenses and your anticipated financial resources. When planning for estimated additional costs students are encouraged to research currency conversion rates. Please visit the La Trobe website for additional information about living costs. To see a total of the estimated costs for this program please visit the program budget sheets: Fall, Spring.
The majority of financial aid and scholarships can apply to semester and year-long study abroad programs. For more information please visit the Office of Student Financial Aid web page.
Each semester OIED offers a variety of different scholarship opportunities for students. Scholarship awards range from $250 to $2000.
Benjamin A Gilman Scholarship
The Gilman Scholarship Program application is open to U.S. citizen undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in study and intern abroad programs worldwide.
Fund for Education Abroad
Applicants from groups underrepresented in study abroad and those destined for non-traditional locations are given preference, in an effort to make the demographics of U.S. undergraduates studying abroad reflect the rich diversity of the U.S. population.
For information about additional scholarships please visit our External Scholarships web page.
For an overview of La Trobe’s majors please visit the subject web page. From this page you will be able to find listings of majors and the campuses they are offered on. To find the individual course offerings please visit the Handbook web page. From this page click on the Undergraduate link and then on the subject area links. To find the Bendigo course listings click on the Bendigo campus link. When searching for courses please be sure to take note that the semesters are reversed in Australia (Fall in the US is semester 1 in Australia and Spring in the US is semester 2 in Australia).
All students are expected to maintain at least the equivalent of a full time course load according to Appalachian State and the host university while abroad (whichever is greater). Students participating on the La Trobe program will be required to enroll in 60 La Trobe credits per semester. For more information about study abroad enrollment policies, credit approval, and credit and grade conversions please visit the Academics section of our website.
How to Apply
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and some programs may fill up before the listed deadline. Each year applications for Fall, Spring, and Summer will open up on August 1st. Once open the deadline will be listed below and an Apply Now button will be available at the top and bottom of this page. Most applications will have a 2 part application process so students are encouraged to complete their OIED application well before the listed deadline.
For more information about deadlines and how to apply please visit our Guide Me web page