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La Trobe University

ISEP Direct students can enroll in the Media: Screen+Sound program which includes a field internship.

Victoria offers magnificent coastlines (including the famous Great Ocean Road and Twelve Apostles), legendary surfing beaches, snowfields, rainforests, beautiful national parks, and large wine regions. Sydney is only a short flight away.

La Trobe’s main campus, the Melbourne (Bundoora)campus, is situated in magnificent parklands, only 8 miles from the city centre in Melbourne, Victoria. It is one of the most attractive university campuses in Australia, covering 200 hectares of parks and bush land setting with its own waterways and wildlife sanctuary. A convenient public transportation system links the campus to downtown Melbourne.

With over 3.5 million people, Melbourne is Australia's second largest city and is widely known as the country’s cultural, shopping, and sporting capital. It boasts a lively and cosmopolitan pulse, hosting international film, arts, and comedy festivals, as well as countless street and community festivals, all of which reflect the city's cultural diversity. The city is also home to Aussie Rules Football and offers major international sporting events, such as the Australian Tennis Open, the Melbourne Cup, and the Formula One Grand Prix.

ISEP Exchange: Semester placements only
ISEP Direct: Academic year or semester placements

ISEP-Exchange for International students.
ISEP-Exchange for US students.
ISEP-Direct site for students from all member institutions.

Chance of Placement
Excellent chance of placement on ISEP Direct.
Very Limited chance of placement on ISEP Exchange. To increase your chance of placement on Exchange, ISEP recommends listing this site as your first choice. Also consider the Direct option.
For the most current chances of placement, see the Sites Open for Applications for US Students or Sites Open for I-to-I Applications.

Program Dates
LTU observes the southern hemisphere calendar. Applicants for ISEP's SM1 will be abroad during LTU's Semester 2. Applicants for ISEP's SM2 will be abroad during LTU's Semester 1.
Academic year: February to November
Semester 1: February to June
Semester 2: July to November

For more information go to ISEP Direct Fee page.

ISEP-Direct Program fees:
Tuition, Housing, Meals and Insurance
U.S. Full Year 16-17: $29,600
U.S. Semester 1 16-17: $15,700
U.S. Semester 2 16-17: $16,200

Tuition, Housing and Insurance
U.S. Full Year 16-17: $25,900
U.S. Semester 1 16-17: $13,950
U.S. Semester 2 16-17: $14,350

For priority consideration, applications for the following semester should be received before February 15 and September 1 unless otherwise noted. Rolling admissions are considered for ISEP-Direct before these final application deadlines:
SM1: April 15, 2016
SM2: November 15, 2016

Fast Facts
Bundoora (Melbourne), Australia (pop. 3.8 Million)
Student Enrollment: 35,000
Language of instruction: English
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Past Courses Taken at La Trobe
Subject / Unit Database

Humanities & Social Sciences: Anthropology, Archaeology, Art History, Asian Studies, Aboriginal Studies, Australian Studies, Chinese, Cinema and Film Studies, Creative Writing, English, European Studies, French, Gender Studies, German, Greek Studies, Hindi, History, Indonesian, International Development, International Relations, Italian Studies, Japanese, Latin American Studies, Legal Studies, Linguistics, Media Studies & Journalism, North American Studies, Peace Studies, Philosophy, Planning, Politics, Religion, Sanskrit, Sociology, Spanish Studies (with Portuguese, Catalan, etc.). Education: Teacher education, Applied Linguistics. Business, Law and Management: Business, Economics, Commerce, Management, Finance, Marketing, International Business, Business Administration, Tourism and Hospitality Management, Sport and Leisure Management. Health Sciences and Social Work: Nursing and Midwifery, Health Sciences, Health Information Management, Orthoptics, Podiatry, Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy, Speech Pathology, Social Work. Sciences and Psychological Sciences: Agricultural Science, Animal Science, Biological Sciences, Biotechnology, Civil Engineering, Computer Science & Game Technology, Computer Engineering, Electronic Engineering, Environmental Science, Genetics, Information Systems, Mathematics, Medical Sciences, Nutrition, Physical Sciences, Psychology, Software Engineering, Viticulture.

Academic Notes
The La Trobe Study Abroad Program aims to offer you the complete Australian experience through immersion into campus life and Australian culture. Opportunities for field excursions make La Trobe a great choice for students interested in the biological sciences, archaeology, or Australian studies. Even non-biology majors can sometimes join in field trips designed to give students an up-close encounter with Australian wildlife. Australian Studies is an interdisciplinary program that offers students an understanding of Australia society and culture in a global context. Students looking to enhance their Study Abroad experience are encouraged to take the Australia Studies unit 'Discover Australia.
Other recommended fields of study at the Melbourne campus are: politics, international development, international economics, tourism, viticulture (science of wine production), history, legal studies, chemical sciences, computer science, business, education, media, and journalism.

Transcripts are sent to ISEP and then immediately released to the student's home institution if there are no outstanding financial obligations. Semester 1 transcripts are sent August-September. Semester 2 transcripts are sent January-February. Full year transcripts are sent as per the final semester.

Language Notes
ISEP Language Proficiency Report may be substituted for official score? No
TOEFL: 60 iBT with a minimum overall for SLR 18; W 22/ 550 PBT with a score of 5 or better in the Test of Written English/ 213 CBT with a 5 in essay writing
Institutional TOEFL accepted? No
IELTS: 6.0 with no individual band score less than 6.0
Other tests accepted: Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE); Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic); Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE)
English as a Foreign Language courses available? Yes, included in ISEP benefits
Additional comments: Some programs have higher English requirements than those listed above. For more information, please see English Language Requirements

Note: The host institution ultimately determines your proficiency level and course eligibility.

Special Academic Conditions
Remember that LTU follows the southern hemisphere calendar. Students wishing to study for a full-year in the southern hemisphere should consider starting their program at the beginning of the academic year in February. Some institutions offer annual rather than semester courses.

Special ISEP Application Instructions
Students applying to LTU should list 8-9 classes on their ISEP application in order to avoid any delays in application processing.

Hints for Researching Courses
REMEMBER that this site operates on the Southern Hemisphere calendar! Be sure to search for courses using the correct semester parameters: Southern hemisphere SM1 (NH SM2) is February – June; Southern hemisphere SM2 (NH SM1) is July – November.

For detailed instructions on how to use the online subject database, please see here.

The La Trobe Study Abroad Program is very flexible and available in both undergraduate and postgraduate level for study abroad. You can take all your units (subjects) within your major OR several across different faculties. However, when looking up subject/ units at Subject/Unit Search, there will be a section stating: "Available to Study Abroad students". Be sure it states "Y", which designates that the unit can be undertaken by a Study Abroad student.

Housing and Meals
ISEP Direct students with tuition, housing, & meal benefits package live in private rooms in the Glenn College Residence Hall, and are served daily buffet-style meals in the dining hall. ISEP Direct students with the tuition & housing benefits package live in private rooms in the Chisholm College Residence Hall, where they are provided with kitchens and a café. ISEP Exchange students live in the Chisholm College Residence hall and are provided with kitchens and a café. They will also be provided with a meal stipend with which they can buy food. Housing for dependents can be accommodated at an additional cost. Please note this request in your ISEP application.

For southern hemisphere programs, ISEP benefits do apply during the recess between semesters (June-July), whereas they do NOT apply between the end of one academic year and the beginning of a new academic year (December to February).

You are responsible for all of your personal expenses including: fees not required of all participants (e.g. computer, language, science lab fees), books, local transportation, entertainments, etc. The amount below is provided as a guide; the actual amount needed will vary depending on courses and personal habits. Your personal expenses, including books, are estimated at: AUD $200/week.

Students will need to be covered for a minimum of 7 months from an approved provider for a 1 semester program and a minimum of 14 months for a full year (2 semester) program. Students LTU Offer Letters will have the amount to be paid if student is being covered through the LTU provider.

The University Orientation is designed to assist you in the first days and weeks by providing a range of important information sessions for new international students as well as opportunities to meet many other Australian and international students and make new friends. The week includes many activities, a number of which are considered essential. Information regarding subject selection and enrollment is provided during the University Orientation. This includes a faculty or schoolbased information session as well as discussions with course advisors. Other sessions include information relating to accommodation, Australian culture, part-time work, travel and how to find your way around campus - so don't miss out!

La Trobe offers free airport reception for students. Please contact the La Trobe ISEP coordinator for more information.

Student Activities
Residence halls arrange a variety of social activities for students to participate in, making it easy to make friends and integrate into the campus community. There are also plenty of clubs and sports teams to choose from, many of which organize excursions to explore Australia. Check out the surf club, mountaineering club, snow sports team, sub aqua club, international students club, and more.

Community Engagement (Internships, Service-Learning, Volunteering, etc.)
Enhance your study abroad experience and gain academic credit by combining a practical internship placement with part of your study. La Trobe has links to industry in many fields of study! You can also volunteer at the La Trobe Wildlife Sanctuary, home to more than 300 species of Australian native animals - Get some 'hands on' experience through La Trobe's community engagement programmes.

La Trobe University is one of Australia’s leading universities and has a world-wide reputation for academic excellence and innovation. The University offers an exceptional student to staff ratio, ensuring students receive the academic support they need to succeed within a safe and supportive environment. The student population and community on campus is diverse, multicultural, and accepting. This diversity provides an exciting background for students who wish to experience the Australian way of life.

In addition to world-class teaching and research facilities, La Trobe’s on-campus resources include: libraries, residential colleges, IT services, retail outlets, sporting facilities, and more.

What Past Students have to Say
"La Trobe University in Melbourne changed my life. The people are fantastic and so friendly. Anyone who gets the chance to study at La Trobe University in Melbourne, should take the chance IMMEDIATELY. The teachers are wonderful and helpful. Melbourne is a cultural city and welcomes cultural diversity. Words can't describe how much this experience has changed my life."--Emily White, University of Nebraska, Lincoln