Note: Global E3 Exchange Consortium only considers applicants who are in Engineering or Computer Science fields of study
What Is Global E3?
Global E3 is a consortium of over 70 schools of engineering in the U.S. and internationally, providing a vehicle for undergraduate (and some graduate) engineering students to study abroad outside their own country in any of over 20 other countries.
Global E3 program: University of Melbourne, Australia
The University of Melbourne (UM) is a vibrant institution with a reputation for excellence built over 150 years. Its success has been achieved by insisting on international excellence and among our many scholars of international standing are three winners of the Nobel Prize. UM researchers are at the forefront of international scholarship in fields as diverse as human rights, art conservation and nanotechnology.
The main Parkville campus is a unique blend of traditional and contemporary culture. It offers students a range of galleries, theatre and entertainment venues, bookshops, retail stores, cafes and restaurants all within walking distance from Melbourne’s city center.
You would find themselves mixing with students from over 100 countries and our student clubs offer something for everyone.
Prerequisites: 2.75 GPA and meeting course requirement prerequisite(s), if any, needed for a specific course
Language of instruction at UM is English.
It is imperative that students organize their housing early. As soon as the admissions application has been submitted students should begin to organize housing. Students who wish to receive assistance to find housing should contact firstname.lastname@example.org as the University of Melbourne has a staff member dedicated to helping study abroad and exchange students.
The vacancy rate in Melbourne’s rental market is currently very low and students are encouraged to research and secure housing early to ensure they get the option that bests suits their needs. Housing for students can be broadly categorized into residential college housing and “off-campus” housing which is student-housing, in some cases across the road from the campus, or private rental accommodation in surrounding suburbs. It is best that they begin their research online, which will have the most up-to-date information on housing options, including application deadlines.
The twelve colleges and halls of residence at the University of Melbourne are based on the Oxford/Cambridge tradition. Most colleges offer a single furnished room including a bed, desk, cupboard, telephone, and computer connection. Bathroom facilities, common room and computer facilities are provided on a communal basis. The colleges do not offer self-catering facilities, but provide most meals, including vegetarian.
Students interested in residential college accommodation are advised to research individual colleges carefully as each has its own unique character and atmosphere. Places for Exchange/Study Abroad students in residential colleges are, however, highly competitive. Students must lodge their application through the Melbourne Global Mobility Office by the prescribed deadline.
The University maintains a list of student apartments and hostels off-campus but nearby (some are as close as across the road). For Exchange and Study Abroad students who are in Melbourne for one semester this may be a convenient choice as they are generally furnished, self-catering and student focused. They are generally a cheaper option than the residential colleges.
This is housing that is available on the private rental market. It is usually houses or flats (apartments) in the suburbs surrounding the University. They are often unfurnished and may only be available with a twelve month lease. Sometimes students arrange to join share houses with other students, and can purchase furniture second hand also from other students finishing their studies and leaving.
For each semester of academic work completed abroad, you may earn up to 12 credit hours. Course credit transfers to S&T, but your grades will not appear on your S&T transcript and are not calculated into your grade point average. Courses abroad are recorded as a Pass or Fail and will shows an “ex” on your S&T transcript. Courses you pass will earn your credit hours toward your degree, but will not affect your GPA.
Although you will receive credits for successfully completed courses, you must work with your academic advisers to get approval for how the courses you take might fulfill specific degree requirements at S&T.
• Melbourne was voted the most livable city in the world in 2013 by the Economist Intelligence Unit
• Melbourne has been recognized as a UNESCO City of Literature
• Over 100 languages are spoken by the city’s residents
In Melbourne everything is within easy reach. There is a comprehensive public transport system that is being continually improved and extended, lots of bike lanes and a public bike hire system. For the walkers, a short stroll down a laneway in the city can turn into a whole afternoon of discovery. Melbourne city laneways host local designers, public art, cafés and restaurants.
And for the sports fans, Melbourne hosts many national and international sporting events, from tennis, cricket, horseracing and of course, Australian Rules Football.
Melbourne is a truly multicultural city and home to people from 140 different cultures (31% of Melbourne’s population were born overseas). You will find small multicultural ‘hubs’ all over the city and its suburbs where you can sample a variety of international flavors.
State of Victoria
Melbourne is located in the state of Victoria, which offers a wealth of diverse regional areas and attractions, from sweeping coastline and pristine beaches to national parks and forests teeming with wildlife to wineries, lakes and mountains offering skiing, climbing and hiking.
To see estimated cost for a semester long study abroad program at UM, see the Budget Sheet. Your study abroad cost comparison worksheet form (part of your study abroad application) will help you better estimate your study abroad expenditures.
S&T Application Deadline
Applying to a study abroad program is the first step to a life-changing experience. Once you start your application to a study abroad program, you will have an electronic checklist to help you through the process. While there are several things to be done before you depart to study abroad, remember that we at the S&T study abroad office are here to guide you along the way!
1. If you don’t know which program you are interested in, please request an advising meeting with an S&T study abroad advisor to discuss the study abroad opportunities. The study abroad advisor would be able to make recommendations based on your academic and personal goals. After you know at least one program you would like to apply to, please start your application by clicking on the ‘Apply Now’ button on the program brochure.
2. If you have already spoken to a study abroad advisor and/or you know at least one program you would like to apply to, please start your application by clicking on the ‘Apply Now’ button on the program brochure.
3. Complete your S&T study abroad application as well as your Global E3 online application. There will be several documents that need to be completed for the application. While specific requirements vary by program, a typical application consists of the following:
o Material submissions - Printable forms which require signature form campus officials. Most material submissions could be uploaded to the online application, but some may require physical submission of materials. Such material submissions include: a copy of your unofficial transcript, financial planning worksheet, application for credit, etc.
o Signature Documents - Items that may be digitally sign (if you are over 18 years of age) to indicate your agreement and understanding. Such a signature document is the assumption of risk and release.
o Recommendation Forms - You will have the option to request a recommendation letter from an S&T faculty or staff by entering their e-mail address. Recommendations may be submitted electronically by S&T faculty and staff.
o Application Questionnaires - Items that you complete and submit electronically. Such questionnaires include: emergency contact info, insurance information, application for the S&T Study Abroad scholarship, etc.