LaTrobe Student

La Trobe University

Before you meet with an education abroad advisor be sure to complete the "Advising Form" linked at the top of this page.

Please note that you will not be able to apply for semester or yearlong study abroad program until you've met with an education abroad advisor. To make an appointment, please contact or call the Center for Global Education at 630-637-5132.

Program Overview

Fall Term

Eligible participants must be at junior or senior level with a 3.0 GPA preferred.

Located in one of the most studentfriendly cities in the world, La Trobe is a modern, culturally diverse and vibrant university. Often regarded as the cultural capital of Australia, Melbourne has a population of 5.6 million people from 153 countries. It offers a diverse calendar of arts and sporting events each year and is famous for its multiculturalism and the range of food that stems from it.

La Trobe University, located only 8.7 miles from the city center, includes its own Australian Wildlife Sanctuary on a 660-acre campus of beautiful parkland and waterways. Students have access to the curriculum across two colleges, which host 13 specialist disciplinary schools in business, education, humanities and social sciences, law, rural health, allied health, applied systems biology, cancer medicine, psychology and public health, life sciences, molecular sciences, nursing and midwifery, engineering and mathematical sciences. Courses are also offered in a special interdisciplinary Australian Studies program.

Students are able to participate in a variety of student clubs, sporting teams and social events. They have access to a range of facilities and services, including student support, library facilities, fitness centers, caf├ęs and retail outlets.

Internships are available within the media and/or creative arts.


Students are required to complete GLS 277 in the spring term prior to studying abroad in the fall and earn 9-15 credits (depending on courses selected) studying at LaTrobe University. Students may not take classes at both the Bundoora (Melbourne) and Bendigo campuses; they can only take courses at one campus. All grades earned abroad affect your North Central College GPA when transferred back. You cannot take courses pass/fail.

To explore specific courses and view course descriptions at LaTrobe University, please visit their website.

Courses may only be offered certain semesters or times of the school year. Please, read subject (course) descriptions carefully to make sure each course will be offered when you are abroad. For those studying in the fall term, look for courses offered during Session 2.

Note:  Students must have courses pre-approved by North Central College prior to taking them abroad. If students change their course schedules while abroad, they must get this change approved. Some departments only permit students to take a certain number of courses abroad that count toward their major. To ensure that all courses count towards their degrees, students must get their department's approval.

Housing and Meals

Students live in on-campus residence halls. Most of our students live in Chisholm College (residence hall) on the Melbourne campus. Chisholm is a 2-minute walk to campus and each student has their own room that comes fully-furnished. There are no more than 12 bedrooms on each floor, and the residence hall has multiple common areas including a mini cinema. Students share a kitchen, bathroom, and laundry facilities with other students in the residence hall.

Meals:  Not included in program costs. Students prepare their own meals in a shared kitchen.

To learn about the residences halls at La Trobe University, please visit their accommodations webpage.

Estimated Costs

Students pay North Central College tuition and room and board to the host institution. A $30 non-refundable application fee is due at the time of application submission. Students are personally responsible for paying airfare, health insurance, departure tax, books, extra personal travel, and spending money, as these items are not included in room and board fees. North Central College financial aid does apply.

Please note:  Those students studying in Australia are required to purchase Australian national health insurance (Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC)), as well as an Australian student visa in order to participate in a study abroad program. These costs are not covered in tuition, room and board costs and must be paid by each student.