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University of Melbourne : EARLY DEADLINE PROGRAM, CHOOSE BY DECEMBER 15, 2013

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The City

Melbourne resembles Boston, its sister city, with its rich cultural life, museums, theaters, and orchestras. Known as the city of contrasts, it has something for everyone—a diversity of cuisine, a unique blend of Asian and European lifestyles, interesting sporting events such as cricket and Australian Rules Football, and an exciting mix of cultural outlets. Melbourne is the capital of Victoria and the second largest city in Australia, with a population of more than 3 million. Situated on the shores of Port Phillip Bay at the mouth of the Yarra River, it is a major commercial and industrial center in a province that boasts more breathtaking scenery and dramatic contrasts in landscape than any other part of Australia. Snow-capped mountains, desert plains, ocean beaches, and natural wilderness are some of the features of this unique and beautiful region.


The Universities

University of Melbourne
(Early Deadline Program: Choose by December 16, 2011)

Located in central Melbourne, the University of Melbourne, member of the Group of Eight, was founded in 1853 as Victoria’s first university. One of Australia’s top-ranked research universities with approximately 40,000 students, “Melbourne Uni” offers excellent programs in arts and sciences, humanities, law, and management. Based on the British academic system, instruction combines lectures and tutorials, as well as academic internships that have included placements with the Australian Parliament. CSOM students may apply for the new Business Practicum, an industry-based term project of strategic importance to the organization.


Monash University

Monash is a dynamic, multicultural community serving over 50,000 students, including 12,000 individuals from 100 countries. Monash is widely recognized for its excellence and innovation in teaching, scholarship, and research. It is a member of Australia’s prestigious Group of Eight leading universities and is ranked among the top 50 in the world. Excellent curricular offerings are found in the sciences, management, education, community health, and the liberal arts, including a fine program in women’s studies. Monash University has five campuses located around metropolitan Melbourne. BC students may also choose to study at the Sunway campus in Malaysia.


The Program

Students enroll in courses that span the disciplines at either the University of Melbourne or Monash University. Courses are composed of lectures supplemented by weekly discussion groups or “tutorials.” The Australian system fosters independent research and scholarly reflection; emphasis is placed on year-end research projects and final exams rather than weekly assignments.


Orientation

BC students participate in orientation programs sponsored by the host universities in Melbourne. Each institution offers orientation programs before classes begin, which include introductions to the city and information on university services, meals, banking, course registration, and a variety of social events. The University of Melbourne’s five-day “Melbourne Welcome” includes a formal dinner, sports activities, and country excursions. Monash University offers a comprehensive orientation program that covers everything students need to know to get off to a smooth start. Activities include a pancake breakfast, Aussie BBQ, Welcome Dinner, a trip to Healesville Sanctuary (home to koalas, kangaroos, emus, and lots more).


Academic support

Students are assigned a faculty advisor from the host university and sign up for tutorials to complement lectures. Advising is also provided by staff in the residential colleges.


Housing

At the University of Melbourne, students may be able to live in individual rooms in “residential colleges” located on the host university campus. Each residence hall is staffed by faculty advisors and student tutors who assist students with academic and personal issues, organize cultural and academic programming, and oversee clubs and activities. Students can also choose to live in self-catering housing options a short distance from campus.
Boston College has housing affiliations with Newman (Jesuit) and St. Mary’s (Catholic) colleges at the University of Melbourne, but students may apply to any of the university’s residences.

At Monash University’s main Clayton campus, accommodation is guaranteed for students who apply before the deadline. All rooms are singles with access to all residential facilities, such as computer labs and entertainment rooms.


Activities

The University of Melbourne sponsors events, clubs, and sports for students such as Australian Rules Football, bush walking, theater groups, and pottery clubs. At Monash, the student run Monash Exchange Club organizes various activities throughout the semester, such as a trip to the Great Ocean Road (learn to surf), a day out at an Australian Rules Football, Soccer, or Cricket game, a Farewell Night, and much more.


Service opportunities

The Boston College Study Abroad Offices at both universities will assist students in designing community service projects.