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You are viewing a “brochure page” for a specific WSU affiliated program. Use the information and links below to learn more about this program, please note that links may take you to external websites.

To start a WSU application in MyStudyAbroad for this program, click the “Apply Now” button. Tips:

· Only begin an application when you have determined the program you wish to pursue.

· No application fee for simply starting an application! The Global Learning Application fee is charged only once you are committed to your program and the application deadline has passed.

· Depending on your program type you may have a non-WSU application to complete as well.

  • Locations: Melbourne, Australia
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Calendar Year, Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: WSU applicants only
  • Dates / Deadlines
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Academic Standing: Undergraduate Advising Guides: Agricultural and Food Business Economics, Agricultural and Food Systems, Agricultural Education, Agriculture and Food Security, Athletic Training, Basic Medical Sciences, Biology, Civil Engineering, Comparative Ethnic Studies, Digital Technology and Culture, Environmental and Ecosystem Sciences, Field Crop Management, Fine Arts, Forestry, Fruit and Vegetable Management, Integrated Plant Sciences, Kinesiology, Nursing, Philosophy, Sociology, Software Engineering, Speech and Hearing Sciences, Sport Management, Winemaking (Viticulture and Enology), Zoology
Areas of Study: Accounting, Agriculture, Animal Science, Anthropology, Astronomy, Biochemistry, Computer Science, Creative Writing, Criminology, Economics, English, Environmental Studies, Finance, Gender & Sexuality Studies, Genetics, History, Hospitality Business Management, International Business, Journalism, Management, Management Information Systems, Marketing, Mathematics, Microbiology, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Public Relations, Sociology, Sports Management, Women's Studies GPA Requirement: 3.0
Language(s) of Instruction: English Program Features: Study
Program Type: Exchange Program Provider: WSU Bilateral Exchange
Housing Options: University Residence Hall Local Language(s): English
Program Description:



Ex - La Trobe, Title2
* We are currently not accepting any applications for La Trobe University due to COVID-19 Restrictions in Australia. We anticipate being able to open Fee-Paying applications for Spring 2022. Please contact Koda for more information. 

La Trobe University is one of Australia's largest, most respected, and fastest growing universities.  Students are quickly embraced by the Australian lifestyle with quick access to Melbourne, Australia's "most livable city."  Course offerings are quite expansive and allow students to be fully enrolled regardless of their academic major.

Exchange Dates:
  • Calendar Year:  February - November
  • Fall Term: July - November
  • Spring Term: February - June
La Trobe University - Academic Calendar

Exchange Eligibility Requirements:
  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 at the time of application.
  • Be 18 years or older at the time of the exchange.
  • Be in good academic standing at WSU.
  • Be in good standing with the Office of Student Conduct.
  • Be a current WSU student (matriculating or non-degree seeking).
  • Have completed 1 year of university study.
Please Note: a maximum number of nominations may be available for this exchange.


Cost Information

Exchange Cost Estimates:

Exchange costs are categorized as those billed by WSU (Fixed Expenses) and those not billed by WSU (Estimated Additional Expenses). A breakdown of these costs can be found below. To determine the cost estimate for your desired term click the button below to jump to this specific cost estimate. Please keep in mind that while every attempt is made to ensure all costs identified below are accurate some variability does exist and exact numbers may not be possible for all expenses.

Calendar Year
Spring or Fall Semester

Refund Policy:

Participants are responsible for fees associated with the program once they have committed to the exchange application and the application deadline has passed.

Financial Aid Disbursement Alert:

Participants eligible for financial aid can use aid toward this exchange. Please note that per federal regulations, financial aid is released on the first day of the regular WSU semester, or ten days prior to the participant’s program start date, whichever is LATER. Some expenses will be due before aid is released, participants must budget accordingly.

Tuition Rates:

Tuition will vary depending upon the participant's residence status, term selected, and number of credits listed on the host institution transcript at the end of an exchange.  Tuition listed for Academic/Calendar Year and Fall/Spring term exchanges represent 12-18 credits.  During the Summer term tuition is calculated at the same rate for In-State and Out-of-State resident students based on the number of credits earned.  Information regarding tuition for each term and resident status can be found on the WSU Student Financial Services website for Cost of Attendance.


Cost Estimate for Calendar Year Exchange

Fixed Expenses Billed By WSU   Estimated Additional Expenses*  
WSU Tuition (In-State) $10,510 Room & Board $10,500
WSU Tuition (Out-of-State) $25,088 Personal Expenses $3,542
Global Learning Application Fee $200 International Airfare $2,250
International Insurance Fee $548 Books and Supplies $718
    U.S. Passport** $140
    Visa** $525
Total Expenses Billed By WSU (In-State) $11,212 Total Estimated Cost of Exchange $17,675
Total Expenses Billed By WSU (Out-of-State) $25,590    
Total Estimated Cost of Calendar Year Exchange (In-State):           $28,887
Total Estimated Cost of Calendar Year Exchange (Out-of-State):   $43,265

Cost Estimate for a Single Semester Exchange

Fixed Expenses Billed By WSU   Estimated Additional Expenses*  
WSU Tuition (In-State) $5,255 Room & Board $5,000
WSU Tuition (Out-of-State) $12,544 Personal Expenses $1,771
Global Learning Application Fee $200 International Airfare $2,250
International Insurance Fee $246 Books and Supplies $359
    U.S. Passport** $140
    Visa** $465
Total Expenses Billed By WSU (In-State) $5,621 Total Estimated Cost of Exchange $9,985
Total Expenses Billed By WSU (Out-of-State) $12,910    
Total Estimated Cost of Single Semester Exchange (In-State):           $15,606
Total Estimated Cost of Single Semester Exchange (Out-of-State):   $22,895

*All additional costs are ESTIMATED and may vary. These costs are not billed by WSU and are the sole responsibility of the participant.

**Please see the "Destination" tab for additional passport and visa information as these costs and country specific insurance (if applicable) will vary.




University Course Catalog:

Tips For Selecting Courses:
When searching for courses keep in mind that classes are called units, modules, or subjects in Australia, and course typically referrs to a student's degree program. It is also important to ensure you are selecting courses relevant to your current year of study which can be identified by the number in the course code as well as in the course description.

Vital course information is found in the course description.  Ensure your course is not restricted to exchange students, denoted by "Exchange Students - No" under Subject outline.  Also verify that it is located on your particular campus during your desired term, Semester 1 for WSU Spring and Semester 2 for WSU Fall.  This information Subject options at the bottom of the description page.

Academic Offerings:

Accounting, Agricultural Sciences, Anthropology, Archaeology, Art History, Asian Studies, Biochemistry, Biology, Business, Chemistry, Civil Engineering, Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Economics, Education, Electrical Engineering, English, Environmental Science, Finance, Health Sciences, History, Humanities, Languages, Mathematics, Media Studies, Medical Studies, MIS, Nutrition, Outdoor Education, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Viticulture & Enology, Wine Production, Zoology, and more...


While most areas of study are open to exchange students some may be restricted.  This will be identified in the course description. 

Grades and GPA:

Below is an approximate conversion for credits:

15 La Trobe Credits = 3.75 WSU Credits (rounded up to 4)

Grades and credits function differently at institutions around the world. Ensure you are taking at least 12 WSU credits worth of coursework per semester or 6 WSU credits for a summer exchange.

Factors to keep in mind:
  • Grades will not calculate into student’s cumulative WSU GPA, but will factor into Major and Minor GPA’s.
  • Courses and grades will appear on myWSU and WSU transcript.
  • These have a non WSU transcript provided. Participants should anticipate transcripts taking two to four months to arrive at WSU.



All exchange participants are required to attend the orientation sessions listed below prior to departure. Participants will be notified regarding the date and times for those orientations which are not noted as being online after participation has been confirmed.
  • Global Learning Pre-Departure Orientation: There is an online session that participants will have access to in the final stages of their Global Learning application. Additionally, there is an in person country specific component.

Additional orientations may also be required upon arrival and will be provided by the host institution.

Host Institution Orientation: You will receive additional information and instructions regarding your orientation from the host institution. Orientations and the relevant processes will be unique to the institution.
  • La Trobe does have a required orientation for all new students, including exchange students.
  • La Trobe also offers online Pre-Departure Briefings prior to arrival in Australia covering multiple topics where students can ask questions of the staff, instructions on how to access these briefings will be emailed directly to accepted students. 
  • There are two mandatory modules, which should last no more than two hours each, and must be completed alongside regular coursework during your first semester at La Trobe; Academic Integrity and Wominjeka. These modules will be listed as pass/fail on your transcript.
  • An optional Pre-Orientation Trip is offered through LTU for an additional fee for exchange students to get to know each other and University staff better.  Spring 2016 trip included a 2 hr. Surf Lesson, meals and accommodation for 2 days, guided coastal walk, introduction to AFL (Australian Rules Football) for $359 AUD.
Consider downloading the La Trobe University Orientation App on Google Play or the App Store.


Destination Details

Site Description

La Trobe has eight campuses throughout the Australian state of Victoria, with the main campus (Bundoora) a 30-45 minute commute from Melbourne.  Melbourne, the capital city of Victoria, is the cultural and corporate capital of Australia offering something for everyone ranging from arts and films to comedy and street festivals.  It is also a great spot for sports where the weather is hot in the Australian summers, beautiful and mild in the fall and spring, and cool in the winter with snow in the mountains close by for skiing.  Melbourne has frequently been called the world's most livable city.

Accommodation Information

Many on-campus housing options are available on all La Trobe campuses.  Students apply for accommodation independently similar to how one applies for housing at WSU.  Given the wide variety of options for housing students are encouraged to visit for additional information.

Passport & Visa Details

It is each participant’s responsibility to acquire a valid passport to travel internationally.  United States citizens can use the links below for information on how and where to apply for a United States passport:
Unless otherwise noted below, it is the responsibility of the participant to determine if a visa is necessary for travel to any foreign countries visited on this program based on their nationality, and to apply for any such visas.  Some visas may require a fee or that applicants travel to the nearest Consulate or Embassy to apply in person.

United States citizens can use the link below to determine if a visa is required for the destination and how to acquire the necessary visa. 
Non-United States citizens are required to meet with the Global Services Department for United States entry and exit requirements.  Check visa requirements for your host country/countries based on your country of citizenship.


How to Apply

Before the Deadline: 
  1. Click the "Apply Now" button at the top of this page.
  • Please Note: There is no application fee for starting an application.
  1. You now have an application and are in the Application Phase. Complete application materials:
  • Signature Documents
  • Questionnaires
  • Material Submissions (Electronic and/or Physical)
  • Online Trainings
  • In-Person Meetings (as applicable)
Nominations are made on a first come-first served basis according to the number of nominations available for each individual exchange.
  1. Once all the materials have been completed, your application will be moved to the Acceptance Phase with a status of "Accepted" or "Pending."
  • “Accepted” Status: your application has met all Global Learning and program specific requirements and you have been accepted by WSU to the program, conditional on whether or not you commit by the deadline. Applicants to this exchange do not exceed the number of nominations available.
  • “Pending” Status: your application has met all Global Learning as well as program specific requirements and nomination restrictions exist preventing determination of your participation. Applicants to this exchange likely exceed the number of nominations available. Participation is conditional on whether or not additional nominations become available by the deadline for this exchange. You will be contacted regarding your interest in this or another exchange opportunity in which you may be interested. In the event you wish to participate in another exchange your application will be shifted to that exchange and moved to "Accepted" provided you have completed all requirements for the new exchange.
  1. Commit to the program: Once in the “Accepted” status, you will see a box appear above "Application Questionnaire(s)" asking you to “Commit” or “Decline” your participation on the exchange.
  • If you click “Commit”: you have committed to participate in your program and accept all responsibilities associated with commitment. DO NOT commit to the exchange if you are unsure if you will participate as nominations are made on a first come-first served basis, and this would remove a placement from another student who wishes to participate.
  • If you click “Decline”: your application will be withdrawn.
After the Deadline:
  1. After committing to the exchange you will be nominated to the partner institution and your status changed to “Nominated.”
  2. After you commit and are in "Nominated" status, complete:
  • Required orientations (see “Orientation” tab for more information)
  • Remaining or new applications items (questionnaires or material items) which were not due before the deadline.
  • Any requested material items specific to your program.
  • Host institution application - initiated online via LTU's International Student Information System (ISIS) Student Portal, including all supporting documents submitted to Exchange Coordinator.
    • One (1) Academic Reference
    • Personal Statement - 1 page about why you wish to study on Exchange at La Trobe University
    • Official Transcripts
    • Evidence of English proficiency - generally waived for WSU students
  1. Prepare to Depart!
  • Apply for a visa (if required)
  • Buy airfare (if not included in your program)
  • Start packing!


How to Fund Your Program

Know Your Budget! 
  1. Review the costs and payment due dates of this program carefully
  2. Financial Aid recipients should speak with Student Financial Services
  3. Discuss fees and expenses with any financial contributors (i.e. spouse, parents, guardians)
  4. Know what funds you have to spend before and during the program
  5. Create your budget
  6. Explore additional financing (scholarships, funding sources, etc.)
Explore Scholarships: Community Resources:

Consider asking your home or college community groups and organizations about additional funding resources. Groups may include:
  • Rotary International, Kiwanis, Sorority or Fraternity or Religious Organizations
  • Private Businesses
  • Online Fundraising


Contact Information

Global Learning Department:  Host Institution Website: Additional Resources:

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year WSU App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2022 03/01/2022
Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Calendar Year 2023 09/15/2022 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Spring 2023 09/15/2022 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Fall 2023 03/01/2023 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Academic Year 2023-2024 03/01/2023 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** WSU's application deadline may be different than the application deadline for the study abroad program provider or exchange partner. If a deadline falls on a weekend or holiday it will be extended to the next business day.