University of Melbourne, Australia

University of Melbourne
ILR Exchange: University of Melbourne

Established in 1853, the University of Melbourne is a public-spirited institution that makes distinctive contributions to society in research, learning and teaching and engagement. It’s consistently ranked among the leading universities in the world, with international rankings of world universities placing it as number 1 in Australia and number 32 in the world (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2017-2018).

The ILR-University of Melbourne exchange is with the Faculty of Business and Economics. The University of Melbourne is ranked 8th globally for Accounting and Finance, 23rd for Economics and Econometrics, and 19th in the world for Social Sciences. The Faculty has been influencing policy design, corporate governance, and business practices globally for over 90 years and aspires to become one of the leading global providers of business and economics education and research.

  • Program Terms and Dates

    Program Terms

    Fall, Spring, or Academic Year

    Program Dates

    University of Melbourne Academic Calendar

  • Courses and Credits

    Melbourne Faculty of Business and Economics Courses

    Students have the option to take courses across various departments in the Faculty of Business and Economics. Students also have the option of taking up to two courses outside of the Faculty of Business and Economics.

    • Students must enroll in a full course load while abroad (equivalent to 15 credit hours per semester).  At Melbourne, ILR students must enroll in four full-time courses per semester.
    • Students can earn up to 15 ILR elective credits per semester.
    • Courses have to be approved for ILR elective credit.
    • Students will receive credit for academic coursework completed abroad that is equivalent to a Cornell grade of "C."
    • Students cannot take courses as Pass/Fail.
    • All courses and grades will appear on the Cornell transcript in the same format as they are recorded on the original transcript generated by the host institution.
    • Grades are not calculated in the overall GPA.
  • Tuition and Other Costs
    • This exchange program is tuition-neutral (students pay regular tuition to the ILR School).
    • Financial aid would apply; if you are currently receiving financial aid, your package would be adjusted based on your determined level of need and the projected costs of the program.
    • ILR exchange students are responsible for the following expenses: passport, visa, airfare, room and board, transportation, course fees (if applicable), books, and personal expenses.
    • Students can apply for the Grindlinger Award for study in Australia (see application details below) for up to $2500 to help cover travel costs.
  • Eligibility

    ILR undergraduate students interested in expanding their academic knowledge of Australia, international business, and economics may apply. In addition, ILR undergraduate students must

    • have junior or senior standing;
    • have all ILR core requirements completed;
    • be in good standing with the ILR School and the University; and
    • have a 3.0 GPA.
  • How to Apply

    Application deadline for Spring 2019 study: September, 30th, 2018, by midnight.

    1. Make an appointment.

    Interested students must meet with Tamara Ingram, Assistant Director ILR International Programs, to discuss plans and eligibility.  To make an appointment, e-mail:

    2. Complete online application (for Spring 2019 study only).

    You must log in with your NetID and password to access the application.

    Please note that you can only apply the semester prior to your intended semester abroad.

  • Grindlinger Award

    About the Grindlinger Award

    Glenn Grindlinger, ILR’ 96, and Brooke Grindlinger have generously provided funds to establish the Brooke & Glenn Grindlinger International Experience Fund for ILR undergraduate students undertaking academic activity in Australia. The primary objective of this award is to encourage and enable students to pursue study in Australia regardless of their financial circumstances.   The award of up to $2,500 is offered each semester and can be used to cover the costs associated with study in Australia such as housing, medical insurance, books, etc. This award is competitive and may be split between more than one strong applicant.  Funds will be distributed after successful completion of courses, submission of a final report to the donors, and receipt of transcripts.

    Eligible students must be participating in a Cornell approved study opportunity in Australia such as an ILR Exchange Program, an ILR Off-Campus Credit Internship Program, an ILR-Approved Study Abroad program, or a research opportunity approved by the ILR School. 

    Students who previously studied in Australia are not eligible for this award.

    How to Apply 

    Students can only apply for this award once in Australia.  Applicaton instructions will be sent to students participating in eligible programs.

    Part A:  Prepare a maximum 2-page (single spaced) personal statement in which you, at a minimum, address the following points:

    • why you wanted to undertake academic activity in Australia,
    • how the activity has impacted/will impact your ILR education and your future career goals, and
    • how the activity has impacted/will impact your personal growth and intercultural competence.

    Please write your statement as you would an essay with an introduction, body, and conclusion.

    Part B:  Include your current resume, and provide the names of two ILR faculty references (include name, contact information, and nature of the relationship) in order for your application to be considered.