We welcome over 100 students annually from all around the world to join us through Study Abroad or Exchange programs to study our great range of subjects. We look forward to welcoming you too!
For current students already undertaking study with us, there are a great range opportunities to expand your horizons through the University Study Abroad and Exchange program. Current University of Melbourne students who wish to complete a Study Abroad or Exchange program for credit towards their Psychology studies should consult the Melbourne Global Mobility website for advice about how to start the application process, including eligibility and admissions requirements.
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Application & Fees
For information about the application process and the associated fees please refer to the Melbourne Global Mobility website.
Guidance on selecting overseas subjects
The School is only able to provide a general set of suggestions to assist you in the process of choosing overseas subject(s), which are outlined below in the form of broad tips gathered from the experiences of other students.
You should make note of the semesters in which subjects are taught to evaluate the potential impact that Study Abroad and Exchange may have on your course progression following your return to study at The University of Melbourne.
If you are seeking specified credit (i.e., you wish to take an overseas subject in lieu of a specified subject within Psychology at University of Melbourne) it is worth taking time to carefully read the description of the Psychology subject in the University Handbook, and select an overseas subject that you feel closely matches the description. If the content of the overseas subject is not sufficiently similar to the content of the specified University of Melbourne Psychology subject then it is very unlikely that your application will be approved.
Alternatively if you are seeking unspecified credit (i.e., the overseas subject will constitute a breadth subject or will be taken in lieu of a 3rd year psychology elective) then it is not necessary for the content to resemble any of our subjects. Rather, it is only necessary that the content is judged to be of sufficient relevance to the discipline and that the subject is equivalent to our own subject in terms of overall workload.
Specific advice: PSYC30021 Psychological Science Theory and Practice
PSYC30021 Psychological Science: Theory and Practice is a very unique subject required for the Australian Psychology Association accreditation sequence. It is very unlikely that any overseas subject will be deemed equivalent to this subject.
Specific advice: PSYC30013 Research Methods for Human Inquiries
PSYC30013 Research Methods for Human Inquiries is a very unique subject required for the Australian Psychology Association accreditation sequence. It is very unlikely that any overseas subject will be deemed equivalent to these subjects.
Note: The School can only make recommendations that a subject is a very unique subject required for the Australian Psychology Association accreditation sequence. It is very unlikely that any overseas subject will be deemed equivalent to this subject.
Subject equivalency assessment
In order to maintain compliance with Psychology Accreditation bodies, it is essential that any psychology subjects you wish to study overseas as part of your University of Melbourne degree are deemed equivalent to Psychology subjects offered at University of Melbourne. To ensure we have all the information required for assessment we require you to complete the online equivalency assessment form.
Students may only request equivalency assessments for up to 6 subjects at a time. You may submit a further application if one or both of the following conditions are met:
- If one or more subjects from your initial application are not approved, OR
- An overseas subject that you have already received approval for becomes unavailable
Questions regarding the application process should be directed to the School Study Abroad adviser via email:
Completing the subject equivalency assessment form
It is important that you provide as much detail you can about the subject(s) you wish to study overseas so they can be assessed for equivalency.
It is essential that you provide the below information for each subject you wish to undertake overseas. If you do not provide this information then we will be unable to assess your subject(s) for equivalency.
- The name of the Overseas University
- The name of the overseas subject you wish to study (e.g., Social Psychology)
- A copy of the course syllabus for the subject.
- The subject code for the overseas subject you wish to study (e.g. PSYCH101)
- The number of credit points the overseas subject is worth (e.g. in psychology at Melbourne this is typically 12.5)
- The number of credit points per year for a student enrolled at the Overseas University (e.g, at Melbourne the normal maximum workload allowed for each year of a course is 100 credit points)
- The total number of lecture contact hours in the overseas subject (e.g., most 3rd year psychology subjects in Melbourne have one 2-hour lecture each week for 12 weeks, so the total contact hours would be 24)
- The total number of lab/tutorial contact hours in the overseas subject (e.g., most 3rd year psychology subjects at Melbourne have six 2-hour tutorials during the semester, so the total contact hours would be 12)
- Assessment weightings (e.g., the assessment for most psychology 3rd year subjects at Melbourne are divided between an exam [60%] and essays/reports [40%])
- It is important to indicate whether you are completing a major in psychology at Melbourne or alternatively if you are undertaking psychology as a breadth or elective subject.
- Finally you will need to indicate if you wish to undertake the overseas subject in lieu of a specific subject within MSPS (i.e.,‘specified credit’) or if you are applying in lieu of an elective subject (i.e.,‘unspecified credit’). Note that most of the 3rd year psychology subjects are electives,so it is not necessary to seek specified credit for these subjects. The two exceptions are PSYC30013 Research Methods for Human Inquiry and PSYC30021 Psychological Science: Theory and Practice.
Upon receipt of all the required subject and assessment information, the School can take up to 10 working days to process the application and return an outcome.
Starting an application
The online subject equivalency assessment can be found on the student forms page.
Note: You can submit up to a maximum 6 subjects in an equivalency assessment form
Advice for International Students
International students who are looking to complete a Post Graduate Psychology single subject of study may apply under the Community Access Program (CAP) to undertake the following subjects:
- PSYC90008 Ethics & Professional Issues
- PSYC90010 Mental Health Issues Across the Lifespan
- PSYC90017 Advanced Psychology Practice
- PSYC90016 Biological Psychology and Pharmacotherapy
- PSYC90023 Child Psychopathology
- PSYC90084 Neuroanatomy for Neuropsychologists
Please note that entry into these subjects is dependent on each student meeting the pre-requisites (listed in the relevant Handbook entry) for the subject(s) as determined by the School.
Questions about CAP processing should be directed to the Postgraduate Psychology CAP Advisor: