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7 Reasons to Study Abroad in Melbourne, Australia

Melbourne is one of the best places in the world, here’s 7 reasons why you should make it your study abroad destination.

Born and raised a Melbournian this magical city will forever be in my heart. As much as I want to travel the world and experience new places, I know that I will always return home. You may have heard of that rivalry between Melbourne and Sydney and which city is better? There is no competition, Melbourne wins every time.

I have come up with 7 reasons (trust me, there are plenty more) why you should come to Melbourne for your study abroad experience. As someone who has made friends with many exchange students that have come to this city, I know for a fact that they do not regret it, and neither will you… So here goes.

1. The Education:

 As much as we all try to deny it, the main reason for study abroad is to, you know, actually study… Thankfully Melbourne has some of the best universities in Australia (and also the world)! Doesnt matter what you are studying, you will find a course that is perfect for you. It is common in most universities to have a couple of hours of lectures and 1-2 hours of tutorials a week per class, and if you studying arts like me then your contact hours will be very minimal. Less contact hours = more time for play. It also helps that our uni’s look like Hogwarts.



2. The Food:

Outside of Italy I would argue that Melbourne has some of the best coffee in the world. Travel to Lygon St. in the outer CBD and it will be like you’re in Italy, not Australia. The food is also amazing. The city is dotted with cute little lane ways and gorgeous cafes that allow you to people watch to your hearts content. Do you like asian food? Italian? Mexican? Or just feel like a good old family meal that reminds you of home, Melbourne has it covered. You can’t go wrong.

3. The Culture:

Melbourne is one of the most multicultural places in the world. A melting pot of every ethnicity you could ever think of you will not feel alone in this city. We have the biggest contingent of Greek people outside of Greece, as well as so many other nationalities. This allows the culture of Melbourne to leak out of every corner of the city, through museums, music, galleries and other events around the city every week.

4. The Sports:

Melbournians love their sport. The home of Australian Rules Football (AFL), the Grand Prix, the Australian Open (Tennis), Soccer, Rugby, Netball, Golf… We have every sport you could imagine. AFL is big in Melbourne, and it really brings people together so make sure you go to a game while you are here. Being a city by the bay, and only a 1-2 hour drive from the beach, it’s also so easy to learn to surf, stand up paddle boarding, kite surfing and everything other water sport imaginable.


Take in a game of Aussie Rules!

5. The Weather:

Ok, ok, so Melbourne might be temperamental when it comes to the weather, but this is what makes the city so great. Where else can you have rain, hail, sunshine, thunderstorms and heat waves all within a day? Also the fact that Melbourne rarely gets below 10 degrees Celsius (50 fahrenheit) in winter is a plus. It doesn’t snow, our summers are beautiful, and even when it does rain, it rarely stays that way for long.

6. The People:

So I may be a little biased, but us Melbournians are pretty terrific people. Always up for a laugh, don’t take anything too seriously, and easy to get along with. You’re bound to make friends in a blink of an eye. We love accents of any kind, so strike up a conversation and you’re going to meet new people everywhere you go. Also, the drinking age is 18, so just veering off topic but pssst if you’re under 21 you can drink. Woo

7. The Location:

Just a short drive from the city you can find yourselves in the mountain ranges, or along the Great Ocean Road, or even out in the country. Sick of city life? Head to Lorne on the coast and learn to surf. Want somewhere to explore? Travel to the dandenong ranges and go for a bush walk. It’s not just the city which makes living here great, but also what the state as a whole has to offer.

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St Kilda Beach

So I hope my reasons have convinced you to come to Melbourne for study abroad. Yes, Sydney may have the Harbour Bridge and the Opera House, but I think we have something they don’t and that is character. Melbourne is not a place you can visit in a couple of days. You need to live here, make friends, and really soak in what the city has to offer. I promise you won’t regret it.


Jade Smith-Love

University of Melbourne | 8 stories

Jade Smith-Love was a student at The University of Melbourne, Australia. With a double major in International Relations and Media & Communications, she was accepted to UNC-Chapel Hill for a year long study abroad program in 2014-15. Traveller, ice-cream connoisseur, avid reader, and now forever a Tar Heel.. Instagram: @jade.smithlove Twitter: @jadesmithlove

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