Melbourne, Australia Project Center (IQP)
Melbourne is the second largest city in Australia and the capital of the state of Victoria. Located on Australia’s southeast coast, the seaside city offers a rich array of culture, history, and entertainment. Melbourne has consistently been voted as “the world’s most livable city,” and it’s easy to see why—the city is known for its parks, gardens, and beaches, as well as many popular arts festivals, sporting events, and fine dining establishments. Melbourne is also a gateway to exploring the diversity of Australian life, as it is located a short distance from mountains, deserts, mining towns, and extensive parklands and wildlife reserves. Melbourne has a temperate oceanic climate with variable weather conditions. Temperatures will be hot in December to February (summer) and cooler in March to May (Autumn). Average temperatures in April range from 51°F to 69°F. In December temperatures range from 60°F to 80°F.
WPI students will stay in self-catered apartments in Melbourne. Each apartment typically has one or two bedrooms, a bathroom, a living room, a furnished kitchen, hairdryers, clock-radios, and irons. Coin-operated washers and dryers are available in each building. Linens and towels are included and will be changed by facility staff weekly. Accommodation type and location are subject to change without notice and will be confirmed the term prior to departure.
The cuisine in Australia has been strongly influenced by its indigenous peoples, the British during colonization, and various other cultures due to the country’s immigration policies in the post-war period. Meat, ranging from kangaroo to beef to seafood, is a core component of the Australian cuisine and diet. Typical Australian foods include vegemite, pavlova, the Australian meat pie, Tim Tams and Weet-Bix. Make sure to take any dietary restrictions or allergies into account as you consider this site and inform your advisor and IGSD of any health concerns well in advance of your participation in this program.
Students must arrive on or before the posted start date and stay through the posted end date of the program. Dates will be posted at the top of this page. WPI housing will be available from the start date to the end date. If students plan to arrange any personal travel before or after the program, they will be responsible for arranging and paying for their own housing.
Past Melbourne students have:
- Evaluated an educational program teaching conservation to visitors with Zoos Victoria
- Provided an evaluation of assistive technology options to improve the independence of people with disabilities with the E.W. Tipping Foundation
- Sought to improve engagement of aboriginal communities with emergency services in Victoria
Students will be billed the following fees by WPI for the WPI semester they are away. These will be billed to you on the regular WPI billing cycle (i.e. Fall semester, and Spring semester).
In addition to this, students should budget for the following while away:
- WPI Tuition and Fees
- WPI Housing Fee (if applicable)
- WPI Meal Plan (if applicable, reduced for term away)
- Global Projects Program Housing and Program Fee (for applicable programs)
- Local transportation
- Airfare (if applicable)
- Tourist activities and incidentals
- Project related incidentals
A breakdown of all estimated expenses for Melbourne can be found here:
Melbourne B-Term Estimated Expenses
Melbourne D-Term Estimated Expenses
WPI is committed to the health, safety, and security of all students who participate in our programs. While off-campus study can present unique challenges and inherent risks, we believe that careful research and diligent planning are keys to a safe and rewarding project experience. WPI utilizes several key resources to understand the risks of travel in the countries where we operate, and we urge you to consult these same resources as you research your intended destination. You can also discuss questions and concerns about your travel plans with on-campus resources such as the IGSD, the Student Health Center, the Office of Disability Services, and the Student Development and Counseling Center. It very important that you consider your own health requirements as you review what sites are most interesting to you, and that you carefully review the published information concerning health, safety, and security at the resources linked below prior to applying to a particular site. Make sure to visit the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website for the most up to date health and vaccine information, and review all information in relation to your own health and any medical conditions you may have.
Country-specific travel health information from the Centers for Disease Control
Country-specific page from the U.S. Department of State
Student travel website from the Bureau of Consular Affairs, U.S. Department of State