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La Trobe University

The university was named after Charles Joseph La Trobe, the first Lieutenant-Governor of Victoria, and was established to address the need for a university in the rapidly growing suburbs of Melbourne.

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The overview

The main things you need to know about studying at the La Trobe University.

  • Rankings

    La Trobe is consistently ranked among the top universities in Australia and is regarded as one of the leading universities in the country for a number of disciplines. According to the 2021 QS World University Rankings, La Trobe is ranked in the top 400 universities globally, and placed on 362nd spot in 2023. It also received high scores for international outlook (88/100) and citations (83) according to THE. In addition, the university is highly regarded for its research capabilities and is ranked in the top 2% of universities worldwide for research impact.

  • Employability

    La Trobe Employability Programs team helps students with preparations for their adult, work life. It offers specialised advice with accessible webinars, ‘Career Ready consultations’, a host of Student Careers Ambassadors and dedicated AskLaTrobe platform. More details here.

  • Fees

    Fees vary depending on the course of study and the level of study. The Australian government pays a portion of the tuition fee for Commonwealth supported students. Undergraduate fees range from around $20,000 to $40,000 per year, while postgraduate fees range from around $30,000 to $60,000 per year. International students may be required to pay higher fees, and it is advisable to check with the university for the most up-to-date information here.

  • Bursaries

    La Trobe University offers a range of bursaries and scholarships to help students finance their education. These may be awarded based on academic merit, financial need, or other criteria, and can help to reduce the cost of tuition fees, provide additional support for living expenses, or support students in other ways. Information about the bursaries and scholarships available at La Trobe can be found on the university's website.


La Trobe University offers a range of accommodation options for students, including on-campus and off-campus options. On-campus accommodation is available in the form of residence halls and apartments, The university also has a dedicated housing services team to assist with any questions or concerns. Find out more here. If you are looking for off-campus accom for your upcoming degree, have a look at AFS searching for your campus location!

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Students' Union

La Trobe University has an active and engaged student body, and the students' union provides a range of services and support to students. The union is split in two, with one branch, LTSA manages the non-Melbourne campuses, whereas the LTSU takes care of the Melbourne-residing students. Both operate a number of clubs and societies and organise events and activities that provide opportunities for students to get involved in university life. The unions also provide advocacy and support services for students, including representation on university committees, and offer a range of support and information services to help students succeed.

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Famous for

The university has a long history of producing well-known alumni. Some of the university's most famous include former Australian Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd, former Australian Attorney-General, Nicola Roxon, and former Australian Foreign Minister, Julie Bishop. The university has also produced a number of successful entrepreneurs and business leaders, as well as a range of notable figures in the arts and sciences.


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