International Students

A true celebration of global community

Ormond is a welcoming home for many young people moving from overseas to study at the University of Melbourne. Our student community has connections with over 40 countries around the world, and our international students are an important part of what makes our college such an enriching experience.

Life at Ormond

International students lead a range of activities to share and celebrate diverse cultures with the broader Ormond community. We host International Week, language and cultural workshops, casual meet ups, International dinners, and more. Events such as the Aussie Culture Club, led by the International Student Reps, also help international students settle in to college life – and to life in a new city or country.

Each semester all students organise a great calendar of social events, as well as guest speakers, workshops and more. These are wonderful opportunities to meet new people and make lifelong friends, from Australia and from all around the world.


Moving to a new city or country to study can be a big change. We have a dedicated staff member called our International Student Support – also originally from overseas – to assist international students every step of the way. Onsite peer support and counselling services are also available, and our Learning team can help with English Second Language (ESL) consults.

Visit our Undergraduate or Graduate pages for more information on living and learning at Ormond College.


  • An ATAR Score denotes a student’s ranking relative to their peers upon completion of their secondary education in Australia. We understand that international students will not have this document so they must submit their final schooling results/reports. If these are not in English, they must send in a translated copy as well. It is NOT a requirement that they are certified copies.

  • New Zealand students studying the Cambridge model will not receive their university offer in the first round. We will hold a select number of places for these students. Semester 1 applicants only.

  • International students coming to study in Australia on an international student visa must be over 18 years of age at the time of entry to be eligible for admission to Ormond College.

  • Students applying for Semester 2 entry will be informed of the outcome of their application in June. Please refer to our How to Apply page for Semester 1 selection dates.  We understand that overseas applicants receive university offers prior to domestic students and therefore have to wait longer to hear about their place at the College. We also understand that international students have to make travel and accommodation plans, but unfortunately we cannot expedite an Ormond offer, so alternative arrangements might have to be made by international students if they wish to plan their move to Melbourne earlier than hearing back from Ormond.

  • During Orientation Week in Semester 1, we will help familiarise you with life in Melbourne – getting a mobile phone, opening a bank account, obtaining a Myki card so you can use public transport, and directing you to the nearest shops so you may purchase your living essentials. During Re-Orientation Week in Semester 2, there is not a separate International Day but we still make sure these tasks are added on to the very first day of this event.

    Please note: Attendance at Orientation Week (for Semester 1 intake) or Re-Orientation Week (for Semester 2 intake) is mandatory. Students cannot join the Ormond community unless they have attended their orientation week.

  • All undergraduate students are required to leave residence outside of semesters; this means international students will have to find alternative accommodation during the winter and summer breaks as they are not allowed to stay in the College during non-teaching periods. See Key Dates for available dates of residence. We do have some trunk rooms available for storage at these times for overseas and interstate students, but space is limited.

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