La Trobe University

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

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La Trobe University Overview & Background

La Trobe University is located in Australia and is extremely multicultural and socially inclusive. The university is home to more than 8000 students every year who belong to more than 110 countries. La Trobe's largest campus is located in Melbourne, the capital of Australia. The university’s main campuses are located in Melbourne, Regional Victoria, and Sydney. 

  • list items Melbourne Campus has a very socially diverse student population and is known for its high standards of amenities and facilities. One of the Melbourne campuses is located in Bundoora which is 14 km from the city centre. The new campus which was established in 2017 is located in Melbourne's business district. It has lots of multicultural events, museums, cafes, restaurants, and sports facilities.
  • list items Four Regional Campuses are located in Victoria, namely Bendigo Campus, Albury-Wodonga Campus, Mildura Campus, and Shepparton Campus. The regional campuses offer smaller class size which is suitable for research activities. 
  • list items Sydney Campus was established in the year 2001. This campus is designed and structured in a corporate style and is located in the centre of Sydney's international business community. 
  • La Trobe has two main colleges. College of Arts, Social Sciences and Commerce has four schools associated with it, namely La Trobe Business School, School of Education, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, and La Trobe Law School.

    Founder Third University Committee
    University Motto Whoever seeks shall find
    University Type Public Research University
    University City Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
    Student to Faculty Ratio 19:1
    Main Campus suburb of Bundoora
    Campus Size (Melbourne campus) 267 hectares (2.7 km2)
    Endowment $267 million (2017)
    Acceptance Rate  67%
    Graduation Rate  50.85%
    Employment Rate 87.8%
    Official Website Link  La Trobe University,  Australia
    Contact Detail (+61 3) 6145 0033


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    College of Science, Health, and Engineering is associated with nine schools, namely

  • list items La Trobe Rural Health School
  • list items School of Allied Health
  • list items School of Applied Systems Biology
  • list items School of Cancer Medicine
  • list items School of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences
  • list items School of Life Sciences
  • list items School of Molecular Sciences
  • list items School of Nursing and Midwifery
  • list items School of Psychology and Public Health.


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    La Trobe has a well-structured academic library that operates on all campuses. Most of the resources are available in the digital form enabling the students to use the library irrespective of their campus location. The university hosts Research Infrastructure Expo which aims at exposing the available facilities and train the students on using them for their research activities.

    Centre for Materials and Surface Science (CMSS) offers facilities for surface analysis. The other main research facilities offered by La Trobe are Gait Lab, Histology, Interactive Visualisation Technologies, La Trobe Animal Research and Teaching Facility, and Centre for Freshwater Ecosystems.


    Residing Options

    La Trobe University supports students with various accommodation facilities including on-campus, off-campus, and short-stay options. 

    For on-campus accommodation, the fees and the housing options differ based on the campuses, colleges, and the types of housing chosen. The university offers single and twin share rooms with shared amenities. There are also serviced apartments ranging from studio to six bedrooms inclusive of all the basic amenities. The students are charged around A$720 as a compulsory fee before check-in.

    The university provides an off-campus housing options database which is regularly updated. Most of the off-campus housing options range from a minimum of A$180 to a maximum of A$430 per week. The rates differ based on the benefits and the distance from the university.


    Financial Aid

    La Trobe University offers scholarships to both domestic and international students. Some of the scholarships are awarded only for the international students, while some are provided for certain research activities that are undertaken at the regional campuses in Victoria. La Trobe College Excellence Scholarships provides up to 25% reduction on the course fees for the students with an excellent academic record.

    Undergraduate and postgraduate regional campus scholarships provide A$5000 worth of the tuition fees for the students enrolled in postgraduate and undergraduate programs in the colleges of regional campuses. La Trobe University Full Fee Research Scholarship (LTUFFRS) is offered to outstanding international students pursuing a master's degree every year covering the whole of the tuition fees. David Myers Research Scholarship is awarded to the highest university ranked graduate irrespective of the discipline or the nationality. There is a whole range of other research scholarships awarded to the students based on their area of research and merit.


    Jobs and Placements

    As per 2018/2019 QS Graduate Employability Rankings, the University ranks 14th in Australia and fourth in Victoria (and in the top 300 universities globally). Speaking of the graduate employment rate, that is, the number of graduates in full or part-time employment within 12 months of graduation – La Trobe occupies the ninth rank in Australia and 129th in the world.

    La Trobe has moved into the 251-300 band from the 301-500 band last year, increasing its overall position in the QS Graduate Employability Rankings, placing the University 14th nationally and 4th in Victoria. As per the QS Graduate Employability Rankings in the Employer Satisfaction Survey (ESS) earlier this year, the La Trobe University graduates were rated second among Victorian universities and eighth nationally for overall satisfaction, with a rating of 86.6 percent (2.6 per cent above the university national average).


    Notable Alumni

    Some famous alumni from La Trobe University include:

  • list items David Morgan, Westpac CEO; former Treasury official; BHP Director
  • list items Scott Pape, The Barefoot Investor
  • list items Terry Moran, Head of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet; Head of the Federal Public Service
  • list items Geoff Rab, Foreign Affairs secretary; Australia's most senior Trade official; World Trade Organization negotiator; Australian ambassador to China
  • list items Maureen Wheeler, Founder of Lonely Planet
  • list items Jamila Gordon, Former CIO of Quantus
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    La Trobe University Locations

    All of La Trobe University's campuses are located in the main areas thus enabling students to get around by public transports. Public transports are cost-efficient and time-saving for the students. The university also offers student concession rates. A project developed by students called the Metrobe is used university-wide to get information about the availability of buses and trains.

    The car parking area has limited slots and requires an authorized permit. The university has also partnered with GoGet which enables car-sharing services in the Melbourne campus. They also offer secure bicycle parking and sharing services inside the campus. Medical centers are situated very close to all the campuses. There is a wide range of shops, cafés, and stores operating around the university.

    La Trobe University Map Locations

    Address: Plenty Rd &, Kingsbury Dr, Bundoora VIC 3086, Australia



    Frequently Asked Questions about La Trobe University

    Does La Trobe have a good reputation ?

    The most reputable university-ranking organizations consistently place La Trobe among the top in the world, regardless of whether they are evaluating advancements in teaching and learning, solid graduate employment results, or world-class research. These outcomes demonstrate its dedication to providing exceptional student experiences and collaborations with communities, the government, and businesses.

    Is La Trobe a good university ?

    La Trobe has a strong reputation for academic achievement and innovation worldwide. As the third-oldest institution in the state, it is the biggest higher education provider in regional Victoria and one of the top 50 universities in the world under 50 (Times Higher Education Young University Rankings 2020).

    Is Monash or La Trobe better ?

    It completely depends on the type of the course you want to go for. For engineering, Swinburne is typically preferable, while for MBAs, Monash.  You will undoubtedly pay extra for Monash because of its superior infrastructure.

    Why La Trobe University is best for international students ?

    Melbourne is the nation's center for the arts, sports, and nightlife and consistently ranks as the most livable city in the world. You may take advantage of everything Bundoora has to offer while studying at La Trobe's Melbourne Campus there. It takes great satisfaction in offering all of its students a diverse, sociable, safe, and supportive learning environment.