Frequently asked questions

Undergraduate students

  • Questions regarding the application process

    How do I lodge my application?

    You can lodge your application through the online application portal. Once your application is submitted you will be sent an email requesting additional documentation in support of your application. Documentation can be uploaded to your application via the online application portal. Students can apply for residency to International House before final results are known.

    How can I pay the $75 registration fee?

    Payment can be made by cheque, credit card, BPAY or cash. Cheques should be made out to "University of Melbourne, International House" and sent to:

    Admissions, International House
    241 Royal Parade
    Parkville VIC 3052
    Australia

    Contact International House on +61 3 9347 6655 for information on any of the payment options.

    What supporting documents do I need to submit with my application?

    • Registration fee of $75.00
    • One recent passport photograph (in colour)
    • An official written reference from your school or university*
    • Copy of final secondary school results or last final results (to date)^
    • University letter of offer
    • VTAC number and ATAR score (if available)
    • Completed student profile form which forms part of the online application

    Supporting documents can be submitted as they become available – they do not have to be submitted at the same time as the applications. All documentation can be emailed or scanned directly to Ms Rosemary Hampson at rhamp@unimleb.edu.au

    *The referee can be your Principal, subject teacher, Head of Boarding, Year 12 Coordinator, past university tutor or other member of school staff. The referee should have had interaction with you, have taught you, or known you on a personal level and be able to highlight your academic strengths. This reference can be uploaded to your application or scanned and emailed directly to International House.

    ^To be considered for entry into International House and to be assessed for scholarships, students will have to include a copy of their final results (VCE results, ATAR Score, Year 12 results or final year of high school report). If you have completed further study after your final year of high school, a copy of the academic transcript of this course (whether completed or not) should also be included. All copies of academic transcripts should be certified by your agent, school, or other registered certifiers as an official copy.

    Australian students need to provide VTAC numbers and ATAR scores when released. Students who have completed the IB (International Baccalaureate), OP (Overall Position) or A Levels need to submit a copy of these results. There is a conversion chart for IB and OP which may be useful. Further information can be found on the VTAC website.

    What if I am already a University student?

    All current University students are required to supply International House with their most recent results, their course offer and their University student number.

  • Questions regarding scholarships

    Are there any entry scholarships available?

    International House has scholarships or bursaries available for both new and returning students. Students need to be aware that both residency applications and scholarship applications need to be received by 16 January 2018 to be considered.

  • Questions regarding college preferences

    Why do I need to list other college preferences?

    Applications will be sent to a student's college of first preference. If the application is unsuccessful, it will be passed to the college of second preference. With this in mind, it is a good idea to preference all colleges, especially if you receive an offer from another university as not all colleges take non-University of Melbourne students. International House accepts applications from students who intend to study at the University of Melbourne and students attending other nearby comparable tertiary institutions on the provision a family member has been a past resident at IH.

    What happens if I wish to change my first college preference?

    Students who wish to change their college of first preference need to contact the college they wish to change to and ask if they will accept the application. Students then need to email or telephone the initial college of first preference (i.e. International House) with this advice.

  • Questions regarding the interview process

    When are interviews conducted?

    The majority of interviews are held from November through to February. Early interviews and conditional offers can be made to students only with the approval of the Deputy Head of College.

    When will I know if I have a place at International House?

    Students will be advised of a decision regarding their application as soon as possible after the interview. Note that interviews can be conducted before the release of final results and conditional offers of residency can be extended.

    How is the interview process conducted?

    All interviews are conducted by the Deputy Head of College of International House. Students are contacted initially by email to confirm a mutually convenient time for the interview to take place. These interviews can be held in person, by telephone or on Skype.

    What is taken into consideration when selecting students?

    International House is a residential college of choice for students who have a burning curiosity of the world, and aspire to live in a supportive and energetic global community. We promote diversity and international understanding across cultures and our pastoral and academic support is second to none. We are one of only two colleges owned by the University of Melbourne. Our motto - Fraternitas - means 'brotherhood' in Latin, and implies a fellowship of young men and women united together across cultural and national boundaries. Whilst pursuing academic studies, students will be offered many opportunities to learn about other nations and cultures and make many friends from around the world.

    Students living at International House are expected to be active participants in college life.  Students can make their contributions in many ways, depending upon individual skills and talents:  sporting teams, National Nights, CafĂ© International, the college play, Students' Club committees, the magazine Satadal, to name just a few. Along with the above, student academic interests and aspirations and the expected gains students may wish to achieve whilst living at International House are all considered when selecting residents. Students with past family members of International House are looked upon most favourably.

    If successful, when will I receive my offer of residency?

    Students who are successful in gaining a place at International House can expect to receive their offers via email within three days of their interview. Students need to accept their offer by the due date listed on their offer. Offers not received by close of business on the due date will be void.

  • Questions regarding residency at International House

    Can I visit International House before the official move in date?

    Tours of International House prior to move in day can be made by making an appointment with the International House office on +61 3 9347 6655. Room viewings may not always be available, as it depends upon occupancies at the time.

    What do I need to bring with me to International House?

    Clothes to suit differing weather conditions are required in Melbourne. For formal college dinners suits or jackets and trousers and ties, or formal dresses are required. Computers, bed linen (only sheets and a pillow case) and towels are required but blankets, doonas, pillows and mattress protectors are supplied by the College. Students can bring their own linen if they so choose.  Students should be reminded that all belongings must be removed when exiting the College!

    What equipment is available for students to use at International House?

    Vacuum cleaners are available from the IH Front Office and irons and ironing boards are available in all laundry rooms. Coin operated washing machines and dryers are also on campus. Students are permitted to bring their own small fridges but an extra charge will apply. Fridges, microwaves and electric kettles are available on all student floors. Cooking appliances are not permitted in student rooms due to fire regulations.

    Is there anything else I need to know?

    International House, as a department of the University of Melbourne, has access to the University's medical and counselling services.

Graduate students

  • Questions regarding applications

    How do I lodge my application?

    You can lodge your application directly through the online application portal. Once you lodge your application you will be sent an email requesting additional documentation in support of your application. All documentation can be uploaded to your application via the portal.

    How can I pay the $75 registration fee?

    Payment can be made by cheque, credit card, BPAY or cash. Cheques should be made out to "University of Melbourne, International House" and sent to:

    Admissions, International House
    241 Royal Parade
    Parkville VIC 3052
    Australia

    Contact International House on +61 3 9347 6655 for information on any of the payment options.

    What documents are required in support of my application?

    Students are required to submit a brief autobiographical synopsis (approximately 500 words) which can be a summary of achievements, interests and future aspirations. Other documents include curriculum vitae, a transcript of university results from any recent degree course, along with a written personal reference preferably on official letterhead and evidence of university enrolment.

  • Questions regarding scholarships

    Are there any entry scholarships available?

    International House has scholarships and bursaries available for graduate students. Both residency and scholarship applications need to be received by the College no later than 23 January 2018.

  • Questions regarding college preferences

    Why do I need to list other college preferences?

    Applications will be sent to a student's college of first preference. If the application is unsuccessful, it will be passed to the college of second preference. With this in mind it is a good idea to preference all colleges, especially if you receive an offer from another university.

    What happens if I wish to change my first college preference?

    Students who wish to change their college of first preference need to contact the college they wish to change to and ask if they will accept the application. Students then need to email or telephone the initial college of first preference with this advice.

    When are interviews conducted?

    The majority of interviews are held from November through to February. Early interviews and conditional offers can be made to students only with the approval of the Deputy Head of College.

    How is the interview process conducted?

    All interviews are conducted by the Deputy Head of College of International House. Students are contacted initially by email to confirm a mutually convenient time for the interview to take place. These interviews can be held in person, (local students or visiting students from interstate/overseas), by telephone or over Skype.

  • Questions regarding residency at International House

    Can I visit International House before the official move in date?

    Prospective students are welcome to visit International House at a pre-arranged time to tour the George Hicks Building and grounds. Tour bookings can be made by phoning +61 3 9347 6655 or by emailing enquiries@ihouse.unimelb.edu.au. Please note that there may not always be an apartment available for viewing as this will depend upon occupancies at the time.

    What is the room set up for graduate students?

    Information on the set up of apartments for graduate students can be found here.  All apartments have a double bed, wardrobe, desk and chair, and some include a kitchenette. Students will need to provide their own linen, crockery and cooking equipment and other essential items as well as any cleaning necessities. Cleaning of student apartments is the responsibility of the occupants. Beds will be provided with a mattress cover and protector. Apartments with kitchenettes will have a fridge and cooking facilities. Apartments without kitchenettes will have a fridge and access to cooking facilities within the communal areas. Shared laundry facilities with coin operated machines are also on campus. Shared apartments will comprise of one double bed in one room and a sofa in the other room and one of these rooms will also include a kitchenette.

    Is there an option for meals?

    Graduate living at International House is self-catered (except for Breakfast), i.e., no meals excluding Breakfast will be provided and you must prepare your own meals. There is an option to purchase meal vouchers for the undergraduate dining hall. The majority of apartments within the George Hicks Building include a kitchenette and for those without a kitchenette there are communal kitchens and dining rooms on all levels for food preparation.

    What extra-curricular activities will be on offer?

    Refer to Music, Sport and Events to find out about extra-curricular activities for graduate students.

    If I leave my apartment for a vacation do I still have to pay the weekly fee?

    Yes. Student contracts begin from the date of entry into College until 15thDecember.

    Is there anything else I need to  know?

    International House is owned by the University of Melbourne has access to the University's medical and counselling services.