Housing seven of the top 100 universities in the world, Australia has the third highest number of international students in the world. While, the current Indian students make up more than 9 percent of Australia's student population, international student numbers are expected to increase after the Australian Government's recent lowering of visa assessment levels for 38 countries worldwide, inclusive of India. Australian Universities offer international students a range of learning options that includes associate degrees, bachelor degrees, master degrees and PhD degrees. Academic programs are offered all across the country in the areas of business, humanities, engineering, tourism, medicine, and more.
One of the top universities of Australia that attracts large number of International students is the University of Melbourne. Founded in 1853, the university has 12 residential colleges all of which aim to provide holistic development to the university students and they are dedicated to achieving excellence in all academic activities and research. The institution is involved in fundamental and applied research and also gets involved in the social, economical and environmental issues. Recently the university became a member of Melbourne Renewable Energy Project, where the councils, businesses and universities have come together to work on the renewable energy project, the project will be crucial to the City of Melbourne in reaching its 25 per cent renewables goal by 2018 and its zero net emissions goal by 2020.
University of Melbourne is known for its international collaborations and research work in all fields. The university maintains collaboration with eight premiere institutions in India including IIM, Kolkata, IISc Bangalore JNU and others. Apart from India, they maintain collaborations with universities from U.S, Europe and many more major countries around the world. The institution houses five centers of excellences, all of which is equipped with state of the art technology and is focused on providing the most encouraging atmosphere for the research scholars. The university has more than three thousand research scholars, who are involved in research work in all the departments or fields.
At present, the university provides six general undergraduate programs and several professional post graduate and doctoral degree programs. For students who want to pursue their post graduation in particular professional field, university of Melbourne is the ideal place to go. University of Melbourne is ranked fifth in the world for education, eighth in law, 13th in Computer Science & IT, 13th in Arts and Humanities, 14th in Dentistry and 18th in Medicine. With the largest inbound and outbound student exchange program in Australia, having over 140 exchange partners from 37 countries, the University of Melbourne provides excellent international opportunities for students to experience challenging and cross-cultural learning environments, in Melbourne and overseas.