Melbourne, Australia Project Center

Australia Melbourne
Program Term(s): 
B-Term during late fall
D-Term during spring
Project Opportunities: 
Project preparation: 
Welcome, travel, and pre-departure orientations; project proposal and research plan coursework; cultural experience preparations

Location and Culture

Located on Australia’s southeast coast, the seaside city of Melbourne is known for its parks, gardens, and beaches, as well as art festivals, sporting events, and fine dining establishments. Students can also explore the nearby mountains, deserts, mining downs, and extensive parklands and wildlife reserves. Average temperatures range from 51°F to 69°F in April, and 60°F to 80°F in December.

Housing and Meals

WPI students will live in 1- or 2-bedroom apartments in Melbourne. Accommodation type and location are subject to change without notice and will be confirmed the term prior to departure.

Australia’s cuisine has been strongly influenced by its indigenous peoples, the British, and numerous other cultures. Meat—ranging from kangaroo to beef to seafood—is a core component of most meals, and typical Australian foods include vegemite, pavlova, Tim Tams, and Weet-Bix. Students should inform their advisor of any health concerns, dietary restrictions, or allergies in advance of participation in this program.

Past Projects

Past students at the Melbourne, Australia Project Center have:

  • Evaluated an educational program teaching conservation to visitors at Zoos Victoria, a zoo consortium
  • Worked with the E.W. Tipping Foundation to provide an evaluation of assistive technology options to improve the independence of people with disabilities
  • Sought to improve engagement of aboriginal communities with emergency services in Victoria