Melbourne Global Languages Scholarships

1st Feb 2017
1st Apr 2017
Study level
Enrolment status
Current student
University Trust Record

Travelling to study between 1 May and before 1 November 2017

Study Area

Italian Studies, Russian Studies, French Studies, German Studies, Spanish and Latin American studies, Indonesian language and studies, Arabic studies, Chinese language and studies, Japanese language and studies


Each year a limited number of scholarships are offered to high achieving undergraduate language students for study overseas. These scholarships are designed to assist with the costs of undertaking intensive programs of reasonable length, or semester or year-long exchanges.

This scholarship is open for applications twice per year:

Round One: Open 1 Feb 2017; Close 1 April 2017.
Travelling to study between 1 May and before 1 November 2017

Round Two: Open 1 May 2017; Close 28 August 2017.
Travelling to study between 1 November and 30 April (2018)


The amount available for this award varies between $1,500 - $7,000 per award.


Download the guidelines for this scholarship

Please also note that Melbourne Global Languages Scholarships have specific eligibility criteria:

  • Only current students enrolled in a University of Melbourne degree/diploma are eligible; ie students enrolled at another university who undertake complementary language subjects at Melbourne are not eligible. Students enrolled in a degree or diploma at The University of Melbourne who undertake complementary language subjects at other institutions are welcome to apply
  • Graduate and Postgraduate Diploma students may also be considered, provided they meet the other eligibility requirements, and have completed at least 1 semester (50 points) in their current course
  • Students must have completed a full year of language study at a tertiary level in the language they intend to study overseas, expected to have been completed at The University of Melbourne and should be enrolled in a University of Melbourne degree or diploma by the closing time of the applied round. (Currently enrolled students who have studied a full year of language through University of Melbourne Extension Program (UMEP) program are also eligible)
  • Students must be currently enrolled in a subject of the same language. Students who are not enrolled in the language at the time of application should submit an additional note with their application, clearly outlining the reason they are not enrolled
  • Students of all modern languages currently taught at The University of Melbourne are eligible to apply. Student choice of language is not relevant to the award of scholarships. Preference in the awarding of scholarships will not be given to any particular language
  • Students going on exchange or study abroad may apply as long as they meet the criteria above
  • The target language to be studied must be a native language to the intended country of exchange or study abroad
  • The program must be credit-bearing, and approved by the relevant language department, and should be delivered in the language you are studying
  • The proposed program of study must be equivalent to at least one x 12.5 credit point subject delivered in the target language
  • Scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic merit, and applicants must have achieved an H2B 70% average in the target language and overall Weighted Grade Point Average (WGPA) across their academic record, with no results below an H2B (70+) in the target language subjects to be eligible for consideration.
    These scholarships are always very competitive, in recent years scholarship recipients have generally achieved marks well above an H2B
  • Students may receive only one Melbourne Global Languages Scholarship during their candidature. Students studying more than one language should consider carefully which language they wish to study overseas and have credited to their degree
  • Students who have previously received Global Mobility funding including a Melbourne Global Languages Scholarship, Melbourne Global Grant or Melbourne Global Scholars Award will not be considered
  • Students must be undertaking an approved independently organised study abroad program; a University of Melbourne subject overseas or formal exchange program. An approved course of study is one for which you have sought and gained the support of your faculty/ school/ department.
    The overseas course should be credit-bearing, and is expected to be of at least 6 weeks' duration.
    Shorter programs of suitable intensity may be allowed, but will normally be supported by part-scholarships only. Such programs should be equivalent to at least a 12.5 University of Melbourne languages subject.
    All study programs shorter than a semester in length must be of an intensive nature
  • The scholarship cannot be deferred. If you defer your overseas study, you must reapply for the scholarship in the appropriate round. If you meet the above criteria and are receiving credit for your overseas study towards a University of Melbourne qualification, but are unsuccessful in gaining a language scholarship, you can apply to the Melbourne Scholarships for consideration

Application process

Download the application form

Complete the form and submit your application to OR to Level 5 of Babel (Building 139) in the Melbourne Global Languages Scholarship pigeon hole.



The amount available for this award is approximate. It will be confirmed at the time of awarding and determined by the committee according to the terms of the award.

The judges' decision will be final and the University reserves the right not to award the prize in the event it is considered that no work of sufficient merit has been submitted. Winning applicants please note the University of Melbourne reserves the right to publish the name of the winning applicant on its websites and other University of Melbourne publications.

Taxation on scholarships

Scholarships awarded to part-time students are assessed as taxable income by the Australian Taxation Office (under section 51-10 of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997).

To ensure the correct rate of income tax is withheld, part-time students will be asked to provide a Tax File Number (TFN) Declaration Form prior to payment.

For further information on whether a scholarship is taxable, please visit the Australian Taxation Office website.