Courses and subjects

How to choose a course or subject

You can search your subjects via our online handbook (Undergraduate or Postgraduate) or via our subject search database. Please see our guide [PDF 1.7MB] for further instruction. It is much easier to search using our handbook than the subject search database. Ensure you click on the subject codes on the handbook to see more information regarding the subject and expand all the tabs to check details such as availability, pre-requisites, campus, semester offered, overview, etc. To find the right subjects for your program, you must:

  • Check the subject is available for study abroad and exchange students
  • Check you meet the prerequisites for all your subjects. Additional subject information/syllabus must be provided for any chosen subjects that have a pre-requisite.
  • Make sure the subjects you find are offered for the correct semester: Semester 1 (March–June); Semester 2 (July–November)
  • Check the subject is offered on the same campus as the rest of their subject choices
  • Avoid any online subjects as much as possible.

The majority of our subjects are offered over a semester period. A full-time load for undergraduate students for one semester is between 45 and 60 credit points (60 being the standard load). If your home institution requires you to do more than our full time load in order for you to keep up with your degree, we can arrange permission for you to overload to a maximum of 75 credit points.

Popular courses and subjects

Make sure you view subject schedules and confirm which subjects are available during your exchange.

Internship subjects

Get more out of your studies with a practical work placement. These are subject to availability.

Some popular internship subjects:

English as a Second Language subject

If English isn't your first language, this subject is a great opportunity to improve your skills while getting credit towards your degree. You will improve your academic English through theory and practice.

Field trip subjects

Immerse yourself in Australia's landscape and culture.




Popular areas of study

Sports management

Combine business foundations with essential sports knowledge.

Cinema and media studies

Explore how we communicate in film, television, radio, the press, publishing and digital media and media arts.

Outdoor Education

Experience the Australian outdoors, build your physical fitness, learn practical skills and challenge yourself. The Bendigo Campus runs our Outdoor Education program and gives you the chance to go bushwalking, canoeing and rock-climbing all around Victoria.

Short courses and volunteering

Edge of the Outback short course

Spend three weeks learning photography and doing field trips to the outback. Learn from an Aboriginal guide about the cultural significance of the places you photograph and exhibit your works at the end of the program. Add on this short course to your exchange or study abroad program.

Volunteer with the Wildlife Sanctuary

Get hands-on experience by volunteering at the La Trobe Wildlife Sanctuary on our Melbourne Campus. Group activities are run each week by Conservation Volunteers Australia.