Courses and subjects

How to choose a course or subject

  • Browse Areas of Study to find disciplines and topics
  • Search Find a Course for specific courses
  • Browse the Handbook for your chosen course and core subjects
  • Search the Subject Database using the keywords or subject code in the Handbook for subject descriptions.


  • Make sure the subjects you choose in the handbook have a 'Y' (yes) next to 'Available to Study Abroad students' (for exchange and Study Abroad students)
  • Check which campus the subject is offered at – our campuses are spread all over Victoria
  • Check that the subject is offered in the semester you plan to come to La Trobe i.e. Semester 1 (February–June) or Semester 2 (July–November)
  • Make sure you have the right prerequisites, or check with your exchange coordinator
  • Some subjects must meet a minimum enrolment number or they will not run, so find a few alternatives.

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.