La Trobe University

La Trobe University’s History

La Trobe is a public research-intensive University with seven campuses located in the Australian states of Victoria and New South Wales. The University became Australia’s 12th and the third in Victoria when it was established in 1964. Officially opened on March 8, 1967, La Trobe celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2017.

The University was named after Charles Joseph La Trobe, the first lieutenant-governor of the then colony of Victoria. His support and leadership contributed towards the formation of iconic entities in Melbourne and Australia, like the Melbourne Cricket Ground and the University of Melbourne.

Facts and Figures

A University that commenced with 500 students is today home to over 36,000 students. The ideal study in Australia educator that La Trobe is, it receives over 8,000 students every year from 110 countries. It is one of the world’s best young universities, ideally located in vibrant, diverse and exciting cities like Melbourne and Sydney. Melbourne was ranked 3rd among the world’s best student cities in the 2018 QS Best Student Cities.

The 2019 QS World University Rankings and Webometrics Ranking Web of Universities 2018 placed La Trobe in the top 1.5% of universities worldwide. The University’s research was ranked in the top 1.3% of the world’s 20,000 universities.

Notable Faculty & Tie Ups

While attending courses in La Trobe University, Australia, students can participate in the University’s Career Ready program. Developed with industry leaders, the program prepares learners for life beyond La Trobe with Work Integrated Learning for industry experience.

The University ranks in the top 300 universities globally for employability as demonstrated in the 2018/19 QS Graduate Employability Rankings. The graduate employment rate is an impressive 129th in the world and 9th in Australia. La Trobe is placed second amongst universities in Victoria in employer satisfaction rating (86.6% - QILT 2017) for its graduates.

La Trobe has been able to uphold its original vision of remaining innovative in its approach. The Upstart Media Hub is one such example, where students can develop their skills using media and studio equipment for live broadcast.

La Trobe University courses are delivered by leading academics at the top of their respective fields. Undergraduate and postgraduate courses are offered across La Trobe’s two Colleges. The prestigious College of Arts, Social Sciences and Commerce (ASSC) houses the Schools of Education, Humanities and Social Sciences, as well as La Trobe Business School and La Trobe Law School. The College of Science, Health and Engineering (SHE) includes various relevant Schools, including the School of Cancer Medicine. In 2008, Victoria’s second School of Dentistry was established at La Trobe.

The high-quality business and management programs offered by the La Trobe Business School are recognised by the highly regarded EPAS accreditation. This is awarded by the European Foundation of Management Development to programs of excellence with an international perspective.

La Trobe offers various pathway course options through TAFE right after completion of Year 12. It is possible to gain direct entry in to the second year of a Bachelor’s degree post successful completion of a relevant pathways program.

The study abroad Australia experience is not just about academics. La Trobe understands this and runs 400 plus small scale events every year. Social activities include concerts, inter-college sports, cooking classes, comedy nights, yoga and much, much more.

The University has clocked significant global miles for its students with its ever growing international partnerships with institutions and industry. Moreover, the University’s 180,000 alumni are based in more than 100 nations around the globe.

A modern day University needs to be relevant to its learners, not only through excellence in its teaching and research work, but by investing big on supporting facilities and infrastructure. La Trobe has done exactly so by investing over AUD 500 million in to world-class centres for learning and research.

La Trobe has three urban campuses and four regional campuses. Bundoora in Melbourne’s northern suburbs is the foundation campus of the University and today hosts over 26,000 students. It is the largest university campus in the southern hemisphere.

Safety & Security

All of La Trobe’s campuses enjoy safe study environments. The Melbourne campus has security officers that provide assistance and support at all hours. Those in an emergency situation can access a 24-hour security hotline.


In its formative years La Trobe adopted a collegiate format, where a large number of students lived on campus. Even though this was considered unique at the time amongst Australian Universities, this format only lasted 4 years. The Collegiate ideal reduced to halls of residence which exist today with all modern amenities.

To ensure that residents enjoy incident-free, safe and secure life on campus, the University provides 24/7 support in the form of:

• Residential Education Coordinators

• After Hours Coordinators

• Accommodation Officers

Research Facilities

Graduate research candidates have access to purpose-built and designed research areas in the Melbourne and Bendigo campus libraries. State-of-the-art laboratories and equipment only reinforce La Trobe’s standing as one of Australia’s leading research universities.


The Borchardt Library in Melbourne’s Bundoora campus has well over 2 million volumes of books, e-books, e-journals and AV materials. It is well equipped with study rooms, Wi-Fi, computer workstations, as well as photocopiers.


La Trobe’s outstanding sporting facilities that include indoor, outdoor and off-campus facilities are available to students, staff and the general public. There are various playing fields for football, cricket and baseball.

The La Trobe Sports Park is a two-stage project, which is well on its way to transforming Melbourne’s northern suburbs by providing a regional sporting precinct. This world-class AUD 150 million project is located on 60 hectares in the University’s Bundoora campus. Stage 1 of the Sports Park has been completed featuring a FIFA-1 standard synthetic football pitch and a natural turf AFL oval with floodlights. Construction of the second phase has commenced and when complete will include a Sports Science and Analytics research labs, an Education and Training centre and 6 high ball indoor courts.

Fully equipped gymnasium with friendly qualified staff cater to one and all. Fitness Assessments and Personalised Programmes can be availed free of cost by current Gym and Gold pass holders.

There is also a 25m heated indoor swimming pool with 5 lanes. A 300 sq/m Group Exercise Studio fitted with air-conditioning, mirrored wall and stereo plays host to Group exercise programs and dance amongst other activities.

The La Trobe University Rowing Club and La Trobe University Hockey Club are located off-campus in the Melbourne metropolitan area.

Student Clubs & Societies

More than 90 clubs and societies encourage students to connect with their peers, make lifelong friendships and do professional networking.

Other Support

The University’s International Student Services team provides support for academic, social and financial and cultural concerns.

La Trobe’s supportive on-campus services include chaplaincy and counselling. The university offers Muslim prayer rooms and campus-wide support for people with disabilities.

La Trobe’s achievements over the last 50 years will no doubt draw the attention of students keen to Study in Australia from Nepal

• La Trobe is ranked within the Top 400 Universities in the world by QS, THE and ARWU – three major independent ranking agencies.

• The University ranked number 75 in the Times Higher Education (THE) list of the world’s Top 100 universities under 50 years of age.

• La Trobe emerged as Australia’s most improved university between 2015 and 2017. During this time the University jumped 200 places to peak at 301 in the world in the respected Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU).

• The 2018 Times Higher Education (THE) Rankings recorded some impressive outcomes for La Trobe. The University’s international outlook was ranked at 144 in the world, while its innovation and links with industry was placed at 201. Amongst subject areas offered by the university, Life Sciences and Arts and Humanities were ranked in the top 200 category. Computer Science featured in the 251-300 category, thereby positioning La Trobe as a world-leading university for research and teaching in the subject.

• La Trobe takes a lot of pride in its research. In the 2015 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) survey, the university was rated among the top ten universities in Australia and top three in Victoria for 19 specific fields of research.

• Some of the other outstanding ERA results are –

• Best university in Australia for Biological Sciences (equal with Australian National University)

• Best university in Australia for Agricultural and Veterinary Studies

• Only top-rated university in Australia for Physiology

• Top rated with only two other universities in Veterinary Sciences, Animal Production, Biochemistry and Cell Biology, and Other Medical and Health Science

• Top rated with only three other universities in Archaeology, Analytical Chemistry, Crop and Pasture Production, and Microbiology

• Political Science, Social Work and Banking, Finance and Investment are ranked ‘above world standard’.

• La Trobe received a six-star rating for sustainable large-scale developments – a university first in Australia.

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