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Trinity College - The University of Melbourne


Founded in 1870, Trinity College was based on the English college model of Oxford and Cambridge. Trinity is a residential college of the University of Melbourne, with the affiliation beginning in 1876. Talented international students looking to study at the University of Melbourne can follow the academically excellent Trinity College Foundation Studies (TCFS) preparatory pathway. The University of Melbourne sees approximately 25 per cent of international undergraduate students coming from Trinity’s foundation studies.

TCFS is the only foundation studies programme that guarantees entry to undergraduate courses at the University of Melbourne, provided that students achieve the required scores. Taught by leading academics, the TCFS programme is both rigorous and challenging. It has been designed in collaboration with the University of Melbourne, with supervision provided by the university’s academic board.

Having educated students from over 60 different countries, Trinity is proud of its rich 140-year history. Located only one-and-a-half kilometres from the city centre, Trinity College is found on the quiet and tranquil campus of the University of Melbourne. 


CRICOS: 00709G

In the year 2019, the college will award 40 tuition fee remissions of 50% for students who join the foundation studies programme. These scholarships are allocated on the basis of competitiveness and will be awarded according to the academic merit of the students.

To be eligible for the scholarship, prospective students are required to have excellent results in their high schools, not be a permanent Australian resident, as well as have lodged the Trinity College foundation studies application form. A separate application is not necessary for the scholarship.

There are four selection rounds with a designated number of scholarships for each round:

  • November 2018 for the January to March 2019 intakes
  • May 2019 for the July 2019 intakes
  • June 2019 for the August 2019 intakes
  • August 2019 for the October 2019 intake

Successful candidates will be notified via email within two weeks of the selection round being held.

Trinity student awarded at the Australian national robotics competition

Rachel Ye, a Trinity College Foundation Studies student, was awarded the titles of robot skills champion as well as the tournament champion (VRC/VEXU) in the recent Australian national robotics competition. The wins have qualified her to participate in the 2019 Robotics World Championshipin the USA.

Rachel was incredibly dedicated, spending at least 12 hours a day on robotics. Trinity College lent support in balancing her studies along with the robotics development and encouraging her participation in the national competition.

The design of the robot required them to be able to both carry balls and shoot them at different targets. “[Robotics] is like taking care of a child and seeing it grow and improve, using both creative and logical means,” says Rachel. “When I built the robot, I started off with the base and then experimented with methods to shoot the balls, such as using a catapult and a puncher”, explained Rachel.

Currently ranked first in Australia, Rachel has competed successfully in several national level robotics contests and appreciates the freedom and support that Trinity College gives for her academics and robotics.  

Application Steps International students must visit the website and follow required steps to apply to the Trinity College. Once the application is successful, students will be sent a letter of offer. Accepted students at Trinity College get a letter of offer which provides information about the intake, course commencement date, fees payable, as well as relevant policies. Accepting offer To confirm their place at the college, students need to: meet any and all conditions declared in the letter of offer. date and sign the acceptance page. settle the first instalment appearing on the letter of offer. Fee payment methods Students can pay their fees made through a credit card, bank draft, or direct deposit/telegraphic transfer. Accommodation for students Students who are under 18 years of age must get their accommodation choices approved by the College before they apply for student visas. Confirming an enrolment On receipt of payment, as well as meeting the guidelines of the Department of Home Affairs, Trinity College will confirm the student enrolments. Visa application Students must present the electronic Confirmation of Enrolment (e-COE), CAAW letter (for students under 18) as well as other required documents to apply for a student visa.