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Frequently asked questions

Your questions about the Young Leaders Program answered.

I am flying in, who will pick me up from the airport?

On arrival at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport, a Young Leaders Program mentor will meet students at the arrival gate. You will be contacted via email a couple of days before your departure with the mentor's name and photo who will be at the airport and clear instructions. Parents/Guardians are then emailed when the student is on their way to Trinity.

I am looking at a flight that arrives and departs from Avalon Airport. Is this okay?

No, we do not pick up or drop off at this airport. You must arrive and depart at Tullamarine Airport only.

What happens if my flight is delayed?

We track flight arrivals and departures so will know if there is a delay and adjust the pick-up time accordingly.

Do students need spending money?

All activities, transport, excursions, meals etc are covered by your tuition fees. You may want some spending money for extra snacks or souvenirs.

What visa is required?

Tourist/travel visa. NOT a student visa. It is important that these documents are obtained as soon as possible. Any delay in applying may impact on your ability to attend. Find out more information and locate your closest Australian mission.

What about travel and medical insurance?

This is compulsory for all international students.

I am flying in, when should I arrive and depart?

Students on flights should arrive in Melbourne Tullamarine airport by 12pm (noon) on the day their program commences and organise departure flights between 8.00m and 3.00pm on the day their program concludes.

I am being dropped off at Trinity, when should I arrive?

Students being dropped off should arrive between 2.00pm and 3.00pm on the day their program commences and be picked up between 9.00am and 11.00am on the day their program concludes.

What if I want to stay an extra day?

There is no accommodation available at Trinity College the day before or after the program dates specified for the week/s you are attending.

Do you cater for dietary requirements?

Yes. Trinity College caters for all dietary requirements. All you need to do is clearly outline any allergies and dietary needs in your applications. Be specific. All meats are prepared Halal.

What is the accommodation like?

All students will stay in a Trinity College dorm room, sharing with one other student of the same gender from the program, but from another country (where possible).

How do I apply?

We being accepting applications for the July program at the end of January and applications close the last week of May. Applications open for the December program in August and close the last week in October. Application forms can be found here. Please ensure that you submit a complete application form with your personal statement, letter of support and passport.

If I require assistance with the application, who should I contact?

You can email youngleaders@trinity.unimelb.edu.au or you can call +61 3 9348 7565

Can I live off campus?

No. YLP is a residential program and students are required to live on campus for the entire program.

What do I have to submit with my application?

In addition to the application form you mus submit:

  1. A 300-word personal statement stating why you want to undertake the program, why you have selected the stream/s that you are applying for and how you will apply what you learn.
  2. Provide a letter of support
  3. Attach a copy of your passport

What is the cost of the Young Leaders Program?

The price for YLP varies depending on the number of weeks that you are attending. The course fee includes tuition, mentoring, meals, accommodation, all activities, return airport transfers and other organised activities. It excludes flights, tourist visa, compulsory travel and medical insurance for international students and spending money.

There are a number of scholarships available, to learn more visit out scholarships page.

How do I select a stream?

Stream descriptors can be found here and sample timetables here. Questions about specific streams can be directed to youngleaders@trinity.unimelb.edu.au

When can I expect to hear about my admission status?

Admission decisions will be made on a 'rolling' basis and you will receive an admission decision within 5 business days of submitting a complete application.

What policies related to conduct should I be aware of?

As part of the application form you sign you will be required to follow Trinity College policies including the student code of conduct and the excursion policy. You should read the policy section of the website. Trinity College puts safety first, and YLP rules prohibiting involvement with alcohol and drugs are an important factor in our effort to provide students with a positive environment for study and growth in the program.

Do you have a packing checklist?

We recommended that personal luggage is limited to no more than ONE bag/suitcase per person plus ONE hand-carry cabin bag.  Washing powder will be provided for you to wash your clothes.

Everyday items:

  • T-shirts and shirts
  • Clothes suitable for physical activity/sports
  • Jeans/ casual pants/shorts
  • Socks and underwear
  • Pajamas
  • Shoes. One of each:
    • Comfortable walking/casual shoes
      • For Biomedicine/Science & Engineering - Closed toe shoes are compulsory for Labs
    • Sports shoes
    • Formal shoes
    • Slippers/flip-flops
  • Raincoat and umbrella
  • Toiletries and medications
  • Adapters for your electronics – note the different prongs for Australia
  • Warm jacket (Winter Program)
  • Spending money – for personal spending of snacks and souvenirs

At least one FORMAL OUTFIT for the Valedictory Dinners. Examples:

  • Suit, shirt, pants and tie
  • Clothes worn for special occasions
  • Cocktail / evening dress
  • Cultural/traditional uniform or dress
  • Smart Casual (No jeans, T-shirts, sweatpants/track pants, sports shoes etc.)


  • Beanie and/or scarf (Winter program)
  • Sunglasses
  • Hairdryer

You don’t need to bring:

  • Towels
  • Bedsheets or pillows
  • Expensive accessories

What does a typical day look like?

Time Activity
7.00am to 8.30am Breakfast
8.30am to 8.45am Morning announcements
9.00am to 10.30am Session one
10.30am to 11.00am Morning break
11.00am to 12.30pm Session 2
12.30pm to 1.30pm Lunch
1.30pm to 3.00pm Session 3
3.00pm to 3.30pm Afternoon break
3.30pm to 5.00pm Session 4
5.00pm to 5.45pm Free time
5.45pm to 6.30pm Dinner
6.30pm to 7.00pm Mentor groups
7.00pm to 9.30pm Evening activity