Monash University is a public research university based in Melbourne. It has a number of campuses, four of which are in Victoria (Clayton, Caulfield, Peninsula and Parkville) and one in Malaysia.
Monash is home to major research facilities and 100 research centers and 17 co-operative research centers. It is ranked in the one percent of world universities – 84th in the world – according to the Times Higher Education World University Rankings (2019). It is also Australia’s largest university. Each year they have over 1000 Study Abroad and Exchange students.
Monash is part of the Group of Eight, which consists of the top eight research universities in Australia. The university boasts some of the country’s most noted faculty. Although it is a relatively young university, it was built on traditions of excellence and with a global vision. Monash offers a wide range of course offerings in business and economics, engineering as well as the humanities and sciences
Due to the continued impact of COVID-19, applicants should be aware that changes to academic calendars may occur with little or no notice. Students are encouraged to either wait to book travel or book travel that allows for changes with no financial penalty.
Applicants should also be aware that processing of visas may be impacted or halted by specific countries. Failure to secure the necessary visa may result in inability to participate in this program.
Participants on this program may be required to self-quarantine prior to the start of their program for a specified period of time. Students are responsible for arranging (logistics and financial) their travel appropriately to ensure self-quarantine is completed prior to the start of the program.
There are two main campuses in Clayton and Caulfield, and although the campuses are set within an urban context, there are native plants and trees on the campuses giving a uniquely Australian feel.
The Clayton campus is the largest and main campus and home to the Monash Abroad Office. It is also where the on-campus residence halls are located. It is about 40 minutes from the heart of downtown Melbourne, via public transportation. The Caulfield campus, which offers some arts, business, art and design and other courses, is closer to the city center and about 15 minutes by free direct shuttle bus from the Clayton campus.
A comprehensive range of facilities and services is available to students including shops, eateries, travel, health services, cinema, banks and more in the amenities building (Campus Centre) and campus-wide internet access provided via campus wi-fi. Monash Sport encompasses sporting clubs and teams and the sport center contains squash and tennis courts and a modern multipurpose gymnasium providing a full-size basketball arena, indoor volleyball, netball, badminton, swimming pool and aerobics area. The gymnasium includes access to circuit training, cardio and resistance machines, classes and a full equipped heavy weights section.
There are specialized services and activities for international students available during orientation and throughout your time at Monash, including an exchange club. Monash Student Association is an important part of campus life with over 100 clubs and societies available to all students. They also host events throughout the semester, support diverse communities within the Monash student population and provide a ranges of services to all students.
Searching for classes at Monash:
Before searching for classes at Monash, it is important to note terminology used in the process. At Monash classes are typically referred to as “units”, not courses. “Course” at Monash refers to what you would consider a “major” at UM.
To search for units, please visit the Monash University Handbook website
. Search by ‘undergraduate’, ‘campus’ (select Clayton and Caulfield – exchange students can study at both in the same semester), ‘faculty’, ‘day’, and ‘semester’. Exchange students may only take units numbered 1000-3999 as undergraduates.
In order to take a desired class, you must meet certain academic requirements and considerations. To check those considerations, visit the Monash University Academic Consideration website
for exchange students. Common missing information is proof of mathematics (usually high level calculus) for Economics, Accounting, Statistics, Finance and Econometrics units; portfolio for Art, Design and Architecture studio units; syllabi for all units taken at the home university if applying for any Science units.
6 Monash Credit Points (typically one class) = 4 UM Credits
The academic calendar is the inverse of what you are used to here at UM.
Semester One: February to June (correlates with UM spring semester)
Semester Two: July to November (correlates with UM fall semester)
Most exchange students live on the Clayton campus which offers residence halls with single rooms and shared facilities. For detailed information on the residence halls and accommodations, please visit the Monash University Accommodation Website
Australian Required Health Coverage:
As an international student in Australia, you are required to purchase the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC). This is a requirement of the Australian Immigration Department. After accepting your offer from Monash and making the payment for the OSHC, you will receive an electronic Confirmation of Enrollment (eCoE). This document is required to get your student visa.
In order to go abroad, you must have a valid passport
that will not expire during your time abroad or within 6 months upon your return
All students are required to obtain a student visa for a program abroad in Australia. The process is completely online, however it cannot be completed prior to obtaining the electronic Confirmation of Enrollment (eCoE).
For more details, visit: https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/visas/getting-a-visa/visa-listing/student-500
Serious applicants should plan to submit a complete, well thought out, and comprehensive application. In the required essay, please focus on sharing your academic, personal and professional goals
and how admission to Monash will help you achieve them.
Students who submit a complete application by the deadline will be granted an interview. Qualified candidates will be nominated to Monash, however Monash will make the final admission decision. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered
Participation in the program cannot be guaranteed as there may be a limit on the number of students we can send to Monash in a particular semester. Please ensure that you think critically about your second choice option when completing this portion of your online application.
||Australian dollars (AUD), which comes in denominations of $5, $10, $20, $50 and $100 notes. Coins come in 5, 10, 20, 50 cent and one- and two-dollar denominations
||Prepaid is an easy and flexible way to enjoy phone service. Buy a SIM card and then “top up” or “recharge” every month or so. It’s the most flexible popular option for international students.
Once you arrive, head to a phone shop. You’ll need:
- An Australian bank statement or rental agreement
- Your student visa details
- Proof of identity – your passport
This is the 2nd busiest airport in Australia.
||Melbourne and Victoria host some of Australia's most prestigious events throughout the year, including the Spring Racing Carnival culminating in the Melbourne Cup in November, the Australian Open Tennis in January, Melbourne Food & Wine Festival and the Formula 1™ Australian Grand Prix in March, Melbourne International Comedy Festival March to April, international jazz, film and writers' festivals May through September, and Melbourne Festival in October. Victoria also hosts an ever-changing schedule of blockbuster exhibitions from around the world.
||Melbourne enjoys warm summers, glorious springs, mild autumns and crisp winters. With its variable climate, Melbourne hots up December to February (summer), cools down March to May (autumn), chills out June to August (winter), and warms up again September to November (spring).
Melbourne’s top temperatures are usually in January and February (26°C/79°F). Those months are often dry, with hot spells and cooling afternoon breezes off Port Phillips Bay. June and July are the coldest months (7°C/57°F) and October is the wettest (66mm/2.6in average monthly rain).