Melbourne, the second most important city of Australia is noted for its vitality, diversity and sophistication. The city’s wealth dates from the 1860-1890 gold rush. Melbourne residents regard their home as the country’s most elegant, cultured and modern city. The way of life in this city has been highly influenced by the people of more than 140 countries that have moved to Melbourne. This multiplicity has made its mark. Various cultural influences can be found in the architecture, cuisine and arts, making Melbourne a city of contrast that has something to offer every taste.
Also known as the “City of Arts”, Melbourne is the leader in offering cultural activities in the Asia-Pacific region. It features many works of contemporary artists in art, design, and theater. It is also a city known for its famous cultural events including the Summer Music Festival at the Victorian Arts Center, the St. Kilds festival, the Victoria St. Lunar festival, the Italian Lygon St. Festa, Oktoberfest, and many others.
Established in 1961, Monash University is known as one of Australia’s largest and most academically challenging universities. Monash is positioned in the top 1% of world universities by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings. It is a proud member of the Group of Eight - Australia’s leading universities in research, scholarship and teaching. The university is also one of the most diverse universities in the country, offering a variety of high quality programs from its 10 faculties (the Australian term for what we know as colleges): Arts, Arts and Design, Business and Economics, Education, Engineering, Information Technology, Law, Medicine and Health Sciences, Pharmacy and Science.
The university has six campuses throughout Australia and serves more than 48,000 students including 12,000 international students from 100 countries. Exchange students have access to an extensive orientation program that includes field trips, dinners and other social events. Students can take classes at any of the six campuses, although the most popular ones are Clayton and Caufield. These are Monash’s largest campuses and offer the widest variety of classes. These two campuses also offer a rich array of sporting, cultural and educational events. Students are encouraged to join one of the 180 student clubs, societies or associations.
Monash University Careers and Employment offers a vast range of facilities, programs and resources to help you find part-time or casual work while you study and assistance in finding full-time employment after you graduate.
Monash also provides the following services to all students:
Most majors; minimum sophmore standing 3.0 GPA
Courses taught in English
The weekend before classes begin, Monash hosts a welcome orientation for new students, including campus tours. You will receive more information before departure.
Monash University is a comprehensive university offering courses in a wide range of subject areas. Generally courses are 6 credits, the equivalent of 4 U.S. credits and a full course load for the semester is 24 Monash credits (4 courses).
Grades do not transfer to Marquette University for this program. Only credits will transfer provided that a grade of “C” or higher is earned.
Visit the Monash course offerings page for more information.
Note: It is a requirement of your student visa that you remain a full-time student at all times, which is between 18-24 credits at Monash. A maximum of four classes may be taken per term, which is equal to 12 U.S. credits.
Historic course equivalencies
Please note that the courses listed here have been approved in general for Marquette credit. However, because each individual academic record is unique, depending on the college, the major and courses taken previously, not every course will qualify to be used toward a Marquette degree. Therefore, current Marquette students must have prior approval from the their college office, before enrolling in these courses. Without this prior approval, any course taken at another institution will likely not be accepted toward the Marquette degree.
Monash has a special arrangement with Monash Residential Services which means that exchange and study abroad students are given priority for accommodation at the Clayton campus. Students who complete the on-campus accommodation section of the Monash Abroad application form and submit it to Monash Abroad by the due date will generally receive a place, although this is not guaranteed. All Monash residence halls provide single bedrooms with shared bathrooms, kitchens and lounge rooms.
Students are able to study at Monash University for a semester or a full year. Typically the fall semester is mid-July to mid-November and the spring semester is mid-February to late June.
|Fall 2012||Spring 2013|
|Program begins||July 9||February 18|
|Orientation||July 10-20||Feb. 19 - Mar. 1|
|Classes begin||July 23||March 4|
|End of Semester||November 16||June 28|
Exchange and study abroad students must enter Australia with a sub-class 575 student visa and not a tourist visa. Before they can apply for a visa students will need a letter of offer from Monash University and a Certificate of Enrolment (CoE). U.S. citizens can apply for visas online. The current charge for a student visa is $550. Student visas automatically grant students permission to do paid work while studying (up to 20 hours per week while your course is in session and unlimited hours during scheduled course breaks).
Students participating in this program are expected to make their own flight arrangements. You must wait until you have been officially accepted by Monash before purchasing airline tickets. Student Universe (www.studentuniverse.com) and STA Travel (www.statravel.com) are two travel agencies that can often help students find flexible, discounted tickets.
*Other costs include country-specific insurance and estimated personal expenses.
Billing: Tuition and CISI insurance costs are billed and paid through Marquette University’s Bursar Office. All other costs, including housing, are either paid directly to Monash by the student or are out of pocket expenses. Meeting Monash’s payment deadlines for any costs are the student’s responsibility.
Please note: All cost and financial information are provided to the best of our knowledge and should be considered as approximate estimates only.