The city of Melbourne is the second largest city in the country and the capital of the Australian state of Victoria. Today, Melbourne is a thriving business and cultural center, with a busy student scene. Only about thirty miles north of the southern coast of Australia, it has a mild climate and offers year-round outdoor sports opportunities as well.
Monash University has approximately 45,000 students spread across six campuses in Melbourne and the surrounding areas. It is one of the largest and most reputable universities in Australia, and has a strong commitment to international programs. It offers coursework in virtually every area of study, including performing and fine arts, law, information technology, medicine, design, humanities, social sciences, business, education, engineering, and sciences.
The academic year follows the standard Australian calendar, which is the reverse of the calendar used in the Northern Hemisphere. Fall semester runs from late February to late June, and Spring semester runs from late July to early December.
Clayton: Clayton is the largest and oldest campus at Monash. It has approximately 20,000 students and is located 35 minutes from downtown by the city train. Many of the University administrative offices (including the Study Abroad Office) are located here and this campus has the most extensive facilities. Humanities and social sciences, performing arts, business, education, engineering, and sciences are available at the Clayton campus.
Caulfield: Caulfield is the closest campus to downtown Melbourne (about 10-15 minutes by city train) and has about 9,000 students; in an area of dense population and high-rise buildings, it has the most urban feel of the Monash campuses. Caulfield students may easily access the Clayton campus facilities by using the university's shuttle bus - travel between the two campuses takes 15 minutes. Design, fine arts, business, engineering, and limited humanities and social sciences are available at the Caulfield campus.
Gippsland: The Gippsland campus has about 2,000 students and is located two hours east of Melbourne in the town of Churchill. Gippsland has the feel of a small liberal arts college, with small classes and personal attention. Humanities and social sciences, fine arts, engineering, business, and science are available at Gippsland.
Parkville, Berwick, and Peninsula: Much smaller and further afield, the primary disciplines at these campuses are geared towards Education and Health Sciences.
All of Monash's classes are taught in English. When applying, it's very important you check all academic considerations that may be required at the point of application. The considerations include disciplines that may be limited or unavailable to exchange and study abroad students. ?
For example, common missing information is proof of mathematics for Economics, Accounting, Statistics, Finance and Econometrics units, full syllabus information as separate attachments for Science units, a portfolio for Art Design and Architecture units. All this can be sent electronically with the application, but please make sure to follow these instructions to avoid significant delays in application processing and acceptance.
Find out what you can study at Monash by starting with their study options page. Use the handbook as a starting point for detailed information about the units (courses) offered. When using the handbook, be sure it reflects the current academic year. Undergraduate students may only take courses numbered at the 1000-3000 level.
The Transfer Credit Database lists courses that have been previously approved for NC State students at Monash University. Please note: their applicability to a specific degree program varies by department. This list is not inclusive. Additional courses can be approved for credit by using the course approval form and process, which is a part of the application for study abroad. Please refer to the academic information on the host university website for all courses available to study abroad students.
Students may choose to live on or off-campus, or may also choose to live with an Australian family through the University's host family program.
Clayton: Clayton has 5 residence halls. All rooms are furnished singles, with shared kitchens and bathrooms. Students may prepare their own meals or eat in the residence dining halls.
For information about the different Clayton housing options, click here.
Caulfield: Clayton has no housing on campus. The nearest residence for Caufield students is a short train ride from campus. Students at Caulfield may also live in any of the five residence halls on the Clayton campus (see above), which are about 15-20 minutes from Caulfield by train or University shuttle.
Gippsland: The Gippsland campus housing has student apartments with 6-7 single bedrooms sharing a common area, bathroom, kitchen, and laundry. Students prepare their own meals.
For general information, including costs, about on-campus accommodations, visit the Monash accommodation website.
Any full-time undergraduate who will have completed their freshmen year prior to participating and has a cumulative GPA of 3.0 may apply. Transfer students must complete at least one semester at NC State prior to applying.
Students who are accepted to the program but who are not awarded an exchange slot have the option of paying tuition and fees directly to Monash University. For cost information, please see the direct enroll fees on Monash's website (note that fees listed on the Monash page are in Australian Dollars, not US Dollars). The Direct Enroll option is generally less expensive than out-of-state tuition, and is considered a cost-effective study abroad option for out-of-state students.
For current exchange rates, visit http://www.oanda.com/
All students must obtain an appropriate visa for entry. The University issues a Confirmation of Enrollment (CoE) number, which is required to obtain a student visa. There is an easy to follow step-by-step guide at: http://www.border.gov.au/. Most students will apply for the Non Award Sector visa, subclass 500.
Cost information is shown in the budget link, above. Financial aid is generally available to help qualified NC State students meet the expenses of study abroad. For additional funding, NC State students should consider applying for a study abroad scholarship, and check out other ideas for funding study abroad such as applying to outside scholarships, and starting a funding page. For more information on funding opportunities, please visit this link.
Australian semester dates vary from the NC State calendar. Semester 1 in Australia typcially runs February - June, and students will be expected to arrive earlier in February for orientation. Semester 2 in Australia typically runs July - November, and students will be expected to arrive for orientation in late June or July. Please check Monash's website for specific dates. More information about orientation will be available upon acceptance to the Australian university.
The University reserves the right to alter the program format and/or costs in case of conditions beyond its control. If the program is canceled or a student withdraws, a refund of program costs may not be available in all cases. Please refer to the Study Abroad Office Refund Policy for details.
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