Global Immersion Guarantee

Global Immersion Guarantee

Applications for the GIG Winter 2024 intake are now closed.

Experience the transformative impact of the Global Immersion Guarantee (GIG) - Monash's flagship international study initiative.

We're committed to delivering the GIG program as Monash's signature and transformative international study initiative. We continue to be guided by Australia's public health and travel advice and are working closely with our in-country partners to resume activities as soon as we can. Eligible students will receive more information about applying in semester one. Read more about Monash's response to COVID-19, and plans for reactivating international study.

GIG is a funded fieldwork unit (12 credit points) that takes you to one of eight countries at the end of your first year.

Flights, accommodation, visas and all program costs are paid for while you’re abroad - you just need to cover the MON2100 tuition fees, some food and spending money!

While abroad, learn from local leaders about how they're working to address the human impact on the environment in different local contexts, and see first-hand how to balance environmental protection, and sustainability with economic and social development.

You'll put your degree into practice by responding to some of the world’s biggest challenges, through a combination of online and face-to-face learning.

While abroad, engage with people and organisations leading solutions to some of the most pressing global challenges at the local level. You'll be able to gain an understanding of the complexities and challenges involved in implementing sustainable and innovative solutions - skills that employers look for.

Indonesia, 2022

"I really feel grateful for this experience because not a lot of people have a chance to travel and have that opportunity to just immerse themselves in another person’s culture and see the difference and similarities between Indonesia and Australia. I think that’s really important."

- Numan, Bachelor of Global Studies

Fiji, 2022

"It’s helped me to develop my intercultural competence. That’s been very helpful, and I feel like I can apply that to many other things in my life."

- Brianna, Bachelor of Biomedical Science

Fiji, 2022

"I think that the community and local people are the most important and integral part of this trip. They really are so friendly and welcoming, and that’s been absolutely amazing, just to feel so at home."

- Hannah, Bachelor of Global Studies

Malaysia, 2022

"It’s given me insight into sustainability issues. Also, it’s got me thinking about what solutions you can actually apply."

- Phoebe, Bachelor of Science Advanced - Global Challenges (Honours)

India, 2022

“If we want to make change, I think it's about not waiting ‘til you get into the business world, not waiting ‘til you get to your end destination where you think you can make change. I think change can happen right now as university students.”

- Grace, Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Global Studies

You can travel to one of eight countries - Fiji, Samoa, Vanuatu, Indonesia, India, Malaysia, China or Italy.

Drawing on each country's Monash network, you’ll visit our partner universities and local field sites, and learn from local businesses, government, non-government organisations (NGOs), social enterprises and youth groups, among others, about how to respond to the human impact on the environment.

View our suite of destinations on offer

You can participate in the GIG unit if you:

  • Are in your first year of enrollment in an undergraduate degree at Monash University
  • Are enrolled in an eligible degree
  • Have a minimum 50 WAM in your first semester of study
  • Have completed a minimum of 12 credit points in your first semester of study
  • Are aged 18 or above at the time of departure

*Please note that your participation in the unit may also be subject to a check of your general misconduct history. Where you have been found to have committed general misconduct or have general misconduct allegations pending against you, you may be removed from the unit.

View our eligibility and application page

Applications for the GIG Winter 2024 intake are now closed.