A key feature of the GIG unit is that the cost of airfares, accommodation, travel insurance and required local travel associated with the intensive overseas based field trip component of the units are covered! You will just need to pay for some food and any other personal expenses whilst you are away.
You do, however, have to pay for the unit in the same way you would for other units in your degree. The two-week immersive international learning experience provided through the Global Immersion Guarantee is equivalent to a 12 point academic unit. The unit is a Band 2 unit, which is explained in the Handbook. The fees are calculated and charged at the same level as any other Band 2, 12 point unit.
The unit fee for GIG does not include the cost of travel and accommodation over the two weeks as these costs are covered.
You will be responsible for covering the costs of the following:
- MON2100 tuition fee for a Band 2, 12 credit point unit;
- the cost of a passport;
- meals and drinks not included in the program;
- medical expenses (which may be claimable via the insurance policy);
- transportation to and from Melbourne’s Tullamarine Airport;
- personal expenses and spending money; and
- personal travel outside of the program activities.
You will complete a field-work centred unit exploring the inter linkage of the environment, society and technology. Drawing on and experiencing in-country case studies as examples, you will look at the human impact on the environment and develop a deep understanding of the context of solving real world problems in sustainable development.
You will be required to complete work prior to, during and after your time overseas , which combines online and face-to-face learning and engagement. Before you go, you will undertake online lessons that will help prepare you for your time abroad, including intercultural competency, and engage with key theoretical concepts you will then have to apply in the country you are visiting. While in-country, you will attend a series of lectures and seminars, and visit a range of field sites. You will be expected to draw on these classroom and field work experiences to complete assessment tasks. After your immersion, you will be required to complete your major assessment tasks that will prompt you to reflect on your overall experience and apply the theoretical frameworks you have discussed to real world situations.
This is a 12-point unit so there is a heavy assessment load. You are required to complete all pre-departure, in-country and post-immersion assessments to pass the unit. While we want you to have fun and explore the country and all it has to offer, this is not a holiday!
The Global Immersion Guarantee is available to all students in the first year of their studies at Monash and are enrolled in one of the following eligible degrees.
In addition, you need to have a minimum WAM of 50 at the end of your first semester and be 18 years old 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.
All students in the degrees listed above will be notified when the application opens. There are two parts to the application. The first will assess your eligibility and collect your preferences for the country and time block. The second will occur after exam results are released in July and you will need to provide additional information to support your travel, such as your passport details.
No, you must be in your first year of study (of any eligible degree) at Monash University.
The GIG is a funded study abroad experience, but still incurs tuition fees.
The Global Immersion Guarantee unit (MON2100) is a 12 point, SCA Band 2 academic unit. The tuition fees are calculated and charged at the same level as any other SCA Band 2, 12 point humanities unit. Start-year intake students complete the program over the summer break and are enrolled into a Summer A study period. Mid-year intake students complete the program over the winter break and are enrolled into a Winter study period.
The tuition fee you’ll be charged depends on the year the teaching period starts. For example, if your teaching period starts this year, you’ll be charged at this year’s rates, even if the teaching period finishes the following year. The 2023 Winter tuition fees are due on 8th June 2023. The 2023 Summer A tuition fee are due on 20th October 2023
The 2023/2024 Summer program enrolment is considered part of the 2023 teaching period, even if you have been allocated to a block in January 2024. You may be able to consider doing fewer units in semester 2 but will need to check to ensure this doesn’t have implications for your visa. We encourage you to contact a course adviser at Monash Connect to have a clear understanding of how to best incorporate GIG into your course map and your enrolment load options.
In the application you will be asked to rank the countries in order of preference, but we can’t promise that you will get your first preference. The more blocks you are available for, the more likely we are to be able to accommodate your preferred location. If there are reasons why you are unable to go to any of the countries or at particular times, there is a space in the application for you to explain that.
The GIG unit runs in two-week intensive mode blocks each year. The 2023/2024 Summer program offering runs from November to February and is provided during the following block periods:
Block 1: 18th November 2023 – 2nd December 2023
Block 2: 2nd December 2023 – 16th December 2023
Block 3: 6th January 2024 – 20th January 2024
Block 4: 20th January 2024 – 3rd February 2024
The 2024 Winter program runs from the 22nd June 2024 – 6th July 2024.
Depending on which country you travel to, you may be staying in a hotel or on a campus and you are required to stay with the group for the duration of the
You will be manually enrolled into MON2100 after your first semester results have been released, this is referred to as the final offer phase. As per any standard Monash unit, students can withdraw from GIG without any financial penalty prior to census. The census and important dates are noted below:
2023 Winter program
- Teaching period: Monday 29th May - Sunday 23rd July 2023
- Census date / 'Withdrawn early' ends: Friday 9th June 2023
- 'Withdrawn late' starts: Saturday 10th June 2023
- 'Withdrawn fail' starts: Saturday 1st July
2023/2024 Summer Program
- Teaching period: Friday 20th October 2023 - Friday 16th February 2024
- Census date / 'Withdrawn early' ends: Monday 13th November 2023
- 'Withdrawn late' starts: Tuesday 14th November 2023
- 'Withdrawn fail' starts: Saturday 30th December 2023
All students are required to attend a compulsory pre-departure session that will be held during Swot Vac.
The 2023/2024 Summer program enrolment is considered part of the 2023 teaching period (i.e. Summer A), even if you have been allocated to a block in January 2024. You may be able to consider doing fewer units in semester 2 but will need to check to ensure this doesn’t have implications for your visa.
Only a faculty course advisor can provide you with course advice. If you are unsure about how GIG will fit into your degree, we encourage you to submit a Course Advice Request Form so that a faculty course advisor can provide this advice to you.
The Global Immersion Guarantee unit (MON2100) is a 12 point, SCA Band 2 academic unit. The tuition fees are calculated and charged at the same level as any other SCA Band 2, 12 point humanities unit. Refer to the Course Fees website for more information.
Start-year intake students complete the program over the summer break and are enrolled into a Summer A study period. Mid-year intake students complete the program over the winter break and are enrolled into a Winter study period.
The tuition fee you’ll be charged depends on the year the teaching period starts. For example, if your teaching period starts this year, you’ll be charged at this year’s rates, even if the teaching period finishes the following year.
The same eligibility criteria apply for students that start at Monash mid-year. You will be able to apply in a second application round, and will be contacted directly about the application process and timelines.
Whether you are part-time or full-time the eligibility requirements are the same.
Yes, providing you are in your first year of study at Monash University.
Our goal is to make a Global Immersion experience available to as many students as possible. We will work with you on a case-by-case basis in liaison with the University’s Disability Support Services to assess what reasonable adjustments we can make to enable you to be included in the program. In many cases we can do this, but due to the nature of the immersive experiences we may not be able to accommodate all cases.
No! We encourage you to take time to complete onward travel through the region, however you will be responsible for arranging and paying for your own travel, insurance and any other personal expenses, and ensuring that you are complying with all COVID-19 border controls.
If you choose to travel outside the program, you will need to work with the Monash Travel Management Provider only. You are not permitted to book your own travel. You will be given information about how to do this in your offer letter. As you will be required to complete work prior to, during and after your time abroad, which combines online and face-to- face learning and engagement, you must take this into account when planning personal travel around the program. Under no circumstances will you be able to leave for personal travel before the program finishes.
It is important to also be aware of your visa conditions before you make any arrangements.
No, you will be required to stay in the accommodation provided for the duration of the program.
Yes! GIG is available to international and domestic students who meet the eligibility criteria. As an international student on a student visa, you must study a full-time study load of 48 credit points (8 units) each year.
The Global Immersion Guarantee unit (MON2100) is a 12 point unit. Start-year intake students complete the program over the summer break and are enrolled into a Summer A study period. Mid-year intake students complete the program over the winter break and are enrolled into a Winter study period. As a result, your MON2100 enrolment will not affect your semester enrolment load but it does count towards your full-time study load for the year.
The delivery of all Monash mobility programs are subject to the advice and requirements of the Australian government and the requirements of the destination country. Monash may need to cancel or defer planned mobility programs based on these requirements. We will do our best to allocate you to a different country if there are travel restrictions into the country you’ve been allocated to, however this is subject to availability and other considerations.
No, you cannot travel to your home country for the GIG unit. GIG is designed to provide you with hands-on experience working in different countries. If your home country is a destination in the GIG unit, we'll place you in one of the other country destinations.
To be able to travel as part of GIG, you must meet conditions for travel including vaccination requirements as per our COVID-19 factsheet (see travel advice).
The New Colombo Plan is an Australian Government grant program that is designed to lift knowledge of the Indo-Pacific in Australia by supporting Australian undergraduates to study in the region.
We are proud to be supported by the New Colombo Plan for our India, Indonesia, Malaysia and Fiji programs. With this support, we can help you build the skills, knowledge and networks to continue engaging with the Indo-Pacific region throughout your degree and into your career.
The NCP Mobility Grants go directly to covering the costs of your travel. You do not need to apply for these grants as your eligibility will be assessed by Monash if you are accepted into an NCP Mobility Grant awarded program.
If you withdraw from the GIG unit after census date, you will, as per normal processes, incur the tuition fee for the unit.
In addition to the above, if you fail to board your flight for reasons other than those accepted as exceptional circumstances (see below) you may be liable for airline penalty charges.
Exceptional circumstances are defined as any event that is: unavoidable; unforeseen; outside your control.
For example, withdrawal because of a change in official government COVID-19 travel advice falls under extenuating circumstances (as it is outside your control).
Yes! You will be asked to disclose any dietary requirements you have during the conditional offer phase. This is to ensure that we can make the necessary adjustments to accommodate your requirements while you are participating in the program in your allocated country.