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Frequently Asked Questions

Eligibility

Do I need to be doing a specific degree?

No. There are no specific degree requirements for this program. We’re looking for talent from a broad range of backgrounds.

Can I apply if I’m an international student?

Yes. You can apply as a Monash international student. We invite and welcome students from all backgrounds and disciplines to apply for this program. However, if you are an international student from another partner University on exchange, you are not eligible to participate in this program.

Can I apply if I’m a part-time student?

Yes. However, we require you to be completing two or more units at Monash University for you to be considered for the program.

Can I apply as a first year student?

Yes. You can apply as a first year student, as long as you’re enrolled in two or more units in each semester of 2021.

Can I apply if I’m in my final year of study in 2020?

No. Unfortunately you are not eligible for this program. However once you complete your studies you’ll have a suite of alumni opportunities to participate in. Keep a look out for Alumni to Alumni Mentoring, Connection for Change and more.

Are there any faculties that will not be considered?

No. We invite and welcome students from all backgrounds, talents and disciplines to participate in the Global Discovery Program virtual Study Tour 2020. If this opportunity sounds exciting to you, we’d strongly recommend you consider it and apply.

How do I get selected to go to New York City as part of the Global Discovery Program Study Tour 2021?

This year’s virtual program includes a competitive component. Up to four participants in this year’s virtual program will be awarded the opportunity to go to New York City for the Global Discovery Program in 2021.

What if I leave the University part way through 2021. Do I still get to go to New York City if I’m selected?

No. If you’re awarded the opportunity to attend the Global Discovery Program Study Tour in New York City in 2021, and you discontinue your study, you will no longer be eligible to attend. You will be eligible if you’re awarded the opportunity to attend and if you're in your final year of study, or complete your final year of study in 2021.

Do I have to complete a video to be considered?

Yes. The video submission is compulsory. Applications without the video will not be considered. Please ensure your video is submitted via the Qualtrix platform via this link so that it can be publicly accessed so we can review appropriately.

Theme

What’s the theme?

The year’s theme is ‘How will you use technology to drive change?’

What does ‘how will you use technology to drive change’ mean?

We are in the midst of a digital revolution and change is happening faster than ever. Change and technology can make a positive impact in a number of different ways including improving wellbeing, raising productivity, connectivity and responding to crises such as the current COVID-19 pandemic.

However in recent years we have also witnessed technological innovations be compromised, which has led to serious ramifications. It can interfere with democratic elections, disrupt the labour market and we can lose control of our personal information.

How will you use technology to drive change? Articulate an idea that encompasses how you will drive positive change in the world. What values are aligned to this idea and how is driving change important to you?

Application process

When do applications close?

Applications close at 11.55pm on Sunday 25 October 2020. Please ensure you complete your application and submit it as early as possible to avoid disappointment.

Have you received my application?

You’ll receive a confirmation message upon completion of your application so that you will know we have received it. Once submitted, you cannot edit or update your application, so please ensure you review it carefully before submitting it. We plan to review the applications by Friday 13 November 2020 and will be in touch after that date.

When can I expect to hear back about my application?

We plan to make offers to students in late November 2020. We won’t be able to guarantee a response before then.

Participation costs

How much will it cost to participate in the Global Discovery Program virtual Study Tour 2020?

There will be no cost to you to participate in the virtual Global Discovery Program 2020.

If I get to go to New York City as part of the Global Discovery Program Study Tour 2021, what are the costs involved?

Costs covered by Monash

  • Return economy flights to New York City from Melbourne only. Flight departs 11 July 2020 and returns 21 July 2020
  • Student accommodation for eight nights
  • Insurance (travel and medical)

Costs NOT covered by Monash

Whilst some dinners and lunches will be included, you will need appropriate spending money for meals and any travel costs you may incur each day. You may be required to catch the train, bus or other means of transport which are not covered by Monash.

What are the costs and details for students residing outside of Melbourne?

  • Flights to New York City will depart from Melbourne International Airport only, and all participating students must depart from New York City to Melbourne on their scheduled flights.
  • Students located outside of Melbourne will be required to fly to and from Melbourne International airport at their own expense.
  • Amendments to the itinerary cannot be made unless by exceptional circumstance and approved by the External Relations Development and Alumni team.
  • Students studying at a campus outside of Australia are required to organise and pay for their own travel insurance that will be reimbursed by the University.
  • Additionally, any visa and passport related costs of successful participants are required to be covered at your own expense.

Visa and passport

Please note that all visa and passport requirements and costs need to be managed by you. All successful participants will be required to have a valid visa and passport to be involved in this program.

Credits

Do I get any credit points for this program?

No. There are no credit points gained for participating in the virtual Global Discovery Program 2020, however, we plan to provide a letter of participation at the program’s conclusion.

Dates

Are the dates flexible to start and finish the Global Discovery Program virtual Study Tour 2020?

No. The program dates are not flexible and you will need to be available for the entire duration of the program if you wish to be considered. The program commences on Tuesday 8 December and concludes on Thursday 10 December 2020.

If I get to go to New York as part of the Global Discovery Program 2021, can I choose when I go?

No. The Global Discovery Program 2021 program travel dates will be set pending international travel and government regulations. Travel dates will also be set around the academic year and commitments of the Global Leaders Network Advisory Committee in New York City and the Monash External Relations Development and Alumni team.

Terms and Conditions

Download the Virtual Global Discovery Program New York City 2020 Terms and Conditions (PDF, 0.19 MB).