A key feature of the GIG unit is that the cost of airfares, accommodation and required local travel associated with the intensive overseas based field trip component of the units, are all covered! You will just need to pay for 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 SCA Band 2 unit, which is explained in the Handbook. The fees are calculated and charged at the same level as any other SCA Band 2, 12 point humanities 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:
- the cost of a passport;
- meals and drinks not included in the program;
- medical expenses;
- transportation to and from Melbourne’s Tullamarine Airport
- personal expenses and spending money;
- personal travel outside of the program activities.
You will also have to pay for the Monash University tuition fee for a SCA Band 2, 12 credit point unit.
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 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 overseas, including intercultural competency development, and engage with the important theoretical concepts you will then have to apply in the country you are visiting. While in-country, you will have to complete a series of lectures and seminars, and draw on your field work 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 GIG is available to all students in the first year (commencing 2022) of their studies at Monash who are enrolled in an eligible degree.
This includes students who deferred their course and commenced their studies in 2022.
This does not include students who withdrew from subjects after the census date and went on intermission during their first semester.
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 eligible first-year students will receive an email when applications open. Applications open in March for students commencing in semester one, and in August for students commencing in semester two.
There are two parts to the application. The first will assess your eligibility and collect your preferences for country and time block. The second will occur after exam results are released 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 degree) at Monash University.
Unfortunately only students in the first year of their study at Monash are eligible to apply for the GIG. You may be eligible for a range of other overseas study opportunities and are encouraged to visit Monash Abroad for more information.
The GIG is a 12 credit point unit that includes travel to one of our six GIG countries, including India, Indonesia, Italy, Malaysia, Fiji, or China.
These locations have been selected to leverage the existing presence of Monash in order to provide students with a truly transformative global experience.
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 for the program. If there are reasons why you are unable to go to one of the countries or during a particular time, there is a space in the application for you to explain.
The GIG unit runs in two-week intensive mode blocks each year.
Semester one entry dates
Block 1: 20 November to 3 December 2022
Block 2: 4 December to 17 December 2022
Block 3: 8 January to 21 January 2023
Block 4: 22 January to 4 February 2023
Semester two entry dates
Block: June - July 2023 (winter semester)
Depending on which country you travel to, you may be staying in a hotel or on campus and you are required to stay with the group for the duration of the program. Information on the logistics (flights, accommodation, itineraries, etc.) will be available to students once they are enrolled. A team of staff will support you through the process.
The total group size will vary depending on the block and the country. While you are undertaking the program in-country however, you will be with a group of up to 30 for most field visits and complete your assessment tasks in groups of a maximum 5-6.
If you commenced as a first-year student in semester two (mid-year), you’ll be able to apply in the semester two application round as an eligible student. You’ll receive an email when applications open.
If you commenced in semester one, you won’t be eligible for the semester two application round.
Whether you are part-time or full-time, the eligibility requirements are the same.
Yes, provided 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, but due to the nature of the immersive experiences we may not be able to accommodate all cases.
No, however there are some restrictions on changes depending on the country you are going to that may limit your ability to change your flights. You will be informed of these restrictions once you receive your final offer.
Please note that 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 and they must be finalised one month prior to departure. 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.
Not necessarily. If you are not willing to go to the option nominated, then we will be unable to accommodate you in the program.
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 census date for ATS2992 is Monday 14 November 2022. Academic and financial penalties apply after this date.
You can find the Handbook for this unit ATS2992.
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 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.