What is exchange?
Would you like to travel to the Netherlands to immerse yourself in Dutch culture (think clogs, cheese and Flemish art) but continue your course in English? Could learning Asian business skills in a local language, and a few games of tea house mahjong, improve your global career prospects? Gain a competitive edge against your peers by studying at the University of Oklahoma, world-renowned for their research and teaching in atmospheric sciences. Maybe you want to soak up the Madrid sun, feast on tapas and polish your Spanish, while continuing your studies, or you might like to study alongside the scientists who played an integral role in the discovery of the Higgs Boson while exploring Israel's most dynamic and diverse city.
As a Monash student, you can do all of this, and more, with an overseas exchange.
How does it work?
While overseas on the exchange, you will:
- stay enrolled at Monash
- receive credit for your overseas study towards your Monash degree
- continue paying your Monash fees.
Where can I go?
We have student exchange agreements with over 160 partner universities in more than 35 countries across the UK, Europe, the Americas, the Middle East, Oceania and Asia – meaning studying a semester or two in places like Norway, Japan, Germany and Mexico is easier than you think.
You can view web pages for each of our partner universities here to discover more. Information including unit catalogue links, credit conversions, accommodation, and cost of living are all covered within each universities dedicated web page.
Monash Abroad manages all engagement with partner universities. Prospective outbound students should contact Monash Abroad for any additional partner information, including sourcing unit outlines, rather than contacting the partner directly.
What can I study?
We aim to partner with universities that provide you with the opportunity to study at any level – undergraduate, honours and postgraduate by coursework. This means that with our partners there are a variety of courses open to you, at every level of study. Some will accept students from any faculty, while others offer only some disciplines – City University of Hong Kong, for example, currently accepts only undergraduate business and economics and law students. But we are constantly negotiating with our partners to ensure we can provide exchange opportunities to suit every student.
Lost in translation
You might be surprised how many of our exchange opportunities allow you to continue your course in English. Some of our partners teach entirely in English, while others require you to have a certain proficiency in the native language. You may need to sit a language test if this is the case.
Matching up your semesters
Semester dates in the southern hemisphere differ to those in the northern hemisphere – meaning that while semester one in Australia begins in March, in places like the USA the Spring semester begins in January. Be sure to check the dates to make sure they align with your current program.
Some of our partners also have additional requirements like minimum average grades, and in some cases extra fees. Please make sure you view the partner uni’s website and read their information carefully.
If you want to submit an application for exchange, you will be required to attend a Regional Advising Session run by our International Education Coordinators. They will answer any questions you have about semester exchange and help to work out if it’s the right fit for you.
How much will it cost?
Contrary to popular belief, studying overseas won't cost you a fortune!
You’re often eligible for scholarships, loans and grants, and under the exchange arrangements Monash has with universities all over the world, you will not have to pay additional tuition fees. All you pay is your normal Monash home campus tuition fees.
Find out more about the financial side of exchange.
Ready to apply?
Exchange applications are due in April and October. Find out more about key dates, eligibility, the nomination and selection process on our apply page.