USA

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Visas

All exchange students must obtain a Non-Immigrant Study visa (F-1 or J-1) from the US Consulate General before you leave your home country. The application process is complicated and you will have to attend a personal interview at the Consulate. You should carefully read the Consulate website relating to your home country and follow the links for Non-Immigrant Visas.

Monash Abroad will give you detailed instructions after you have been nominated for a US exchange, but in summary the visa process is as follows:

  • Your host university in the US will send you a personalised visa application form (DS-2019 or I-20).
  • Book your interview. You should do this online as soon as you receive your visa form.
  • Complete any additional application forms (there are three if you are a male aged 16 – 45 years).
  • Pay the visa application fee.
  • Go to the Consulate for your interview and pay the Issuance Fee in cash or with a money order (credit cards are not accepted).
  • Pay the SEVIS fee online by credit/debit card.

A US study visa allows you to work only on your campus for up to 20 hours per week, but work is not always available at many Monash partner universities. Check out general information about studying in the USA.

University status

Due to various uncontrollable circumstances, the exchange balances between Monash University and our partner universities in the USA have become uneven. In order to rectify this balance some institutions are not available for outgoing exchange in upcoming semesters. Monash Abroad is working continuously to reopen those that are currently closed. Please check the status of the partner university you are interested in applying to study with, as it may be:

  • CLOSED: Currently not open to Monash students until further notice. There is no guarantee when or if it will reopen therefore it is advised students select another partner university.
  • LIMITED: Currently open to Monash students, however very limited spaces are available i.e. one to two students per semester. Students with an average GPA of 3.0 or higher may apply.
  • OPEN: Currently open to Monash students, and offering more than one to two spaces, however these may become limited depending upon the number of applicants. An OPEN status does not guarantee nomination.


    Please note that students cannot be nominated to the same university for two semesters due to competition.

Minimum grade requirements

Partner universities in the USA require students to meet minimum grade requirements to be eligible for nomination. Some partner universities require a WAM average, others require a GPA - both of which can be found at the bottom of your study statement available on WES. Please note that the grade requirements listed for the universities below are the minimum, and due to competition, students may need higher than what is stated to receive a nomination. There is no flexibility on a required GPA (and very minimal flexibility on a required WAM) and therefore if you do not meet the minimum requirements, please select another partner university or host country.

Important information

As part of the study plan process your faculty will require full unit outlines for your host university. Do not contact your host university for these - contact the Monash Abroad coordinator who will assist you in gathering outlines.

Nomination process

Students who select a LIMITED host university as their first preference must select an OPEN host university as their second preference. The institution can be in any region of the world. It is not necessary to submit a study plan for your second preference at the point of application however, you should discuss suitable options with your faculty.

Students are required to attend one of the USA specific information sessions to be held each semester at Clayton and Caulfield campuses to be eligible to apply to a USA host university.

All USA host universities will require students to purchase their own health insurance to cover the full exchange period. Some will allow students to apply for a waiver. If the host university will not allow or approve a waiver students will be required to pay for their health insurance. This can range from USD $400-1300 per semester. Check your host university for more information.

American University, Washington College of Law

Status: LIMITED
Faculties: Law only
Level: Undergraduate and postgraduate
Minimum grade requirement: GPA 3.0
Semester dates:

  • Fall Semester: late August – mid December
  • Spring Semester: mid-January – mid May

Full time study load: eight – 12 credits (usually three to five courses)
Other: Students can do only one semester on exchange. Depending upon balances between WCL and Monash, some students might need to pay 25 per cent tuition for their exchange to WCL.

About the American University, Washington College of Law

The Washington College of Law (WCL) is located along Massachusetts Avenue in the Spring Valley neighbourhood of northwest Washington D.C. The university was founded in 1896 by Ellen Spencer Mussey and Emma Gillett in response to a lack of legal educational opportunities for women, because "women did not have the mentality for the law." WCL was thus the first law school to be founded by women as well as having the first law school to graduate an all-female class. WCL officially became part of American University in 1949.

The WCL building is located in the northwest edge of Washington, D.C. The six-story building has many facilities including the 54,000 square-foot Pence Law Library which seats over 600. Washington, D.C. gives exchange students once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to learn at the doorstep of government, administrative agencies, international organizations, think-tanks, lobby groups, and numerous public interest and non-governmental organizations.

The specifics

Monash students enrolled in JD or Masters programs have the option of spending one semester at WCL, and may study in any of their residential LL.M. programs - International Legal Studies, Law & Government, Trial Advocacy, and starting in Fall 2015, Intellectual Property.

American University does not offer on-campus accommodation but, after you have been accepted, they will send information about housing options in Washington DC. The Office of Graduate Admissions will send out thorough housing information in the student's pre-arrival and orientation packet to assist them in their housing search. One suggestion for short-term housing is the International Student House of DC www.ishdc.org

Arizona State University

Status: LIMITED
Faculties: All
Level: Undergraduate and postgraduate
Minimum grade requirement: GPA 3.5
Semester dates:

  • Fall Semester: early September – mid December
  • Spring semester: late January – early May

Full time study load: 12 – 15 credits per semester (usually four to five courses)
Other: Students cannot enrol in the following schools/colleges – College of Nursing and Health Innovation; School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture; Master of Business Administration, School of Journalism. Places are extremely limited in the School of Engineering, School of Business, The Design School, College of Technology and Innovation. Department of Kinesiology. Graduate coursework (500 level and above) in the College of Law is restricted. Monash Journalism or Media Communications students can consider COM, ENG and FMS courses (MCO has limited course offerings)

About Arizona State University

Arizona State (ASU) is located in the Phoenix Metropolitan Area, often referred to as the Valley of the Sun or the Salt River Valley. ASU comprises of four campuses in the Phoenix Metropolitan Area; and describes itself as "one university in many places". Inter-campus shuttle buses and light rail allow students and faculty to easily travel between the campuses. In addition to the physical campuses, ASU includes a fifth "virtual campus" for further access to online education.

ASU's Arizona State Sun Devils compete in the division I of the NCAA. They are members of the Pacific-12 Conference and have won 23 national championships.

The specifics

The Study Abroad office is the administrative coordinator for exchange students, and will assist you in your application to study at ASU. You can search for course offerings in the Course Catalogue. Exchange students are able to take all ASU classes, subject to availability and the completion of equivalent pre-requisites. See above for course restrictions.

The Global Village Residential Community is located in Cholla, and international exchange students may apply for residence for a semester. These include studio, single, and double occupancy furnished apartments, on the eastern side of the campus. There are many social events and programs that take place within the student residences. Meal plans are available, and there may be cooking facilities in some of the apartments.

Babson College

Status: LIMITED
Faculties: All
Level: Undergraduate and postgraduate (including MBA)
Minimum grade requirement: GPA 3.0
Semester dates:

  • Fall Semester: early September – mid December
  • Spring Semester: late January – early May


Other: Science or IME units not open to exchange students. All Monash students must have completed at least 48 credit points of core business units before they are eligible for exchanges to Babson.

About Babson College

Babson College is private business school located in Wellesley, Massachusetts, part of the Greater Boston area. The college was founded by Roger Babson in 1919, as the Babson Institute and was later renamed "Babson College" in 1969. Babson held that experience and practical education were core to successful business instruction, and subsequently taught a combination of both class work and business training, and practiced businessmen outnumbered academics in the faculty. Today this tradition continues, with an added emphasis on Social, Environmental, Economic Responsibility, and Sustainability (SEERS), such that Babson's ethos integrates economic and social values.

The 8.5 metre diameter Babson Globe is a noteworthy campus landmark, built in 1955 by Babson at a cost of $200,000. Originally, the Globe had rotated both on its axis and its base, demonstrating day and night as well as the advancement of the four seasons. After many years of wear and tear, the Globe was earmarked for destruction, but outraged students, faculty and alumni began a drive fund its restoration. In 1994 the globe was eventually refurbished, though it no longer rotates. For many years, the Babson Globe was the world's largest rotating globe and remains one of the largest ever built.

The specifics

Babson's International Students and Scholar's Service (ISSS) provides students with all the practical information and support needed to start an exchange program at Babson. For those on an F-1 or J-1 Visa, they will advise you on the immigration application and processing procedures, as well as any other questions you may have. You can also research the Galvin Office of Multicultural and International Education Programs, who will advise you on , application procedures and what you can do pre-departure.

Accommodation for exchange students is guaranteed for undergraduates and the type of housing you are offered is dependent on the residence hall to which you are allocated. Application procedures and FAQs can be found in the Residence Life Office, as well as information on the mandatory Meal Plans. While there is housing available for postgraduate students, these can be limited and it is recommended to apply early.

Boston College

Status: LIMITED Faculties: All
Level: Undergraduate and postgraduate (subject to application)
Minimum grade requirement: GPA 3.7 (Law students), GPA 3.5 (all other faculties)
Semester dates:

  • Fall Semester: early September – late December
  • Spring Semester: mid January – mid May

Full time study load: 12 – 15 credits per semester (usually four to five courses)
Other: Places in communications, economics and finance courses at Boston College are very limited. Law students may take a full-time load of Law courses at Boston College Law School.

About Boston College

Boston College (BC) is a private Jesuit university located in the suburban village of Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, about 10 kilometres from the Boston city centre. Its main campus is a historic district and features some of the earliest examples of collegiate gothic architecture in North America, occupying 175-acre and includes over 120 buildings. Additional campuses include the law school, which is located on the Newton Campus, 1.5km west of the main campus and is connected by a regular shuttle bus.

Boston College sports teams are called the Eagles, who bear maroon and gold colours, worn proudly by the school mascot, Baldwin the Eagle.

A ten minute walk from the campus is Chestnut Hill Reservoir, a popular walking and running track for students and residents, as well as many shops and amenities within the Brookline, Brighton area.

The specifics

BC's Office of International Programs will aid students with their application requirements, as well as all other information you can find in the Exchange Student's Handbook (pdf, 3.1mb).

Students can choose from most of BC's courses, which are subject to availability and pre-requisite completion, and the Course Catalogue allows you to search for units through your respective departments.

While there is limited housing for exchange students, there is a lottery run each semester which allows you to be in the running for a place within one of the many halls of residence at BC. For those who wish to stray off campus into the Brighton or Brookline areas, the Office of Residential Life can assist you with looking up listings of available accommodations.

Butler University

Status: OPEN
Faculty: Faculty of Business and Economics only
Level: Undergraduate and Postgraduate
Language of instruction: English
Minimum grade requirement:
GPA: 2.5
Semester dates:

  • ● Fall Semester: mid August - mid December
  • ● Spring Semester: early January - early May


Full time study load: 12-15 credits per semester (usually four to five courses)

Other: This exchange is currently only available for students studying subjects within Business and Economics.

About Butler University

Founded in 1855, Butler University is located in Indiana, approximately 8km out of the buzzing Indianapolis. Indiana is the 12th largest city in the United States and renowned for its festivities, sporting events and mid-west American culture. Butler University is a private institution and with approximately 4400 students, strongly values academic performance. The university is well known for its stunning campus ground (over 290 acres!) and was even the setting for the film Hoosiers. In particular, the Butler University Business College is renowned for its engaging learning environment and business collaborative style. Butler University also offers a great variety of different clubs and societies that can really help you embrace student life.

The specifics

Exchange students looking to study at Butler University must stay on residence for their duration of study but will be guaranteed a place upon being accepted. Information on residence life can be found here. Ready to apply? Check out these links on the Butler exchange program, course information, and insurance requirements.

Clarkson University

Status: OPEN
Faculties: Arts, Business and Economics, Engineering, Science only
Level: Undergraduate and postgraduate Minimum grade requirement: WAM 70 per cent
Semester dates:

  • Fall Semester: late August – mid December
  • Spring Semester: early January – mid May

Full time study load: 12 – 15 credits per semester (undergraduates four to five courses)

About Clarkson University

Clarkson is one of two universities in Potsdam, in far north New York state, which sits on the Raquette River, just downstream from the Canadian border, and the capital of Ottawa. Clarkson has two distinct campuses, the "downtown" campus and the "hill" campus, however during the last 20 years Clarkson has developed almost exclusively on the hill campus.

Potsdam is renowned as a student town, and when Clarkson University and the neighbouring SUNY Potsdam are both in session, the student population can increase by over 7,500. In addition to the two colleges located in Potsdam, the town borders two other universities - St. Lawrence University and SUNY Canton about 16 kilometres west, in the town of Canton. While a small town, there are many extracurricular activities in and around Potsdam, with many opportunities to ski, hike, cave, kayak and canoe.

The specifics

Incoming students are looked after by the Careers Centre, who run the Study Abroad Program. Exchange students will be eligible to take most the courses as listed in the Course Catalogue, subject to availability and the completion of pre-requisite subjects at Monash.

Clarkson holds that residential life on campus is essential as part of the American college experience, and all exchange students are required to live on campus in one of the residential halls. Exchange Students are offered housing in self-catering apartments in Woodstock Village, Riverside Apartments, or Townhouse Apartments. If students wish to sign up for the Meal Plan, they can do so by contacting Residence Life.

Clarkson also has many clubs and societies, as well as many events during the semester including concerts and the annual Springfest.

Florida International University

Status: OPEN
Faculty: Business and Economics
Level: Undergraduate and Postgraduate
Minimum grade requirement: GPA 3.0
Semester dates:

  • Fall Semester: mid August – mid December
  • Spring Semester: early January – early May

    Full time study load:
  • Undergraduate: 12 – 15 credits per semester (usually four to five courses)
  • Graduate: 9 - 12 credits per semester (usually three to four courses)
    Other: This exchange is available for students studying subjects within Business and Economics.
  • About FloridaInternational University

    FloridaInternational University is one of the largest universities in the UnitedStates, and it is Miami's only public research university. The main campus,Modesto A. Maidique is located west of beautiful downtown Miami on 342 acresand includes residence halls, the FIU arena and FIU Stadium for sporting eventsand concerts, a nature preserve and the Patricia & Phillip Frost ArtMuseum.

    Thespecifics

    FIUs College of Business is South Florida'smost important business education resource and a recognised leader ininternational business education. Miami is a business hub —connecting the twoAmericas and serving as regional headquarters for numerous multinationalcorporations. Technology, international commerce and banking, travel andtourism, and entrepreneurship all flourish in this dynamic environment.
    Find out more aboutapplying to FIU and for moreinformation about your time there. All incomingexchange students live on-campus in residence halls. You can search for coursesin the catalogue by subject area orbrowse the schedule of classes by searching under "databases".

Michigan State University

Status: CLOSED
Faculties: All
Level: Undergraduate only
Minimum grade requirement: GPA 3.5
Semester dates:

  • Fall Semester: late August – mid December
  • Spring Semester: mid January – mid May

Full time study load: 12 – 15 credits per semester (usually four to five courses)
Other: Due to capacity constraints, exchange students at MSU are often unable to take courses directly through the College of Business. Instead, they are advised to look for courses with business topics in the following areas: Hospitality Business (HB); Advertising (ADV); Economics (EC); Environmental Economics and Policy (EEP); Sociology (SOC); Communication (COM); Statistics (STT); Telecommunications (TC); Agribusiness Management (ABM); Food Industry Management (FIM); and Geography (GEO).

About Michigan State University

Michigan State University (MSU) is located in East Lansing, Michigan – east of Lansing, the capital of Michigan. MSU is considered as one of America's Public Ivy universities, a counterpart of the Ivy League, which recognizes top public research universities in the US and ranks in the top 100 universities by Times Higher Education Rankings since 2011. MSU is also the eighth largest university in the United States. The multi-championship winning sports team in known as the MSU Spartans.

The main campus MSU to the north, sits on the banks of the Red Cedar River, and East Lansing is within easy public transport of both Chicago and Detroit.

The specifics

The International Studies and Programs Office runs the Study Abroad program called the 'American Semester', which will help you with your pre-arrival organisation, plan for your studies in the course program and even get a taste of Spartan life at MSU.

Student accommodation is within one of the 25 housing halls on campus, which will include living with an American roommate of the same gender, loft beds and semi-private baths. Students may also sign up to an unlimited Meal Plan provided by the MSU dining service.

The MSU Spartans are a huge part of campus life, with many teams, spanning a range of different sports competing at state and national levels. The University Activities Board is full of things to do, and chances to meet new friends, and for those keen to zip around campus, there are bike hire facilities where students can hire bikes for the whole semester

North Carolina State University

Status: OPEN
Faculties: All
Level: Undergraduate and postgraduate
Minimum grade requirement: GPA 3.0
Semester dates:

  • Fall Semester: late August – late December
  • Spring Semester: early January – early May

Full time study load: 12 – 15 credits per semester (usually four to five courses)

About North Carolina State University

Located in the western districts of Raleigh, North Carolina State University (or NC State) is a land, sea and space grant institution, which has research ties with Duke University in Durham and The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

NC State's Main Campus has three sub-campuses: North, Central Campus, and South Campuses. North Campus is the oldest part of the university and home to most academic departments and a few residence halls. Central Campus is primarily composed of residence halls, cafeterias, sports and student support facilities. While South Campus houses Greek Court, the McKimmon Conference and Training Center, and student park-and-ride areas. Pedestrian tunnels allow students to commute easily between campuses.

The NC State athletic teams are known as the Wolfpack, and compete in 24 intercollegiate varsity sports. NC State is one of the founding members of the Atlantic Coast Conference and has won eight national championships.

Raleigh is the capital and the second largest city in the state of North Carolina, and although features a sky scraping skyline, is also within close proximity to many parks and lakes, and is also within two hours drive of the Atlantic Ocean, and within three hours of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

The specifics

All incoming exchange students are looked after by the Study Abroad Office, as well as the Office of International Affairs (OIA) and the Office of International Services (OIS). The International Exchange Student Handbook outlines many details specific to NC State, including financial advice for incoming students, the US college system, as well as campus facilities, and is a useful read for anyone considering an exchange at NC State.

Students are advised to pre-register for courses before they arrive to NC State, as classes can fill up quickly, and you can get a rough idea of what classes are offered each semester by searching through the Course Catalogue. Any questions about courses may be able to be answered through the FAQ.

Exchange students at NC State are all provided housing in the Global Village, which consists of the Alexander Hall and Carroll Hall. Each hall houses a balance of international students and American student, many of whom are former exchange students. As cooking facilities are limited, students are also offered a Meal Plan.

Pennsylvania State University

Status: LIMITED
Faculties: All
Level: Undergraduate only
Minimum grade requirement: GPA 3.5
Semester dates:

  • Fall Semester: late August – mid December
  • Spring Semester: early January – early May

Full time study load: 12 – 15 credits per semester (usually four to five courses)
Other: Law, art design, communications, drama, education or music not open to exchange students. Courses in Political Science and History fill quickly.It is not advisable to schedule more than two 400 level courses in Political Science. The Smeal College of Business can only guarantee each exchange student a maximum of two business courses each semester; the rest of the courses selected must be in other disciplines. Refer to the "Courses for Exchange Business Majors" for a list of the courses you may select in this area, Business courses outside of this list cannot be selected.

About Pennsylvania State University

Pennsylvania State University, also known as Penn State, is located centrally on the University Park campus, within the Borough of State College and College Township. The university has another 24 campuses located across the state. The largest of these is University Park is almost entirely within the boundaries of State College borough, a site chosen to be near the geographic centre of the state. The University Park hosts almost all the sporting facilities for the Penn State athletics teams as well as auditoriums, theatres and the Penn State Creamery – the largest university creamery in the world. Penn State has over the years, ranked several times within the top 100 universities in the world, as ranked by the Times Higher Education and QS University rankings.

Every February, thousands of students participate in the Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon (THON), which is a large scale student run philanthropic event. In previous years, participants have stood for 48 hours nonstop and performed a line dance at least once every hour to stay awake. THON is used to raises funds annually for paediatric cancer care and research.

Pennsylvania is located to the north east of the US, and forms part of the Great Lakes region. The state contains 121 parks, all of which offer free admission. There are also a number of music festivals that take place in Pennsylvania, such as Musikfest and NEARfest in Bethlehem, the Philadelphia Folk Festival, Creation Festival, the Great Allentown Fair, and Purple Door.

The specifics

Directorate of International Student Advising (DISA) is the administrative body that looks after exchange and international students, and can advise you on pre-arrival immigration documents, immigration and anything you might need to know about studying at Penn State. DISA offer a guide to prospective students which outlines Orientation, housing, financial advice and other important information.

You can search the course catalogue for classes according to subject. While there are some prohibitions on course selection (see above), students should be able to enrol in most classes subject to availability and the completion of prerequisites.

Student housing is run by the Housing Assignment Office. Although students in their second and third year are not required to live on campus, it is available in limited numbers. For those interested in off campus housing, there are also services and advice offered to exchange students.

Purdue University

Status: LIMITED
Faculties: All
Level: Undergraduate only
Minimum grade requirement: GPA 3.5
Semester dates:

  • Fall Semester: late August – mid December
  • Spring Semester: mid-January – mid May

Full time study load: 12 – 15 credits per semester (usually four to five courses)
Other: Monash students who are accepted as exchange students at Purdue can apply for the Discovery Park Undergraduate Research Internship (DURI) Program and the Interns for Indiana (IFI) Program. These offer work or research experiences in a wide range of academic disciplines and earn credit and a special scholarship of $US500.
You should not apply for an internship until after you have been accepted by Purdue as an exchange student.
Students spending two semesters at Purdue are eligible to complete a Certificate in Entreneurship and Innovation, which is also open to students of all academic disciplines.

About Purdue University

Purdue is located in the city of West Lafayette near the western bank of the Wabash River in the state of Indiana, and is the flagship university of the six-campus Purdue University system. Purdue was founded on May 6, 1869. Today, Purdue ranks consistently within the top 100 universities in the world, as ranked by both the Times High Education rankings, and the QS University Rankings.

Purdue is internationally renowned for its aviation program and advanced spaceflight technological developments, which have seen twenty-two Purdue graduates become astronauts, including Neil Armstrong.

With a history that extends almost 150 years, Purdue is proud of its many traditions which include a 160-lap go-kart race, running through campus fountains, and its possession of possibly the world's largest bass drum. The Purdue athletics team are known as the Purdue Boilermakers.

The specifics

Welcome to Boilermaker Nation (pdf, 2.6mb) is a great overview of the exchange program at Purdue, and covers the steps you need to take both before and after arriving on campus.

The class schedule is organised by semester, and you can browse the range of classes offered through your faculty by using the search engine. Once you have been admitted to Purdue, you will be assigned an academic advisor, who will instruct you on which classes you can take.

All student accommodation is within walking distance of academic buildings and offer meal plans. Most exchange students will be housed with an American roommate. There are some gender specifics halls, as well as coeducational. Those who wish to find off campus accommodation, the university offers a database of listed housing options, and affiliated apartments.

University at Buffalo – SUNY

Status: OPEN
Faculties: All
Level: Undergraduate and postgraduate Minimum grade requirement: WAM 70 per cent
Semester dates:

  • Fall Semester: late August – mid December
  • Spring Semester: mid-January – early May

Full time study load: 12 – 15 credits per semester (usually four to five courses)
Other: Undergraduate School of Management courses not available; also ART 221, ART 309, ART 320, ART 322, ART 419, ART 422, and many ECO courses not open to exchange students. Monash students cannot take courses at the Law School but they may take undergraduate legal studies courses.

About the University of Buffalo – SUNY

The University of Buffalo (UB) is multi campus university, located across Buffalo and Amherst, in New York state. The university was founded in 1846 as a private college, but in 1962 was absorbed into the State University of New York (SUNY) system. The school's sports teams are known as the Buffalo Bulls.

Buffalo is only a 30 minute drive from Niagara Falls and the Canadian border, and a two hour drive from Toronto, making it a perfect springboard for travels during semester holidays. Buffalo hosts a number of festivals throughout the year including the Allentown Art Festival, the Taste of Buffalo, Shakespeare in Delaware Park, the National Buffalo Wing Festival, the Buffalo Brewfest and the Buffalo Powder Keg Festival.

The specifics

All incoming students are looked after by the International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS), and will undergo a welcome orientation when they arrive. The Guide for New International Students (pdf, 246kb) will run you through all you need to know, from application to visas, to registering for class and accommodation.

The Unit Catalogue allows you to search through all the courses available, and you can also search through the Schools and Departments to see what is on offer in your respective faculty. Students will receive academic advising during Orientation, prior to registering for classes.

Although UB cannot officially guarantee on campus housing for exchange students, it is advised that if application deadlines are met in a timely manner, chances of securing accommodation for the exchange period will be greater. Student Affairs also offers a range of off campus accommodation housing databases, for housing that is not owned by the university.

University of Arizona

Status: LIMITED
Faculties: All except Law, Business and Economics
Level: Undergraduate and postgraduate
Minimum grade requirement:
GPA 3.0
Semester dates:

  • Fall Semester: late August – mid December
  • Spring Semester: mid January – mid May

Full time study load: 12-15 credits per semester (usually four to five courses)
Other: Law, business and visual communications not open to exchange students.

About the University of Arizona

The University of Arizona (UA) is located in Tucson, Arizona, founded in 1885, UA was the first university in Arizona. The campus is located in Central Tucson, and occupies 387 acres of the oldest continually maintained green space in the state. The campus is roughly divided into quadrants: with north and south sides of campus delineated by a grassy area called the Mall, and the west and east sides of campus separated roughly by Highland Avenue and the Student Union Memorial Centre.

Central Tucson is highly bicycle-friendly. To the east of UA, Third Street is bike-only except for local traffic and passes by many of Tucson's historic buildings. The Tucson Folk Festival has taken place the first Saturday and Sunday of May , annually since the mid-1980s, in the El Presidio Park. The Festival hosts over 100 local and regional musicians on five stages, and is one of the largest free festivals in the US.

The specifics

The Global Initiatives project runs the Student Exchange program, which will outline the application process and registration.

The Course Schedule lists all the courses on offer for each semester, and students are advised to list eight to nine options, in case of availability or eligibility issues. Students will then sign up for classes during orientation week, just before the semester begins with the help of an academic advisor, to discuss your interests and academic needs.

There are several on campus housing options, all of which are within close proximity to academic facilities and have limited cooking facilities. For students seeking off campus accommodation, the UA student union runs an off campus housing database, where you can search through the listings for the type of housing that suits you.

University of Hawai'i at Manoa

Status: LIMITED Faculties: All
Level: Undergraduate and postgraduate
Minimum grade requirement: GPA 3.0
Semester dates:

  • Fall Semester: late August – mid December
  • Spring Semester: mid January – mid May

Full time study load: 12-15 credits per semester (usually four to five courses)

About the University of Hawaii at Manoa

The University of Hawaii at Manoa (UHM) is the main campus of the greater University of Hawaii system, and located in Mānoa, an urban neighbourhood community of Honolulu County. UHM is approximately five kilometres inland from downtown Honolulu and Duke Kahanamoku Lagoon, and 1.5km from Ala Moana and Waikīkī. The UHM campus occupies the eastern half of the mouth of the greater Mānoa Valley. The William S. Richardson School of Law and the John A. Burns School of Medicine are the only law and medical schools on the island, respectively.

Honolulu is the capital of Hawaii, and the neighbourhood of Mānoa consists of almost an entire valley, which runs down from Mānoa Falls. The name means thick, solid, vast, depth or thickness in the Hawaiian language, and reflects the lush greenery of the valley.

The specifics

Mānoa International Exchange (MIX) in conjunction with International Student Services (ISS) has published a Welcome Brochure (pdf, 1.4mb) for incoming international students, which will prepare you for all the administrative and practical steps of applying for exchange. The Manoa International Exchange handbook (pdf, 3.7mb) details what you need to know when you arrive in Manoa, as well as details about classes and extracurricular activities.

Students can take most classes at UHM, subject to availability and the completion of prerequisites, and you can search for which classes are available using the Course Catalogue.

UHM advises that while on campus accommodation can be limited in the fall semester (Monash semester two), there is ample housing available during the spring. Students can apply through the Student Housing Service, and can also register for Meal Plans. while those seeking off campus accommodations should contact the Off Campus Housing Referral Service, who will assist you.

University of Miami – Coral Gables

Status: LIMITED
Faculties: All
Level: Undergraduate and Postgraduate
Minimum grade requirement: GPA 3.5
Semester dates:

  • Fall Semester: late August – mid December
  • Spring Semester: mid January – mid May

Full time study load: 12 – 15 credits per semester (usually four to five courses)
Other: Law and music (as a major) not available to exchange students.

About the University of Miami – Coral Gables

To the south of Miami city, lies Coral Gables, the home of the University of Miami's (UM) main campus, which occupies 260 acres of palm tree laden greenery, amongst UM's seven schools and two colleges. The campus is one of South Florida's arts and culture hubs, and is home to the Lowe Art Museum, the Jerry Herman Ring Theatre and the Gusman Concert Hall and Clarke Recital Hall. Festival Miami, one of the biggest musical events of the year, is presented by UM's Frost School of Music.

Coral Gables (pdf, 3.5mb) is multicultural city, which sits on Biscayne Bay, near many nature reserves and the Fairchild Tropical Botanical Gardens. The city exudes a rustic, laid back personality, and its architecture is almost entirely Mediterranean Revival Style. The city is known as a pedestrian-friendly destination, and UM prides itself on being bike-friendly.

Miami Hurricanes are UM's intercollegiate sports team, who have been led by mascot, Sebastian the Ibis since 1926. At their home (football) games in the Orange Bowl, players enter via the traditional Hurricane smoke screen entrance in the Orange Bowl, a tradition that began in the 1950s.

The specifics

The International Education and Exchange has prepared an Exchange Student's Handbook for incoming international student, and will take you in detail through visa information, housing and immunisation requirements.

UM advises that while incoming students are (within certain availability and eligibility requirements), able to take almost all classes on offer, there are prohibitions on classes coded 600, and restrictions on those coded 500, which require special permission. To browse the class offerings of the semester, see the Class Search, and search by semester, faculty and subject.

On campus, students live in either residential colleges, or as part of the newly built University Village. Most students will live with a roommate, as is part of the American college experience. As these have limited cooking facilities, students are offered a campus Meal Plan. Those who wish to seek off campus housing can do so through an online database, or through other resources offered by the Housing and Residential Life Office.

University of Missouri – Columbia

Status: OPEN
Faculties: All
Level: Undergraduate only
Minimum grade requirement: GPA 3.0
Semester dates:

  • Fall Semester: late August – mid December
  • Spring Semester: late January – mid May

Full time study load: 12 – 15 credits per semester (usually four to five courses)
Other: Journalism, MBA, medicine and law courses not available to exchange students. International Monash students (all campuses) must submit TOEFL or IELTS scores no older than two years from date of application to Missouri.

About the University of Missouri – Columbia

The University of Missouri (also fondly known as Mizzou) was founded in 1839, making it the first public university on the west banks of the Mississippi River. While its main campus is based just south of downtown Columbia, Mizzou has campuses in Rolla, Kansas City and St. Louis.

The Mizzou Columbia campus spans over 1250 acres of botanical garden. Much of the Mizzou campus is centred around the David R. Francis Quadrangle, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Mizzou is split between two campuses, the Red, which houses most of the historical brick academic buildings and the White which has newer buildings, constructed in Neo-Gothic style from native Missouri limestone.

The university claims to have one of the oldest and biggest homecoming celebrations in the US, celebrating their 100th homecoming in 2011. "Homecoming" is essentially a football game that occurs between two rivalling football teams, and university alumni are invited to "come home" for the game. As part of this celebration of "coming home," several festivities such as a parade and spirit rally are held.

The specifics

The International Office looks after all incoming exchange students, and will provide you with all the practical information you need before embarking on an exchange to Mizzou.

Incoming students should carefully read the Student Exchange Handbook (pdf, 759kb), which details which classes are available for exchange students and how you can enrol. Students should browse the upcoming semester's course offerings. Mizzou advises that you remain flexible in your choices, and choose extra classes, just in case there are special exceptions to joining a particular class.

Most exchange students will be placed in a traditional American college style accommodation – that is double occupancy rooms in halls of residence. Pangaea, a community located in Defoe-Graham, combines international students with U.S. students creating a culturally diverse community that celebrates the customs of many nationalities and encourages interaction between international and domestic students. As cooking facilities are limited, most students have meal plans, provided by campus dining services.

For those who wish to rent privately in Columbia, there are apartment listings within the two local newspapers, andThe Columbia Tribune, or students can search through the Mizzou off-campus housing resource.

University of Nebraska – Lincoln

Status: LIMITED
Faculties: All
Level: Undergraduate and postgraduate
Minimum grade requirement: WAM 75 per cent
Semester dates:

  • Fall Semester: late August – mid December
  • Spring Semester: mid January – early May

Full time study load: 12 – 15 credits per semester (usually four to five courses)

About the University of Nebraska – Lincoln

Having celebrated its 143rd birthday in 2012, the University of Nebraska in Lincoln (UNL) is the state's oldest and largest university. The university is split over two campuses: the City Campus, which is just north of Lincoln city centre, and then the East Campus which sits just south of the old Nebraska State Fair grounds.

All UNL athletics teams are called the Cornhuskers, and the Nebraska football team has won a total of 46 conference championships, and since 1970, five national championships. The Husker football team plays its home games at Memorial Stadium which seats 85,000 people, and has sold out every game since 1962.

The specifics

The Education Abroad office and the International Office are responsible for the administration of incoming international students, and those interested should read carefully through their application procedures.

All courses are listed either the Undergraduate Bulletin or the Graduate Bulletin, and you can browse through your subject areas, and find what courses are available at UNL that semester. Exchange students are able to take most of the subjects in the Bulletin, subject to availability and the completion of prior prerequisites.

Exchange students are generally assigned double-occupancy rooms in Selleck, Neihardt, Harper/Schramm/Smith residence halls, and are signed up to a Meal Plan which includes meals seven days per week. Single rooms in other halls and apartments are assigned on a space-available basis, and may incur higher costs.

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Status: CLOSED
Faculties: Arts and Science only
Level: Undergraduate and postgraduate
Minimum grade requirement: GPA 3.3
Semester dates:

  • Fall Semester: late August – mid December
  • Spring Semester: early January – early May

Full time study load: 12-15 credits per semester (usually four to five courses)

About the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

The University of North Carolina (take the UNC tour) first began enrolling students in 1795, and thus it is one of three universities in the US to claim the title of being the oldest public college, and much of its history is presented in the university run, virtual museum, The Carolina Story.

In recent history, however, UNC has consistently featured in some of the highest ranked higher learning institutions in the world, placed within the top 60 universities in the world by QS World Ranking, and within the top 50 by the Times Higher Education rankings since 2010. UNC constitutes one corner of the Research Triangle, which includes the two other research-intensive institutes, Duke University in Durham, and North Carolina State University in Raleigh.

The university's teams are nicknamed the "Tar Heels," in reference to the state's eighteenth century role as a tar and pitch producer. The nickname's cultural relevance, however, has a complex history reaches back to the American Civil War and the American Revolution. The mascot is a live Dorset ram named Ramses, a tradition UNC has held since 1924, when the team manager brought a ram to the annual game against Virginia Military Institute. The kicker of the football team rubbed his head for good luck before a game-winning field goal, since then the ram has stayed.
Chapel Hill is a small college town, and with neighbouring Carrboro, shares a vibrant music scene, which attracts many national and international acts.

The specifics

Monash students who go to UNC for their exchange will be enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences, which is the academic foundation for all UNC students. Students will be able to choose units within the many and varied subject areas on offer, subject to availability and the completion of prerequisite subjects at Monash.
Most local students at UNC begin their university lives in a traditional dorm room accommodation, which involves sharing a room with a roommate, and this is the expectation of any incoming exchange students who wish to live on campus. Students should read the Housing FAQ to get an idea of what kind of on campus options are available to them. Students who wish to live off campus should search through the off campus housing online database, which lists private rentals, however UNC cannot assist students in this process.

University of Oklahoma

Status: OPEN
Faculties: All
Level: Undergraduate and postgraduate
Minimum grade requirement: WAM 75 per cent
Semester dates:

  • Fall Semester: late August – mid December
  • Spring Semester: mid January – mid May

Full time study load:

  • Undergraduate: 10 – 15 credit hours per semester
  • Graduate: 9 – 12 credit hours per semester
  • Law: 8 – 11 credit hours per semester (it is suggested that exchange students take two units of law and one in another area of study due to rigorous coursework). Any student wanting to undertake law units must contact the USA Monash Abroad coordinator.
Other: Courses not available to exchange students include the College of Continuing Education coursework (including aviation courses), graduate business coursework, including accounting, business administration, finance, management, marketing and supply chain management and management information systems, graduate level economics classes, coursework at the OU Health Sciences Center. Restrictions may also exist for undergraduate enrollment in coursework in the English Department, the Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education and the Price College of Business.

About the University of Oklahoma

The University of Oklahoma (OU) is located in Norman, Oklahoma and has a history that goes back to the turn of the 20th century, having been founded in 1890. The main campus at Norman is beautifully landscaped, and centres around two large ovals. The Parrington which is anchored on the south by the "Cherokee Gothic" styled Evans Hall, which is OU the main administrative building. The Van Vleet Oval is near by the Bizzell Memorial Library and surrounded by many academic buildings, so that it is often a meeting place for students to relax between classes.

OU also features two of Oklahoma's most significant museums, the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art which specialises in French Impressionism and Native American artwork, and the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History, which showcases the natural history of Oklahoma.

Norman is the home of the National Weather Centre, which is part of cooperative research between the University of Oklahoma and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The city is also the proposed location of a future National Weather Museum.

The specifics

The College of International Studies runs the Education Abroad office, and will provide you with any practical information you might need to know before embarking on your OU exchange.

To find units, students need to search through the course descriptions and find the corresponding College of Law and the OU Traditions Square houses many international students, and you can take a virtual tour of the housing set up, as well as the surrounding cafes, and campus amenities. As most student housing have limited cooking facilities, most students take up a meal plan, which allows students to access meals at any dining hall on campus.

University of Wisconsin – Madison

Status: LIMITED
Faculties: All
Level: Undergraduate and postgraduate
Minimum grade requirement: GPA 3.7
Semester dates:

  • Fall Semester: early September - late December
  • Spring Semester: mid January - mid May

Full time study load: 12-15 credits per semester for undergraduates (usually four to five courses), 8-12 credits per semester for postgraduates.
Other: Monash students cannot enrol in the School of Law (however they can take courses in the Legal Studies Program which is an undergraduate major in the College of Letters and Sciences) or the School of Journalism. Enrolment is restricted in the School of Business, School of Music, School of Education and Department of Economics; students wishing to take courses in any of these schools/departments are encouraged to select alternatives.

About the University of Wisconsin - Madison

Synonymously founded with the state of Wisconsin, UW-Madison is the official state university of Wisconsin, and one of the most prestigious universities in the US, ranking within the top 50 in the world, according to QS World University Rankings. In 1863, UW-M allowed for the admission of female students, during the American Civil War. The campus is located in Madison, just outside the state capital; and occupies a stretch of land known as an isthmus, between Lake Mendota and Lake Monona.

At UW-M few things compare to watching a football game in one of the nation's oldest stadiums on fall semester Saturdays. Erected in 1917, this historic site noticeably shakes from the noise when over 82,000 fans pack the seats to cheer on the Badgers. Or explore the beautiful grounds via the Howard Temin Lakeshore Path, rewarding yourself with a view from Picnic Point.

The specifics

The International Academics Program's (IAP)'s website is your first port of call, and contains all the important information you will need to organise your exchange with UM-W including course information, orientation and links to websites to make the most of your semester. You can search for courses in the course guide and schedule of classes keeping in mind the above restrictions. Students are invited to enrol early in courses before they arrive at UW-M. The number assigned to a course gives an indication of the level of difficulty and indicates for whom the course is intended. Courses numbered 100-299 are undergraduate-level courses. Courses in the 300-699 range may be taken for credit by both undergraduate and postgraduate students; courses in the 300-499 range are generally considered intermediate level and courses in the 500-699 range are generally considered advanced level. Postgraduate students taking courses numbered 300-699 are expected to do graduate-level work, though they are enrolled in an undergraduate level course. Courses in the 700-999 range are open only to postgraduate students.

For all accommodation inquiries, students should take a look at the Division of University Housing, which offers both residence halls and apartment style accommodation, which are subject to availability. For off campus housing options, students are advised to contact the Campus Area Housing Listing Service, which has an online database of private rental properties.

Washington College

Status: OPEN
Faculties: All
Level: Undergraduate only
Minimum grade requirement: GPA 2.8
Semester dates:

  • Fall Semester: late August – mid December
  • Spring Semester: mid January – early May

Full time study load: 16 credits per semester (usually three to five courses)

About Washington College

As the name would suggest, U.S. president George Washington, who consented to have the "College at Chester" named in his honour in 1782 supported the establishment of Washington College. Now an independent liberal arts college, Washington remains in Chestertown, Maryland.

The campus occupies 112 acres of historical architecture and lush, green campus grounds, kept so through the George Goes Green program, which encourages recycling, composting, the use of biofuels and an annual energy reduction competition.

Washington's proximity to the Chester river allows for students to relax by the waterfront, as well as participate in concerts, events, and many waterfront celebrations and festivals, as well as markets and fairs.

The specifics

The student handbook (pdf, 940kb) is a comprehensive resource for all prospective students, outlining all the specifics and policies of Washington College. Other resources that are handy for students are those provided by the International Program, and the Application Process details which will help you with all the administrative procedures.

Students will be able to select classes from most of departments, which are all listed in the Course Catalogue (pdf, 3.7mb), students will be able to take most classes at Washington, subject to availability per semester and the prior completion of pre-requisite subjects.

Students at Washington College are housed in halls of residence, and the double rooms come furnished with a bed, dresser, desk, chair, and wardrobe. The Residential Life Office can give you some tips on the American-college roommate system. With limited cooking facilities in student rooms, many students choose to have a Meal Plan, which allows students access to all the dining facilities on campus.