Collaborative Online International Learning

There are a growing number of units at Monash that have been re-developed to include a COIL project. COIL projects provide you with the opportunity to learn from international experts and collaborate with peers from Monash’s global network of exchange partner universities, without leaving home.

Program overview

You will spend approximately four weeks of the semester participating in an innovative online learning experience designed to expand your global horizons.

In collaboration with a partner academic at an overseas university, the academic leading your unit has designed the COIL experience to include elements such as:

  • Introductory activities to help you feel comfortable and get to know your peers at the partner institution
  • Lectures/workshops led by international experts on topics relating to your unit
  • International guest speakers from government, non-profit organisations and/or industry
  • Discipline-related learning activities that maximise your interaction with peers at the partner university, to develop your intercultural understanding and competence
  • Group-based assessment, to allow you to collaborate with peers overseas
  • Opportunities for reflection, to better understand your perspective, and how it is similar and/or different to your overseas peers (and how it has changed during the COIL experience)
  • Activities to help you consider future study/career development opportunities abroad
  • Pre- and post-COIL surveys to improve the learning experience

Each COIL unit is different, and you can participate in as many COIL units as you wish, as long as it fits within your existing degree structure.

Benefits for students

Monash University is committed to fostering strong links with our international partner institutions, to ensure you gain a global perspective and develop intercultural competence. Further information can be found in the University’s strategic plan, Impact 2030.

COIL can also offer the following benefits:

  • The development of cultural knowledge / intercultural competency
  • The opportunity to expand your global network
  • Second language development (depending on unit)
  • As a precursor to future international study and work opportunities

Our COIL academic champions

Available COIL units

Semester 1

  • ATS3462 International Crime and Justice
  • MED1100 Introduction to Medical Practice

Semester 2

  • TRM6002 Translational Research: Pathways to the Clinic

Language requirements

All COIL units are taught in English, unless stated otherwise.


There are no application or special enrolment processes to participate in a COIL unit. You simply need to enrol via WES.

COIL units currently under development

The following units are currently being developed by our academic champions, to include COIL in future:

Unit codeFacultyUnit titleExpected launch
APG5604ArtsProfessional Translation PracticesSemester 2, 2022
BFF5958Business and EconomicsFinancial Market and IntermediationSemester 1, 2023
SCI3930ScienceCareer Skills for ScientistsSemester 1, 2023
EDF5137EducationGeneral Science Education in the Secondary Years ASemester 1, 2023
PHR4061PharmacyStudent Experiential Placements IISemester 1, 2023
ATS2648ArtsContemporary JapanSemester 1, 2023

Suggest a unit for COIL development

Students can suggest a unit or discipline area to be re-developed to include COIL elements. Monash Abroad will get in touch with the relevant academic or department on your behalf.

Complete the online form