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 Pennsylvania State University, 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, Tel Aviv.
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; and
- continue paying your Monash fees.
Am I eligible?
A detailed table of eligibility can be found on the entry requirements page. If you're an Engineering or Law student, or applying for exchange to Japan, there are special conditions you must meet before you're eligible to apply.
Where can I go?
We have student exchange agreements with over 160 partner institutions 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 handbook links, credit conversions, accommodation, and cost of living are all covered within each institution's dedicated web page.
Monash Abroad manages all engagement with partner institutions. 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 institutions 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 teach in English and the local language. If you want to study in that language you will have to have a certain proficiency. 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 UK the Spring term (their second 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 results, and in some cases extra fees. Please make sure you view the partner institution's website and read their information carefully.
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 institutions 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?
If you want to submit an application for exchange, firstly watch the First Steps video series, attend an Exchange and Study Abroad Information Session and then watch the Regional Advising Session video for the region of the institution you plan to place as your first preference in your application. Should you then require further assistance, you can arrange an appointment with the relevant International Education Coordinator (IEC) for the region to which you are applying.
Exchange applications are due in May and October. Find out more about key dates, eligibility, the nomination and selection process on our apply page.
Study for a short period overseas, in either the Monash summer (December-February) or winter (June-July) breaks. These experiences are usually worth between 6 and 12 credits, depending on the duration of the program.
Learn more about Short Exchange View
There are three different participation modes for summer and winter schools. These modes determine how you are enrolled, and how costs and fees are paid. The mode of delivery may also impact how you apply.
You pay tuition fees to Monash. You will pay all other associated program and administration fees directly to the host. For the duration of your program, you will be enrolled in Exchange unit codes.
You are responsible for paying all associated fees, generally directly to the host institution. For the duration of your program, you will be enrolled in Study Abroad unit codes.
For programs in Europe, the USA, and the UK, the tuition fees can often be quite expensive. For programs like ACICIS however, you may be eligible for New Colombo Plan funding to contribute towards your tuition fees.
Monash in Malaysia or Monash in Italy
You will be responsible for paying your home campus tuition for any units you are enrolled in.
For the duration of your program you will be enrolled in the enrolling unit code.
Where can I go?
Refer to the Monash Abroad Portal (MAP) Global Summer and Winter Programs website for available program options.
As of 1 January 2020, only GSPs and GWPs that have been pre-approved by Monash Abroad and available in the MAP can be taken. This is to ensure the quality and timeliness of the programs available to students.
GWPs are usually promoted from late February, and GSPs, are promoted from late July. Only faculty and Monash Abroad approved summer and winter school options are available.
How much will it cost?
Program costs will vary depending on the participation mode, program duration, destination and host institution.
For more information about program costs, refer to the MAP program brochure page of your preferred program.
Important note: Do not pay any deposits (where relevant), or organise flights until you have received Monash Abroad approval. Monash Abroad will not be held responsible for any costs incurred as a result of an unsuccessful application.
Check that you meet the eligibility requirements for overseas study;
- 60+ WAM at time of application,
- 24 credit points achieved at the time of application and 48 credits achieved at time of departure,
Law undergraduate students need to have completed 48 credit points of law compulsory units and Law postgraduate students need to have completed 72 credit points of law compulsory units at the time of their GSPs and GWPs application.
- You may also be required to meet additional faculty and host/partner eligibility requirements
How to Apply
The application process will vary depending on the program.
For all GSP and GWP, the application process involves two steps:
Step 1: apply for your preferred program through the Monash Abroad Portal program brochure.
Step 2: if approved, apply directly to the program host.
Note: students not approved by Monash Abroad will not receive credit for their studies.
For more information about how to apply to individual programs, refer to the ‘How to Apply’ tab on the individual program brochure page through the Monash Abroad Portal.