Global Study Tours
What are study tours and field trips?
Overseas study tours and field trips are short coursework experiences that allow you to complete a Monash University unit intensively overseas. They may include multiple stops at multiple destinations, or be a more immersive experience at just one location. Study tours are usually 2-4 weeks in length and take place within semester breaks.
The best part about overseas study tours and field trips is that Monash does the hard work for you. Our faculties plan and run the programs so you don’t need to worry about your international units matching up with what’s offered at Monash – these units are designed with you in mind.
How do they work?
Overseas study tours and field trips allow you to study either a core or elective unit of your course immersively, in overseas locations as diverse as China, Fiji, France, Chile, the UK, Indonesia or Rwanda. Programs range in length but are typically 2-4 weeks, and are most often run during semester breaks.
As part of the program you’ll:
- study one or more units overseas that fit into your Monash course as either a core or elective unit;
- choose units from your “home” faculty or any other Monash faculty, provided the unit offered overseas fits into your course, either as a core or elective unit;
- continue paying your Monash tuition.
Where can I go and what can I learn?
Study tours and field trips are published each year in the Handbook. One of the most popular overseas program destinations is the Monash Prato Centre in Italy. But there are many other places around the world you can visit including in-country language courses in China, geography field trips to South Africa, or jazz in New York.
How much will it cost?
You pay your normal Monash home campus tuition fees, and in some cases you may need to pay a program fee in addition. Program fees usually include accommodation, transport, entrance fees and some meals and can vary, depending on length and location of the program.
It’s likely you’ll be eligible for scholarships, grants and loans, as well as other funding opportunities to help cover program fees. Find out more about the financial side of faculty overseas programs.
To be eligible to apply you need to:
- be currently enrolled in a Monash undergraduate or postgraduate coursework degree
- apply for a study tour or field trip unit for which you can receive academic recognition towards your degree
- complete all application requirements for the overseas unit, as set out by your faculty.
Selection is undertaken by faculty, is usually based on merit and academic performance. Units are open to both domestic and international students.
How to apply
Follow the instructions provided by your faculty. Some programs have highly competitive entry requirements, along with special timelines and processes. You may be required to submit your application online or using a paper form.
Once you are approved and enrolled by your faculty in your overseas study tour or field trip, your faculty will invite you to register your details with Monash Abroad for insurance and funding.
At the time of registration with Monash Abroad, eligible students should submit their application for OS-HELP.
Monash Abroad will issue your with travel insurance and pay you any grants and scholarship funding for which you are eligible.
Follow the instructions provided by your faculty. Most programs will have highly structured pre-departure requirements, along with special steps and processes that you will need to follow.