University of Miami – Coral Gables

University of Miami – Coral Gables (UM) was established in 1925 and has around 17000 students enrolled across seven schools and two colleges. As a gateway to Central America, South America, and the Caribbean, UM is one of the most culturally diverse institutions in the United States.

Academic highlights

A private research university, UM is best known for its research in medicine, science, engineering, education and psychology. Prestigious schools include the Miami School of Law on the main campus, the Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine (which trains at least 1,000 students in health-related programmes) at the medical campus, and a school in Virginia Key focused on the study of oceanography and atmospheric sciences.


UM’s main campus is at Coral Gables, a multicultural city south of Miami on Biscayne Bay. The campus occupies more than 100 hectares and is home to the Lowe Art Museum, the Jerry Herman Ring Theatre and the Gusman Concert Hall and Clarke Recital Hall.

Did you know?

UM was founded during the Jim Crow era as a white co-ed institution. In 1966, it became the first major college in the south with a black football player on scholarship.


Exchange students cannot enrol in courses in medicine, nursing, or law.

Disciplines available


Ancient cultures



Banking and finance

Biological sciences

Biomedical sciences

Business law and taxation


Chinese languages & culture studies

Communications and media studies



Earth, atmosphere and environmental sciences

Econometrics and business statistics


Education - early childhood

Education - primary schooling

Education - secondary schooling

Engineering, engineering - civil

Engineering - electrical/ computer systems

Engineering - materials science

Engineering - mechanical / aerospace

Film and screen studies

Fine art

French languages & culture studies

German languages & culture studies


Human geography

Information technology

Italian languages & culture studies

Japanese languages & culture studies

Jewish languages & culture studies

Legal studies

Literary studies



Mathematical sciences


Music performance and composition


Physics and astronomy

Politics and international relations

Psychological sciences

Public health and preventive medicine

Religious studies

Rural health


Spanish and Latin American languages & culture studies

Social work


Theatre and performance

  • The listed disciplines are not necessarily exhaustive and other fields of study might also be available at the university.
  • Approval to study particular subjects at any institution is always at the discretion of the departmental/discipline and faculty advisers in your managing faculty(ies) and subject to available places at the host campus

See UM's unit catalogue here.

If you cannot find any unit guides after having done your own research, you can follow the process as outlined here.

Full time equivalents

  Semester Year
  Minimum 18 Monash Points Maximum 24 Monash points Minimum 36 Monash points Maximum 48 Monash points
Standard N/A12 UM creditsN/A24 UM credits
Postgraduate N/A 9 UM credits N/A 18 UM credits

Note a minimum number of 12 US credits must be taken to maintain full-time status for undergraduates, or 9 for graduates. 12 US credits is generally 4 units at 3 credit points each. Note that some Faculties at Monash require students to do a full-time load of 15 US credits to count as 24 Monash credit points. You will need to confirm this with your crediting Faculty.

Exchange program terms

UM ‘Spring’ Semester (Monash semester 1): early January – early May
UM ‘Fall’ Semester (Monash semester 2): early August – early December

See UM's academic calendar here.


On-campus housing is not guaranteed and is only available to students who come to UM through an undergraduate exchange. Exchange students have the opportunity to apply for on-campus housing or may choose to live off-campus. Graduate students must make arrangements to live off campus.

The University of Miami offers advice on accommodation here.


International exchange students studying in the U.S. must obtain the J-1 Exchange Visitor’s visa before you leave your home country. The application process requires a personal interview at the Consulate.

Monash Abroad can only provide general information - always check with the relevant consular/Embassy and consider advice that is right for you.

For more information on visas, please refer to the the U.S. Embassy & Consulates here.

Health and insurance

When travelling on a Monash Abroad approved program, you are automatically covered under the Monash University Student Travel Insurance policy.

UM Health Insurance Information

All students are required to have health insurance coverage at the level stipulated by the University of Miami. Upon course registration, you will automatically be charged for and enrolled in international student insurance, which meets these requirements.


All new international students must submit proof of adequate immunisation against measles and rubella. Some students may be required to provide proof of a tuberculosis screening within the last 12 months. More information can be found here.

Orientation and extra-curricular 

Exchange students participate in orientation with the larger student body at UM (not the international orientation) but the Study Abroad Office hosts a mandatory session specifically for exchange students. Find out more here.

UM Global Ambassadors

UM Global Ambassadors are students at UM who have previously studied abroad. These students are assigned to you and will be your liaison while at UM.


Tuition fees for this program are waived by the host institution. While on exchange you remain enrolled at Monash and continue to pay fees to Monash University. Find out more here.

Cost of living

One semester abroad will generally cost you approximately AUD$10,000 – $15,000, however this varies depending on destination and your individual living standards.

Monash funding

Find out about Monash Abroad Travel Scholarships here.

Find out about Monash University Travel and Placement Scholarships here.

Australian government funding

Find out about the Overseas Higher Education Loan Program (OS-HELP) here.

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University of Miami – Coral Gables

  • Program type: Semester exchange
  • Location:
    • Coral Gables (main)
    • Medical campus
    • Marine campus
  • Program periods: Semester 1, Semester 2
  • Study level: Undergraduate and Postgraduate

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