Australia Study Abroad Program at Monash University
About Monash University in Melbourne, Australia
We're so excited that you're considering IFSA-Butler's program at Monash University for your semester or year abroad. Melbourne is consistently ranked in the top "Most Livable Cities" and it is the arts capital of Australia, with theatres, concert venues, galleries and arts events, and a thriving local music scene! We're sure you're going to love studying there!
What Monash has to offer
We look forward to working with you!
CoursesWhere can I find a list of courses that the university offers?
What courses am I eligible to take?
What if I need to take a required course?
Monash University has course restrictions in certain faculties and disciplines. Click here to view the list of restrictions.
In addition, fourth-year 4000 courses and higher are part of a postgraduate degree (Masters or Ph.D.). You are not eligible to take these courses as an undergraduate study abroad student.
How many courses am I able to take, and how do I determine U.S. semester credit hours?
RegistrationWhat are the registration conditions?
You must take a full Monash University course load as determined by IFSA-Butler. Credit will be awarded on a Butler University transcript based on a typical U.S. full course load. All courses are graded on an A-F scale, and there is no provision for pass/fail or auditing courses unless pass/fail is the only method of assessment for the course. You are not allowed to register for online, distance education or hybrid courses.
You should also be aware that you may be charged additional fees by your home institution or host university to take or process additional credits. Taking less than a full course load may jeopardize your student status and result in personal academic repercussions and/or loss of financial aid.
The course preference form is not a registration form; it is a guideline to let your host university know which courses you are interested in taking abroad. You should discuss your course selections with your academic advisor at your home institution and have several backup choices in mind. You will enroll for your courses online prior to departure, but you are not bound by that process.
What do I need to know about exams?
How will my home university know what my classes were and what grades I received?
Housing OptionsWhat are my housing options?
The following housing options are available during your semester or year abroad:
Deakin Hall houses 160 students, roughly 45 percent of whom are Australian. It is the smallest of the Monash halls. There is a large international student population at Deakin, making it a great place to make friends from all over the world. Students live in single rooms and use shared bathroom facilities on each floor. There is an extensive network of social activities sponsored by the hall. Because of its small size, it is considered a quieter, more relaxed living environment than some of the larger residence halls.
One hundred ninety-two students live in Farrer Hall, most of whom are 18-20 years old. The vast majority of these students are Australian, making it a great place to live for a truly integrated Australian experience. Students live in single rooms and share bathroom facilities on the hall. Residents are very social within the hall and often take part in activities on campus.
Howitt Hall houses 198 students on 11 coed floors, with 19 students on each. It is the largest of the halls at Monash. Residents are at all stages of their university careers and are a mix of Australian and international students. Each floor makes rules for the use of communal facilities and is generally a very social environment. Because of the floor structure it is a great place to make a group of very close friends.
Richardson Hall houses 190 students around nine stairways. These stairways are divided by multiple levels containing five to six rooms each, making it a fairly quiet and intimate living atmosphere. Many of the students at Richardson are doing postgraduate work and the mood is studious. There is also a great sense of community fostered by Richardson Hall Society and Residents' Society, which organize social and sporting activities.
Roberts Hall houses 190 students, the majority of whom are in their first year at university. Students live in single rooms with shared bathroom facilities. The mood of the hall is very studious but laid back. There are a number of social activities in which students normally partake and students are encouraged to become involved in the hall community.
The International Mews (Caulfield campus only)
These apartments are located within a five to 10 minute walk to campus. Apartments have five single bedrooms, shared bathroom and modern kitchen facilities. Students prepare their own meals, with grocery stores nearby for shopping. Students arrange their own Internet and phone provider upon arrival. Roommates may be local or international students.
There is a dining hall on the Clayton campus that operates on a pay-as-you-go basis. Each residence hall also has kitchenettes where students can prepare their own meals.
Is my housing included in the program fee?
Living and Studying Abroad in Melbourne, Australia
Dates & Fees
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IFSA-Butler orientation begins at 11 a.m. on the orientation start date.
Your program end date may change due to circumstances beyond IFSA-Butler's control. Upon arrival at your host university, be sure to verify your exam schedule and program end date. We also strongly recommend that you investigate fees and penalties associated with your airline tickets in case you need to make date or route changes.
All program support services end on the “Program Ends” date.
Exams must be taken where and when scheduled. Under no circumstances may students request that an exam time be changed. In Australia exams are taken under formal examination conditions, and changes cannot be made for individuals.
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Calendar Year and Semester 1 Payments Due: December 15
Program Fee Bills
Personal Cost Estimates
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These figures are designed to assist students with financial planning but are only estimates based on past students’ experiences at the current exchange rate. They do not include any entertainment or vacation travel costs. Meals are estimated based on the cost of a weekly standard grocery shop with one meal out. If you plan to eat out once a day or more, we recommend using a higher estimate. If you have dietary restrictions or follow a specific diet (gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan, organic, etc), you may also wish to budget more due to the higher cost of specialty food items.
The above numbers are general estimates of expenses during a program abroad. We recommend taking into account your current spending habits, the cost of living in your host country and the current exchange rate. Your IFSA-Butler program advisor can be helpful as you attempt to work on a personal budget for your experience abroad.
Personal Miscellaneous: Covers general expenses of college life, including course supplies, photocopying, toiletries, snacks, personal care, etc.
Commuting: Estimates are for transportation between housing and university. Transportation for personal or recreational purposes is not included in the above estimates.
All costs are in U.S. dollars.
Meet Your IFSA-Butler Team
IFSA-Butler has a dedicated team of staff who are here to help students prepare for their program in Australia:
Program Advisor Hannah Sutton assists with the application process and is here to answer program, cultural and academic questions before departure. Hannah graduated from Butler University with a bachelor’s degree in English Literature. During her junior year, Hannah spent a semester in Dublin on the IFSA-Butler Ireland program. Her experience led her to develop a passion for study abroad and education and she joined the IFSA-Butler team to help guide other students to their own study abroad adventures. Hannah currently advises students planning to study in Australia and New Zealand, and can be reached through the email link above or by phone at 800-858-0229 ext. 4266.
Once abroad, our students are in the capable hands of our on-site office, including our Student Services Coordinator Lindsey Meldrum. Click here to read more about Lindsey.
Academic Records Coordinator Abby Miller graduated from Butler University where she worked as a guide for international students from all over the world. From that experience and combined with her own world travels, she knows the amazing experiences that studying abroad can provide. Abby is excited to work with IFSA-Butler students and to help answer any questions about their academic records. Abby can be reached at the email link above or at 800-858-0229, ext. 4217.
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