Situated at the head of Port Phillip Bay on the Yarra River, Melbourne is a bustling, cosmopolitan city. The city was named after Lord Melbourne, who was prime minister of England at the time of Melbourne's founding. Its geographic position at the mouth of the Yarra River lends itself to being Australia's busiest cargo port. In addition to being Victoria's financial capital, the city also offers a full range of cultural activities and sporting events, such as the Victorian Arts Center, the Moomba Festival, the Spoleto Arts Festival, horse racing's Melbourne Cup, and the Grand Final.
Established in 1961, Monash University is one of Australia's largest universities. It consists of several campuses, situated in and around Melbourne. Penn State students typically attend classes at the Clayton campus, the original (and largest) campus, located about 13 miles southeast of Melbourne's central business district and right in the heart of one of the state of Victoria's most significant science and technology parks.
This institution offers a large selection of courses, with strengths in engineering, liberal arts, information technology, science, business, and education. To learn more information about specific courses at Monash University, visit their course catalog to view options by units (classes) or by college. Various Monash courses have been pre-approved for exchange students. View course restrictions that apply to study abroad students.
You will take regular courses with local students at this institution. Course registration takes place during your on-site orientation period, so enrollment in particular courses cannot be guaranteed in advance of arrival. You may enroll in any courses for which space is available and for which you meet the host institution's requirements or prerequisites. You must take what the host institution considers to be a full-time load (generally, 24 Monash points which is the equivalent to 4 classes worth 12 - 16 credits).
Students may study at any of the Australian Monash campuses. Most exchange students study at the Clayton campus, the largest campus located about 20 km from downtown. Caulfield campus is the 2nd most popular and students pursuing studies in Art and Design and Business and Economics usually study here. Clayton campus, however, also offers Business and Economics courses. Caulfield has limited housing options, but is located 10 km from downtown. Students can take courses are both Caulfield and Clayton, as a free intercampus bus is available between campuses. Click here to learn more about each Monash campus. . To learn more about Monash University you can watch their YouTube Channel.
Education Abroad Credits
You will receive credit for all academic courses taken at this institution, and all of your grades from abroad will count toward your PennState cumulative GPA. You may not take any courses overseas of a Pass/Fail basis. Students must take a minimum of the equivalent of 12 credits per semester. Students can enroll in a maximum to the equivalent of 16 credits.
To see what kind of credit students in past semesters have received for courses taken on this program, visit the Melbourne Monash Course Equivalency List. Keep in mind you will need to complete the course equivalency process once you have been accepted to your program and after you have completed your registration abroad. To obtain specific instructions on this process visit our Course Equivalencies page. Students may not fulfill GHA (General Health and Activity) general education requirements abroad. To learn how the courses on this program can work into your individual degree audit, meet with your academic adviser.
Housing costs in Australia can vary significantly between the different residential colleges and off-campus options. Students are responsible for researching the different housing opportunities in order to choose their best option. See the notes section of the budget sheet for more details on the varying costs.
For more information on program costs, please be sure to review the Budget Sheets listed above. These budget sheets include information on costs that are billable to the bursar bill, as well as estimated additional costs. Costs vary by program, so it is important to review this information carefully. Please note that tuition rates above may vary depending on major and class standing.
Financial Aid & Scholarships
PennState students studying through Education Abroad can use most components of their existing financial aid packages toward the cost of study abroad.This may include federal and state grants, VA educational benefits, federal student loans, and University scholarships and grants.Notable exceptions include work-study awards and some athletic scholarships.
The University Office of Global Programs also administers a number of grants and scholarships.Eligibility is based on academic excellence and/or financial need.There is also funding available for study abroad programs in diverse locations and for students from diverse backgrounds.In most cases, applicants should have a current year FAFSA on file with the Office of Student Aid.Funding opportunities may also be available through PennState academic departments. For detailed information on financial aid and scholarship opportunities and application procedures, please seeFunding Study Abroad.
For More Information
For more information about this program and education abroad at Penn State, we encourage you to meet with our Peer Advisers. These study abroad returnees can explain program options, give an overview of the education abroad process, as well as provide information about his/her program. Students at University Park can also contact their International Coordinator within their college. If you're not at University Park, students at Commonwealth Campuses can contact their Campus Global Representative.
To learn more about the specifics of this program, schedule an appointment with Elizabeth Shuman, the study abroad adviser for this program.
For the inside scoop on life in a foreign country, be sure to check out the GeoBlogs of Penn State students currently studying abroad.
How to Apply If you would like to participate on this study abroad program, you will need to apply to Penn State Education Abroad by clicking the "Apply Now" button at the top of this page.
Visit the How to Apply section of our website for more information.
Dates / Deadlines:
NOTE: The semester begins on July 21. Students will be required to attend a mandatory orientation prior to the beginning of the semester for which the dates are TBD.
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