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Monash University (Australia)

As an exchange student, there are a few things you need to know about going to Monash University. Learn more about the location, the courses and student life! 

Visit their website for more information about studying abroad at Monash University!


Three options are available for this programme:

  • Spend a year at Monash Australian Campus
  • Spend a year at Monash Malaysian Campus
  • Spend the first semester at Monash Australian Campus and the second semester at Monash Malaysian Campus, or vice versa.

Note: if you wish to apply to spend the first semester in Australia and the second semester in Malaysia, you will need to submit two separate applications for these destinations on Mobility-Online; please consult guidance on the QMplus page for how to do this. 


Melbourne is consistently named one of the world's most liveable cities. Monash University has five campuses in the greater Melbourne area. Each has its own style and environment and offers different academic and social opportunities. You can learn more about a specific campus by following the links below:

Hear what Monash international students have to say about living and studying in Melbourne.

Level of competitiveness

Less competitive *

The level of competitiveness (Less competitive * / Competitive ** / Very competitive ***) refers to one's chances of being allocated an exchange space at this partner. This is an approximation determined by the number of applications received for this destination during the last academic year versus the total number of exchange spaces available to Queen Mary students. 

Application process for successful students

Before you apply to come to Monash on exchange or study abroad, you should check that you meet the following entry requirements. You must:

  • have completed at least one full year at your home university;
  • have achieved a minimum GPA of 3.0 or 60 per cent or equivalent;
  • meet our English language requirements.

Visit their website for more information on how to apply.

Academic Calendar

The academic year runs from the end of February to the middle of November and is divided into two semesters, each with a mid-semester break:

  • Semester 1: late February to June
  • Semester 2: late July to November

Each semester has 12 weeks of classes and the majority of classes have three to four contact hours per week per unit. These are followed by a three week exam period.

For more information, visit Monash University’s semester dates.


Check out the Monash Handbook to learn more about the thousands of units (subjects) Monash University offers across their Australian campuses. Some units have restrictions that apply to exchange and study abroad students. We highly recommend consulting the information on Monash’s academic considerations when selecting units for your study plan.

Make sure you also check:

  • Study Abroad Specialisations are packages of units organised into engaging interdisciplinary themes for study during the semester.
  • Back for Summer is a package of Semester one units which offer flexibility in returning home for summer in the northern hemisphere.
  • Pre-approved units are a collection of Monash units which have been pre-approved for study abroad and exchange students to stud.

If you’re looking for some more advice on the academic side of studying at Monash, consult the information provided at their Academic advising page.


A normal full-time study load at Monash is 24 credit points (four units/subjects). Most units are worth six credit points.

Find out more about credit transfer and grade conversions.


Living in the halls of residence gives you the chance to become immersed in campus life at Monash and get to know local students. Monash Residential Services runs the halls of residence and provides you with lots of extra support – like mental health and first aid trained staff, academic programming around exam time, as well as 24-hour safety and security.

Most study abroad and exchange students apply to live on the Clayton campus, as availability at the other Australian campuses is limited. All accommodation is co-ed and each student has their own room with shared kitchen and bathrooms. Check out floor plans, activities and services offered at Clayton Residential.

For more information, visit their page on accommodation options.

Monash International students talk about on-campus and off-campus accommodation.

Cost of Living

Before you begin your studies at Monash, it’s a good idea to plan and prepare a budget. You can learn more about the cost of living in Melbourne to help you prepare a budget. However, these figures are only estimates; costs will vary depending on your location and your lifestyle. Rent, for example, is more expensive in Melbourne than it is in a regional area. You may need to add other items to your budget, like ongoing mobile phone and internet fees. All costs are subject to inflation.

Support Services

Everyone at Monash can take advantage of an extensive range of services:

On all campuses:

In Australia:

  • Student life and support – visit this page for more information on campus life (events and clubs), student services to make life easy (like safety and security, disability support and the library), and health and wellbeing to make sure you're looked after (spirituality, counselling and health services).

Visit their website for more information about their support services for inbound students and services for students.

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Monash Abroad Office: 


Your guide to study abroad at Monash University [PDF 6,454KB]