Exchange program

Clogs on a wall in Holland

Not sure where to go? Here is some advice on what to think about when choosing an overseas program.

Don’t know where to start? Come to an information or open advising session and we’ll help you.

Read testimonials of exchange and study abroad students who’ve been there before.

What is exchange?

Would you like to travel to the Netherlands to immerse yourself in Dutch culture (think clogs, cheese and Flemish art) but continue your course in English? Could learning Asian business skills in a local language, and a few games of tea house mahjong, improve your global career prospects? Gain a competitive edge against your peers by studying at the University of Oklahoma, world-renowned for their research and teaching in atmospheric sciences. Maybe soaking up the Madrid sun, feasting on tapas and polishing your Spanish, while continuing your studies, is more your speed, or you might like to study alongside the scientists who played an integral role in the discovery of the Higgs Boson while exploring Israel's most dynamic and diverse city.

As a Monash student, you can do all of this, and more, with an overseas exchange.

How does it work?

While overseas on the exchange, you will:

  • stay enrolled at Monash
  • receive credit for your overseas study towards your Monash degree
  • continue paying your Monash fees.

Where can I go?

We have student exchange agreements with over 100 partner universities in more than 25 countries across Europe, North America, South America, Asia and Africa – meaning studying a semester or two in places like Norway, South Africa, Japan, Germany and Mexico is easier than you think.

View the full list of partner universities.

Fee-paying study abroad

You can also prepare your own study plan with a non-partner university, as long as it's approved by your faculty. Doing this requires a lot more work and may cost you a bit more (you pay the other uni's fees in place of your Monash fees). This may be a good option if you're studying a very specific degree where a tailored experience will increase your chances of getting a job, help you make industry specific connections, or connect you with leading international academics who can help you further your study.

We currently have one student taking religious studies at Yeshivat Ma’ale Gilboa in Israel – something he wouldn’t be able to do anywhere else, and another was accepted into the Undergraduate Hansard Scholars Programme which is an associate of the London School of Economics in the UK. She’s studying politics and public policy while writing a dissertation and completing an internship with a British politician with a view to work in politics in the UK.

We strongly recommend you exhaust all opportunities with our partners before choosing this option – it’s a much more cost effective and easier route to take. Before you make the decision to pursue study abroad, please get in touch with us so we can discuss your options.

What can I study?

We aim to partner with universities that provide you with the opportunity to study at any level – undergraduate, honours and research. This means that with our partners there are a variety of courses open to you, at every level of study. Some will accept students from any faculty, while others offer only some disciplines – City University of Hong Kong, for example, currently accepts only undergraduate business and economics and law students. But we are constantly negotiating with our partners to ensure we can provide exchange opportunities to suit every student.

Lost in translation

You might be surprised how many of our exchange opportunities allow you to continue your course in English. Some of our partners teach entirely in English, while others require you to have a certain proficiency in the native language. You may need to sit a language test if this is the case.

Matching up your semesters

Semester dates in the southern hemisphere differ to those in the northern hemisphere – meaning that while semester one in Australia begins in March, in places like the USA the Spring semester begins in January. Be sure to check the dates to make sure they align with your current program.

Some of our partners also have additional requirements like minimum average grades, and in some cases extra fees. Please read their information carefully. If you have questions why not come to an open advising session, view the partner uni’s website or contact the international education coordinator from the university you’re intending to travel to.

How much will it cost?

Contrary to popular belief, studying abroad won't cost the earth.

You’re often eligible for scholarships, loans and grants, and under the exchange arrangements Monash has with universities all over the world, you will not have to pay additional tuition fees. All you pay is your normal Monash home campus tuition fees.

Find out more about the financial side of exchange.

Ready to apply?

Exchange applications are due in July and January. Find out more about key dates, eligibility, the nomination and selection process and download your application form on our apply page.