** The Monash exchange program is canceled for Spring 2022 - please contact Amy Chenail (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions**
Monash University is located just 30 minutes outside Melbourne, one of Australia's most vibrant cities. Monash is one of the largest universities in Australia, with over 60,000 students. It is a member of Australia's "Group of Eight" which demonstrates its dedication to teaching and learning. It offers a wide range of coursework to the meet the needs of any student.
When searching for courses at Monash University keep several things in mind:
First, Monash University's First Semester is roughly equivalent to the UA's Spring term while Monash's Second Semester best matched our Fall term, so ensure you are looking only at courses offered during the semester you will be there.
Second, Monash has six campuses in and around Melbourne with significant travel time to get from one to the other. Ideally you will have all your Monash courses at the same campus; however, if not, be certain the travel times between campuses are reasonable. When looking through courses, be sure to note what campus(es) the course is offered in along with being sure it is offered during the semester you will be there
Third, the typical degree in Australia take three years instead of our four, and the course number Monash University uses indicates which year the student usually is when enrolling in the course: 1000-1999 level courses for a first year student (these courses often are best to look at for meeting gen-ed requirements), 2000-2999 level courses for second years, and 3000-3999 for third year. 4000-4999 level courses are reserved for Monash honors students, which you will often be able to enroll in as long as you meet the prerequisites. 5000-plus courses are graduate courses. Unless you are a student in advanced standing, it is best not to consider these courses.
Fourth, you may be asking: How do I know if I meet the prerequisites for a course at a foreign university? First, ensure that the course does have prerequisites or requisites. It may not, and, if so, you should have no difficulty enrolling in the course (save for the class being full). For those courses that list prerequisites, you won't be able to get a definite answer as to whether you meet requirements until the university's faculty review your UA transcript, but here is the best way to proceed until that occurs. First, read the course description of the courses you are interested in thoroughly and ask yourself if you have familiarity/course experience in the topics that will be covered. Second, look at the prerequisites or requisites listed for the course, search for course descriptions for those courses and see if you have taken courses that closely match them. If so, you have good cause to be confident you will be allowed to enroll in the course.
Instructions for searching Monash University's course catalog:
- head to the Monash online unit Handbook:http://www.monash.edu/pubs/2019handbooks/units/index.html
- from there a first suggestion is to try "search units". Once there, there is no need to type in a keyword, but you will want to select undergraduate or postgraduate (depending on your class standing) under Level, next you will want to select the campuses under Location (select only Caulfield, Clayton, Parkville, and/or Penisula). Note that the shuttle bus from Clayton to Peninsula can be as long as just under an hour in duration (see inter-campus shuttle services). Under Teaching Period, select either First Semester or Second Semester. You may look over the choices under Faculty and Organizational Unit selecting all you feel will provide you with the courses you are interested in finding.
- You can also look by Area of Study (though you may have equal luck searching by school, department, centre and/or by faculty). When searching by Area of Study you'll be given letters of the alphabet and under each letter is a list of areas of study beginning with that letter. When looking at which letters to start with, keep in mind that your specific major or minor may not translate exactly on the Australian side. You may find that several Areas of Study correlate with your major. For each course you select, be sure to note whether the course is offered during First or Second Semester and which campus it will be offered as well.
Some courses that have been pre-approved by the University of Arizona can be found below.