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Australia Study Abroad Program at Monash University

About Monash University in Melbourne, Australia

  • Minimum GPA: 2.7 (4.0 scale)
  • Application deadlines: October 1 for semester 1 (Feb-June)
    October 1 for calendar year (Feb-Nov)
    March 1 for semester 2 (July-Nov)
    March 1 for academic year (July-June)
  • Program advisor: Hannah Sutton
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Program Snapshot


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

  • One of Australia's largest and most academically prestigious universities
  • Ranked among the top 100 universities in the world
  • Member of the prestigious Group of Eight, Australia's leading research universities
  • More than 6,000 courses in 10 faculties
  • The Clayton Campus, 15 miles from downtown Melbourne, offers a rich array of sporting, cultural and educational events, and facilities
  • Caulfield Campus, five miles from downtown Melbourne, has visual arts, educational and sporting facilities, and links with industry, government and the local community
  • Monash Abroad supplements IFSA-Butler in-country support with excursions and social events
  • Named the #1 "green" university in Australia by The Australian!
  • Live in cosmopolitan Melbourne, rated for three years in a row the world's most liveable city
  • Learn more about Monash and the city of Melbourne with this video


  • Housing is with Australian and international students in halls of residence on the Clayton Campus
  • Students may also choose to live in International Mews
  • Students purchase or prepare their own meals in a shared kitchen or pay as they go in a central dining hall on campus


  • Many students recommend Contemporary Australia, an introduction to the major cultural and environmental issues shaping Australia today
  • Students take four courses per semester

We look forward to working with you!



Where can I find a list of courses that the university offers?

  1. Open the Monash University online course catalog.
  2. Enter your search term and apply the appropriate filters to search for courses.

What courses am I eligible to take?
As an IFSA-Butler student, you are entitled to enroll in undergraduate courses for which you are qualified and in which space is available. Course descriptions in the online course catalog (see above) include prerequisites you must fulfill in order to enroll in each course.

For each course that you list on your preference form, be sure to check the following:

  • When determining which courses to take, please bear in mind that the Australian academic system is an intensive, three-year program.
    • First-year 1000 courses are appropriate for departments in which you have little or no prior experience.
    • Second-year 2000 courses will be equivalent to advanced sophomore or junior-level U.S. courses.
    • Third-year 3000 courses will be equivalent to senior-level U.S. courses.
    • 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.
  • Monash's main campus is Clayton, but you're also able to take classes at the Caulfield campus; the commute is about 15 minutes and there are free shuttle buses that run frequently. You may also take classes at Berwick, but the commute is about 25 minutes. Classes at the Parkville or Peninsula campuses may be possible, but please be aware that the commutes are very long (up to 1.5 hours) and students may find it difficult to fit in any other classes on the same day.
  • All art and design classes are offered at the Caulfield Campus (all art courses require a portfolio).

What if I need to take a required course?
Please be aware that IFSA-Butler cannot guarantee that your host university will offer a particular course, or that you will be allowed to take that particular course. However, if you need to take a required course, you may indicate that it is required on your course preference form. Your IFSA-Butler program advisor will communicate your needs to your host university.

Course Restrictions

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.

Your courses must be offered at the Clayton or Caulfield campuses.


How many courses am I able to take, and how do I determine U.S. semester credit hours?
IFSA-Butler requires students to enroll in a full course load at the host institution. A full course load at Monash University is 24 points for the semester (equivalent to 15-16 U.S. semester credit hours) and 48 points for the year (equivalent to 30-32 U.S. semester credit hours). The number of courses you will take depends on the individual credit value of the course you select.  For information on the credit weight, please consult the information below.

3 MU points = 2 U.S. semester credit hours
4 MU points = 2.5 U.S. semester credit hours
6 MU points = 4 U.S. semester credit hours
8 MU points = 5 U.S. semester credit hours
10 MU points = 6.25 U.S. semester credit hours
12 MU points = 8 U.S. semester credit hours


What 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?
Because of the differences in the academic systems, you will not know your exam schedule until after you arrive at your host university. Please refer to your program calendar to review the exam period for your host university. Your host university's policies do not permit you to reschedule any exams, request alternate assessments or arrange to have your exams proctored in the United States. If this occurs, IFSA-Butler cannot assist you in conducting a grade appeal or academic follow-up for the course in which you made this arrangement. You will need to complete and submit all academic work prior to departing the program.


How will my home university know what my classes were and what grades I received?
After you have returned to the U.S., your home university will receive a Butler University transcript with the credit you earned at Monash University. The Butler University transcript will report the equivalent U.S. semester credit hours and letter grades. We also will send an official transcript to your permanent address.


Housing Options

What are my housing options?
The following housing options are available during your semester or year abroad:

Deakin Hall
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.

Farrer Hall
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
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
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
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.

Students living in the International Mews on the Caulfield campus must purchase and prepare their own meals.

Housing FAQs

Is my housing included in the program fee?
Yes. Your program fee includes accommodation at the university while classes are in session. You will be responsible for any commuting costs you may incur. Australian university housing requires students to move out during breaks between semesters. If you are studying abroad for a year and wish to remain in residence during the vacation period(s), you must notify the university housing office upon arrival to make necessary arrangements. Staying in residence during these breaks may incur additional costs not covered by the IFSA-Butler program fee.

When will I receive my housing assignment?
You will most likely receive your housing assignment one to two weeks before your departure. However, in some cases you may not receive your housing assignment until you arrive in Australia for orientation. Your program advisor will notify you of your housing assignment via e-mail when it is released by the university.

Please keep in mind that while IFSA-Butler guarantees housing, we cannot guarantee your preferences.

Can I arrange my own housing?
Yes. IFSA-Butler recognizes that some students require independent housing for their time abroad. If you choose not to take advantage of our guaranteed housing, you may sign up for independent housing on the housing preference form. Once you've made this choice, we will not provide housing for you or bill you for the accommodation fee.

Please be advised that housing costs can be high abroad, and many times students living independently end up spending more money than students living in IFSA-Butler arranged housing. If you are hoping to save money by arranging housing on your own, please research your options early so you can compare costs. You must notify us of your intention to live in independent housing by the program application deadline for your term abroad, listed at the top of this page. We are not able to accommodate independent housing requests after the deadline.

Location Info

Living and Studying Abroad in Melbourne, Australia

About Melbourne

Population: 4 million
Location: State of Victoria, on the southeast edge of Australia

City features

  • Known as the "World's Most Livable City"
  • A great combination of ultramodern development and 19th-century architecture
  • The arts capital of Australia, with theatres, concert venues, galleries and arts events, and a thriving local music scene
  • World class sporting teams and events, including Aussie Rules football, the Melbourne Cup (horse racing), the Australian Masters (golf) and the Australian Grand Prix (Formula One racing)

Do more!

  • Sun and swim at great beaches just outside the city
  • Drive the Great Ocean Road from Melbourne to Adelaide, one of the most beautiful drives in all of Australia
  • Walk the trails of Mornington Peninsula National Park for magnificent views of seascapes

City of Melbourne
CitySearch Melbourne
Visit Victoria
VICNET-Victoria's Community Network
Melbourne and Victoria News

Dates & Fees

Program Dates

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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.

Program Fees

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What's included in our Australia program fees
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Calendar Year and Semester 1 Payments Due: December 15
Academic Year and Semester 2 Payments Due:
May 15

Program Fee Bills
IFSA-Butler will send a single bill for tuition, services and housing. Any bills for tuition differentials and/or supplemental housing fees will be sent separately. Students who opt for independent housing will not be charged the housing component of the program fee.

The housing component of our program fee is based on the average cost of local student self-catering accommodation, usually a shared room in a regular dormitory, apartment or house without any extra features.

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:

hannahProgram 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.

beckiStudent Accounts Coordinator Becki Niccum assists with the financial side of study abroad and processes payments and invoices. Becki can be reached at the email link above or at 317-940-3077.


Student & Parent Services Manager Donnetta Spears is available to both students and parents for travel questions and information. Donnetta has worked with IFSA-Butler since 2000, and she has traveled through parts of Europe, Latin America, Australia and New Zealand. As the mother of 4 college students (including one who studied abroad on an IFSA-Butler program), she has a deep understanding of the ins-and-outs of study abroad from a parent perspective. Donnetta can be reached at the email link above or at 317-940-4252.

lindsey meldrumOnce 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.




abbyAcademic 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.

Get Connected

Connect with IFSA-Butler Students

If you really want to know what it's like to study abroad, connect with IFSA-Butler alumni and students who are currently abroad on an IFSA-Butler program. Check out the following:
Student Network
Student Blogs
Experiences Abroad Videos
For Students

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