Study options

At Monash, we welcome students from around the world each semester. We hope that you come study with us and experience all that Monash has to offer, both in and beyond the classroom.

Study Abroad or Exchange?

If you’re planning on studying at Monash for a semester program (one or two semesters), you will be considered as either a study abroad student or an exchange student, depending on whether your home institution is a Monash University exchange partner.

While study abroad and exchange students both come from international universities, attend our Monash Abroad orientation and study units at Monash, there are some key differences that we will clarify below. We also recommend you seek advice from your home institution about whether study abroad or exchange is the most suitable option for you.

Study Abroad

Study Abroad will be your program option if there is no reciprocal exchange agreement between your home institution and Monash. As a Study Abroad student, tuition fees are paid to Monash by you directly or on your behalf by your home institution or a third party provider.

In some cases, Study Abroad may be recommended by your home institution even if they do have a reciprocal exchange agreement with Monash. For example, there could be an uneven balance of students participating in the exchange program, so Study Abroad may be the most suitable option for you.

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Exchange will be your program option if your home institution has a reciprocal exchange agreement with Monash. You’ll need to be nominated by your home institution, and as an exchange student you’ll continue to pay tuition fees to your home institution.

Apply now for Exchange

What can I study?

Monash is all about choice. Check out our Monash Handbook to learn more about the thousands of units (subjects) we offer across our Australian campuses.

Not sure where to start? We recommend looking through the following study packages we have created for study abroad and exchange students.

Study Abroad Specialisations

Study Abroad Specialisations are packages of units organised into engaging interdisciplinary themes for study during the semester.

Back for Summer

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

Pre-approved units are a collection of Monash units which have been pre-approved for study abroad and exchange students to study.

If you’re looking for some more advice on the academic side of studying at Monash as a study abroad or exchange student, check out our Academic advising page.