Melbourne is the capital and most populous city of the Australian state of Victoria, and the second-most populous city in Australia and Oceania. Melbourne rates highly in education, entertainment, health care, research and development, tourism and sport, making it the world's most liveable city—for the sixth year in a row in 2016. Situated on the shores of Port Phillip Bay at the mouth of the Yarra River, it is a major commercial and industrial center in a province that boasts more breathtaking scenery and dramatic contrasts in landscape than any other part of Australia. Snow-capped mountains, desert plains, ocean beaches, and natural wilderness are some of the features of this unique and beautiful region.
Melbourne resembles Boston, its sister city, with its rich cultural life, museums, theaters, and orchestras. Known as the city of contrasts, it has something for everyone: a diversity of cuisine, a unique blend of Asian and European lifestyles, interesting sporting events such as cricket and Australian Rules Football, and an exciting mix of cultural outlets.
Monash is a dynamic, multicultural community serving over 50,000 students, including 12,000 individuals from 100 countries. Monash is widely recognized for its excellence and innovation in teaching, scholarship, and research. It is a member of Australia’s prestigious Group of Eight leading universities and is ranked among the top 50 in the world.
Excellent curricular offerings are found in the sciences, management, education, community health, and the liberal arts, including a fine program in women’s studies. Monash University has five campuses located around metropolitan Melbourne. BC students may also choose to study at the Sunway campus in Malaysia.
Students enroll in courses that span the disciplines at Monash University. Courses are composed of lectures supplemented by weekly discussion groups or tutorials.
The Australian system fosters independent research and scholarly reflection; emphasis is placed on year-end research projects and final exams.
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Please consult the acceptance materials that Monash sends you for the exact semester dates and dates of the orientation. Plan to attend the orientation, and to stay until the last exam date; you must remain for all of your exams.
Upon arrival, you will participate in a week-long comprehensive orientation program aimed at introducing you to the university system, its students, activities, resources and facilities. During the orientation you will be advised about course selection.
You are advised not to take Australian “culture” classes that are designed for visiting students, but rather to take courses about aspects of Australian culture within the academic departments.
Course selection information at Monash university is available here
- Fall Term: Starts in mid-July and ends in late November.
- Spring Term: Starts in late February and ends in late June.
Please note that you are responsible for paying for your housing. BC does not pay for your accommodations. For students that receive financial aid from Boston College, please keep in mind that financial aid is not disbursed to your account until after the first week of class. This may be an issue for students going abroad in the fall semester as payment for housing is due in July whilst a refund of excess funds is only available in September.
You will be housed on-campus accommodation
in one of six “Halls of Residence” on the main, Clayton campus. All of the halls are within walking distance of one another. Most rooms are singles with a built in wardrobe, mirror, desk, wall shelving unit, night stand/cupboard, and bed with linens that are changed every week for you. The Halls are co-ed. You will share a bathroom, also coed, with your flat mates. Rooms are equipped with a telephone and, in most cases, a kitchenette area.
Each floor has a “tutor” who lives on the floor and acts as the “RA.” The tutors provide academic assistance and also serve as a disciplinarian. Each residence also has a computer facility. There is also a full kitchen where you can cook, a common room where everyone gathers to watch TV, a video room where you can rent and watch movies, an area for mail, and a shop, open at specific hours during the evening where you can buy snacks and the like.
Australian universities do not have meal plans but Monash has many on-campus dining facilities
as well as off-campus restaurants, and your accommodations will also have kitchen facilities.