Study Abroad in Australia at Monash University with Arcadia University

Monash University
Preliminary Course Instructions

Course Load and Credits
Course Restrictions
Choosing Your Courses
Course Approval
Enrollment Process
Other Important Points

Course Load and Credits

You are required to maintain a full-time course load throughout your semester at Monash University. A full-time course load is defined by Arcadia University as 14-16 U.S. semester hours of credit; this is the equivalent of 22-24 units at Monash. Refer to the credit translation scale below when selecting your courses:

Australian University Credit Point Units U.S. University Semester Hours of Credit
3 2
4 3
6 4
8 5
9 6
11 7
12 8


Course Restrictions

As there are significant restrictions in enrollment, please ensure adequate time for your application and proposed coursework to be evaluated if you are pursuing courses in the following areas of study:

  • Art and Design
    • Students who apply to do studio-based units should supply a portfolio of relevant work.
  • Arts
    • Language units are strictly sequential and students must fulfil exact prerequisites.
    • Students who wish to study music are unable to take one-on-one performance units, but they can apply for ensemble units (as part of a group) and music theory units.
  • Business and Economics
    • Due to a high demand for Business & Economics units, quotas are imposed particularly at the Clayton and Caulfield campuses.
    • Students applying to do accounting, finance, economics, econometrics and statistics units are required to produce evidence of completion of high level Mathematics (final year secondary or tertiary level). They should attach the detailed curriculum & results of their completed Math units.
  • Education
    • Units with practical teaching components may be available for students enrolled in a teaching program at their home university.
      • The units will be limited to 1st, 2nd or 3rd year units only
      • Units will be subject to the availability of teaching placements
      • Students who are offered placements will be required to undertake a police record check
  • Pharmacy
    • Students can only apply for 1st year pharmacy units unless they come from another Bachelor of Pharmacy or a Bachelor of Science (Pharmaceutical Science degree).
  • Psychology
    • Only available to students with substantial previous study in psychology.
    • Students are required to submit syllabi for all previously studied psychology units.
    • Students applying for 2nd or 3rd year units must have a working knowledge of a statistics program like SPSS and have previously written scientific lab reports.
  • Science
    • Students applying for Chemistry or Mathematics will need to supply syllabi of related units that they have studied at their home institution to determine if they have met the necessary pre-requisites for these areas.

Study Abroad students are not permitted to enroll in courses in the following areas:

  • Law
  • Medicine or Surgery


Choosing Your Courses

You should include at least 8-10 courses on your Preliminary Course Form to allow for scheduling changes, time conflicts, prerequisites or cancellations. Your flexibility is very important to the process.

When selecting your courses from the university's website, you should be aware of some differences in terminology:

Australian Term U.S. Equivalent
Faculty School or College
Course Degree
Subject Course
Course Outline Syllabus
Semester 1 Spring Semester
Semester 2 Fall Semester

From the Monash website,

Students living at the Clayton or Caulfield campuses may ONLY take courses at either campus. The campuses are approximately 5 miles apart and there are free Monash shuttles that frequently run between the campuses.

Students living at the Gippsland campus may ONLY take courses at that campus. The campus is approximately 1 ½ hour from the Clayton and Caulfield campuses.


Course Approval

Monash University will review your Preliminary Course form for approval and your Program Manager will email you Monash's Pre-approved Units List.


Enrollment Process

Monash will pre-enroll you in your approved courses. You will not be able to enroll in your courses and finalized your timetable until orientation. During orientation, Monash will hold Enrollment Information Sessions where advisors will be on hand to assist you with the enrollment and timetabling processes.

Be sure to bring an updated copy of your official transcript, your passport and COE with you to these orientation sessions.

The Arcadia University Australia Centre requires that you enroll in only one 100-level type course for the semester. To enroll in additional 100-level courses, you must appeal your timetable with the Senior Coordinator Student Liaison during orientation.

It is your responsibility to make sure that you are registered for a full academic load according to your home school. Please review your course choices with your academic or study abroad advisor, and submit the preliminary course form to The College of Global Studies at Arcadia University.

Every effort will be made to place you in the courses you originally request. However, neither Monash nor The College of Global Studies can guarantee approval or placement in any course. Your first choices may not be available due to schedule changes, time conflicts or cancellations. Alternate course approval and flexibility is extremely important.


Other Important Points

Additional course fees may be associated with some of your overseas course work (i.e. courses that include laboratory work, field excursions or theater trips). Please see our fee information online here.

In some cases, Monash will request that you submit syllabi or an updated official transcript. Please have this information available should we need to contact you for this material.

If you are interested in enrolling in studio art, graphic art, art media production, drama, dancing or music courses, you will need to submit a portfolio or audition tape to support your application. Because your work will be sent to Monash, we are unable to return the portfolio.

Arcadia University does not issue pass/fail grades for work completed overseas. If you intend to enroll in a unit that is assessed pass/fail, please contact Arcadia University to discuss the procedures associated with the grade translation.