About Monash University
Monash University is recognized worldwide for its internationalization, focus on research, and innovation. The vibrancy of the intellectual atmosphere is what attracts students, faculty and staff. Research centers in subjects as varied as green chemistry; science, mathematics and technology education; and Australian Indigenous Studies complement the focus on undergraduate teaching.
With two suburban and one regional campus in the Melbourne area, 40,000 students doesn't seem as large as it is. The Clayton campus with 21,000 students is located in suburban Melbourne, about a half-hour from the center of the city. However, with a wide array of amenities including sporting facilities, a performing arts center, shops, banks, cafes and restaurants, you'll have little need to leave campus. Fifteen minutes away is the Caulfield campus. Located in an inner-suburb, Caulfield is noted for its offerings in business, information technology, art and design. On-campus amenities include cafes, and restaurants, a fitness center and bookshop. If you are looking for a smaller learning environment in a traditional Australian bush setting (over 100 miles from Melbourne), the Gippsland campus offers courses in business, humanities, education, and communications with a student population of only a little more than 2,000. Gippsland campus offers students the opportunity to be fully integrated with Australian students – there are very few American students and Arcadia program students live on-campus with local students. The campus offers exceptional support services as well as numerous excursions and activities that are incorporated into the classes.
Monash's ten faculties offer thousands of courses. You'll typically enroll in four courses per semester, earning sixteen semester hours of credit. As with all Australian universities, you'll find courses rely on a combination of lectures and tutorials. There is a free shuttle bus between the Clayton and Caulfield campuses, however students must plan carefully if they need to take courses on both campuses. Students at Gippsland take all of their courses there.
Outside of the classroom, you'll find all of the activities you'd expect at a university the size of Monash. The Monash Student Association organizes clubs and societies, campus events, and even has a campus newspaper and radio station on the Clayton Campus. Caulfield has its own student association that organizes clubs and activities and runs many of the cafes on campus.
Accommodation options vary by campus. Most Clayton and Gippsland students choose to live on-campus in the student residences, while Caulfield students may find it convenient to live in apartments in the city.
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