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Monash University Quick Snap
Location: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Main Campus: Clayton, Melbourne (20 km southeast of Melbourne’s city centre)
City Population: 4.1 million
Student Population: 63,002 (across all campuses)
International Students: approximately 22,000 across all campuses
Semester 1 Starts: February
Semester 2 Starts: July
Faculties: Art, Design and Architecture
Business and Economics
Information Technology
Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Monash University


In 2008, Monash University celebrated 50 years of achievement. Granted its charter in 1958, Monash University welcomed its first intake of students in 1961 at the Clayton campus in Melbourne, Australia. Since then, Monash University has grown to become the largest and one of the most respected universities in Australia, having developed as a truly global university.

With campuses in Australia, Malaysia, South Africa, as well as a centre in Tuscany, Italy and links with more than 100 institutions throughout the world, a Monash education qualifies students for success in the global community.

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As a member of the prestigious Group of 8 universities, Monash offers a wide range of courses that give students access to flexible learning options and innovative course combinations. Monash is dedicated to preparing students for the increasingly competitive job market, and as a result, Monash graduates are highly sought after by employers internationally.

With selective entry and a strong tradition of excellence in traditional and emerging academic disciplines, Monash is an entrepreneurial, world-class institution. The university's research experience is outstanding, and it places a premium on quality undergraduate teaching. For the second year in a row, global CEOs and recruiters polled by The New York Times have voted Monash University the best university in Australia from which to hire graduates. The annual survey by the prestigious New York Times newspaper placed Monash 32nd in the world, up from 47th in 2011.

The leap of 15 places also makes Monash the leader for the Oceania region and the only Victorian university to make the list of 100 higher education institutions.

The survey canvassed the views of almost 5000 chief executives, managers and recruiters in 20 countries on their preferred global institutions from which to recruit.

The university offers a large number and wide range of subjects and courses across its 10 faculties and students can tailor a program to meet their academic and social needs. Monash's 10 faculties are recognized as national and international leaders in their fields. They offer innovative programs, based in the traditional disciplines and relevant in a modern, global context.

Located within our faculties are 37 research centres of national and international prominence, including the National Centre for Australian Studies and the Centre for Australian Indigenous Studies within the Faculty of Arts.

Clayton is the largest Monash campus located approximately 20 km from downtown Melbourne. There are five other campuses in Australia: Caulfield (near downtown Melbourne), Peninsula (by the sea), Gippsland (in the country, approximately two hours from Melbourne), Berwick (on the outer fringes of Melbourne) and Parkville (Pharmacy College in downtown Melbourne).

Location: Melbourne

Monash University’s Australian campuses are in and around the city of Melbourne, the capital of the state of Victoria. The Economist Intelligence Unit has consistently ranked Melbourne at or near the top of their list of the most liveable cities in the world. Melbourne has been independently recognized for its safety, culture and environment, education, recreation, infrastructure and climate.


Melbourne’s population of four million are spread over a broad geographic area, from mountains and plains in the north of the city to dozens of bayside suburbs taking advantage of the views, restaurants and beaches found near Port Phillip Bay.

Beaches are located within an hour of most Monash campuses – a few minutes away from some – while some of Victoria’s most popular ski resorts are just three hours away. From fashion, food and fun downtown, to national parks, wineries and beaches in surrounding areas, Melbourne offers an excellent base for students.

Melbourne’s climate is temperate and is one of a few places in Australia that enjoys four distinct seasons. In summer, with many days frequently over 30 degrees Celsius, the city’s beaches are popular, while the mountains near the city are frequently snow capped during winter. Winter temperatures are cool to brisk with the average range from seven to 14 degrees Celsius.

The people of Melbourne love to celebrate, and this is reflected in the events that the city is famous for, including: Australian Open tennis, Australian Rules Football, food and wine festivals, Formula One Grand Prix, International Comedy Festival, Melbourne International Arts Festival, Melbourne International Film Festival and Spring Racing Carnival (including the renowned Melbourne Cup).

Why Canadians Enjoy Studying at Monash

Students from Canada choose Monash due to its highly regarded reputation for excellence and that its name is highly respected by employers internationally.

Monash University also attracts internationally-respected lecturers, and although Monash is a large institution, its staff-student ratio is higher than that of the average Australian university, which ensures that students receive more focus and time from academic staff.

As one of Australia’s largest universities, Canadians enjoy the both resources and facilities available at Monash University and the diverse international student population on campus. The city of Melbourne is a key attraction for students from Canada, and students particularly enjoy attending Monash’s main, suburban campus, Clayton.


As well, Monash University offers generous scholarships. Scholarships are offered to students who are high achieving, experiencing disadvantage and a combination of both:

  • Academic excellence - For the highest achieving students.
  • Excellence and equity - Helping high achievers succeed despite disadvantage.
  • Equity - If you've experienced some form of disadvantage you might be eligible for a scholarship.
  • Research degrees

Monash offers more than 200 types of scholarships, valued at up to $70,000, with benefits like
  • payments for study and living costs;
  • course fee subsidies;
  • accommodation and travel allowances; and
  • leadership, mentoring and healthy lifestyle programs.

Some scholarships offer one-off payments while others continue for the length of your course.

You may be able to hold more than one scholarship (one to help study costs and another for accommodation, for instance).

Remember to ask your admissions officer if you are interested in learning more about Monash University scholarships offered to international students!

Some Popular Monash University Programs for Students from Canada

"Adopt as your fundamental creed that you will equip yourself for life, not solely for your own benefit but for the benefit of the whole community." - Sir John Monash

  • Graduate Diploma of Education
  • Bachelor of Pharmacy
  • Master of Bioethics
  • Master of Public Health
  • Master of Corporate Environmental and Sustainability Management
  • Master of Biography and Life Writing
  • Graduate-entry Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery
  • Undergraduate Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery
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