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Location: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Main Campus: Clayton, Melbourne (20 km southeast of Melbourne’s city centre)
City Population: 4.8 million
Student Population: 73,807 (across all campuses)
International Students: approximately 19,076 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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"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

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.

Monash has achieved an enviable national and international reputation for research and teaching excellence in a short 50 years. Monash is ranked in the top one per cent of world universities.

Monash is ranked

  • in the top one per cent of world universities – 73rd in the world – according to the Times Higher Education World University Rankings (2015–2016)
  • in the top 150 world universities, with an estimated rank of 114th according to the Academic Ranking of World Universities 2015.

Leaders from the world's most successful companies consistently rate Monash as a preferred university from which to hire graduates. Global Employability Rankings, 2011–2015, New York Times

The Good Universities Guide 2016 awarded Monash five stars for

  • staff qualifications
  • student retention
  • research grants

Top one per cent of business employability education providers. Monash is the only Group of Eight university with triple crown international business accreditation within the Faculty of Business and Economics:

  • AMBA

Discipline rankings

Monash is ranked

  • the best university in Australia for engineering and technology (Times Higher Education, 2015–2016)
  • the best university in Australia for chemistry (Academic Ranking of World Universities, 2015)
  • 35th in the world for clinical, preclinical medicine and health (Times Higher Education, 2015–2016)
  • 44th in the world for arts and humanities (Times Higher Education, 2014–2015)

Monash is a member of the Group of Eight, an alliance of leading Australian universities recognised for their excellence in teaching and research. Group of Eight universities produce graduates who find full-time employment sooner, begin on higher salaries, and are more likely to move onto postgraduate studies than graduates from other Australian universities.


Monash has four campuses in Australia:

  • Clayton (approx. 20 km from downtown Melbourne)
  • Caulfield (near downtown Melbourne)
  • Peninsula (by the sea)
  • Parkville (Pharmacy College in downtown Melbourne)

Clayton is the original Monash site and still the largest. Since its founding in 1958, a thriving community has emerged where students from more than 100 countries gather to meet, discuss and debate with their peers while gaining a degree from one of the world's most prestigious universities. Now, with its own postcode and a comprehensive line-up of services, markets and stores, Monash Clayton is its own city in the eastern suburbs.

The Monash Caulfield campus is located about 9 km from Melbourne's CBD. With buses, trams and trains all close at hand, the campus is both centrally located and well connected to public transport. The Caulfield train station is conveniently located just opposite the campus. The university operates a free, regular inter-campus shuttle service between the Caulfield and Clayton campuses. Students who live on campus at Clayton and those who study at both campuses can easily commute back and forth.

Monash University's Peninsula campus is the third largest of the university's metropolitan campuses and caters to approximately 3,500 students undertaking undergraduate and postgraduate courses in business, education and health-related disciplines.

Surrounded by parks, the Monash Parkville campus is a short tram ride north of Melbourne's CBD and within walking distance of the vibrant inner-city suburbs of Carlton, Brunswick and Fitzroy. It is home to the Monash Faculty of Pharmacy.

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!

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 7 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).

Some Popular Monash University Programs for Students from Canada

Monash University Architecture School (Undergraduate)

  • Bachelor of Architectural Design
  • Bachelor of Design (Visual Communication)
  • Bachelor of Fine Art
  • Bachelor of Industrial Design
  • Bachelor of Interior Architecture
  • Bachelor of Multimedia & Digital Arts
  • Bachelor of Visual Arts
  • Bachelor of Visual Arts and Media Arts

Monash University Arts and Humanities (Undergraduate)

  • Bachelor of Arts (many majors to choose from)
  • Bachelor of Global Studies
  • Bachelor of Music (Honours)

Monash University Arts and Humanities (Graduate)

  • Master of Applied Social Research
  • Master of Asian Studies
  • Master of Australian Studies
  • Master of Bioethics
  • Master of Biography and Life Writing
  • Master of Communications and Media Studies
  • Master of Criminal Justice and Criminology
  • Master of Cultural Economy
  • Master of Design
  • Master of History
  • Master of Human Services Management
  • Master of International Development Practice
  • Master of International Relations
  • Master of International Sustainable Tourism Management
  • Master of Interpreting and Translation Studies
  • Master of Journalism
  • Master of Multimedia
  • Master of Public History
  • Master of Theatre
  • Master of Tourism

Monash University Business School (Undergraduate)

  • Bachelor of Accounting
  • Bachelor of Actuarial Science
  • Bachelor of Banking and Finance
  • Bachelor of Business (many majors)
  • Bachelor of Commerce (many majors)
  • Bachelor of Economics
  • Bachelor of Finance
  • Bachelor of International Business
  • Bachelor of Arts with Bachelor of Business and Commerce
  • Business of Biomedical Science with Bachelor of Economics

Monash University Business School (Graduate)

  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
  • Master of Philosophy
  • Master of Applied Econometrics
  • Master of Applied Finance
  • Master of Business (9 majors to choose from)
  • Master of Business Administration
  • Master of Business Law
  • Master of Business Management
  • Master of Diplomacy and Trade
  • Master of Human Resource Management
  • Master of International Business
  • Master of Management
  • Master of Marketing
  • Master of Professional Accounting
  • Master of Professional Accounting and Master of Business Law
  • Master of Public Policy and Management
  • Master of Work and Employment Relations
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Financial Management
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Health Economics and Evaluation
  • Graduate Certificate in Health Economics
  • Graduate Certificate in Pharmaco-economics

Monash University Counselling Programs

  • Master of Counselling

Monash University Engineering and IT School

  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
  • Master of Advanced Engineering
  • Master of Engineering Science (Research)
  • Master of Aerospace Engineering
  • Master of Bioresource Engineering
  • Master of Engineering Science and Advanced Process Design
  • Master of Engineering Science (Coursework and Minor Thesis)
  • Master of Infrastructure Engineering and Management
  • Master of International Crisis Management
  • Master of Maintenance and Reliability Engineering
  • Master of Traffic
  • Master of Transport

Monash University Environmental Sciences

  • Master of Science (Research)

Monash University Health Sciences

  • Master of Biomedical and Health Science
  • Master of Clinical Embryology
  • Master of Clinical Epidemiology
  • Master of Clinical Midwifery
  • Master of Health Professional Education
  • Master of Health Services Management
  • Master of International Health
  • Master of International Research Bioethics
  • Master of Medical Radiations (Nuclear Medicine)
  • Master of Medical Ultrasound
  • Master of Occupational and Environmental Health
  • Master of Practice Development
  • Master of Public Health
  • Master of Social Work (Qualifying)

Monash University Law School

Monash University Linguistics Programs

  • Master of English as an International Language
  • Master of Applied Japanese Linguistics
  • Graduate Diploma in Arts (Applied Japanese Linguistics)
  • Master of Interpreting and Translation Studies
  • Graduate Diploma in Linguistics
  • Master of Applied Linguistics
  • Graduate Diploma in Applied Linguistics
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Linguistics

Monash University Medical School

Monash University Nursing School

Monash University Occupational Therapy School

  • Master of Occupational Therapy Practice

Monash University Physiotherapy School

  • Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours)

Monash University Public Health School

  • Master of Public Health

Monash University Science (Undergraduate)

  • Bachelor of Biotechnology
  • Bachelor of Environmental Science
  • Bachelor of Science (many majors to choose from)

Monash University Science (Graduate)

  • Doctor of Philosophy
  • Master of Philosophy
  • Master of Financial Mathematics
  • Master of Science

Monash University Teacher Education

  • Master of Teaching (Primary or Secondary)
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