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International students

Important information

(Admission is only available for a full-time enrolment)

As from 1 January 1990 all international students undertake courses on a full fee paying basis. Initial inquiries should be directed to the coordinator - graduate studies, Faculty of Arts.

All completed application forms should be returned, together with original or certified copies of academic transcripts and proof of English proficiency, to the director, Monash International Pty Ltd, Monash University, Caulfield 3162, Australia.

Applications will not be processed unless full documentation is received. Information is also available on the Internet; please go to http:/www.monash.edu.au/pubs/handbooks/artsg/.

Proficiency in English

Sound English proficiency skills are required for academic programs at this university. Graduate applicants must satisfy one of the following requirements:

1 First language is English.

2 An overall band score of not less than 6.5 on the IELTS test conducted by IDP and the British Council. In addition, a score of at least 6.0 is required in each module and applicants must undertake the appropriate module (A, B or C) in regard to reading and writing.

3 A score of 575 or more achieved in the American Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and a score of 5 or more on the TOEFL Test of Written English (TWE). Scores must be available for both TOEFL and TWE.

4 Successful completion of a course of tertiary studies of at least two years duration and requiring formal assessment of written work in an English-speaking country, together with, at the university's discretion, documentary evidence of recent diagnostic testing indicating an acceptable overall score in the IELTS test (6.5 plus 6 in relevant module) or a minimum of 575 in the TOEFL plus a minimum of 5 in the TWE test.

5 Successful completion of a course of tertiary studies of at least two years duration conducted entirely in English and involving formal assessment of written work, in an institution where the official language of instruction and communication is English, together with, at the university's discretion, documentary evidence of recent diagnostic testing indicating an acceptable overall score in the IELTS test (6.5 plus 6 in relevant module) or a minimum of 575 in the TOEFL plus a minimum of 5 in the TWE test.

Full documentary evidence in support of claims made with respect to English proficiency must be submitted with applications for candidature. The university reserves the right to seek further documentary evidence of English proficiency.

English language courses

To aid in English language proficiency Monash University offers `English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students' (ELICOS) through the Monash University English Language Teaching Centre. The courses are aimed at increasing the verbal and written proficiency of prospective students from other countries. Overseas students wishing to take such courses in Australia as a preparation for further study in this country should apply to the Monash English Language Centre, Normanby House, Monash University, Wellington Road, Clayton 3168, Australia. Please consult Normanby House for further details on fees.

Application closing dates

For candidates wanting to commence in first semester (3 March 1997) applications must be received by Monash University by 31 December 1996. The academic year in Australia runs from the beginning of March till November. Mid-year entry, ie at the start of the second semester in July, is available for most programs, but this should be confirmed with the graduate studies office.

Enrolment procedures for international students

PhD students

PhD applicants are admitted to candidature by the PhD and Scholarships Committee on the recommendation of the faculty concerned. In such cases the letter of offer is sent by the Research Training and Support Branch. PhD candidates must follow the instructions in the letter of offer and report to the Research Training and Support Branch (located in the University Offices building) to complete enrolment formalities, then make contact with their supervisor.

Masters and graduate diploma students

After receiving an unconditional offer of a place from the faculty the student will, after paying the deposit as outlined in the offer letter, receive an acceptance advice form from Monash International Pty Ltd. Enrolment for the first semester intake takes place in February. The student commences the enrolment procedure by obtaining an enrolment form from the Faculty of Arts graduate studies office.

The enrolment form is completed by the student, approval of course of study obtained from the relevant department or centre, then checked and approved by the faculty. To complete formalities a student must lodge the form at central administration and be issued with a student identity card. A fees advice form for the amenities fee will be mailed out within a month from the enrolment.


Inquiries regarding Monash Graduate Scholarships (MGS) and Overseas Postgraduate Research Scholarships (OPRS) should be directed to the head of the department or the director of the centre in which the student is applying for candidature. Graduates of any Australian or overseas university are eligible to apply. A candidate should hold at least a bachelors degree with first class honours or the equivalent. Applications are available from the university's Research Training and Support Branch from 1 September. The closing date for 1997 applications is 31 October 1996.

Application fee and deposit

A non-refundable application fee of $A50 is payable on submission of this formal application for higher degree candidature.

A deposit amounting to the full fee for one semester (ie half the annual fee) must be paid on approval of the application and the acceptance of an offer of a place. A visa will not be issued unless the deposit is paid. The deposit will not normally be refunded unless the offer of a place is withdrawn or the circumstances are considered by Monash University to be exceptional, such as inability to obtain a visa (for reasons other than lack of fee payment) or illness documented by appropriate medical certificates. Inquiries regarding fees and refunds thereof should be directed to Monash International.

Annual program fees

International students are not required to pay the international student charge and are exempted from any contribution under the Higher Education Contribution Scheme (HECS) which was introduced by the Government as from 1 January 1989. However, international students are required to pay the compulsory Monash University student amenities fee ($A323 in 1996) and the overseas student health cover fee (OSHC) ($A243 for single persons and $A486 for a family in 1996).

The 1997 tuition fees for Faculty of Arts postgraduate programs are:

All payments are to be made by bank draft in Australian dollars payable to Monash University.

Refund policy

The university has adopted a refund policy recommended by the Australian Vice-Chancellors' Committee. A sliding scale withholding from 10 per cent to 100 per cent applies according to the timing and circumstances of withdrawal from the course. Full details are available from Monash International Pty Ltd.

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