Find out about information and support services provided by the university to all international students. Postgraduates are welcome to access these services.
For international students there is a wide range of learning support available.
International students are encouraged to seek assistance from a Student Adviser about any issues including settling in and making cultural adjustments to life in Australia, visa matters, ESOS regulations and overseas student health cover. Programs available include language and cultural exchange programs, mentoring and friendship programs. There are student advisers on all six campuses.
Reseach student orientation
Student advisers run regular compulsory VIP (Vital International Presention) orientation sessions for international research students covering such topics as overseas health cover; regulations and visas; work rights; money matters and tax file numbers.
The University has a wide range of services for all students - for postgraduate-specific information see our uni services webpage.
Peer mentor program
The Peer Mentor Program is designed to assist new International students to settle into their studies and become independent. Senior students (2nd semester and above) act as mentors and use their experience and knowledge to guide new students through the first six weeks of their course.
Gippsland International student friendship program (GISFP)
The GISFP matches international students studying at the Gippsland campus with families from the local community. The GISFP provides social and practical support for international students by establishing friendships and cultural exchange.
Family and Child Care supports international families with children studying at Monash University. Advice is available regarding childcare, primary school, playgroups, school holiday care and other child and family support issues. Social events for international students with families are held throughout the year.
International students emergency fund
The Sir Edward Dunlop International Students Emergency Fund (SEDISEF) is a community-based fund that provides short-term loans to International Students in universities, TAFE institutes and secondary schools in Victoria, Australia.
Applications for loans will be considered to overcome a short-term financial crisis or cover unexpected expenses which threaten a student’s ability to continue their studies.
AccommodationCheck out our accommodation guide for on and off-campus options. There are also other options (homestay, homeshare) that are specifically for international students.
Education services for overseas students (ESOS)
The Australian government regulates the education and training sector’s involvement with overseas students studying in Australia on student visas.
Visit Monash's ESOS information page for further information.
Department of Immigration
Information about student visas at the Department of Immigration website.
Study in Australia
This Australian government website provides information on living and studying in Australia. It includes tips on safety, how to get involved in the community and information on Australia. There are versions in 12 languages, just click on your preferred language version at the bottom of the page.
Monash welcomes postgrads from all over the world
International student podcast
International students - listen to our Compass Online podcast where three postgrads - Alan (from Taiwan), Wei (from China) and Bala (from India) - discuss their experiences and offer tips for new international students. Available in both Quicktime or RealPlayer formats.
Bala and the BBQ - an international student story
A vegetarian from India becomes an Aussie BBQ 'tong master'- read Bala's story in this back issue of Compass Online.
The English Language Growth Project
This website has a wide range of resources for International students.
Australian accented English
Some international students find the way English is spoken in Australia can be quite different to how they have been taught.
Instead of asking you how you are, we ask 'how are you going?" We arrange to meet you in the 'arvo' or will invite you to a 'barbie'.
You can search the meaning of Aussie words and phrases on the Australian Word Map website - a co-production of the Macquarie Library Pty Ltd and ABC Online.
To help tune your ear to to Aussie English try:
watching some Australian-made TV programs and films
listening to AM talkback radio (ABC 774)
chatting with the check-out operator at the supermarket
The "footy" season
If you are wondering what a “footy season” is you need to read our essential (and slightly tongue-in-cheek) guide to surviving the winter in sports-mad Melbourne.