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Study Abroad

Integrated Monash Study Abroad

Malaysia or Melbourne

As part of your GSD degree course, you have the option to spend part of your second year studying abroad at the University of Monash in Melbourne, Australia. (This intercalated terms abroad option differs to the more common option of spending a full year studying abroad and is a unique feature of your GSD course).

You may be based at either the University’s Melbourne campus or at its campus in Malaysia (located at Bandar Sunway, approximately 18km from Kuala Lumpur). Monash University is home to the Sustainable Development Institute; a world leading centre for multi- disciplinary research into and education for sustainability. The Institute brings together scientists, lawyers, economists, psychologists, biologists, engineers, health professionals and training experts to tackle the globe’s biggest problems, including climate change, biodiversity and health, poverty, carbon emissions and water management; finding solutions that aim to “envisage and create the world of the future”. The Institute has recently been selected by the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network to lead solutions on global sustainable development in the Australia/Pacific region.

You can find out more about Monash and what it offers as well access links to relevant information on Monash's website on the Study Abroad pages. In addition, you should attend one of the general briefing sessions or drop-in sessions about studying abroad organised by the International Office.

In order to be considered for studying at Monash, you must apply formally. There is a two stage application process; the first of which consists of applying to the GSD Department using the online form. The deadline for the submission of applications to the Department is 12 noon on Friday 10th November 2017. If you are successful at the first stage and are selected to study abroad, you will then have to apply directly to Monash. You will receive support in making this application from the GSD Department and the Study Abroad team in the Office for Global Engagement.

Frequently asked questions and links


Warwick, on-campus, term one only. Note there may be a cap on total places available due to this, and you will be asked to sign a commitment to this accommodation by Christmas. It will not be possible to extend the accommodation contract (i.e. you will not be able to change your mind about going to Monash).

Monash, on or off-campus, semester one only (see here).

Expenses to consider

You pay your fees to Warwick at the same rate, and (if eligible) will receive your student loan.


Insurance. Note that health insurance is a condition of your Australian student visa.

The cost of living higher in Melbourne, most students find, is higher than in the UK. For more information on this, from Monash, see here. The cost of living in Malaysia is significantly cheaper that the Uk and Australia.

What can I study?

For a full list of units available at Monash this year please see their unit list. Assuming you meet the pre-requisites and there is space on the unit, you will be able to study any courses relevant to your degree. The Study Abroad team ask for you to choose eight units; of which you will study four (24 credits).

There may be minor changes in the unit list from year-to-year, so please don’t set your heart on anything too specific at this stage.

Be sure to check both the ‘campus’ (i.e. Caulfield or Clayton in Melbourne, or Malaysia), and ‘semester’ (you will be there in semester one).


Applications to us by Friday week 6. We will make decisions soon after, and you will be asked to commit around Christmastime.

Throughout Terms 2 and 3, you will receive communications from GSD and the Study Abroad team regarding your application to Monash and pre-departure briefings.

Applications won't be processed by Monash until September and you are not to make any travel or other arrangements until Monash has approved your application and you have obtained your visa.

Intercalated Study Abroad Year

As a Warwick student, you also have the opportunity to do an intercalated study abroad year. This year is not credit bearing like the terms spent at Monash, and would take place in your third year, for the whole year (please note that the programme is only available as a full year study abroad. You cannot do a part-year programme other than the integrated terms at Monash, discussed above). There are a range of options for locations you could visit, but please be aware that the Monash Malaysia and Melbourne campuses are the only campuses without caps on the number of students who can visit.

If you would like to know more about the centrally managed intercalated study abroad year, consider attending on of the University's Study Abroad Information Sessions:

Study Abroad Information Sessions delivered by Warwick’s Study Abroad Team
  • Wednesday 28 February 2018 – 1pm in OCO.03 Oculus - Study Abroad Outbound Pre-departure Briefing 2018-19
  • Thursday 1 March 2018 – 2.3pm in CMR1.4 First Floor University House - Drop-in Session
  • Monday 5 March 2018 – 2pm in Students'Union HQ MR4 - Drop-in Session
  • Tuesday 6 March 2018 - 2.30pm in CMR1.4 First Floor University House - Drop-in Session
  • Monday 12 March 2018 - 2.30pm in CMR1.5 First Floor University House - Drop-in Session

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For further information, please visit the Study Abroad Website

Please note that, except in exceptional circumstances, the Department strongly recommends that students do not attempt to undertake both the integrated and intercalated years.