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Independent Study Abroad (ISA)

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Independent Study Abroad (ISA)

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Independent Study Abroad (ISA) allows you to study one semester, or one year, at an overseas institution that does not have an exchange agreement with Monash. Independent Study Abroad is only an option if you're studying a very specific degree where a tailored experience will increase your chances of getting a job in a related field, help you make industry specific connections, or connect you with specialist international academics who can help you further your study.

Program details

An Independent Study Abroad program lets you pursue an overseas experience to meet your academic and professional requirements in instances where Semester Exchange is not an option to study for one semester or one year.

Program structure

You are required to make all of your own arrangements. monash-abroadand your faculty can provide general advice on whether an Independent Study Abroad program might be appropriate for you, however you will not receive any program-specific assistance. You will apply and pay tuition fees directly to the host institution or program provider. To receive credit, travel insurance and funding for your Independent Study Abroad program, your participation must be approved by both your faculty and Monash Abroad. You will be enrolled by your faculty in Study Abroad ('SA') unit codes. These codes are used for approved study at non-partner institutions and ensure that you are not charged Monash tuition fees. For all successfully completed units abroad, your grades will transfer as SFR - Satisfied Faculty Requirement. They are therefore pass or fail, you cannot transfer your actual grades to your Monash transcript.

Benefits of the program

Gain credit towards your degree through Independent Study Abroad. Short, semester and year long programs are available to coursework students in most degrees. Study Abroad programs expose you to different ways of learning, boost your personal development and prepares you for the global workforce.

Eligibility requirements

Eligibility requirements for Independent Study Abroad are the same as for the Semester Exchange program. Before starting your application, check the entry requirements. If you're an Engineering or Law student, or a transfer student, there are special conditions you must meet before you can apply.