International offerings and internships

Criminology in Prato

When it comes to studying overseas, the Monash Criminology in Prato program offers a truly unique experience. The Prato program offers students the opportunity to undertake intensive study in this historic European setting. The program is designed for students to increase their international criminological knowledge and combine this with the opportunity to tour historic sites and landmarks. It is worthwhile taking the two complimentary units, although these can be taken separately. Utilising group work and active research tasks, students will have the chance to deepen their understandings of human rights and contemporary issues in European criminal justice.

Conveniently located just outside of Florence, and immersed in the picturesque landscape of Tuscany, the Monash Prato Centre is located in the elegant 18th Century Palazzo Vaj on Via Pugliesi, in the centre of Prato. Against this historic background, Monash Criminology delivers its flagship European program.

The Federal Government has a Study Overseas site that lists a number of benefits in its FAQ sections about studying abroad in programs such as this one.

Winter Semester 2016

Criminology research and teaching has impacts locally, nationally and internationally. The Criminology program undertakes teaching, research and collaborative workshops with international scholars at the Monash University Prato Centre.

Students can choose to complete one or both of the following units. Each unit is 6 credit points.

2016 Orientation Session

A Criminology in Prato orientation session will be held during Semester 1, 2016 to provide further information on the modes of study and to allow students to ask questions and meet others before they leave for Italy.

If you are interested, please contact the Criminology in Prato coordinator or the Arts in Prato Team. Criminology in Prato Coordinator: Dr James Roffee (


To be eligible students must:

  1. Be actively enrolled in an undergraduate degree & have completed 48 credit points 
  2. Have a credit average
  3. Be 18 years or age at time of departure
  4. Be available to be in Prato, Italy for the entire teaching period

Students are required to:

  1. Seek approval from their managing faculty (if their course is not managed by Arts)
  2. See an Arts course advisor to ensure the unit fits within their course progression
  3. Get approval from the unit coordinator to undertake the unit
  4. Submit the application to Arts Student Services with a copy of their bank statement and a receipt of payment of the deposit (which will go through ecart on the Arts in Prato website)

If the student has met all the entry requirements, the application will be sent to Monash Abroad to process any grants they are eligible, and for insurance to be arranged.

San Francisco Study Tour

This unit gives students the opportunity to gain on-location access to experienced professional practitioners – Judges, Police/FBI, Prison staff – in the field of criminology in the United States of America.  More details are available here. For details of how to apply click here.


Monash Criminology does not have a dedicated internship program that is available as part of the Monash Criminology Major. However students, particularly Honours students and high achieving undergraduate students, are encouraged to pursue internship opportunities with our two independent international virtual research centres, The Border Crossing Observatory and The Imprisonment Observatory.