Dr Rikki Campbell, Monash Abroad, 1st Floor Campus Centre
Dr Naomi Kurata (Academic consultation), E582, Menzies Building
What are the merits of going on exchange to Japan?
- Improving Japanese language competence
- Developing understanding of Japanese culture, society and people
- Making friends with local and international students from all over the world. Many students claim that one of the best and unexpected outcomes of exchange in Japan was making very good friends from various parts of the world.
- Becoming a mature and independent person
- Getting an advantage in the job market. A comment from a returnee student (2009-2010, Ochanomizu University): “I have secured a position with a large accounting firm and my year in Japan is what set me apart from other applicants. My recruiters were extremely keen to discuss my experiences while on exchange. You yourself may be surprised at the skills and talents you develop while away. You’ll be amazed at how much you’ll change. And it will definitely give you a competitive advantage when it comes time to enter the workforce.”
Please see more “student voices” on our website.
When should I apply for exchange?
The final application deadline is 15 June to go on exchange from the first semester in the following year, and 15 December to go on exchange from the second semester in the following year. However, students must get their study plan approved several months in advance of this date. Please plan well ahead of time. Current deadlines can be found under ‘How?’ on this page.
Who is eligible?
Please see Monash University’s overall eligibility requirements.
The University requirement is a credit average of at least 60% in the results so far in a student’s current course, but a student may need much higher marks in order to be recommended to a host university of their choice. In addition, students should note some restrictions. As the application process a takes long time, it is difficult if not impossible for a postgraduate student whose course is for only three semesters to go on exchange. A student who cannot enrol in Japanese language/Japanese studies units of 18-24 points, for example a single degree student from another Faculty, especially Medicine, will find it very difficult to go to Japan for exchange. Please see the answers to the following questions, too.
Which Monash units will I be enrolled in while on exchange in Japan?
Students are usually instructed to enrol in Faculty of Arts exchange units, which are considered to be equivalent to Japanese language and Japanese/Asian studies units offered at Monash.
- AEH2001/3001 – Arts Exchange Unit – 6 points
- AEH2002/3002 – Arts Exchange Unit – 6 points
- AEH2003/3003 – Arts Exchange Unit – 6 points
- AEH2004/3004 – Arts Exchange Unit – 6 points
- ATS4131 – LCL Language Study Abroad 1 (Honours)
- ATS4132 – LCL Language Study Abroad 2 (Honours)
Host universities in Japan issue exchange students with certificates or statements of results. From 2016, these results will be converted to marks and grades for your degree at Monash. See this page for more details regarding grade conversions.
PLEASE NOTE: if you plan to do an Honours degree after returning from study abroad, your work at the Japanese university may need to be assessed individually by Monash staff to help determine eligibility for Honours (note: to be eligible for honours, students must have a D average across 24 points, 18 of which must be at third-year level).
Can I choose a host university?
You can write your preference on the application form, from your first choice to usually fifth or sixth choices. Based on these preferences, academic record, Japanese language competence etc, the selection committee will decide to which host university a student will be recommended.
What will happen after I submit my application?
Monash screens applications, notifies selected candidates, and recommends them to host universities. A host university screens applications and recommends some students to the government for the scholarships. It will be a long process, and students will be informed about acceptance and scholarship a few months prior to the departure.
Where will I live?
Students lives in the halls of residence of a host university. Some are located on campus, but some are not. You may need to take a bicycle or public transport. Usually you will be provided with a well equipped modern room with bed, desk, small refrigerator, and bathroom. However, these conditions vary from university to university.
How many exchange students does Monash send to Japan?
Approximately 20 students each year.
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