Application process – Non-Monash students outside Australia

For students currently enrolled in a course at a tertiary institution outside Australia. Please note that non-Monash students will only be considered if there are places available within the program after the application closing date.

  1. Ensure you meet the eligibility requirements.
  2. Obtain written approval from your home institution to study the unit(s).
  3. Complete the relevant ISP application form. Find the relevant form here:
  4. Check the program costs and pay the application fee* via the Monash University ecart. Provide a copy of your receipt with your application. Please ensure this shows the receipt (rather than order) number. Find the program costs and the ecart link here:
  5. Provide an original certified copy of your academic transcript.
  6. Provide an original certified copy of your valid passport (the page with your photo and details).
  7. Submit your complete application in hard copy format so that it is received by the closing date**. Post all of the above documentation to: 
    • Arts in Prato Coordinator
      Academic and Student Services
      Faculty of Arts, Monash University
      20 Chancellors Walk
      VIC 3800

*Please note that application fees are not refundable except in the case that your application is not successful. Read the full refund policy.

**Applications will be assessed based on the eligibility criteria in the order in which they are submitted and on a ‘first in, first served’ basis until the maximum quota is reached. Applications by fully eligible Monash students (i.e., without waivers), will be endorsed first. Applications with waivers or from non-Monash students will be considered after those of fully eligible Monash students and only if there are places available after the application closing date.

Application outcome: You will receive an email notifying you of the outcome of your application (allow six weeks for processing). Successful applications will then be forwarded to Monash Abroad for processing.

NB: For the Music – Overseas study program (New York or Prato), eligible applicants will be invited to an audition following which the successful applicants will be selected. Please note that selection will also be subject to ensemble size and associated instrument make-up. 

Application process – Non-Monash students within Australia

For students currently enrolled in a degree course at another Australian tertiary institution. Please note that non-Monash students will only be considered if there are places available within the program after the application closing date.

  1. Ensure you meet the eligibility requirements.
  2. Obtain written approval from your home institution to study the Prato unit(s).
  3. Complete the relevant ISP application form. Find the relevant form here:
  4. Check the program costs and pay the application fee* via the Monash University ecart. Provide a copy of your receipt with your application. Please ensure this shows the receipt (rather than order) number. Find the program costs and the ecart link here:
  5. Read the Cross-institutional enrolments information. Download and complete the cross-institutional study application form available on that webpage.
  6. Provide an original certified copy of your valid passport (the page with your photo and details) (this is required for the above cross-institutional study application).
  7. Submit your complete application in hard copy format so that it is received by the closing date**. Post all of the above documentation to: 
    • Arts in Prato Coordinator
      Academic and Student Services
      Faculty of Arts, Monash University
      20 Chancellors Walk
      VIC 3800

*Please note that application fees are not refundable except in the case that your application is not successful. Read the full refund policy.

**However, applications will be assessed based on the eligibility criteria in the order in which they are submitted and on a ‘first in, first served’ basis until the maximum quota is reached. Applications by fully eligible Monash students (i.e., without waivers), will be endorsed first. Applications with waivers or from non-Monash students will be considered after those of fully eligible Monash students and only if there are places available after the application closing date.

Application outcome: You will receive an email notifying you of the outcome of your application (allow six weeks for processing). Successful applications will then be forwarded to Monash Abroad for processing of the complimentary travel insurance.

NB: For the Music – Overseas study program (New York or Prato), eligible applicants will be invited to an audition following which the successful applicants will be selected. Please note that selection will also be subject to ensemble size and associated instrument make-up. 

Accommodation in Prato

Vespa parked infront of wall, Prato

Your accommodation in Prato is arranged by the Faculty of Arts*. By making group bookings, we can secure good rates for you. Depending on the time of year, we can usually offer single or twin share options in either hostel/residence or hotel style accommodation. The accommodation is within walking distance of the Monash Prato Centre.

After your international study program application has been endorsed by the Faculty, we will contact you with information about the accommodation options and payment deadlines (you would pay via the Monash ecart using credit card and you would be issued a tax receipt for your records). Accommodation usually costs AUD$35-AUD$65 per night, depending on the venue and the exchange rate.

Accommodation is typically booked from the night before your program starts with check-out the day after your program ends. If you require additional accommodation before or after the program dates, you would need to arrange these extra nights with the accommodation provider directly (but only once we have confirmed your main dates).

*Students travelling with their partner or family are expected to make their own accommodation arrangements as we cannot provide this service. Other students can also make their own arrangements if they wish (but we cannot guarantee that you would be charged Monash rates and accommodation can be difficult to find during the European summer months in particular). If you plan to book your own accommodation, please let us know as early as possible and please note that your accommodation must be located in Prato and you will need to advise us of its name and address.

Some of the accommodation available in Prato

Magnolfi Nuovo

http://www.magnolfinuovo.it/

Magnolfi Nuovo is a former orphanage and has recently been restored as a cultural centre and hostel.  It is a beautiful historic building and it is within 10 minutes walk of the Monash Prato Centre.  The hostel has single rooms with shared bathrooms. There are quiet study spaces, comfortable communal areas, and a communal kitchen and laundry.  Breakfast is included.

Residence Manassei

http://www.residencemanassei.it/

Residence Manassei is located in the historical centre close to the Monash Prato Centre and offers twin or triple share apartments with great views.  A roof-top terrace is the perfect place to share meals and view the countryside.  Each apartment has a mini-kitchen and one bathroom.

Calamai by the Riverside

http://www.calamairiverside.com/

Calamai by the Riverside is just outside the town walls, about 15 minutes walk to the Monash Prato Centre.  The apartments are located in a building which housed one of the oldest textile mills in Prato.  All apartments have a kitchenette, bathroom and are twin or triple share.

Art Hotel Milano

http://www.arthotel-milano.it/

The Art Hotel Milano is located along the river in the heart of Prato, approximately 10 minutes from the Monash Prato Centre.  The hotel regularly hosts exhibitions by local artists and is involved in cultural initiatives.  Rooms are standard twin share hotel rooms, with no cooking facilities. Breakfast is included.

Accasa e Accanto al Centro

http://www.accantoalcentro.com/

Accasa e Accanto al Centro is an eighteenth century building which has been renovated to create bright rooms with modern furnishings.  A spacious two-bedroom apartment offers twin share accommodation with access to a fully equipped kitchen and private bathroom.  This venue is 5 minutes walk from the Monash Prato Centre.

Hotel Flora

http://english.hotelflora.info/

Hotel Flora is located in the historical centre of Prato just a couple of streets away from the Monash Prato Centre.  All rooms have a private bathroom and may be single or twin share.  A couple of rooms have cooking facilities.  Breakfast is included.

Hotel Flora also has some apartment-style accommodation in a different location.

Arts in Prato, July 2015 – Applications now open!

Do you want to study at the Monash Prato Centre in Italy next year?

We are taking applications for the July 2015 programs.

For more information and to find out how to apply, visit the Arts in Prato website.

Applications close 4pm 13 March 2015 (or earlier if the quota has been reached) except for Internships in Prato which will close 4pm 20 February 2015.

Be quick to secure your place!

 

Financial, Visa, and Insurance information

Fees

Program application fee

All students are required to pay a program application fee prior to submitting their application form. Students must include a copy of the receipt of payment with their application form.

All application fees must be paid via the Monash University e-cart:
Pay program application fee.

If students are not successful in their application, the application fee will be refunded. Read the full refund policy.

Tuition fees

Monash University students will be charged either full-fees or Commonwealth supported place (CSP) fees according to their verified funding status.

Non-Monash students should contact the Arts in Prato Coordinator for further information on tuition fees. Contact Arts in Prato

Other expenses

For programs which are conducted at Prato only, costs for students are: application fee, accommodation (arranged through Monash after enrolment), meals, flights and spending money.

For field trip or tour programs, costs for students are outlined in the Programs and dates information table (scroll down to the program you are interested in and select the link), and are generally inclusive of most meals, accommodation, internal transport, museum entry, etc.. For more detail, please contact the unit coordinator (also listed in the Programs and Dates table).

Refund policy

Read the Faculty refund policy for Arts International Study Programs including Prato units.

Funding (Monash students only)

Monash Abroad funding

Most Monash students who participate in short-term international study programs receive the Monash Abroad Travel Scholarship from the University. Some are also eligible for a range of other loans, scholarships and grants.

For further information, please visit the Monash Abroad website.

Monash Abroad will directly deposit the money into your bank account within a month of the program start date.

Financial assistance (Monash students only)

University financial assistance

The University can provide student loans through Financial Assistance. The loan must be paid back by the time of graduation and carries no interest for the first 12 months.

OS-HELP loan

Only available for undergraduate students.

Students may also wish to use OS-HELP introduced by the government, where they may be eligible for financial assistance in the form of a loan towards a Prato study program.

For more information and how to apply, see OS-HELP loans. Please ensure you meet all the eligibility requirements including the conditions of the loan before applying.

Centrelink letters

Prato programs are Monash University units and therefore full-time students may continue to receive Centrelink payments.

Verification of enrolment letters for Centrelink purposes can be ordered by completing the Application for student letter. Alternatively, students can contact Monash Connect directly on +61 3 9902 6011.

Visas

Students attending programs at the Prato Centre in Italy are required to organise their own visas. The Monash Prato Centre website provides guidance on visa requirements.

If you require a visa, it is important to note that although it says on the Italian Consulate website that it can take up to two weeks to process a visa application, students have found that it can take longer. It is therefore recommended that students make their appointment with the Italian Consulate as soon as they know their travel dates (after confirmation of approval and enrolment).

Important visa information

  1. In Italy, not maintaining ‘correct immigration status’ is a criminal offence, this includes overstaying a permitted 90 days in the Schengen area*.
  2. If detected, overstaying visitors may be liable for a fine of up to $10,000 Euros, and up to a 10-year exclusion from the Schengen area.
  3. Students who are eligible for 90 day visa-free entry to the Schengen area (this would include most Australians, unless they have any prior immigration or criminal offences) should insist on having their passport stamped on entry to the Schengen area. Not having a stamp may be an issue if detected upon departure from the Schengen area at passport control, and in the worst case scenario, illegal entry could be assumed.
  4. Students in any doubt about the correct visa they need should check either with the Italian Consulate in Melbourne or the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
  5. There is an additional step required when in Italy; to ‘declare presence’ within 8 days of arrival. The Prato Centre website gives further details about this and the Centre staff will give further details in arrival briefings.
  6. After reading the Visa and Consular Information, please be aware that it is the student’s responsibility to book an appointment at the Italian consulate to apply for a visa (if required). This is not the responsibility of Monash Abroad or the Faculty of Arts.

*The Schengen area includes: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxemburg, Malta, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovenia, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland.

Travel insurance

All students must obtain travel insurance when travelling overseas to Prato.

Travel insurance information – Monash undergraduate students

Monash undergraduate students are eligible for complimentary travel insurance through Monash University. Once the Monash Abroad International Study Program (ISP) application form has been processed, students will receive insurance details and a certificate via email from Monash Abroad.

Further information: Complimentary travel insurance

Travel insurance information – Monash postgraduate students

All postgraduate research and coursework students are covered by the Monash University Business Travel Insurance.

For more information, including how to get coverage, please visit the Business Travel Insurance homepage

Travel insurance information – Exchange partner students

Please ensure you have travel insurance before travelling to Prato. You may wish to discuss this with your home institution.

Register your trip

Students travelling to Prato are encouraged to register with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade before travel. The registration information provided by you will help in an emergency – whether it is a natural disaster, civil disturbance or a family emergency.

Proceed to registration link.

Arts in Prato 2015 Information Session – Register now!

Do you want to find out which Arts units you can do at the Monash Prato Centre in Italy next year?

Come to the Arts in Prato 2015 Information Session!

1pm-2.15pm Wednesday 8 October 2014

Science Lecture Theatre 7, Building 21, Clayton campus (CL_21/S7 Lec HT)

Program:

  • Overview of Monash Prato Centre
  • Unit presentations by each coordinator
  • Internships in Prato
  • Prato alumnus speaker
  • Funding and financial assistance; Travel insurance; Visas
  • Eligibility and application process; Fees and costs; Accommodation

Register for the session now!

 

ISI Travel Bursary for study at Monash Prato Centre

Italian Services Institute (ISI) Travel Bursary

  • $4,000 one-off payment
  • 10 scholarships available in 2015
  • Selection based on financial need
  • For students who are Australian citizens of Italian descent
  • To undertake a credit-bearing overseas study program at the Monash University Prato Centre or other Monash Abroad approved destination in Italy

Going to Prato this year? You can apply during the current round and you will be considered for a bursary in 2014 (as there were a couple of unallocated bursaries, valued at $3,000 each, from this year’s application rounds).

Applications close 31 October 2014. Additional rounds are planned during 2015.

To read the full eligibility and selection criteria, and to make an application, visit the Scholarships office webpage.

 

Financial assistance – Monash students only

University financial assistance

The University can provide student loans through Financial Assistance. The loan must be paid back by the time students graduate and carries no interest for the first 12 months.

OS-HELP loan

Only available for undergraduate students.

Students may also wish to use OS-HELP introduced by the government, where they may be eligible for financial assistance in the form of a loan towards a Prato study program.

For more information and how to apply, see OS-HELP loans. Students must ensure they meet all the eligibility requirements including the conditions of the loan before applying.

Centrelink letters

Prato programs are Monash University units and full-time students may continue to receive Centrelink payments.

Verification of enrolment letters for Centrelink purposes can be ordered by completing the Application for student letter. Alternatively, students can contact Monash Connect directly on +61 3 9902 6011.

 

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  • Funding – Monash students only

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Video: Units, requirements, and the application process

Watch our video presentation by Sam Goode, covering information such as unit availability, entry requirements, how to apply, and program costs.

 

Music in Prato

Chamber Music in Prato

Finger on piano keyboardThe unit is open to strings, voice, wind, brass, piano and composition students.

Musicians from the local Verdi School, as well as staff from around Europe, join Monash staff to provide students with valuable insight into the style and gesture of Italian music making.

In the past, students have also travelled to Florence to attend concerts featuring world class musicians, as well as explore the numerous cultural institutions Italy possesses.

Jazz Studies in Prato

hands on trumper keysStudents participate in workshops with acclaimed Italian jazz musicians and academics from diverse backgrounds.

In 2009 these included Mirko Guerrini and Cristina Zavalloni as well as premier international jazz artists like Paul McCandless.

Further Details:

  • Audition and interview will take place on Friday 9 May 2014.  If successful in the audition/interview, students also need to meet the Arts in Prato eligibility criteria
  • The Prato music program will run from 24 November to 12 December 2014, and rotates yearly between Jazz and Classical, with Classical running in 2014
  • Check the Arts Prato website for application details and forms
  • Costs: Approximately $4500 TBC.  Includes accommodation, tuition, all Prato Centre costs and possibly extra curricula activities

 

Prato tagline competition – WIN a trip to Prato!

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WIN A TRIP TO PRATO!

(Competition now closed.)

Congratualtions to the winner, Lauren Cahill!

In 8-12 words, describe what Arts in Prato means to you.

Do you ever find your self thinking how you’d love to go back to Prato and relive some of your most treasured memories?

Well, here’s an opportunity to do just that.  We’re inviting you to enter a competition to write a tagline, words that reflect what you found so inspiring and transformative about your Arts study experience in Prato.

We want the tagline to be an authentic indication of the Prato experience and that’s why we’re contacting you, our Prato graduates. 

Over the past five years the number of Arts programs has grown from 3 to 23, which means each year more and more students are reaping the benefits of their international study experience and recommending the program to others.  Arts in Prato now has its own identity but we need a tagline to reflect what that personality is.

And the prize?  An airfare and one week’s accommodation at our Prato Centre in Italy with the choice of enrolling in a unit if desired.  The prize is valid for 18 months.  The winner will be invited to act as an ‘Alumni Ambassador’ whose role would be to provide advice to students about living and studying in Prato. 

What you need to do now:

  • In 8-12 words describe what Arts in Prato means to you.  What inspired or enlightened you?
  • You may enter up to three taglines
  • Send your entry to the Prato Coordinator at arts-prato@monash.edu

 

Competition commences 12.01am AEST 20/02/14 and concludes 21/03/14 at 5.00pm AEST.

 Terms and Conditions

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1.                   The winner will receive one economy class return airfare to Italy and one week’s accommodation at the Monash Prato Centre with the choice of enrolling in an Arts unit if desired.  Monash will determine which flight operator is used.  Accommodation will consist of a Monash self-serviced room, or if unavailable during the desired dates, Monash will source equivalent accommodation close to the Prato Centre.  No meals are included.  If desired, the winner will be assisted to enrol in an Arts Prato unit (tours are not included).  The student will be required to pay standard CSP or full-fees for the unit of study, depending on their student enrolment status.  The Prato unit application fee will be waived.  The prize will be valid for 18 months from the date of the announcement of the winner.

 

Application process

Please choose the category below that applies to you and read the information carefully, before proceeding to the Programs and dates information (where you will find application forms as well as links to pay fees).

Please also check the Exam attendance during Prato or other International Study Programs information.

Application process – Current Monash students
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Application process – Non-Monash students within Australia
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Archaeological fieldwork in Tuscany: Introduction to the Etruscan Civilisation

Archaeological Fieldwork in Tuscany (ATS2344/3344) is a 2nd or 3rd year 12 credit point unit offered at Monash Prato Centre from the 1st to 24th July 2014 as part of the winter semester 2014.

The program offers a unique opportunity for students to study the archaeology of the Etruscans and to learn the basic methodology of archaeological excavations working on a real excavation site in the spectacular Tuscan countryside while delving into the mysteries of Etruscan culture in Italy.

In the beginning students will visit important museums and sites between Rome and Florence in order to familiarise with the Etruscan heritage of central Italy. This will include the necropolises of Cerveteri and Tarquinia, and a series of ancient tombs that characterise the hilly landscape around Prato. 

The students will then spend two and half weeks in the field on the Etruscan site of Pietramarina, dating to the 7th century BCE.  The fortress of Pietramarina probably functioned as a watch point; its location offers an advantageous viewpoint over the valley of the Arno River and over the northern shores of the Tyrrhenian Sea controlling access and trade passing through to the upper valley of the Arno to and from the Apennine range.

Regardless of the intense rhythm of work in the field, all students who have participated in the program have been enthusiastic and enjoyed the archaeological activities as well as the pleasant location of the site, immersed within a natural reserve characterised by a secular forest of Quercus ilex, the Holm Oak.

The Archaeological group will meet in Rome on the morning of Monday 30 June 2014.

Estimated total cost: $2500 (to be confirmed)

Breakdown: $500 application fee (to be paid at time of application) and estimated  balance of $2000 (exact amount to be confirmed) due during April 2014.

For further information on this program, please contact Andrea Di Castro on andrea.dicastro@monash.edu

Student partcipating in Archaeological Fieldwork, Tuscany

Archaeological fieldwork in Tuscany’, July 2010.
This image shows students working on the excavation of Pietramarina, an Etruscan walled settlement dated from around the 7th century BCE to the early imperial Roman period.

"Taking a subject through the Prato Centre is something I will remember forever.
Studying overseas taught me that there are so many more ways to learn than just sitting in a lecture theatre.
Being so fully immersed really inspires you to learn all that you can and more.

I would do it again in a heartbeat."

What will I gain from studying overseas?

  •  Credit towards your degree. Our programs offer 6 and 12 credit point units that can be counted towards your degree.
  • Immerse yourself in an entirely different culture. Understanding the views and values of a different culture gives you a broader world view.
  • Give your resume an edge. Employers look for the qualities you’ll gain from an international study experience including independence, adaptability, initiative and intercultural awareness.
  • Expand your networks. Studying overseas offers numerous opportunities to extend your friendship groups and professional networks.
  • Personal growth. Studying overseas is a great opportunity to learn about yourself and build self-confidence. You’ll discover how to cope with unfamiliar situations, resolve new problems, adapt to new situations and build resilience.

 

 

  • Experience

    Studying at the Prato Centre Prato, in northern Tuscany, is close to several of Europe’s…

Register your trip

It is our suggestion that students travelling to Prato register with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade before travel. The registration information provided by you will help in an emergency – whether it is a natural disaster, civil disturbance or a family emergency.

Proceed to registration link.

 

Fees

Program Application fee

All students are required to pay a program application fee prior to submitting their application form. Students must include a copy of the receipt of payment with their application form.

All application fees must be paid via the Monash University e-cart: Pay program application fee.

If students are not successful in their application, the full application fee will be refunded.  If students choose to withdraw from a program, they will receive a full refund up until six weeks prior to the commencement date of the program, after which no refund will be provided. 

Please note: For students enrolling in Field trip programs, the application fee is included within the overall cost of the program.

Tuition fees

Monash University students will be charged either full-fee or Commonwealth supported place (CSP) according to their verified funding status.

Non-Monash students should contact the Prato Coordinator for further information on tuition fees. Contact Arts in Prato

Other Expenses

For programs which are conducted at Prato only, costs for students are: application fee, accommodation (arranged through Monash at a later date), meals, flights and spending money.

For field-trip or tour programs, costs for students are outlined in the Programs and dates information table (scroll down to the program you are interested in and select the link), and generally are inclusive of most meals, accommodation, internal transport, museum entry, etc.  For more detail, please contact the unit coordinator (also listed in the Programs and Dates table).

 

Funding – Monash students only

Monash Abroad funding

Most Monash students who participate in short-term international study programs receive Monash Abroad travel grants from the University. Many are also eligible for a range of other loans, scholarships and grants.

For further information, please visit the Monash Abroad website.

Monash Abroad will directly deposit the money into your bank account within a month of the program start date.

 

  • Financial assistance – Monash students only

    University financial assistance The University can provide student loans through Financial Assistance. The loan must…

  • Fees

    Program Application fee All students are required to pay a program application fee prior to…

Anzac Tours

Anzac wall & 3 students

Student leaning on dive pontoon
The depths of history: Alex takes a breather after a dive over the wreck site. In warm, crystal clear waters students explore the sea bed and recover relics from the Landing.

Join Australia’s leading Gallipoli historian in a journey across this historic landscape, retrace the steps of the men who fought there, watch history come to life in the gullies and the ridges.

The Gallipoli study tour also explores Istanbul and Troy, and students extend their time in Europe with further study in Prato. The tour concludes in Paris after an extended journey across the Western Front.

See Also:

Prato Applications & Eligibility information
- more about the Battlefield Tours (National Centre for Australian Studies)
- for program dates check the current Arts in Prato Program
- articles below