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.
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
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 students loans through Financial Assistance. The loan must be paid back by the time you graduate and carries no interest for the first 12 months.
Only available for undergraduate students.
You may also wish to use OS-HELP introduced by the government, where you may be eligible for financial assistance in the form of a loan towards your 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.
Prato programs are considered a Monash University course and therefore full-time students may continue to receive Centrelink payments.
Verification of enrolment letters for Centrelink purposes can be ordered by completing theApplication for student letter. Alternatively, you can contact Monash Connect directly on +61 3 9902 6011.
Students attending programs at the Prato Centre in Italy are required to organise their own visas according to the Visa and Consular information.
Once you know your travel dates and work out if you require a Visa, it is important to note that although it says on the Italian Consulate website that is can take up to two weeks to process your visa, students in the past have found that it can be a lengthier process. It is therefore recommended that you make your appointment with the Italian Consulate as soon as you know your travel dates. This will be after you receive enrolment approval.
Important visa information
- In Italy, not maintaining ‘correct immigration status’ is a criminal offence, this includes overstaying a permitted 90 days in the Schengen area*.
- 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.
- 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.
- Students in any doubt about the correct visa they need should check either with theItalian Consulate in Melbourne or the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
- 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.
- 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.
All students must obtain travel insurance when travelling overseas to Prato.
Travel insurance information – Monash undergraduate students
Monash undergraduate students are eligible for free travel insurance through Monash University. Once your Monash Abroad International Study Program application form (ISP Application) has been processed, you will receive your insurance details from Monash Abroad. This form will be sent to you via email once you are accepted and enrolled in the program.
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.
In order to be covered under the Monash University Business Travel Insurance, you are required to complete an electronic application form. Please note that this electronic form is only available online and you will be required to complete the form in consultation with the nominated staff member (staff authcate access is required). Further information will be sent to you via email once you are accepted and enrolled in the program.
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
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.