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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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. 

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 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 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. 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 according to the Visa and Consular information.  The Monash Prato Centre website provides guidance on visa requirements.

Once students know their travel dates and work out if Visas are required, it is important to note that although it says on the Italian Consulate website that is can take up to two weeks to process a visa, previous students have found that it can be a lengthier process. It is therefore recommended that students make their appointment with the Italian Consulate as soon as they know their travel dates. This will be 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 application form (ISP Application) has been processed, students will receive insurance details and 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.

In order to be covered under the Monash University Business Travel Insurance, students 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 via email once students 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.

 

Programs and Dates

Read on below for information about our Prato Programs and dates.

Before you apply…

If you are a current Monash student, please read this…
If you are a Cross-institutional student please read this…
If you are an Exchange student please read this…

Apply for programs by following links in the table below.

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July 2014 : Taught at Prato

Unit

Dates

Coordinator

Further information

Application & fees

Introduction Video

Intensive introductory Italian 1
Unit code:
ATS1229/2229
Credit points: 6

1 July – 18 July, 2014

 

Application Closing Date: 
Now closed

Patrizia Sambuco Pre-departure briefing:
28 May 1.00-2.00pm  EB42 (basement) Bld 11 Clayton

Application form

 

Pay application fee

Watch video on Youtube.
Inscribing Italy : Travel and imaginings
Unit codes:
ATS2444, ATS3444 Credit points: 6

14 July – 25 July, 2014

 

Application Closing Date:
Now closed

Robin Gerster

Pre-departure briefing:
11 June 1.00-2.00pm E561, Bld 11 Clayton

Application form

 

Pay application fee

Watch video on Youtube.
LLCL Internship
Unit code:
ATS3948
Credit points : 6
  Patrizia Sambuco     Watch video on Youtube.
Fairy tale in Italy
Unit codes:
ATS2379, ATS3379 Credit points : 6

14 July – 25 July, 2014

 

Application Closing Date:
Now closed

Rebecca Do Rozario Pre-departure briefing:
28 May 12.30-1.30pm N302, Bld 11 Clayton

Application form

 

Pay application fee

Watch video on Youtube.

Criminology Program

Students can choose to complete one or both of the following units:

 

ATS2465/ATS3465 Human rights in the criminal justice sphere

 

ATS2937/ATS3937 Contemporary issues in European criminal justice

 

Credit points: Each unit is worth 6 credit points

Both units:        14 July – 25 July, 2014

 

Application Closing Date:
Now closed

James Roffee

 

 

 

 

 

 

ATS2465/3465 Pre-departure briefing:
9 June 9.30-10.30am N402, Bld 11 Clayton

 

ATS2937/3937 Pre-departure briefing:
9 June 10.30-11.30am N402, Bld 11 Clayton

Pay application fee Watch video on Youtube.

July 2014: Field trips

Unit

Dates

Coordinator

Further information

Application & fees

 
Beyond Gallipoli: Australians in the Great War
Unit codes:
ATS2387, ATS3387 Credit points: 12

1 July – 25 July, 2014

 

Application Closing Date:
Now closed

Bruce Scates

About the Gallipoli Study Tour

 

Win a Student Travel Subsidy valued at $3500

 

Pre-departure briefing:

13 May 5.00-6.00pm  Rm E561
Bld 11 Clayton

Pay application fee

 

Pay instalments Due 23 April  Due 3 June

Watch video on Youtube.
Final Journey: Remembering the Holocaust
Unit codes:
ATS3284, ATS4286, APG4286
Credit points: 12

7 July – 21 July, 2014

 

Application Closing Date:
Now closed

Mark Baker

About the Final Journey program

Pre-departure briefing:        11 June 5.00-6.00pm ACJC lounge, 8th Fl, Bld H Caulfield campus

Application form

 

Pay application fee

 

Pay instalments Due 23 April Due 3 June

Watch video on Youtube.
Archaeological fieldwork in Tuscany: Introduction to the Etruscan Civilisation
Unit codes:
ATS2344, ATS3344 Credit points: 12

1 July – 24 July, 2014

 

Application Closing Date:
Now closed

Andrea Di Castro

About the Archaeological fieldwork in Tuscany program

Pre-departure briefing:         14 May 5.00-6.00pm S617, Bld 11, Clayton

Pay application fee

 

Pay instalment Due 23 April

Watch video on Youtube.

November/December 2014

Unit

Dates

Coordinator

Further information

Application & fees

 
Text and community in Medieval and Renaissance Italy
Unit codes:
ATS4311
, APG4311, APG5311
Credit points: 12

3 Dec – 12 Dec, 2014

 

Application Closing Date:
1 August 2014

Peter Howard  

Application form

 

Pay application fee

 
The Renaissance in Florence
Unit codes:
ATS2612
, ATS3612 Credit points: 12

13 Nov – 14 Dec, 2014

 

Application Closing Date:
1 August 2014

Peter Howard MUST ALSO COMPLETE ASA APPLICATION FORM HERE Monash Application form
No Monash application fee required
Watch video on Youtube.
War and Peace: Models of conflict resolution
Unit codes:
ATS3287
, ATS4287, APG4287
Credit points: 12

24 Nov – 7 Dec, 2014

 

Application Closing Date:
1 August 2014

Mark Baker About the War and Peace program

Application form

 

Pay application fee

 
Classical Music
Unit Codes:ATS2332, ATS3332
Credit points: 6

 24 Nov – 12 Dec 2014

Application Closing Date:
1 August 2014

 Rob Burke About the Music in Prato program

Application form

 

Pay application fee

Watch video on Youtube.

January/February 2015

Unit

Dates

Coordinator

Further information

Application & fees

 
New writing in Italy
Unit code:
ATS3058

Credit points: 6

12 Jan – 23 Jan, 2015

 

Application Closing Date:
17 Oct  2014

Rita Wilson  

Application form

 

Pay application fee

Watch video on Youtube.

Italian Program Students can choose to complete one or a combination of units:

 

ATS1229/2229 Intensive introductory Italian 1

 

ATS1230/2230 Intensive introductory Italian 2

 

ATS2231 Intensive intermediate Italian 1

 

ATS2232 Intensive intermediate Italian 2

 

Credit points: Each unit is worth 6 credit points

5 Jan – 23 Jan, 2015

26 Jan – 13 Feb, 2015

5 Jan – 23 Jan, 2015

26 Jan – 13 Feb, 2015

 

Application Closing Date:
17 Oct 2014

Patrizia Sambuco  

Application form

 

Pay application fee (ATS2219/2229)

 

Pay application fee (ATS1230/2230)

 

Pay application fee (ATS2231)

 

Pay application fee (ATS2232)

Watch video on Youtube.
The World of Textiles
Unit code:
ATS3952
Credit points: 12

 Jan/Feb 2015

 

Application Closing Date:
17 Oct 2014

 Beatrice Trefalt  

Application form

 

Pay application fee

Watch video on Youtube.

 

 

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.

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Accommodation in Prato

Accommodation

Vespa parked infront of wall, Prato

Accommodation can be arranged for students within a short walking distance to the Monash Prato Centre (5 to 10 minutes). We can offer single or twin share room options or students can also choose to arrange their own accommodation.

We pre-arrange bookings around program dates (check in the night prior to program commencement and check out either the morning the program finishes or the day after). If students require additional accommodation before or after the program dates, they will need to arrange this themselves.  Please do not book accommodation until  instructed to do so by the Arts Prato Coordinator.

Accommodation is usually around AUD$30-AUD$65 per night, depending on the venue and the exchange rate.

Students are required to pay for accommodation on line via E-Cart using Master or Visa card. You will be issued with a tax receipt for your records.

For assistance, please contact the Prato Coordinator using the link below:

 More about accommodation

Magnolfi Nuovo

http://www.magnolfinuovo.it/

Magnolfi Nuovo is a former orphanage and has recently been restored as a cultural centre.  It is a beautiful historic building which captures the essence of Tuscany and within 10 minutes walk of the Prato Centre.  There are quiet study spaces, all single rooms, comfortable communal areas, shared bathroom facilities and laundry, and a communal kitchen.  Breakfast is included.

Residence Accademia

http://www.accademiaresidence.it/

Residence Accademia is situated opposite the Prato Centre.  The building is of characteristic medieval form, modified and restructured over the centuries.  All apartments are equipped with a small kitchen and are twin or triple share.

Residence Manassei

http://www.residencemanassei.it/

Residence Manassei is located in the historical centre close to the Prato Centre and offers spacious apartments with twin or triple share 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.

Riverside Calamai

http://www.calamairiverside.com/

Riverside Calamai is just outside the town walls, about 15 minutes walk to the 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 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 Accanto al Centro

http://www.accantoalcentro.com/

Accasa Accanto al Centro is an eighteenth century building which has been restructured to create bright rooms with modern furnishings.  A spacious double apartment offers twin share (2 bedrooms) with access to a fully equipped kitchen and private bathroom.  This venue is 5 minutes walk from the 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 Prato Centre.  All rooms have a private bathroom and may be single or twin share.  No cooking facilities are available.  Breakfast is included.

 

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

 

Home – introduction

When it comes to studying overseas, the Monash Prato experience is truly unique.

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 Vai on Via Pugliesi, in the centre of Prato.

Against this historic background, Monash Arts offers a number of intensive units taught in 2 to 4 weeks, carefully designed to take advantage of all that Prato has to offer. Leading academics from around the world contribute their expertise to the Prato program while students have the opportunity to tour historic sites and landmarks as they study them.

Find out more:

Programs and dates

Application process

Eligibility requirements

Financial, Visa, and Insurance

Accommodation in Prato

Prato Centre Guide

 

 

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

Prato Alumni Function – 3 April 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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.

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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).

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Programs and dates…

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.

 

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Application process – Current Monash students

  1. Ensure you meet the eligibility requirements.
  2. Make a course advice appointment with your home faculty to ensure you have space in your degree to complete the overseas program (make appointments online via your my.monash portal).  Complete this Course Advice form and submit with your application.
  3. Complete the relevant application form available in the Programs and Dates… table.
  4. Pay the program application fee via e-cart. Provide a copy of your receipt with your application.
  5. Provide a copy of a bank statement (for purposes of depositing the travel abroad scholarship into your account).  If you are a Monash Malaysia or Monash South Africa student, you also need to complete and submit this TT form.
  6. Include a copy of your passport (the page with photo & details).
  7. Submit your completed application to Arts Student Services, or directly to the Prato Coordinator.

Students will receive an email to notify them of their enrolment (allow six weeks for processing) and completed applications will be forwarded to Monash Abroad for processing of the travel scholarship and OS-HELP loan.

Application process – Non- Monash students within Australia

This application information is for students currently enrolled in a degree at another Australian tertiary institution.  Please note that non-Monash students will only be considered if there are places available within the program.

  1. Ensure you have written approval from your home institution to study Prato units.
  2. Complete the relevant application form available in the  Programs and Dates… table.
  3. Pay the program application fee via e-cart. You will need to provide a copy of your receipt with your application.
  4. Complete this form: Cross-institutional study application form (PDF)
  5. Include a copy of your passport (the page with photo & details).
  6. Submit both completed application forms along with any required supporting documentation to arts-prato@monash.edu.

Application process – Non-Monash students external to Australia

This application information is for students from overseas institutions who wish to apply for a program in Prato.  Please note that non-Monash students will only be considered if there are places available within the program.

How to apply

  1. Seek course advice from your home institution and ensure you have written approval to study Prato units
  2. Complete the relevant application form available in the Programs and Dates… table
  3. Pay the program application fee via e-cart. Provide a copy of your receipt with your application
  4. Include a certified copy of your results
  5. Include a scanned copy of your passport (the page with photo & details)
  6. Submit your completed form along with any required supporting documentation to the Prato Programs coordinator

Visas

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

  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.

 

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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 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.

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Proceed to registration link.

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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).

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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.

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Eligibility requirements – Current Monash students

To be eligible to study an Arts program in Prato you must meet the following criteria:

  • Be 18 years of age or over at the time of departure from Australia
  • Have an active enrolment in a Monash undergraduate degree and have completed 24 credit points
  • Have met any pre-requisites required for the unit of study
  • Have a credit (60%) average
  • Have received course advice from your home faculty and approval to take Prato units for credit

Note: Students who have completed less than 48 credit points will be eligible to apply for the Monash Study Abroad Travel Scholarship, however, they will NOT be eligible for the OS-Help loan.

Note: Current Monash students who are already undertaking study abroad/exchange programs may be eligible to apply for Arts programs in Prato as long as they obtain course advice from their home faculty and receive approval. These students must also check with Monash Abroad for approval.

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