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Welcome. We want you to enjoy everything about Monash College and imagine that you have lots of questions. This website will help you prepare for your new life in Melbourne and first few weeks of class, making your Monash College experience even more enjoyable. The information provided will give you a good idea of what to expect and how to make the most of the support available. Once you’ve started class, you’ll find all of your study material on Moodle - our online learning platform. Our teachers are also very friendly and they'll be able to help answer your questions or let you know who can help you.

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Foundation Year Students

Welcome to your Monash College Course

Whether you’re studying our Introductory Academic Programme (IAP), Foundation Year, Diploma, Monash English or Monash English Bridging, we’re here to help you succeed.

This section is designed to give you an idea of what to expect from your course, including course resources, study load, assessment, teaching style and class structure.

For more information, select your course on the left.

Welcome to Foundation Year!

The Monash University Foundation Year is a pre-university program with proven success in preparing students for Monash University. As a Foundation Year student, you’ll develop your academic and English skills to the level expected of Monash University students, while studying subjects that prepare you for your future undergraduate course.

Our supportive environment and dedicated teaching and support staff will guide you each step of the way, helping you to achieve your academic potential.

Your units and study load

We offer 13 subjects as part of the Foundation Year program.  

Each subject is offered in two parts:

  • Unit 1 introduces you to the subject area and key themes
  • Unit 2 expands your knowledge and understanding

To successfully complete Foundation Year you must complete units 1 and 2 in English and at least three additional subjects.

Each subject has a set of learning objectives that are aligned with the requirements for Monash University undergraduate degrees. Our curriculum combines essential theory and practical knowledge with the four skills critical to your future studies and your career: critical thinking, problem-solving, communication and collaboration.

Your assessments

Assessments take place throughout the semester and may be a combination of assignments, class participation, presentations, lab investigations and reports. For most subjects, 70 per cent of your mark will be from internal assessments and 30 per cent will be based on your final exam. By week three you’ll have completed your first assessment. Based on your results, your teacher will help you identify areas of strength and those that need improvement.

Your teachers

Your teachers are experts in teaching international students. Your teacher will help you develop your academic skills and will provide lots of feedback and support.

Learning Management system (Moodle)

Your unit outline, assessment information and Student Portal is all accessible in Moodle. You can use Moodle to participate in discussions, submit assessments and check your grades.

Welcome to Diplomas!

Welcome to Monash College Diplomas. Our Diploma programs offer international students like you guaranteed entry into second year of their preferred Monash undergraduate degree. All you need to do is pass all of your units and meet the set entry score and subject prerequisites.

Your units and study load

The standard study load for Diplomas is 24 credit points (4 units) each trimester. Most Diploma programs consist of a series of core and elective units and the unit outline provides information about unit content, assessment information and the requirements to successfully complete the unit. The teaching hours per week for each unit vary and depend on the contact hours at the University for the same unit and the content to be covered. The maximum contact hours could be up to 90 hours per unit per trimester.

Your curriculum materials

The curriculum for part one is developed by our teachers at Monash College specifically to prepare you for part two. The curriculum you will study in part two is the same content taught in first year of your destination degree at Monash University.

Your assessments

You will complete two types of assessments; internal assessments and examinations. Internal assessments will familiarise you with the types of assessment tasks you will be required to complete during exams. These assessments allow both you and your teacher to check skill competency and your understanding of key concepts, theories and knowledge. A minimum overall mark of 50% is required to satisfactorily complete each unit. Some units have a hurdle requirement in addition to the student achieving a minimum overall result of 50%. For example, a unit with an exam hurdle of 40% will require the students to achieve a minimum of 40% in the exam to pass the unit even if their overall result is more than 50%.

Your teachers

Your teachers are experts in teaching international students. Your teacher will help you develop your academic skills and will provide lots of feedback and support.

Learning Management system (Moodle)

Your unit outline, assessment information and Student Portal is all accessible in Moodle. You can use Moodle to participate in discussions, submit assessments and check your grades.

Welcome to Monash English!

Welcome to Monash English. Our program will improve your English language skills to prepare you for entry into Foundation Year, Diplomas and the University.

Your English test will place you in an English level which is right for you. During class you will develop your language and academic skills.

Your course resources

Each Monash English level uses both printed and online resources.  You will be given a set of one or two course books and have access to online resources on Moodle (your learning management system) and Google, so it is important that you bring your laptop or tablet to class each day.

In addition, the Library and Learning Centre has a great range of resources to help you to continue learning English outside the classroom.

Your study load

Each Monash English level is a ten-week course made up of two modules. The first five weeks is called Module 1 and the second five weeks is called Module 2. You will have four hours of class each day of the week and we recommend that you spend three hours a day outside of class time using the course resources, revising your classwork, completing homework and practicing your English.

Your assessments

Monash English is made up of continuous assessment, mid-course, and end-of-course assessment including:

  • Folios: reading writing, speaking and listening activities throughout your course.
  • Formal assessments.

To pass the level and progress to the next Monash English level, you need to receive a minimum grade of 60% for all skills in your final result.

Your teachers

Monash English teachers are experts in English, and understand it can be hard to learn a new language. They’ve helped thousands of students from around the world to improve their English skills in preparation for university. They will give you lots of feedback to help you develop your English skills and prepare you for Monash.

Your classes

Our classes are communicative. This means you will use English to learn English. You will work in groups and pairs as well as by yourself, and you will be actively involved in all classroom activities.

Welcome to Monash English Bridging!

Welcome to Monash English Bridging. Our program will improve your English language and academic skills to prepare you for entry into your diploma or university degree. It will also help you to become familiar with the culture and expectations of an Australian tertiary institution.

Your course resources

You will have access to both printed and online resources. You will be provided with a course book and have access to online resources on Moodle (your learning management system) and Google so it is important that you bring your laptop or tablet to class each day. In addition, the Library and Learning Centre has a great range of resources to help you to continue learning English outside of the classroom.

Your study load

Monash English Bridging has two modules (Module 1 and Module 2) and is a full time course with a 20-week entry point, 15-week entry point and 10-week entry point. Where you enter will depend on your current English skills.

You will have four hours of class each day of the week and we recommend that you spend three hours a day outside of class time using the course resources, revising your classwork, completing homework and practising your English. The number of self-study hours will increase in Module 2 as you prepare more intensively for assessments.

It is important that you consider your study load before finding a part-time job.

Your assessments

You will have the following assessments in your Monash English Bridging for Diplomas course:

  • Folio Tasks: reading, writing, speaking and listening activities, Content Themed Language Learning and Vocabulary Book
  • Listening – 2 Tests
  • Speaking – 1 Discussion and 1 Role Play
  • Reading and Writing – 1 Essay and 1 Reading and Summary Test

To transition to your diploma, you need to pass Reading and Writing, Speaking, Listening and your Folios.

You will have the following assessments in your Monash English Bridging for University course:

  • Listening – 2 Tests
  • Speaking – 1 Tutorial Discussion, 1 Oral Presentation and Class Participation (throughout the course)
  • Writing – 1 Research Task and 1 Reflective Writing Test
  • Reading – 1 Reading Test

To transition to your university degree, you need to pass Reading and Writing, Speaking and Listening.

Your teachers

Monash English Bridging teachers are experts in English, and understand it can be hard to learn a new language. They’ve helped thousands of students from around the world to improve their English skills in preparation for university. They will give you lots of feedback to help you develop your English skills and prepare for Monash. 

Your classes

Our classes are communicative. This means you will use English to learn English. You will work in groups and pairs as well as by yourself, and you will be actively involved in all classroom activities.

Welcome to the Introductory Academic Program!

Welcome to the Introductory Academic Program (IAP). Our program provides academic skills training to give you a head start to your university career. We will introduce you to the self-directed study style you will need at Monash University and our classes focus on developing your confidence, critical thinking skills, academic English and academic literacy. 

Your course resources

You will have access to both printed and online resources. You will have access to online resources on Moodle (your learning management system) and Google so it is important that you bring your laptop or tablet to class each day. In addition, the Library and Learning Centre has a great range of resources to help you to continue learning English outside of the classroom.

Your study load

Your program will be a stimulating and intensive full-time program delivered face-to-face over five weeks.  You will have four hours of class each day of the week and we recommend that you spend three hours a day outside of class time using the course resources, revising your classwork, completing homework and practising your English.

Your assessments

There are no summative assessments in your IAP course but you will need to complete:

  • a Poster Presentation
  • Reflective Writing
  • an Annotated Bibliography
  • a Research Task
  • an Oral Presentation

Your teachers

IAP teachers are experts in English and understand it can be hard to learn a new language. They’ve helped thousands of students from around the world to improve their English skills in preparation for university. They will give you lots of feedback to help you develop your English skills and prepare for Monash. 

Your classes

Our classes are communicative. This means you will use English to learn English. You will work in groups and pairs as well as by yourself, and you will be actively involved in all classroom activities.