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  • Locations: Prato, Italy
  • Program Terms: Winter
  • Restrictions: Monash applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:

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All other programs: There are currently no active application cycles.

Fact Sheet:
Course Level: Year 1, Year 2, Year 3 Awarded Credit Points: 06
Language of Instruction: English Program Type: MII - Monash in Italy
Program Duration: 3 weeks Academic Level: Undergraduate
Leading Faculty: Faculty of Science Eligibility: Completed at least 18 credit points
Host Institution: Monash Prato Centre Funding Available: Monash Abroad Travel Grant
Program Description:

Prato Science
SCI1400 From Galileo to GPS: How astronomy shapes our lives

This unit presents an insight into how science contributes to the development of a society through the eyes of astronomy. The unit uses some of the key astronomical discoveries to demonstrate a complex interaction between pursuing scientific knowledge and how such discoveries influence our society. We will start with the discoveries of Galileo Galilei in early 17th century and how they were influenced by the historical and cultural setting nurtured by the Medici and Lorraine families, the founders and rulers of Tuscany. We will then explore how the development of instrumentation for experimental demonstrations in the 18th century, such as planetariums, were used to popularize science among the public. We will then fast forward to the 21st century and tap into astronomy topics for which new telescopes, such as the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) and the advanced Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO), are still being constructed. The activities will be delivered through visits to museums and observatories, classroom discussions and research-based activities. Students will develop awareness of how scientific discoveries are created and propagated in an internationalised world.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this unit students will be able to:
• Discuss the development of some of the key astronomical discoveries.
• Discuss the importance of science to the human endeavour.
• Demonstrate research skills in an international cultural context.
• Demonstrate oral and written skills, and construct evidence-based arguments through a collaborative project.
• Demonstrate an ability to work productively in an interdisciplinary team with other students.

For details about assessment and workload requirements see the handbook entry

For an overview of the program, please refer to this video.

Enhance your educational experience

The unit will be offered in intensive block mode at the Monash University Prato campus during the mid-year vacation over a period of 3 weeks in intensive mode. This experiential learning unit gives you the opportunity to progress your degree while combining studies with travel in Europe. The Monash Prato Centre is located in the picturesque and historic town of Prato, in the heart of Tuscany, close to the cosmopolitan cities of Florence, Bologna and Milan. Studying in this beautiful little town gives you the opportunity to explore Italy and its culture.

Enrolment limit

This program will have an enrolment limit of 10 students.

Application requirement - personal statement

You will be required to submit a personal statement as part of your application. Write a brief personal statement (no more than 250 words) outlining the following:
  • Why would you like to undertake this program?
  • What would you like to learn from this program?
  • What skills, experience or insights could you bring to the group?  

  • Completion of 18 credit points
  • Consideration of your personal statement (see above)
  • This unit is available to local or international undergraduate students studying at Monash University or any Australian university by arrangement with your home university.


This unit has additional program costs and you will be required to pay a deposit of $300 at the time of application - pay using 'Shop Monash'. 
The program cost is $1,000 

If your application is accepted, you will be required to pay the balance 60 days prior to the program start date. See the key dates table below.
Please refer to the refund procedure below.

If you are planning to participate you will also need to consider the following to assist you with budgeting for your trip:
  • Return Flight to Prato:
    • Approximately $2,800 depending on day and date of departure.  STA and Flight Centre usually have some discounted fares.
    • It is your responsibility to ensure that you book a flight and get to the destination in order to commence class by the starting date.
  • Accommodation costs (approx. $1,500);
    • Approximately €30-€50 a day for basic shared accommodation, which you need to book as soon as you get an acceptance letter, as June and July is a busy tourist season.
    • Please check the location of accommodation you are booking and its proximity to the Historical centre to facilitate your arrival by the commencement of class.
    • For accommodation suggestions, see for details.
  • Food and Drink (approx. $900);
    • You can get a good meal for about €10 to €15 and some places give a Monash discount in the Prato historic centre.
  • Other program costs (approx. $300);
    • We will be travelling to Florence on a daily basis, it will cost approximately €10 for return ticket on Trenitalia and it takes about 20 minutes to get to Florence from Prato.
    • Museum, galleries and other sites entry tickets
The unit fees
  • While studying overseas you'll receive credit towards your Monash degree.
  • If you are a Commonwealth sponsored student the unit costs are at the same rate as your current unit fees.
  • For International students, the cost will be at the same rate as your current unit fees. 

  • Please see the information regarding OS-HELP loans and other financial assistance.  
  • You receive a $500 travel grant once your application is approved and free travel insurance for the period you are studying in Prato.
  • The travel grant and o/s loan will be paid about 3 weeks before departure.

Travel insurance

Please read the Product Disclosure Statement on the university student travel insurance site, as some pre-existing conditions, exclusions of items and extra travel may not be covered. Note for any pre-existing condition, the university travel insurance office must be notified and a doctor’s clearance must be obtained.

Refund procedure

Where International Study Program (ISP) application and/or other program fees (excluding tuition fees) are paid to the University and until the student’s Travel Insurance policy is active*, the refund policy outlined in the table below will apply:
Circumstance Refund of Program Cost
Unsuccessful application Yes (100%)
Withdrawal before application deadline Yes (100%)
Withdrawal 60+ days prior to program start date Yes (100%)
Withdrawal 30 days prior to program start date Partial (50%)
Withdrawal 0 – 30 days prior to program start date No
Program cancelled by Faculty Yes (100%)
* Once Monash Abroad has approved the student’s ISP application, the student’s travel insurance policy becomes active and students would need to make any relevant claims for refunds to the travel insurance provider.


You must have a valid Passport that does not expire until six months after the date of departure.  If you do not have a valid passport please organise now!  

Visa information for international students

International students and anyone travelling on a non EU or non-Australian passport will be required to organise a visa for Italy and any other country you may wish to travel to.  You will need to check on visa requirements for re-entry into Australia. Please make an appointment with the Italian embassy to arrange your visa early. You will be required to:
  • Present a letter from Monash Abroad to the embassy. Please contact so that we can arrange for a letter for you as soon as you have a date for an appointment.  Ensure that you have your full travel itinerary and accommodation details before you make an appointment. It is your responsibility to ensure that the correct type of visa is issued for your itinerary. 
  • Proof of insurance cover  
  • Proof of means of support. 
  • Visit for more information

Faculty Pre-Departure Information Session
  • The compulsory pre-departure session will be held approximately 4 weeks before departure. An email from the program coordinator will provide the venue and date information.
Key Dates Date
Application deadline 26 March 2018
Notification of outcome 29 March 2018
Confirmation by Monash Abroad 16 April 2018
Balance of program cost due 23 April 2018
Deadline for full withdrawal and refund 23 April 2018
Deadline for 50% refund 25 May 2018

When you have completed your application:
  • Click SUBMIT APPLICATION - or the application will remain pending and will not be assessed.