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A home away from home

The Monash Prato Homestay Program

Living with a host family is a great opportunity to make your study abroad experience more well-rounded, enjoyable, and even life-changing. This is why we started the Monash Prato Homestay Program in 2017.

So far this year four students from Monash Law and the Monash Business School have taken part in the Homestay Program, experiencing life with a local family in Prato, becoming part of the family’s everyday life, learning more about Italian culture (and some Italian language!) and sharing their culture with the family in return.

Seeing the sites

From the Ferrari factory to the largest food park in the world

Some say that seeing is believing. Our students from Arts, IT, Science, Business and Economics, and Art, Design and Architecture, who studied in Prato over the months of June and July this year, got out and about visiting museums, factories, organisations and fairs in Prato, Florence, Maranello and Bologna. Site visits are one way that you can learn first-hand about the subject you are studying and they are an important feature of many of the study programs we offer at the Monash Prato Centre. 

Despite the heat, studying in Prato has never been so cool!

June ended with the last classes of the 2019 Prato Law program.

For three months,184 law students from six different countries (Australia, Israel, Canada, France, United States and India) studied together in Prato, enhancing their knowledge of international humanitarian law, European human rights, international refugee law, among other subjects.

The Future of the Practice of Law

The Monash Prato Centre is delighted to welcome Mr Jeff Modisett, CEO of Nextlaw Global Referral Network LLC in Los Angeles.

In addition to their regular units, students from 2019’s Monash Prato Law Program are fortunate to be invited to this unique Enrichment Seminar on  Wed 19 June.

Open Day Thank You!

Despite the threat of rain and thunderstorms, the 7th edition of Prato Campus Week and our annual Open Day held on Thursday 11 April was a resounding success.

Hundreds of students and local visitors participated in Open Day, visiting the Centre from 5pm into the late evening.

Prato Campus Week - Visit us 10-12 April

One city, three universities, and three days of events open to the local community.

The seventh edition of Prato Campus Week takes place 10-12 April this year.

The week is an opportunity for students and locals to meet and learn more about the university student experience in Prato. You will be able to join in sporting activities, conversation, tours, music, games and lots more!

This event is organised by Prato's three universities, PIN - Polo Universitario 'Città di Prato' (the Prato branch of the University of Florence), Monash University Prato Centre and University of New Haven, in collaboration with the Municipality of Prato.

GIG off the ground in Italy!

Photo of GIG Italy launch event in the Salone Grollo
Move over MedRen month, 2019 is in full swing here at the Monash University Prato Centre.

Our programs have begun with the launch of the first-ever Global Immersion Guarantee program in Italy. Known as GIG for short, this is a funded overseas study experience for all Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Global Studies, and related double degree, students to China, India, Italy, Indonesia or Malaysia at the end of their first year of university.

MedRen month in Prato

Monash students visiting the Medici villa at Poggo a Caiano
The period from mid-November to mid-December is sometimes known as ‘MedRen month’ at the Monash Prato Centre.

It is at this time of year that Monash students and academics and postgraduates from Monash and partner universities of the Prato Consortium for Medieval and Renaissance Studies converge on the Centre to undertake several different activities in this area of teaching and research.

Consensus or Crisis?

EU Unit 2018 - Visit to EUI
Up close with the European Union

The EU’s crises have been grabbing global headlines for almost a decade. But where did these multi-dimensional crises come from? What caused them? What will they do to the EU and what made them a ‘crisis’ in the first place?

 As part of the Arts Semester in Prato program, 44 students from Monash’s campuses in Australia and Malaysia examined these questions during the four-week unit The European Union from Consensus to Crisis.