What we do

Our centre is a site for intellectual and cultural exchange, bringing students and academics together from around the world to meet, learn and collaborate.

Education programs

We prepare our students for increasingly global careers.

Our centre is the site for innovative education programs for seven of Monash University’s ten faculties: Art, Design and Architecture; Arts; Business and Economics; Education; Information Technology; Law; and Science. Each year over 700 students from Monash and some of our partner universities study in Prato for periods of up to twelve weeks.

We also offer an internship and industry-based learning program that enables students to develop internationally-transferable employability skills.


Our location in Europe makes the centre an ideal place for international research meetings and conferences – we host an average of 40 each year with 1900 participants – deepening connections and expanding Monash University’s network of research collaborations.

We also pursue a number of location-specific research themes including migration, social inclusion and global movement studies. The centre is also home to the Prato Consortium for Medieval and Renaissance Studies.

Professional education courses

Our centre is not just for Monash students. Monash Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences offers professional education courses in emergency medicine management for practitioners and leaders from different countries so they can keep learning (after all, the Monash motto is ancora imparo).

School tours

We provide Australian high school students with an exciting opportunity to study and live in Italy and to have a taste of going to university. We custom-design short programs in Italian language and culture, music, fine arts, history and art history, to suit tour itineraries.

Visual residency

Italy is renowned for the richness of its art, design and architecture. Our visual residency program, which is a collaboration with Monash Art, Design and Architecture, gives emerging creative Australian practitioners the chance to engage with this culture.

Local engagement

We engage with local people, institutions and industry in many different ways to bring both depth and relevance to our programs. Our programs make sense in place and actively contribute to the contemporary challenges of the city and region.

Why Prato?

Prato from above

Our closeness to the cultural, intellectual and industrial wealth of Europe enriches our programs. Here students find an unparalleled study experience, visiting European sites, being exposed to global expertise, and interacting with international peer groups. We also act as a research incubator, enabling experts and specialists from across the world to come and work together on issues of international relevance and complexity.