University programs

Poggio A Caiano Group

We provide a global immersion experience in an intimate and welcoming environment in Prato.

You can choose from a range of interdisciplinary and discipline-specific subjects, usually taught intensively over several weeks or up to a few months.

The specially curated curriculum integrates local perspectives through programs that involve our partner network in Europe and that incorporate industry learning, field experiences and live projects.

For program availability, refer to the Monash Abroad portal and search the City field for 'Prato'. The Monash University Handbook is also a good source of information for individual units.

If you are a non-Monash student but attend another university, you may be eligible to study in Monash programs at our centre as part of a Monash University exchange or study abroad program. Please contact Monash Abroad for advice on whether or not this is an option available to you.


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2022 Programs


20 June - 15 July 2022

This study tour will provide you with a unique opportunity to visit a series of twentieth century industrial buildings, contemporary adaptive re-use projects and a range of exhibition/showroom/making spaces. Field work will involve photo and sketch documentation of selected case studies, the urban contexts where they reside and the hard/soft infrastructures that support them.

During your time in Prato you will spatially analyse the original design and current-day uses of the case studies and extract urban, architectural and interior design strategies which could be deployed elsewhere.

Drawing on the lessons learned from the case studies, you will then undertake a two-week design intensive on a given site. Design experiments will explore and demonstrate the spatial, technological and social potentials of future industrial change.

Prato Design Semester Program

July - October 2022 (22 August - 17 October in Italy)

  • Collaborative design studio 5 (COL3002)
  • Design for culture and heritage (DGN3203)
  • Design thinking for global challenges (DGN2500)

For full details, vist the Monash Abroad Portal

Fine Art Prato

27 August - 22 October 2022

Two months studying Fine Art Practice, Art History and Theory, and Curating in Italy.

Taught intensively by leading artists and scholars, the program consists of site visits, workshops, lectures and travel to major exhibitions (such as the Venice Biennale) and cities (e.g., Siena, Florence, Milan and Rome).

You'll view key works and collections of recent and historical art, ranging from the Centro Pecci (Prato), one of Italy’s leading contemporary art galleries, to the Renaissance masterpieces of the Uffizi (Florence).

For full details, vist the Monash Abroad Portal

Monash Global Campus Intensives (MGCIs)

Monash Global Campus Intensives are new intensive interdisciplinary units offered across the Monash campus network. You will look at some of the world’s most pressing challenges, learning on site with guest lectures by local experts and academics and with content developed by multiple faculties.

27 June - 15 July 2022

During your three weeks in Prato, you'll be able to study one or more of the following units:

  • Sustainable Tuscany: Tradition, innovation and entrepreneurship (ATS2265/ATS3268)
  • The European Union: Challenges, crises and opportunities (ATS2275/ATS3275)
  • European economy and global business (ECX3750)
  • Italian Introductory 1 (ATS1221)

Eligible students will also be able to add a unit in European human rights law (LAW4666/LAW5619) to their program.

September - December 2022

Module 11: 12 - 30 September 2022 [Semester Two]
Module 12: 3 - 21 October 2022 [Semester Two]
Module 13: 31 October - 18 November 2022 [Semester Two/Summer Semester A 2022]
Module 14: 21 November - 9 December 2022 [Summer Semester A 2022]

You can choose from a range of units in each module - see the full listing on the MGCIs in Italy web page.

For full information, including how to apply, unit combinations and accommodation options, visit the MGCIs in Italy web page.