The European Union from Consensus to Crisis

Credit points: 6

Unit code: ATS2275 / ATS3275

Location: Monash Prato Centre, Italy

Coordinator: Dr Ben Wellings

Program type:  Arts Semester in Prato


Program details

The European Union is a unique historic and political achievement. It helped turn Europe into a zone of peace and contributed to the consolidation of democracy in the post-fascist and communist eras. Yet it is also a polity in profound crisis. It is challenged from within by critics of its own democratic credentials in the wake of the Eurozone crisis and from without by security threats from a resurgent Russia and an influx of refugees. Students completing this unit in Prato will gain a deep understanding of the origins of today’s European Union and the pathologies of its multiple crises.

–  KEY DATES  – 

2017 Sem 2 Program  2018 Sem 2 Program
Pre-Departure Session (Compulsory) 17 May 2017 May 2018
Overseas Dates 20 November – 15 December 2017 (Block 3) 19 November – 14 December 2018 (Block 3)
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Deposit (Paid on application) $300
Balance  (Paid on acceptance into program) $0
Total  $300


Monash students will be charged fees according to their verified funding status. This fee will appear on your Monash Fee Statement. Non-Monash students must contact to enquire about tuition fees.


Students participating in the Semester in Prato program must stay in Prato during their program dates.  There are many great options close to the Prato Centre that you will book independently.


  • International return airfare* and associated transfers
  • All Meals
  • Spending money

* Please note, students should not book flights until after your application has been endorsed by the Faculty and the Faculty has confirmed the program will be going ahead.

How to Apply

Applications open: Applications for 2018 Semester 2 will open November 2017.

Applications close: Applications for 2017 Semester 2 are now closed.

Application process: 

  1. Read the full application process
  2. Register your Expression of Interest for 2018 Semester 2 Program here.

* Art Study Tour units have a minimum number of students to be able to go ahead. Students should not make any travel arrangements until the Faculty has endorsed their application and confirmed the program will be going ahead.