Monmouth University

Monmouth University is a dynamic private University located in New Jersey- less than a mile from the beach and an hour from New York City and Philadelphia. The University has a focus on experiential education which ensures students participate in hands on, real world learning. Cutting edge facilities in a historical setting. The Monmouth curriculum exemplifies academic excellence, featuring small classes that foster personalised attention.

Courses are led by innovative faculty who are experts in their respective fields. Students are afforded a challenging, hands-on learning environment, enabling them to enter the workforce confident, marketable, and well-rounded. Within its student body, 29 states and 28 foreign nations are represented. More than 1,600 undergraduates are resident students who enjoy a challenging learning environment on a campus that blends classic beauty with the latest technology.

Monmouth University is an independent, comprehensive institution of higher learning, committed to service in the public interest, lifelong learning, and the enhancement of the quality of life. Seven schools within the University provide a wide variety of academic programs at both undergraduate and graduate levels.

The Wayne D. McMurray School of Humanities and Social Sciences includes the Department of Music and Theatre Arts -  this is where BAAGT students study on their semster abroad.

Leon Hess Business School - this is where BAIB and BAIEM students study on their semesters abroad.

Monmouth University is licensed by the New Jersey Commission on Higher Education and is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

Campus facilities

Monmouth University is an ideal location to become immersed in the study of theatre arts. Access to the local train station, a short walk from campus, offers students a convenient way to get to the biggest Broadway hits and daring off-Broadway fare. West Long Branch is also surrounded by well-known arts districts with professional theatre troupes offering engaging and challenging theatre productions.

Monmouth students enjoy the best of both worlds. The active campus in central New Jersey is minutes from the Atlantic Ocean and an hour from NYC and Philadelphia. Students enjoy the safe, 156-acre campus yet have access to some of the world's finest cultural events and job opportunities. 156 acre campus on Jersey Shore.

See a 360-degree tour of labs, classrooms, Division I athletics, and campus life at Monmouth.


The Monmouth University Library is a recognised regional information centre with over 248,000 books and 1,300 periodicals. Its Web pages include general information, a link to its Web-based catalog, and many electronic research sources, including journal databases, government Web sites, and other sources that provide access to thousands of periodical titles. The Guggenheim mansion, a wing of the Library, is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.


The dining service at Monmouth provides breakfast, lunch, dinner and late night dining options at a number of locations on campus. These locations include the Rebecca Stafford Food Court, Raising Cane’s, Magill Commons residential restaurant, Shadows, Java City, Bey Hall Express, Hawk’s Nest Convenience Store and the Café at the Library.

Other (Gym, clubs and societies) 

The International Club meets once a week. Monmouth is home to more than 75 student-run organisations, including clubs, fraternities, sororities, honor societies, governing bodies, and publications and media outlets.

Click here to view the full list and details of student organisations at Monmouth.

Academic calendar

Spring Semester: January - May (exams included)

Autumn Semester: September - December (exams inlcuded)

Click here to view the online academic calendar.


Special orientation sessions are conducted each semester to assist new international students. The Office of International Student Services also assists international students with all matters of special concern including: immigration, visas, practical training, change of status, advising, counseling, housing, homesickness, culture shock, obtaining a driver’s license and social security card, on-campus employment, and informs students of their rights and responsibilities. The office works with other administrative offices and academic departments on campus to ensure a smooth adjustment and transition for students.

Academic life


The normal course load (in the semester system) is 15 credits per semester (=5 courses) for undergraduates and 9 credits for graduate students. An average class will have 20 to 25 students. Classes usually begin on time, and it is considered disrespectful to arrive after the class has begun. The atmosphere is usually informal and fairly relaxed. In many classes, students are not only encouraged to participate in classroom discussion, they are also expected to do so. Attendance may also be included in your final grade.



Acting and World Theatre Students:

You must choose a minimum of 3 courses or equivalent of 12 US credits from courses approved by your Head of Programme.

International Business and International Events Management Students:

You must enrol for 15 US credits (approx. 4 – 5 courses).

The courses you choose must be approved by your Head of Programme.



Passing requirements

Acting and World Theatre Students:

In order to pass your SPA Semester you must obtain a pass in all the courses you registered for.

International Business and International Events Management Students:

In order to pass your SPA you must obtain a pass in 12 US credits.

All students:

Students who fail to pass all their courses will be required to make up the missing credits. Please contact the Outbound Unit ( for more details.


Disability provisions

Please contact the IPO for more information regarding the support services at Monmouth.


Monmouth's campus is a five-minute drive from the Atlantic Ocean in West Long Branch, New Jersey, and is convenient to New York City and Philadelphia, as well as plentiful local attractions. The 156-acre campus features 54 buildings, including historic landmarks and state-of-the-art facilities.

Transportation in New Jersey utilises a combination of road, rail, air, and water modes. New Jersey is situated between Philadelphia and New York City, two major metropolitan centers of the Boston-Washington megalopolis, making it a regional corridor for transportation.

Shopping/Leisure activities

Nearby Asbury Park is well-known for its live music and historic venues like The Stone Pony. Transworld Surf named Monmouth University among the “Top 10 Surf Colleges in America.”

Useful Links:

For more information please view the Country Information Packs available on the IPO Study Abroad pages on Blackboard. Click here to log into Blackboard.


A variety of housing options exist on campus at Monmouth University.

On-campus housing for Monmouth University Students is on a first-come, first-served basis for undergraduate students with a number of spaces reserved for international undergraduate students.

Monmouth's resident students live in traditional residence halls, seven suite-style buildings, and three apartment complexes. In the traditional residence halls, two students typically share a room and each floor shares bathroom and shower facilities. In the suites there are typically four bedrooms off a common living room. Each suite has its own restroom and shower. Apartments on campus have a full kitchen and most have a washer and dryer.

All campus housing units are wired for cable TV, private telephones, and computer access. Each hall is staffed by professional hall directors or resident assistants who are trained to assist students and provide information about campus activities and programs.

For more information visit:

Off Campus and Commuter Services-Off-campus housing in the local area is available. They will assist in rental listings, apartments room or house or finding a room-mate for your chosen off-campus accommodation. . More information about locating off-campus housing can be found at

Cost of living

You will need to bear in mind the basic expenses you will incur whilst studying at Monmouth. Try the currency converter by clicking here.

Monmouth recommends:

  • Coffee:$4

  • Burger: $7

  • Glass of wine:

  • Pint of Beer:$6

  • Cinema Ticket: $11

  • Club entrance: $10-$25

  • Museum entrance: $6



Student feedback can be found on Blackboard.

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Students who have been nominated to study at Monmouth University will be sent an application pack via email the semester before they are due to start their SPA.

Health Insurance

You must provide evidence of having an appropriate health insurance. This is usually required at the time of submitting your application.

Please note: Monmouth partially covers students via an accident insurance plan which insures for accidents on campus. Other medical needs must be covered; New Jersey State law requires all full-time undergraduate students be covered by hospitalization insurance. Students will be asked to provide proof of such coverage or will automatically be billed and enrolled in the Monmouth University's group plan.

Visa requirements

Ensure that you check your visa requirements with the US Embassy, below are the contact details for for the US Embassy in London:

Address: 24 Grovesnor Square London W1A 2LQ
Tel: 020 7499 9000

Monmouth University requires specific documentation to be submitted in order to obtain the correct student visa. For detailed information about documents and forms, please visit.

Upon admission to Monmouth University additional documentation is required to be able to apply for student visa status. A student must show reasonable proof of funding to cover the cost of his or her entire program of study. Documentary evidence of means of support is required. For detailed information about documents and forms, please visit.

This is for your information only, it is the student's responsibility to obtain the correct visa.


400 Cedar Avenue
West Long Branch
NJ 07764-1898 USA

Contact: Jon Stauff
Department: Vice Provost for Global Education
Phone: +1-732-263-5843

Please note: The information on this page is accurate at the time of publishing. Some details have been sourced from external websites.




Country: USA
Language of tuition: English
Level of study: Undergraduate
Partner type: Bilateral Exchange partner

Applicable Regent's programmes for a study period abroad:

  • Acting & World Theatre - BA (Hons)