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International students


Coronavirus Update for International Students

Queensland Government Initiative  

The Queensland Government has allocated $2.2 million to helping international students. The package covers access to professional support counsellors, isolation care-packs, pre-prepared meals and other living expense payments to students. Vygo platform is offering one on one sessions with Student Advisors on accommodation, food, mental health etc. To register for a one on one session via Vygo click here 

For more information click here

Update 18th June, 2020 - The Queensland Government has provided additional funding to universities across the state to be distributed to international students experiencing financial hardship.  

Update -  A reminder email has been sent out on the 2.7.2020 to all students eligible for the bursary. The email contains information on criteria and how to apply.  Please ensure to check your junk folder if you cannot find it. This is open to the 1st 100 students that apply so make sure you do as soon as possible. If you believe you may be eligible but did not receive the email or you have any questions regarding this please contact your International Student Advisors at intstudentadvisor@laureate.edu.au

Updated 21st July, 2020 – Qld bursary applications have now CLOSED. We are now working on reviewing documentation that was included in the applications to confirm those students who qualify for the $500 bursary and plan to distribute the money as soon as we possibly can.

 

THINK Education Students

How to Apply;

To check your eligibility and start your applications please click here

What’s on Offer;

A one off payment. It is available for students who did not receive the previous Torrens bursary, are currently enrolled and have less than $1500AUD in savings. 

Please see below to check how to apply depending on your education provider.

Refer to your state based agency, Study Queensland for further details and valuable local resources

 

Urgent Assistance with Food for International Students 

If you have lost your job and are struggling to feed yourself and your family, Foodbank is an organisation that works to feed everyone across Australia, including international students, for more information Foodbank

If you are in urgent need of food assistance, please call Foodbank on (07) 3395 8422 and they can help you find a charity in your area that will support you.

 

Emergency Accommodation for International Students 

Homeless and in need of urgent accommodation - International Students:

An ISSN home stay initiative through the Australian Homestay Network can provide a short-term accommodation arrangement between an individual or family (host) and an eligible international student (guest). We anticipate the home stay period will be for 4 weeks (a shorter length of stay may be available upon request) and will include accommodation in a private bedroom, meals (unless otherwise arranged) and utilities. The ISSN host is providing discount services for the student in need through the Australian Homestay Network (AHN).

For more information: https://www.homestaynetwork.org/issn/

For more details email your international student advisors at intstudentadvisor@laureate.edu.au please include your student ID number, phone number and which state you are currently in and we will be in touch as soon as possible.

Victorian Government Initiative 

The Victorian Government has allocated $45 million worth of funds to support international students during the pandemic. Up to 40,000 International Students enrolled at Universities, TAFEs, private vocational education and training providers and English language colleges could benefit from the relief payment. The payments require co-contributions from university hardship funds. Students can also access rent relief and are eligible for the Working for Victoria initiative, which helps people who have lost their jobs to find new employment.

What’s on offer;

The International Student Emergency Relief Fund will provide a payment of up to $1100 to International Students who can prove they have lost their jobs or had a significant reduction to their employment due to Covid-19. Applications are now open. 

The Victorian Government is also offering a one off rent relief grant for people in rental hardship due to COVID - 19. For more information click here  

How to Apply;

Applications for the International Student Emergency Relief Fund opened on the 19 May 2020, click here to apply 

 

Refer to your state based agency, Study Melbourne for further details and valuable local resources

 

Urgent Assistance with Food for International Students 

If you have lost your job and are struggling to feed yourself and your family, Foodbank is an organisation that works to feed everyone across Australia, including international students, for more information Foodbank

If you are in urgent need of food assistance, please call Foodbank on (03) 9362 8300 and they can help you find a charity in your area that will support you.

* Rockpool Dining Group has launched Hope Delivery, a much-needed community meal program in Sydney and Melbourne to feed International Hospitality Workers that have been disadvantaged as a result of the current pandemic. Meals are being prepared and distributed directly from Rockpool Bar & Grill in Melbourne.

International hospitality workers can collect their meals directly from Rockpool Bar & Grill, Crown Complex Southbank Melbourne 3006 (on the promenade side) between 12pm - 3pm Monday to Friday. 

 

Emergency Accommodation for International Students 

Homeless and in need of urgent accommodation - International Students:

An ISSN home stay initiative through the Australian Homestay Network can provide a short-term accommodation arrangement between an individual or family (host) and an eligible international student (guest). We anticipate the home stay period will be for 4 weeks (a shorter length of stay may be available upon request) and will include accommodation in a private bedroom, meals (unless otherwise arranged) and utilities. The ISSN host is providing discount services for the student in need through the Australian Homestay Network (AHN).

For more information: https://www.homestaynetwork.org/issn/

For more details email your international student advisors at intstudentadvisor@laureate.edu.au please include your student ID number, phone number and which state you are currently in and we will be in touch as soon as possible.

 

*Students are free to participate at their own risk, however be aware that these initiatives are not under the Torrens/Think Universities control hence our insurance will not cover you.

New South Wales Government Initiative 

The NSW Government will be offering up to 20 weeks accommodation funding for vulnerable International Students in NSW during the current COVID-19 crisis. This assistance will be offered in the form of approved student accommodation and home stay providers. Service NSW is administering the application process and will allocate the accommodation. Applicants will not be able to self-select their accommodation. 

To qualify students must meet the following criteria;

  • Be able to provide evidence of having lost (or being at risk of losing) access to secure accommodation 
  • Hold an international student visa
  • Have no other avenues of support

For more information and to apply click here 

Other Initiatives;

24/7 support for international students on the COVID-19 hotline (13 77 88). Information on rental evictions, medical and mental health access, legal aid and emergency support can be accessed via the hotline.

50,000 free subscriptions on offer for the My Legal Mate app. The app offers legal assistance with 4 main topics and is offered in 6 different languages (Hindi, Chinese, Vietnamese, Thai, Korean and Portuguese). You are eligible for the app if you are enrolled into or have just recently graduated a course in NSW or currently hold a subclass 500, 408 or 485 visa. 

How to Apply;

Applications to download the app are now open. Click here to download today. For any further enquiries please email study.nsw@treasury.nsw.gov.au 

 

Refer to your state based agency, Study NSW for further details and valuable local resources

 

Urgent Assistance with Food for International Students 

If you have lost your job and are struggling to feed yourself and your family, Foodbank is an organisation that works to feed everyone across Australia, including international students, for more information visit Foodbank

If you are in urgent need of food assistance, please call Foodbank on (02) 9756 3099 and they can help you find a charity in your area that will support you.

*Rockpool Dining Group has launched Hope Delivery, a much-needed community meal program in Sydney and Melbourne to feed International Hospitality Workers that have been disadvantaged as a result of the current pandemic. Meals are being prepared and distributed directly from Rosetta in Sydney. 

International hospitality workers can collect free meals directly from Rosetta 118 Harrington St, The Rocks NSW 2000 between 12pm and 3pm Monday to Friday. 

 

Emergency Accommodation for International Students 

Homeless and in need of urgent accommodation - International Students:

An ISSN home stay initiative through the Australian Homestay Network can provide a short-term accommodation arrangement between an individual or family (host) and an eligible international student (guest). We anticipate the home stay period will be for 4 weeks (a shorter length of stay may be available upon request) and will include accommodation in a private bedroom, meals (unless otherwise arranged) and utilities. The ISSN host is providing discount services for the student in need through the Australian Homestay Network (AHN).

For more information: https://www.homestaynetwork.org/issn/

For more details email your international student advisors at intstudentadvisor@laureate.edu.au please include your student ID number, phone number and which state you are currently in and we will be in touch as soon as possible.

 

Resilience and Growth Program for International Students

During the Covid-19 Pandemic, international students have been severely impacted. Many have reported increased stress and isolation. The City of Sydney International Student Leadership and Ambassador Program ( ISLA) proudly present our first series of Resilience and Mental Health workshops in partnership with Christine Yeung

Christine Yeung is an experienced psychologist and is offering sessions on;

24th May 1:00pm – 3:00pm and 30th May 1:00pm – 3:00pm

To book click here

 

*Students are free to participate at their own risk, however be aware that these initiatives are not under the Torrens/Think Universities control hence our insurance will not cover you.

 

International Student Leadership & Ambassador Program 

With the current impact of COVID - 19 our International Student Leader Ambassadors present to you this online networking event. The guest speakers will share with you valuable tips on networking as well as information on relevant services and programs to help you with different aspects of your life and study in Australia during these difficult times. 

The event will take place online via Zoom so please make sure to have it downloaded. The event is FREE however registration is essential. 

Register Here

South Australian Government Initiative 

The South Australian government will spend $13.8 million to assist international students studying in the state. The International Student Support Package will include a $10 million fund for university students significantly impacted. Emergency cash grants of $500 will be available to other international students significantly impacted.

For more information click here 

Update 12th June: If you have applied for the initiative and were not successful it may have been due to one of the below reasons.

  1. You are offshore
  2. You are not studying with an education provider that has a South Australian based campus
  3. You are on a packaged pathway with one of South Australia’s public Universities 
  4. You did not correctly demonstrate hardship

If you were deemed ineligible but believe that you do not fall into one of these categories, are living in Australia and can demonstrate financial hardship please email your details to one of our International Student Advisor on: intstudentadvisor@laureate.edu.au

They will endeavour to contact you to discuss within 48 hours of receiving your email.

What’s on Offer;

A $500 emergency cash grant will be available for students who are currently enrolled in a course, living in Adelaide and who meet the criteria.

How to Apply;

Applications opened 11 May 2020, click here to register 

 

Refer to your state based agency, Study Adelaide for further details and valuable local resources

 

Free Morning Tea and Meals 

Edge Church International will be providing free morning tea, delicious freezer meals AND groceries up to the value of $100 for International Students in Adelaide. The morning tea is being held on Friday 21st of August from 9.30am - 12pm at 20 King William Street. We can't wait to see you there!

For more information please reach out to us on intstudentadvisor@laureate.edu.au

*Students are free to participate at their own risk, however be aware that these initiatives are not under the Torrens/Think Universities control hence our insurance will not cover you.

 

Urgent Assistance with Food for International Students 

If you have lost your job and are struggling to feed yourself and your family, Foodbank is an organisation that works to feed everyone across Australia, including international students, for more information Foodbank

If you are in urgent need of food assistance, please call Foodbank on (08) 8351 1136 and they can help you find a charity in your area that will support you.

To learn more click here

 

Emergency Accommodation for International Students 

An ISSN home stay initiative through the Australian Homestay Network can provide a short-term accommodation arrangement between an individual or family (host) and an eligible international student (guest). We anticipate the home stay period will be for 4 weeks (a shorter length of stay may be available upon request) and will include accommodation in a private bedroom, meals (unless otherwise arranged) and utilities. The ISSN host is providing discount services for the student in need through the Australian Homestay Network (AHN).

For more information click here 

For more details email your international student advisors at intstudentadvisor@laureate.edu.au please include your student ID number, phone number and which state you are currently in and we will be in touch as soon as possible.

Online international student guide

Residential address

Your residential address is the place where you live. You must:

  • Let us know your residential address in Australia within 7 days of arriving in Australia.
  • Let us know your new residential address within 7 days if you move.

Contact Student Services to update your address.

Health care

Work

  • You cannot work until you have started your course in Australia.
  • You cannot work more than 40 hours per fortnight during a Study Period
  • No work limits apply during college or university breaks.

For a full list of Student Visa Conditions, please see Department of Home Affairs - Student Visa Conditions

Leave of Absence

Taking a Leave of Absence means taking a break from study while remaining enrolled. It is also called deferring.

International students cannot take a Leave of Absence unless there are compassionate or compelling circumstances.

These are generally circumstances that:

  • Are beyond your control; and
  • Have an impact upon your course progress or wellbeing

For a full list of limited circumstances please refer to the Enrolment and Attendance Policy

You'll need to complete the appropriate Application for Leave of Absence (Deferral) form below:


Overseas student transfer

International students may transfer to another Australian institution. Generally you cannot transfer between colleges or universities before completing 6 months in your principal course.

Transferring in your first six months

There are situations where a transfer request will be granted because it is in your best interest,or due to compelling circumstances. You will need to seek approval for release in your first six months, and have a valid enrolmentoffer from another registered provider.

We can only approve the request in limited circumstances as outlined in the following documents:


Will this affect my Student Visa?

We advise you to contact Immigration (Department of Home Affairs) for advice on if you need a new student visa. See more information at:

Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC)

This insurance helps you meet the costs of medical and hospital care you may need while in Australia such as:

  • Visiting the doctor
  • Ambulance and emergency treatment in hospital
  • Some hospital treatment
  • Some medicines

You must have Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) for the duration of your visa at the time of admission into your course.

OSHC must be purchased from an approved Australian insurance provider.

Different insurers may offer different levels of cover, so compare policies to choose the one that is right for you.You may want to take out extra insurance such as dental, physiotherapy and optometry services.

For more information and a list of insurance providers visitthe OSHC page on the Department of Health website.

In an emergency, call 000 and ask for an ambulance.

You can also visit the emergency department at your nearest public hospital.

You will not have to pay for most emergency services in public hospitals when you show your OSHC card.

Some private hospitals also offer emergency services but require an up-front payment before treating you.

For emergency and safety information, please visit your campus page or the Study in Australia website.

Emergency+ app

This official app from the Triple Zero Awareness Working Group for iOS, Android and Windows devices to help you

  • know when to call Triple Zero
  • know who to call in non-emergency situations and how to get help

Download it now

iOS app | Android app | Windows app

When you study in Australia, accommodation options include:

You can look for accommodation on foreign language websites such as:

Find out more about international student accommodation at www.studyinaustralia.gov.au.

Residential colleges in Adelaide:

Tips for finding accommodation

  • Don’t rely on photos on a website, make sure you visit the accommodation
  • Avoid paying a deposit on a place you have never seen
  • Never give out personal details to someone you’ve never met in exchange for more information about a property
  • Be aware of your rights as a tenant and get advice from the proper channels

If you need additional assistance,Student Services on your campus can help you with further resources.

Work conditions for student visa holders

The key things to remember are:

  • You cannot work until you have started your course in Australia.
  • You cannot work more than 40 hours per fortnight during a Study Period
  • No work limits apply during college or university breaks.

 

More information about working on a student visa

English language courses

We offer two types of English courses for international students.

English for Academic Purposes (EAP)

Improve your academic English skills before beginning your main course.

You can start this course on any Monday and continue until you have reached your goals.

General English

Study a General English course to become more confident with English and learn more about Australian culture, customs and speech before you start to study.

For more information on the above courses click here

The student counselling service is freeand confidential.

We can help you with:

  • Confusion and anxiety from being in a new and unfamiliar environment
  • Balancing commitments, goal setting
  • Stress or anxiety
  • Homesickness or understanding Australian culture
  • Depression
  • Any other personal topics or issues to help you succeed
  • Other special needs that may impact on your studies

Visit the Counselling page to get in touch.

Find information on travelling from the airport and around your new home city below:

Sydney

Sydney Airport is about 8km from the city. Travel options include train, shuttle bus/mini-van, taxi or car.

 

Melbourne

Tullamarine, Melbourne's main airport, is 23km from the city. There is no train to Tullamarine.

  • Melbourne airport - taxis and ride share(including Uber)
  • Skybus runs from the Airport to:
    • Melbourne City (30 - 45 min, $18)
    • Southbank & Docklands (40 - 80 min, $18)
    • St Kilda (60 - 75 min, $37)
  • Public Transport Victoria (PTV)- find timetables, maps and journey planner tool to plan your trips around Melbourne and Victoria. You will need a Myki card to use public transport.
  • Transport Apps - download an app like TripGo to plan your journey and get real time traffic and timetable information

 

Brisbane

  • Brisbane Airport - find public transport, taxi, ride share and other transport options here
  • Brisbane Airtrain - trains to the city leave every 15 - 30 minutes. The trip takes 20 minutes.
  • Taxis are available outside the Domestic and International Terminals. At peak times, Kerbside Officers are on hand to assist.
  • Uber picks up from Brisbane Airport
  • Brisbane Public Transport - translink.com.au

 

Adelaide

  • Adelaide Airport transport options -find public transport, shuttle and taxi information here
  • Adelaide Metro - maps and journey planner tool to plan your trips around Adelaide
  • Transport Apps - download an app like TripGo to plan your journey and get real time traffic and timetable information

Student Concession prices

International students are not usually entitled to student travel concessions (discounted city public transport tickets)

If you arrive before your course start date or orientation day, please feel welcome to visit the campus and make contact with your International Student Advisor or Campus Student Services team.

We'll check in with you in Week 1, Week 4 and Week 7 of your first trimester. It's our chance to chat with you and for you to ask any questions.

If you have any problems with your home stay, study or life in Australia you can get help from any of the following people:

  • During usual business hours: Your International Student contact person is your campus life coordinator and their team of customer support officers
  • Outside of usual business hours in case of an emergency or a critical incident your contact is the Campus Director
  • Success coaches
  • Academic learning support and learning advisors
  • Student counsellor

Online Workshops

International Student Advisor Drop in Sessions 

We are excited to offer our International Students online drop in sessions to meet your International Student Advisors along with other new students and help keep you connected.

If you have any questions on overseas health cover, accommodation, Covid-19 welfare, student visa requirements and anything that you are struggling with on your transition to Australia or University, please attend. 

All workshops are listed in Sydney time (AEST)

August & September 2020

  • Monday
  • Tuesday
  • Wednesday
  • Thursday
  • Friday
  • 24

    Student Visa Information Session and Much More!

    12pm - 12.30pm 

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  • 26

    Student Visa Information Session and Much More!

    1pm - 1.30pm 

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  • 28

    Student Visa Information Session and Much More!

    2pm - 2.30pm

     

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  • 31

    Student Visa Information Session and Much More!

    11am - 11.30am 

     

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  • 1

    Student Visa Information Session and Much More!

    12pm - 12.30pm 

     

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  • 2

    Student Visa Information Session and Much More!

    1pm - 1.30pm 

     

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  • 3

    Student Visa Information Session and Much More!

    11am - 11.30am 

     

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  • 7

    Student Visa Information Session and Much More!

    12pm - 12.30pm 

     

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  • 8

    Student Visa Information Session and Much More!

    10am - 10.30am 

     

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  • 9

    Student Visa Information Session and Much More!

    2pm - 2.30pm 

     

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  • 10

    Student Visa Information Session and Much More!

    12pm - 12.30pm 

     

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Download the international student guide

Your International Student Guide contains lots of vital information that can ease you into your new life here in Australia.  For help in settling into your studies and life, please click on either the Torrens University or Think Education guide below.  You may wish to download a copy to keep for easy reference

     


Mindfulness for International Students & Staff Webinar 

Learning to meditate and be mindful is a highly beneficial skill to have. Bernadette Scherft has 30 years experience as a mediator and is offering 2 sessions a week over 4 weeks free of charge. Learn how to live in the present moment, manage anxiety, make better decisions and stay mentally healthy. Sessions start 14.7.20 

Register here today! 


Have a question for your International Student Advisor?

You can reach us at intstudentadvisor@laureate.edu.au

Book an appointment

Adelaide or Melbourne students

Book here 

Sydney or Brisbane students

 Book here


City guides

Find out more about studying in your city at

Insider Guides is providing regular updates on their dedicated Coronavirus page as well as links to support agencies and great ideas for managing your time in isolation.


 

City guides

Find out more about studying in your city at

Insider Guides is providing regular updates on their dedicated Coronavirus page as well as links to support agencies and great ideas for managing your time in isolation.

Each year more than 200,000 international students from over 170 countries choose to come to Victoria to study.

Study Melbourne is a Victorian Government initiative providing support and information to this community of international students, helping them have the best possible time while studying and living in Victoria.

They offer a year-round program of free events and confidential support services provided by the Study Melbourne Student Centre - the first centre where you can access free support, information and contacts to help you enjoy living and studying in Victoria.