Understanding the needs of International Students in this state of dilemma
THU 18 JUNE
We have some candid reflections on how the Australian Educational Community is evolving each day to come up with new support measures for international students.
Managing lockdown and preparing to return to work has not been an easy task. However, this transition is mandatory at some point. As we will be returning to campus in the near future with the advice of the government, we understand the miscellaneous dilemmas that our students currently might be faced with, like: Should I return home for holidays? If I return home, can I continue to study online for the whole semester? Will this cause problems with my visa? I studied online in the first semester. Can I return for the second semester? Will this be classroom based? Will I be quarantined on my return? Where and how and at whose cost?
While we await the government’s green signal to resume with our “Normal” routine, we continue to provide support to our students by responding to unique circumstances, anxieties and aspiration to continue or commence their educational journey in Victoria and Tasmania.
Below we present to you extremely useful information & guidance specifically for our international students:
Due to COVID-19, if a student studies a 3 year course and completes the first 8 months overseas online but then the next 16 months/92 weeks in Australia, do they qualify for a Temporary Graduate Visa? Home Affairs response: The short answer is YES
Questions have been raised regarding the Australian Study Requirement (ASR) for students studying online overseas and are unable to travel to Australia due to COVID-19 travel restrictions.
- The ASR requires that a student must have completed a course requiring at least two academic years of study and the course must be completed in no less than 16 months.
- Two academic years required by the ASR is at least 92 weeks, the duration of a course or courses registered under the Education Services for Overseas Students (ESOS) Act.
- The ASR does not require visa applicants to have completed a single course of study of two academic years duration and applicants may use study for more than one qualification to meet the ASR.
- If a student is studying a three year course and completes the first eight months overseas online and then studies in Australia for the next 16 months/92 weeks, they would meet the ASR.
- Recognized prior learning (RPL) undertaken overseas does not contribute to the ASR, nor does it contribute to the 2 academic year study. However, if a student has RPL and has then studied in Australia for at least 16 months and completed a course of two academic years, they would meet the ASR.
- The Government understands many international students are currently unable to travel to Australia due to travel restrictions and are therefore studying online overseas. A range of measures are being considered to ensure international students are not disadvantaged as a result of COVID-19, including how online study may be treated in these circumstances.
Further information on the Australian Study Requirement is available at:
This is an opportunity to ask any question relating to studying in Australia during COVID-19. For more information read below and follow the link.
This is a video series to inform international students about the latest Australian Government information and advice, and to also answer the questions students are most concerned about, ensuring they feel heard, supported and informed. Study Australia has found industry experts to answer these questions via video which will be shared across our Study Australia platforms. The website can be found here: https://insiderguides.com.au/international-students-ask/
Scammers are using the spread of COVID-19 to take advantage of people across Australia. Common scams include phishing for personal information, online shopping, and superannuation scams.
Scamwatch urges everyone to be cautious and remain alert to coronavirus-related scams. Scammers are hoping that you have let your guard down. Do not provide your personal, banking or superannuation details to strangers who have approached you. Please keep a close eye on the common scams happening and always be cautious. For more information visit: https://www.scamwatch.gov.au/types-of-scams/current-covid-19-coronavirus-scams.
Tips to protect yourself from these types of scams:
- Don’t click on hyperlinks in text/social media messages or emails, even if it appears to come from a trusted source.
- Go directly to the website through your browser. For example, to reach the MyGov website type ‘my.gov.au’ into your browser yourself.
- Never respond to unsolicited messages and calls that ask for personal or financial details, even if they claim to be from a reputable organisation or government authority — just press delete or hang up.
Are you looking for advice with regard to housing, safety and work?
Life as an international student can be difficult at times. It’s OK to ask for help. There are many international students seeking advice with regard to housing, safety and work. This link https://imcl.org.au/news/international-student-rights/international-student-covid-19-webinar is a recording of community lawyers from WestJustice and Inner Melbourne Community Legal discussing issues with students. Also you can find useful legal fact sheets at Inner Melbourne Community Legal https://ishelp.org.au/ to learn more about the people and services that can help you.
Hope this helps you!
We are very grateful to the Australian Government & Educational Department for such great initiatives that it has implemented to support the International Students Community.
But all we ask of you is to…
Stay Safe! Stay Healthy! and Always Practice Social Distancing!
Orange International College