Information for International Students

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) advice

Support for International Students

We understand that our on-shore international students are significantly impacted by the current situation. You may be dealing with the loss of a job, residential tenancy concerns, or a change in learning and teaching delivery.  We are here to support you.

The University appeals to our international students to advise us of your welfare needs or concerns by sending an email. These cases will be handled individually, according to the needs of each student.

UC Student Bursary Program

The UC Student Bursary Program is designed to support students facing extreme financial hardship and who cannot access other income support.

Access to these funds will be assessed on a case-by-case basis with students asked to provide information and evidence about their support needs. This fund is designed to assist those in exceptional circumstances.

Students can apply online and will be required to provide supporting documentation, which will need to be submitted at the time of application.

Contact for more information.

Red Cross emergency relief funding for temporary visa holders

Australian Red Cross has received funding from the Australian Government for the next six months to deliver emergency relief and casework support for people who are on temporary visas.

If you would like to know more about this funding and if you are eligible, visit the Australian Red Cross website.

Visa and work rights

Permanent Resident visa holders

If you are living in Australia and in possession of a Permanent Residency visa, the Australian Government has a range of services to support you. More details can be found here.

New visa class for COVID-19

A new temporary activity visa class has been introduced that may allow you to remain in Australia to continue working in critical sectors, if you have no other visa options, or are unable to depart Australia due to COVID-19 travel restrictions.

For more information, we recommend that our affected students visit the following Australian Government website.

Student Visa work hours

International students working in certain sectors may be able to work additional hours, subject to authorisation by the Department of Home Affairs. This only applies to supermarkets and the health sector. More information is available on the Home Affairs COVID19 website.

A full list of entities registered to access the temporary relaxation of working hours for student visa holders is available here.

Work rights

COVID-19 has made it even more critical that we work together to combat workplace exploitation for all workers, including international students.

International Students are encouraged to know their rights and get help if you are experiencing workplace exploitation.

Update on 2021 International Student Fees

The University of Canberra recognises the financial stress that has been caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. UC is pleased to announce that we have frozen international student fees for 2021, meaning our current fees will remain unchanged into next year.

Full details are available on our FAQs website.

Online offer for International students located overseas

UC recognises how important it is that you are able to continue with your studies while your travel plans are temporary put on hold due to COVID-19.  For this reason, we have developed a carefully selected range of online units for our most popular degree courses, enabling you to commence your study online before transitioning to face-to-face study once travel restrictions are lifted.

Detailed information and FAQs outlining all of the specific information related to Course and Study options, Fees and Refunds, Accepting your Offer and Study Arrangements for Online Study are available here.

Jobs for Canberrans

The ACT Government is working to ensure the economic survival of the ACT and surrounding regions through a comprehensive economic response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The ACT Government is working together with Canberrans to create job opportunities for those that need it and support local businesses through this difficult time.

The Jobs for Canberrans Fund will provide work opportunities for people in the casual or semi-skilled workforce who have lost their jobs or have been significantly impacted due to COVID-19.

Jobs will be available for people who have relied on casual work and are not eligible for the Australian Government’s wage subsidy scheme or other support.

For further detail and to sign up for this Fund, please visit the ACT Government website.

Studying from Home

Semester 1 2020: 10th February - 30th May

A detailed list of key dates.

Safe Passage pilot program postponed

The international student ‘Safe Passage’ pilot program developed by The Australian National University and the University of Canberra, in consultation with the ACT and Federal Governments, has been postponed.

Given the recent COVID-19 developments, the universities have decided to postpone the well-advanced pilot plan to return 350 continuing students to Canberra campuses in late July until there is a clearer picture around the COVID-19 trajectory.

The plan would have had a small number of international students recommence their Semester Two studies on campus following 14 days, police-supervised quarantine in apartment-style accommodation. Strict protocols and testing were planned to be in place for their flights, transfers and supervised quarantine, with all students needing to return a negative test before leaving quarantine.

The universities have thanked the Prime Minister, Education Minister, Home Affairs Minister and ACT Chief Minister for their support for the pilot program and look forward to rolling it out at a later date.

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