International Students | COVID-19 FAQs

The University is committed to supporting all international students to succeed in their studies, despite the disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Questions and answers related to travel to Australia, vaccination, and current health directives in Adelaide are also provided on the Study Adelaide website.


 

Changes to temporary visa holder arrangements

 

Visa information for international students

  • Do I need to have a valid student visa if I am commencing my program from offshore?

    The Australian Government is strongly encouraging students who are commencing their CRICOS studies online and want to study in Australia or be afforded ESOS protections to start their visa application process when enrolling or as soon as practically possible. This will ensure you are protected by the ESOS framework and can travel to Australia when possible.

  • If I am studying offshore, do I need to apply for a new student visa prior to the expiry of my current student visa?

    Yes, it is important to hold a student visa, as it offers you important ESOS protections such as tuition assurance, as well as being necessary to travel to Australia or apply for post-study graduate visas.

    You can read more information about post-study visas and the Australian Study Requirement on the Department of Home Affairs’ website.

  • What should I do if my Confirmation of Enrolment has expired?

    You will need to apply for an extension of your Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE) and a new student visa where necessary. It’s important to be aware of your student visa’s expiry date and apply to extend your CoE before your visa expires.

    For information on applying for a new visa, visit the Department of Home Affairs website.

    CoEs can only be issued in a limited range of circumstances. Apply for a new CoE by submitting the CoE Application Form, taking note of the eligibility criteria.

  • Will studying online breach my visa conditions?

    In 2022, the normal conditions for student visa holders apply, meaning that student visa holders studying onshore in Australia are required to:

    • enrol in at least one face-to-face (or blended mode) course in each compulsory study period
    • attend all face to face components of your course
    • ensure your online enrolments do not exceed 1/3 of the total enrolments for your program

    Exceptions to the requirement to attend campus are automatically granted to students stranded offshore for 2022. If you are onshore and cannot attend face-to-face classes due to exceptional circumstances, such as an ongoing illness, you are required to contact International Student Support to seek an exemption.

 

Health and wellbeing

For all other health and wellbeing questions, including what to do if you test positive, please refer to the StudyAdelaide FAQs.

 

Travel

 

Accommodation

 

Remote or face-to-face study

  • How do I know what will be face-to-face and what will be online?

    Once you have determined which courses you will enrol in, you will need to review the course delivery mode on the Course Availability and Mode List. Students need to ensure they are aware of the course delivery mode and to determine if there are any changes required to their enrolment.  If your course is not listed, please contact your Faculty.

    The teaching delivery modes available include:
    •    Blended – a mix of face-to-face and online study
    •    Online – online study only

    Note: Some blended courses can accommodate a deferred face-to-face component making them available to offshore and interstate students. Students will receive a Result Pending (RP) and complete these face-to-face components at a later date.

    The University’s Critical dates which detail the last day to add/drop courses and census dates remain unchanged.

  • I'm an international student who isn't in Adelaide and I would like to study a blended mode course. Can I?

    To view a course delivery mode for the 2022 Academic year go to the Course Availability and Mode List. In some instances, courses in Blended mode (a mix of face-to-face and online study) will be able to accommodate delaying the face-to-face teaching component, which will make these courses available to students who are offshore or interstate. Students will instead complete these face-to-face components at a later date.

    Students who are unable to attend campus and need to take a course to complete their degree are asked to contact their Faculty Student Advisor.

    Note: The University’s Critical dates which detail the last day to add/drop courses and census dates remain unchanged.

    Exceptions to the requirement to attend campus are automatically granted to international students offshore (outside of Australia) for 2022.

  • I'm an international student who isn't in Adelaide and I would like to study online. Can I?

    We understand that travelling to Adelaide right now may not be possible for all international students. As such, the University will continue to provide online study options for 2022.

    Please ensure you enrol in the correct delivery mode for your courses by checking the Course Availability and Mode List or contact your Faculty Student Advisor for assistance.

  • Can new students start at the University of Adelaide in 2022 if they are offshore?

    Yes, we have degrees available for study to students offshore although in-person attendance is required for enrolment in some programs or courses. 

    For more information about a specific program, see Degree Finder.

    Note: The University’s Critical dates which detail the last day to add/drop courses and census dates remain unchanged.

    If you are a student who is commencing your program from offshore and are unable to embark on a full-time study load, you will be eligible to apply for a new Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE) and student visa when your current CoE expires.

    To apply to reduce your study load, please see the online application form.