Student Support Advisers (SSAs) can help International Students during their stay in Australia. They assist students with a range of issues such as orientation to local area, homesickness, study difficulties, academic concerns, budgeting, legal/accidents, student visas, health, personal problems, family emergencies and children's education. They can give advice about returning home after you complete your studies. The service is free and confidential.
The following information will help in your stay at Wollongong Uni.
New to UOW
- Attend the international student arrival days and your faculty orientation day. See how to "Get Started".
- Get to know your campus and facilities
- Know your library and how it works
- First year at UOW
- Get to know all of the support services that are available. Get help early!
- Personal Safety matters! Download the pamphlet UOW Security Awareness for International Students
Local information about living in Wollongong and Australia
- International Student Arrival Guide (PDF)
- Living and Studying in Australia - For information on a range of topics.
Relaxing, having fun, making friends ... all of these are very important and will help you to be happier and this will help you study better.
- International Student Programs has a range of things to do including trips to see some of the local area, Friendship Program activities etc
- Centre for Student Engagement at the Unicentre has activities, programs and ways to volunteer or join a club or society.
- Enjoy sport at URAC
- Meet other parents and their children at the UOW Playgroup. The playgroup is held every Tuesday from 10am-12pm at the OOSH Nissan Hut at Campus East (near number 3 on the map). All students, their children, partners and parents are welcome. The cost is $2.00 per week. You don't need to book....just come along! For further information contact the playgroup leader Lisa Stokes.
Maintaining your student visa.
- Information on student and other visas is available from DIAC at www.immi.gov.au
- Student Visa renewal procedures. DIAC guide
DIAC - Department of Immigration and Citizenship
DIAC can also be contacted on 131881. When calling if you are unsure of the information being provided it is always a good idea to wait on the line so you can speak with an operator rather than hearing a recorded message. If you are still having difficulty, come and speak with a SSA who can help you through this process.
The information listed on the DIAC website and provided through their phone service and publications changes regularly so always check your information is correct at the time.
The SSAs also organise regular free Migration Seminars and free legal advice days. More information on these can be found here:
If you would like to receive regular information from the Student Support Advisers (SSAs) about important issues, you can subscribe to our electronic mailing list by clicking on is-infoservice below or by visiting your faculty SSA.
You will need to have a University of Wollongong email account before you can subscribe.
Subscribe to International Students mailing list is-infoservice.