Information about arriving in Australia

UOW has welcomed the recent return of international students to our Australian campuses. Below you will find useful information to help you plan your travel to Australia.

Information about entering Australia

There are some useful sites we recommend you visit to help you work through the requirements to enter Australia and New South Wales

Travelling to Australia

UOW welcomes the news that a rebate of $630 on Visa Application Charges will be given to eligible international students travelling to Australia between 19 January and 19 March 2022. Refund applications will be open until 31 December 2022. Find out more about how to apply for a refund on the Department of Home Affairs website.

Additionally, the Australian Government is temporarily removing the limit on student visa holders’ working hours. This applies to all current students working in Australia as well as new students who commence employment in Australia prior to course commencement. This measure will end on 30 June 2023 - visit the Department of Home Affairs website for more information.

If you are still outside Australia (offshore)

If you are still outside Australia and cannot currently be with us in person, UOW will continue to offer most classes online (where possible), so that you can continue to progress in your course. However, we strongly suggest you make every effort to travel to Australia to study face to face, in line with the requirements of your international student visa. This includes ensuring your Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE) and visa are valid.

If you are studying in Australia (onshore)

If you are an international student currently in Australia (onshore), it is a requirement of your student visa that at least two thirds (66%) of the subjects you enrol in are taught on campus. While this requirement has been relaxed temporarily by the Government in response to COVID-19, UOW cannot be certain when this will be reinstated. We strongly encourage you enrol in on-campus subjects where they are available.

For information or advice about your visa requirements, please contact the Department of Home Affairs.

If you are leaving Australia and returning home

If you are intending to return home and don’t know whether you’ll be back for the start of a session, we recommend you reconsider your travel arrangements. We cannot guarantee you will be able to continue to study remotely and you may need to take a Leave of Absence. 



International Student Success Course

Get ready to succeed and enjoy your experience as an international student at UOW with the International Student Success (ISS) course.

This free, interactive online course is designed to provide practical strategies and useful tips to help you achieve your best and enjoy your time at UOW. Learn from other international students about their experiences studying in Australia and at UOW. Find out what you can do to prepare to study in Australia, and at UOW – and gain ideas to help you settle into the local community.

Access the course here

You will need to set up an Open Learning account if you don’t already have one. Follow these step-by-step instructions on how to register / login.