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

The Australian Government has temporarily removed the limit on student visa holders’ working hours throughout the pandemic. This measure will end on 30 June 2023.

From 1 July 2023, work restrictions for student visa holders will be re-introduced and capped at the increased rate of 48 hours per fortnight. Visit the Department of Home Affairs website for more information.

If you are still outside Australia (offshore)

If you are still outside Australia 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 unable to return to Australia due to circumstances outside of your control, you may be eligible to apply for an exemption from full compliance with your student visa conditions. This may permit you to continue your studies online, subject to class availability. Visit the  student visa compliance website for more information.

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 and you must study at least one subject face-to-face each study session.  You will need to ensure you enrol in on-campus subjects and classes.

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. You will need to ensure you enrol in on-campus subjects and classes to be compliant with your student visa conditions. If you are unable to make it back in time,you may need to apply for 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.