Returning to UOW Australia

UOW appreciates that many international students are eagerly awaiting the opportunity to commence or continue their studies in Australia and enjoy the benefits of an on-campus learning experience.

At this time, it is not possible to travel to Australia from overseas without a Government-approved travel exemption (see below) or an automatic exemption.

UOW is working with the sector as well as state and federal governments on plans to facilitate international student travel to Australia. While there are no approved plans at present, offshore international students can commence or continue their UOW course offshore through online study until travel to Australia is possible.

Find out more about how the NSW Government is supporting the safe return of international students

Read more about studying at UOW in 2021, including online learning.

International students are reminded that entry to Australia will require a valid Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE) and an appropriate student visa. Read more about visas on the Home Affairs website.

Applying for a Travel Exemption

International students can request a travel exemption online from the Australian Government Department of Home Affairs.

In order to apply for a travel exemption, you will need to meet the criteria outlined by the Department of Home Affairs and provide appropriate evidence to support your request.

You may also require a letter of recommendation from UOW to accompany your application for an exemption. If you require a letter of recommendation, you can request one as follows:

Please note that it may take up to ten working days to issue this letter to you.

Read more or apply for a travel exemption to Australia.

Please note:

  • If you are not granted an exemption, you will not be permitted to board a flight to Australia.
  • If you are granted an exemption, you will need to take evidence of the exemption decision to the airport with all other documentation, and travel as soon as is practicable. You should also contact UOW to advise of your travel plans. Please note that you are responsible for your own travel and may be required to quarantine on arrival at your own expense.