Students sitting and talking by the water

UOW over summer

With the summer break now underway, we’ve collated a range of activities that students can participate in, have fun and provide opportunities to form new friendships. From visiting local natural wonders to gaining new skills and meeting new friends, there is so much to do at UOW, and in and around the region over the next few months. Take a look through the options listed below - hopefully they give you lots of ideas on how you can make the most of your time before Session 1 starts in 2021.

COVID-19 update

Due to the current COVID-19 situation in NSW, activities and opportunities as part of UOW over summer may change at short notice. Please refer back to this page regularly for updates.

Please ensure you keep up-to-date with the Government’s COVID-19 restrictions to ensure that you are following the latest hygiene, physical distancing and travel regulations.

Take a (virtual) summer study program

With international travel currently on hold , our exchange program providers have been working hard to adapt and provide you with some awesome global opportunities, delivered straight to you (and without the travel costs).

Global learning online programs

Find a short course, online internship, leadership forum, and cultural immersion experience that suits your interests and complements your studies.

Study online with a UOW overseas location (Dubai, Hong Kong, Singapore)

Accelerate your degree over summer and gain international study experience with one of UOW’s vibrant overseas teaching locations while remaining in Australia. Download flyer (PDF).

Enrol in a Summer Session subject

We have a range of subjects that will be running over summer session, for those that want to progress their studies. Undergraduate and Postgraduate subjects are available in the following study areas:

  • The Arts
  • Engineering
  • Humanities
  • Law
  • Science

Check out the enrolment key dates to find out when you can enrol.

Gain some new skills with UOWx

UOWx online seminars

Make the most of your break by adding some new skills to your CV.

UOWx is running 7 interactive online seminars, giving students an opportunity to explore content that complements their coursework. Developed in collaboration with leading industry experts or community guests, the self-paced seminars offer a great opportunity to learn new skills and build connections with others.

Each self-paced seminar takes approximately two hours to complete and is hosted through Moodle.

To complete a seminar, students will need to self-enrol. Visit the Moodle site to begin, or to find out more about what’s available under each category.

Interested in other co-curricular opportunities?

Throughout the summer, UOWx will be posting co-curricular opportunities on the UOWx Channel on the MyUOW app. Opt into the UOWx channel now to be the first to know about co-curricular events and opportunities!

Join a club

Clubs are a great way to stay in touch and make new friends. Here are a few UOW clubs that will be running events over the summer break. For specific information on each club, visit the Club’s webpage.

Project Unite

Get involved this summer by joining an exciting new study tour program with the UOW College Australia. Project Unite is a unique, hybrid Study Tour Program that will be offered online from Monday 22nd February through to Friday 5th March. The program involves English language classes in the morning and group project work in the afternoon. UOW College is offering a number of fully-funded places for the project component which will be held from 3 – 5pm, 22 February to 4 March, and all day Friday 5 March.

For the project work, students will be placed in small teams with students from all around the world. Each team will be given one of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal to work on. Teams will then need to present their finding as a group on the final day.

Students will receive a UOW College certificate upon completion of the course. The program will look great on your CV and Linked In profile.

All students signing up for the program need to ensure full commitment to the entire program.

For further information, and to apply, please visit the UOW College website.


Enjoy what the region has to offer

This summer is a great opportunity to relax and refresh before 2021 kicks off. Here are some social activities happening in and around our region that you might not have already thought of:

What’s on in Wollongong

No plans for the weekend? Check out What’s on in Wollongong and you could be inspired to take a free tai chi and meditation class, visit a food market, or catch some live music.

A student’s guide to Liverpool

Need something new to do in South Western Sydney? Check out our student's guide to Liverpool.

Yours and Owls

Love music? Wollongong’s premier music festival, Yours and Owls, is back in January 2021. 

Get out and about in Sydney

For information about events and activities in and around Sydney, visit Destination NSW Sydney.

Sunset cinema

Watch a movie on the big screen and under the stars at the Botanic Gardens, directly across the road from UOW’s Wollongong Campus. Program information, costs and times can be found on the Sunset Cinema website.

Find a job for the summer

Careers Central has a job board that lists available positions.  If you are interested in earning some cash in the summer break, why not visit the job board and see what’s available for UOW students, including heaps of part-time harvest roles. Careers Central also runs regular workshops on finding casual jobs while you’re studying, writing a successful resume and preparing for interviews. For further advice, you can also book a careers chat.

Take part in cultural activities with Woolyungah Indigenous Centre

Woolyungah Indigenous Centre is offering a range of cultural activities including:

  • Cultural Competency course
  • Indigenous games
  • Bush tucker walk
  • Rock painting
  • Tote bag workshop
  • Smoking ceremony
  • Jewellery making

Visit the Woolyungah website to find out more and register to attend an activity.

Get the skills and knowledge to find a job over the summer break

Careers Central is running a series of workshops to give students the skills and knowledge to help them find a job over the summer break. Workshops cover topics such as how to write a resume, how to use find casual work in Australia and job interview skills.

Find out more on the Careers Central event webpage. Students will have to register to attend via CareerHub.

Practice your English and meet fellow students at our virtual café

If you’re interested in practising your English and meeting fellow UOW students in a casual online setting, UOW College is running a weekly lunch time virtual café starting from Monday 11 January 2021.

Everyone is welcome, so come along for a chat and a cuppa – register your attendance online.

Participate in the Study NSW Summer program

Study NSW's Summer Program aims to inspire, connect and support international students with free or low-cost events and activities during the summer including:

  • Virtual internships
  • Farm Jobs Connect Project
  • Employability programs and webinars
  • Cultural events and Playcay itineraries
  • Dine and Discover NSW

Find out more on the Study NSW website.

Farm Jobs Connect

Within the summer program is Farm Jobs Connect, linking international students in NSW with part-time or short-term harvest work in the Hunter and Central West regions of NSW. This is a great opportunity to travel, live and work in regional NSW, make friends and help Aussie farmers.

Live in a UOW residence over summer

Did you know that you have the option to live in one of UOW’s Accommodation residences over the summer?

UOW Accommodation provides a safe and supportive community for residents all year round, with a great range of facilities and support services available. Residents also benefit from being close to all the social activities, services and facilities the Wollongong campus and the city has to offer.  

The following residences offer summer stays for UOW students:  

If you are interested in staying in one of these residences over the summer break, get in touch with your preferred residence on the contact details above. Weekly rental charges will apply – you can find out more about accommodation fees.

Applicable summer fees (2020 and 2021 weekly rates) will be confirmed by the residence.

Utilise wellbeing and support services

We understand students may continue to be experiencing feelings of anxiety, distress and concern during this time. Its important students take care of their mental health and wellbeing and continue to connect and check-in with others.

UOW offers a range of personal and academic support services - we encourage students to continue to make use of these services and resources as you need them.

Studying in 2021

2021 will see more students studying in person at our Australian campuses.

We’re excited to be planning a 2021 timetable that provides for dual delivery (a mix of face-to-face and remote learning), allowing us to maximise the number of on campus classes, while still prioritising the safety of our students and staff.

We encourage students to choose on-campus classes where they are offered. However, for classes that cannot be held on campus due to physical distancing requirements, or for students unable to come on campus due to COVID-19 related circumstances, remote delivery will continue to be offered, wherever possible.

Visit out Studying in 2021 webpage to find what you need to know about learning in 2021, coming on campus and accessing services and facilities.

We also have a range of general FAQs that provide information about the latest Government restrictions, including border closures – please visit this FAQ page to read the latest.

Additional support from Study NSW

Study NSW international student support services will remain open over the holidays and include:

Learn more on the Study NSW website

Student visas and work restrictions

The Australian Government recently announced that student visa holders who undertake employment in the agriculture sector are now permitted to work more than 40 hours per fortnight.

For information about working in agriculture and current job vacancies, visit the Harvest Trail website.

Temporary visa holders who work in the agriculture sector, or another critical industry sector, may be eligible to apply for the COVID-19 Pandemic Event visa.

For advice on these initiatives based on your specific circumstances, please contact the Department of Home Affairs.