International Students

Whether you are just arriving, or have been living here for years, we welcome you to our beautiful island state, and to our University.

If you are a new student, we recommend starting at the First Steps for International Students.

In the topics below you will find a range of information, tips and links to all the essential services and systems you will need.

The University of Tasmania student experience is not just about study. Students in Tasmania have the opportunity to visit, explore and encounter World Heritage sites, pristine wilderness, fine food and wines, extraordinary wildlife and a vibrant arts culture. Start exploring all of the arts, environment, food and culture on offer here in Tasmania now at Discover Tasmania.

The Lets Explore Tasmania discount card is available to all international students, providing access to special prices and offers for accommodation, tourist attractions and activities around the State.  You will be given this card during orientation, and can also collect from the Student Centre on campus.

Joining in the many UTASLife trips and events is a great way to explore Tasmania and make friends along the way.  Connect with UTASLife Hobart or Launceston on Facebook now to ensure you don't miss out on the popular events during orientation week and throughout the year.

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Most students need to abide by the following conditions on their student visa:

  • Completion of your degree before your CoE expires
  • Maximum of 40 hours of work (paid or voluntary) in any given two week period, and only after your course has started.
  • You must update your residential address in eStudent within seven days of arriving and within seven days of moving
  • You cannot take more than 25% of your degree by distance
  • You must be enrolled in at least one on-campus unit in each compulsory semester.

We recommend that you visit the Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO) site on the Department of Immigration and Border Protection's (DIBP) website to check what conditions apply specifically to you. Please note that you need to register before you can use VEVO and it may take a few weeks to gain access.

Please visit Ask Us for more information, or see these questions below to get you started:

Our campuses in Hobart and Launceston are vibrant places to study and live. There are many facilities available for you right here. Places to study quietly, eat great food, play sport, buy supplies, meet people and more.

For campus maps and more information on campus facilities visit the campuses page.

The campuses are only a short bus or bike ride to the city. For bus travel you can collect a student Metro Greencard during orientation or anytime at the Uni shop or Metro store (Hobart only).

If you wish to ride your bike, please note that it is compulsory to wear a helmet at all times. See the Government website for other regulations for bike riding.

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  • MyLO (My Learning Online): For many units, MyLO houses unit outlines, lecture recordings and is where you submit assignments. You will need your UTAS username and password to log in to MyLO, and you will also need to have completed your enrolment before your unit information becomes available. Unit information usually becomes available in MyLO on the first day of semester. Your Student Advisers have prepared the following guides help you become familiar with MyLO: Understanding MyLO Part One and Understanding MyLO Part Two.
  • eStudent: This is where you manage all administrative aspects of your study plan including enrolment, your contact details, fees, exams and graduation. Please ensure that your contact details in eStudent are up-to-date at all times.  See ASK US for more information.
  • Webmail: The University uses UTAS webmail (within your free Office 365) as the main way of communicating with you. Please check your webmail regularly. When you have your username and password, you can use these to login to webmail using the Microsoft Outlook app or with Microsoft Office 365.
  • Wireless Internet: Join the University's wireless internet network, Eduroam. The Eduroam website has step by step instructions to help get you set up, either on your computer or smart device.
  • Office 365: As a UTAS student, you can download Office 365 for free on up to 10 devices. Enjoy a full, installed Office experience across PCs, Macs, Windows tablets and iPad and Android tablets, and most mobile devices.

The Service Desk can help you sort out any issues with University computing systems - passwords, MyLO, wireless access, etc. If you're not feeling confident about your computer skills, please read the Computer Skills for Uni Advice Sheet.

There are a wide range of support services for students to assist with every aspect of your university life.  Be sure to connect in early with these services to ensure that you have the support you need, when you need it.

  • The Student Centre is the first place to go when you need assistance. Staff at the counter and over the phone can help with administrative questions and issues and can also provide you with a referral to other services as needed. Visit the Student Centre at your local campus, or call 1300 361 928.
  • Disability Advisers: Your local Disability Adviser provides access to support and services for students with a disability and/or health condition.
  • Counselling: UTAS counsellors offer confidential and professional counselling to students experiencing a range of academic, mental health and personal concerns including (but not limited to) anxiety, stress, depression, motivational problems and relationship difficulties.
  • Tasmanian University Union: The TUU provide a wide range of services from student representation and advocacy, to events and concerts, facilitation and support for student clubs and societies and publishing student media.

At times university life can be difficult as the study/work/life balance can become out of balance. One of the tricks is learning to make stress your friend! Stress can help motivate and add to your creativity and problem solving.

To learn about stress and how to make it work for you, professional counselling services are available to you. This service is free and confidential, and can be accessed in person, via phone or online.

There are a range of resources on the Personal Counselling Website that you may wish to access, including factsheets on Stress Management and other topics as well as free downloadable audio resources to help make stress work for you.

Learning Advisers and Learning Librarians work with all students, domestic and international, to develop academic skills, information literacy and English language skills.  They offer peer assisted study sessions (PASS), a drop-in service and more. Visit the Student Learning page for more information.

To keep on track with your studies you should be dedicating approximately 10 hours per unit per week (including class time/listening to lectures online). Regularly reviewing your unit content will help you to grasp difficult concepts and better understand new information. University students quickly discover that good time management skills are required to successfully balance study, work and life.

The Time Management factsheet provides useful advice on how to best manage your time. There are also a few other online tools available to you to help with time management:

Please see these Ask Us articles for additional information to get you started – to explore more on this topic, type a question into Ask Us:

The best place to start looking for a job or learning about work in Australia is the Careers website. The Careers and Leadership team on the Sandy Bay and Newnham campuses can help you look for work, build your employability skills and can guide you on the path to a great graduate career too. Once you have your user name and password you can use CareerHub to search for part-time, casual and graduate positions.

If you want to learn more about Australian workplace culture, the job application process and the interview process, we recommend you enrol in our two-day educational program, I-PREP.  Upon completion, you may then be eligible for an Internship and Industry site visit.

Developing a social connection with other students, staff, and the university as a whole, can have a positive impact on your overall study experience. The good news is, there are many opportunities for you to connect with others at UTAS:

  • The Hobart and Launceston UTASLife Facebook pages are a great way for students to meet one another, and to keep up to date with what's happening on and around campus.  UTASLife host many events throughout the year, from wilderness trips  to on-campus lunches, be sure to book early as places fill up fast.
  • The TUU Clubs and Societies also offer a way for students with similar interests to engage with one another.
  • Don't be afraid to talk to others in your class, or form a study group! Whatever it might be, get involved in all that university life has to offer.

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Health and Safety

The University is committed to ensuring the health and safety of its students when undertaking study, research or other work at a University campus or facility, or when undertaking approved field work activities. Student Safety information can be found on the Student WHS webpage.

UTAS has security staff present on all campuses and they operate 24 hours. "Help Point" telephones are located around the University to enhance personal security. These Help Points connect you directly to UTAS security staff. Should you feel unsafe on campus or wish to report any suspicious activity or an incident, you can contact security staff through help points located around campus or by phoning the number listed on their webpage Security and Access. It would be a good idea to program your campus security number into your phone now and so it's there should you ever need to call them.

Careers and Leadership

The Careers and Leadership team are here to help you find work, make career decisions and expand your leadership skills and opportunities. They provide a range of services to support in building your career. Visit the Careers and Leadership page for more information.

Overseas Exchange Opportunities

Why not make your degree unique by studying overseas as part of your degree. Global Learning Opportunities Worldwide (GLOW) here at UTAS is designed to assist you each step of the way in identifying, applying for and going on an international exchange to the best overseas institute for you. Visit the GLOW website for more information.