When can I come to Tasmania?
The Australian borders are currently closed to international travel. We recommend you regularly check the Department of Home Affairs website for any updates to the travel restrictions that apply to temporary visa holders, including international students.
You should apply for your student visa now so that you are ready to travel when the restrictions are lifted.
What is the University doing to bring students to Tasmania?
We are working closely and actively with the Tasmanian and Australian governments to support the safe return of international students.
Ultimate decision making regarding our country’s borders rests with the Australian Government. In August 2021, they released the National Plan to transition Australia’s National COVID-19 Response (PDF).
The national plan is based around four phases, which are linked to the vaccination rates.
As Australia progresses through the phases, the plan allows for increasing numbers of international students to return. While the situation – and the plan – is subject to change, we expect to see a growing number of international students returning to Australia and Tasmania in 2022.
Australia is currently in Phase A, which allows for pilot programs to trial the return of small numbers of international students.
The Tasmanian Government is leading work to develop an International Student Arrivals Plan in consultation with a variety of stakeholders, including the University of Tasmania. Minimising risk and ensuring the safety of our students and the Tasmanian community will be central to the plan. Once approved by the Tasmanian Government, the plan will be submitted to the Australian Government for endorsement.
The initial priority will be current students who need to be on campus for practical components of their studies. As the practicalities of flights and quarantine arrangements are worked through, we expect there will be spaces available for other current students and new students.
According to the National Plan, spaces for current and new students will expand as Australian vaccination rates see the country progress to phases B, C and D and caps increase.
We will contact students directly using their official University email account as soon as there is an opportunity for them to return to Tasmania.
Can I study if I don't have a student visa yet?
You should apply for your student visa before you commence your studies.
If you have applied for a student visa prior to the start of semester but are still awaiting the outcome of your visa application, you should enrol in on-campus classes. If you have not applied for a student visa prior to the start of semester, you should enrol in off-campus classes.
I am unable to travel to Australia. Can I study off-campus?
Most students will be able to access their studies online, however this depends on your course. Please contact U.Connect@utas.edu.au for advice specific to you.
Entry to Australian borders is governed by the Australian Government. Please check the COVID-19 health advice.
Can I take a time off to avoid studying off-campus?
If you have already completed a study period in your course at UTAS, you can apply for a Leave of Absence through eStudent.
If you are a new student and not yet completed a study period in your course at UTAS, you can apply to defer your start to another study period. Please contact International Admissions prior to the Census Date to arrange a deferred offer.
Will studying online impact my student visa?
With significant components of our teaching and learning continuing online, you may be concerned about your visa. Please be assured that the Australian Government has announced it will be flexible with regard to student visa conditions such as attendance at class or learning online.
If you have returned home, we will support you to continue to study your 'on-campus' course in an online mode.
Studying online will not impact your current student visa but may impact future visa applications.
If you enrol in units as an on-campus student, you will still be recorded as on-campus for those units even if the unit is delivered online. If you enrol in any units as off-campus or distance units (for example in Breadth Units), please remember that student visas have a limit on the number of units which can be studied by distance.
Should I enrol 'on-campus' or 'off-campus'?
Students currently outside Australia:
If you applied for an 'on-campus' course, enrol in on-campus units (even though you cannot travel to Australia yet).
All lectures this semester are online. If you're unable to travel to Tasmania due to travel restrictions and a tutorial or class is not available online, contact your unit coordinator(s) with details about your situation and to find out the requirements for your unit(s). Find your tutorials and classes in MyTimetable
Check the Department of Home Affairs website for up to date information on international border and travel restrictions. If a unit is only available off-campus (by distance), you can enrol as off-campus. However, there are limits to the number of units that can be studied by distance.
Students currently within Australia:
Enrol in on-campus units, even if you are unable to attend campus due to Tasmanian travel restrictions. Plan to travel to Tasmania as soon as this becomes possible.
All lectures this semester are online. If you are unable to travel to Tasmania due to Tasmanian travel restrictions, contact your unit coordinator(s) with details about your situation and to find out the requirements for your unit(s).
Check the Tasmanian Government website for up to date information on Tasmanian travel restrictions.
If a unit is only available off-campus (by distance), you can enrol as off-campus. However, there are limits to the number of units that can be studied by distance.
What is the University doing to ensure high quality online learning?
We are committed to delivering a high-quality, consistent learning experience for you online, and we are always looking for ways to make it even better.
To ensure that you are well supported, you can access a range of online services. These are outlined in the FAQs on this page, and include: study support, wellbeing advice, learning services and public events.
Additionally, financial support services are available to you if you need them. Information is available in the FAQ ‘What are my financial support options?’ on this page.
If you have any questions, concerns or feedback: please contact our friendly team at U.Connect@utas.edu.au or call +61 3 6226 6111 between 9:00am and 5:00pm, Monday to Friday.
I am experiencing financial difficulty. Who can I contact for help?
We have streamlined and fast tracked our student financial assistance in collaboration with the Tasmanian University Student Association (TUSA), to ensure we can be as responsive as possible to student needs.
Students on temporary visas can access one-off payments of $250 for individuals and up to $1,000 for families. To apply, please call the Public Health Hotline on 1800 671 738. Find out more on the Tasmanian Government website.
If you find yourself struggling financially, you can also talk through your options with a financial counsellor.
Remember, you should never deal with any unofficial finance or loan providers.
Lock down and self-isolation assistance:
International students who are studying and working in Australia may be able to access financial assistance through Centrelink:
- If you are required to self-isolate or are caring for someone with COVID-19 (Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment) or;
- Are adversely affected by a state public health order and are required to be in lockdown for more than seven days (COVID-19 Disaster Payment).
Who do I call if I need to discuss my options?
Please book an appointment with an International Student Adviser if there are any issues that you feel may affect your studies. We can talk about your situation and discuss options and support that may be available.
If you need advice and assistance with enrolment please contact U.Connect@utas.edu.au.