Supporting our international students

We look forward to welcoming international students back to our campuses. Please check back regularly for updates as the coronavirus situation changes.

The University of Tasmania is looking forward to welcoming international students back to our campuses. These students make a positive social, cultural and economic contribution to Tasmania and help make our communities stronger and more diverse.

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.

The national plan is based around four phases, which are linked to the vaccination rates here. 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.

We will contact students directly as soon as there is an opportunity for them to return to Tasmania.

As we plan for the return of current and future international students, we continue to deliver learning, teaching and research programs for in-person and online study with a range of supports available.

Frequently asked questions

The University of Tasmania is working with the Tasmanian Government to develop an International Student Arrivals Plan to allow students enrolled at the University to travel safely to Tasmania to continue their studies on campus.

Planning is underway regarding the future return of international students to our campuses in New South Wales.

We will provide further details about specifics, including initial numbers, timeframes and logistics, when they are available.

The National Plan to transition Australia’s National COVID-19 Response allows for increasing numbers of international students to enter the country as we progress through four phases.

Phase A, which we are currently in, allows for small numbers of students to return in trials of International Student Arrival Plans, once plans are approved by relevant governments.

The phases are based on national and state vaccination rates. 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.

We will provide more information about numbers when we can.

To be eligible to return to Tasmania, students will need to satisfy and agree to certain requirements:​

  • Students will need a valid Australian Student Visa.​
  • Students will need to return a negative COVID-19 test pre-departure.​
  • Students will be expected to provide satisfactory evidence of their vaccination history.​
  • Eligible students will be contacted by the University once the Student Arrivals Plan is approved.
  • Participants will be supported to apply for a travel exemption.

We want to bring as many students back as possible as quickly as it is safe to do so.

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.

The arrival of international students will vary from country to country and from course to course. We will contact enrolled students individually and directly as we confirm when they will be able to come to Australia.​

We are working with the Tasmanian Government on the plan to safely return international students to our campuses. The University of Tasmanian will contact students who are eligible to participate in the program directly.

We know students want to return to campus as soon as they can. Updates will be posted here regularly as our efforts to bring you back continue.

We will continue to provide remote and online learning options for our students overseas for as long as that is required.​

We are working hard to bring international students safely to Tasmania and will keep you up to date as these efforts continue. Outstanding teaching and support (refer to information below) are available for students studying with us online from their home countries.

In addition, we have established a range of options to further support students. These include:

  • Consideration of reduced study load for students studying online outside of Australia​
  • The 2022 Commencing Offshore Student Scholarship, which provides a 20% fee reduction for international students outside of Australia commencing study online with us in 2022 while waiting for the opportunity to come to Australia.​

We are here to answer your questions. Find out more about applying to study at the University of Tasmania.

The University has a range of support for students. UConnect is the best place to start — your professional and caring frontline team who can help you understand, navigate and access information and services, or connect you to the help you need when you need it.

You can reach them via:

Information and services are provided in two main areas: student success and student wellbeing. You can find more information at the links below.

Study Success​

Wellbeing​

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