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.

Last updated: 5 Janurary 2022

Following an easing of border restrictions for Australia and Tasmania, international students can now travel to study with us in person and enjoy a range of rich and engaging face-to-face learning and social activities.

International students make a positive social, cultural and economic contribution to Tasmania and help make our communities stronger and more diverse.

We are committed to the safe return of international students to study with us in 2022 and look forward to welcoming them back to our campuses.

Over the past two years, Tasmania has been one of the safest places in the world thanks to our community’s careful response to the COVID-19 pandemic. We are all working hard to ensure that remains the case as the state reopens and we welcome back friends, family, colleagues and students.

There are a range of requirements students will need to meet to keep themselves and the community safe.

With increasing cases of the Omicron variant around the world, Australia’s national, state and territory governments are monitoring the situation and adjusting these requirements.

We encourage students to check back on this page, as well as Australian Government and Tasmanian Government websites, regularly to stay up to date.

You can find more information in the FAQs below.

Frequently asked questions

Australia's and Tasmania's borders opened to international students on 15 December 2021. There are requirements for international travellers, including being fully vaccinated and having tested negative for COVID-19 72 hours prior to travel.

You can find more information here:

To enter Australia students will need to:

For details refer to covid19.homeaffairs.gov.au/vaccinated-travellers

Refer to covid19.homeaffairs.gov.au/vaccinated-travellers for details on specific vaccines that are recognised for travel.

The Tasmanian Government has recently changed requirements for arriving international travellers.

For details refer to coronavirus.tas.gov.au/travellers-and-visitors/coming-to-tasmania

We recommend international students plan to arrive a few weeks before their classes are due to start. The start date of each study period can be found here.

Commercial airline flights are available into Australia with connections to Tasmania. Contact your travel agent or check airlines for flight options.

We have approved a once-off deferred travel arrangement for Semester One 2022. This will allow most students to complete their Semester One studies online and to arrive at the University of Tasmania in time for Semester Two (no later than Sunday 3 July 2022). Students will need to engage on-line from the start of Semester One until their arrival date on campus. This arrangement will not work for all courses (for example, continuing students with a professional experience placement or other similar accreditation commitments in Semester One). Please contact U.Connect@utas.edu.au to discuss your specific situation and the options available to you.

Yes. International students can apply for a short stay with us for up to 8 weeks while they get settled.  To be eligible for an international student short stay, students must:

  • be an international student;
  • have a confirmed booking in UTAS accommodation; and
  • have arrived in the accommodation by Monday 14 February 2022

No other accommodation discounts, scholarships or bursaries apply to International Short Stay leases.

All eligible international students can apply for the short stay 8-week lease option via the following link international short stay.

For some students this will be the first time they have been to Tasmania and our University campuses, while for others it may have been up to two years since they were last here.  We know that some students will have questions about the new environment and about changes to life and study in Tasmania that have happened since early 2020.

Returning students are invited to join a face-to-face session with our International Student Advisers to talk about settling (back) into life in Tasmania. Use the links below to book a place.

Settling (back) into life in Hobart, Tasmania Settling (back) into life in Launceston, Tasmania

New students are invited to join us for our Orientation program. You’ll connect with other students, explore your new learning environments, and learn about all the support services available to you.

Orientation for commencing students

The University has a range of support for students. UConnect is the first place to access this support. They are a professional, caring frontline team who can help you understand, navigate and access information and services and connect you to the help you need when you need it.

You can reach UConnect via:

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