Friday 14 February
We have made study arrangements in courses where possible for students who are affected by the travel restrictions and unable to come to campus. All other students will be expected to attend classes on campus from week 1, 24 February (only students enrolled in some postgraduate business courses have a delayed start of week 3, 9 March.)
There are a number of study arrangements available that give students the opportunity to commence their studies with us this semester:
Several units will run the full semester (13 weeks) with online supported learning.
Lectures, tutorials and assessments (exams, essays etc) will take place online for the majority of these units. You will still be able to join an on-campus class if you are able to arrive in Sydney during semester. You may need to complete some course components in-person on campus to complete the unit. This information will be detailed on the Canvas page for each unit.
In several units, the first five weeks will be delivered online. You will then need to attend classes on campus to complete the remainder of the unit. If there is an ‘in person component of study’ you will be able complete it once you are able to attend on campus, and prior to the commencement of Semester 2. These units may require you to sit exams in person, attend laboratory sessions and/or undertake practical assessments at our campus in Sydney.
We will be updating the list of available units regularly. Units of study that are not listed by 19 February 2020 are unfortunately not able to offer online supported learning to affected students for Semester 1. If you are enrolled in units that are not listed by 19 February, you will need to change your unit selection in Sydney Student or choose to defer.
You can choose to:
If you are enrolled in units that are not available with online supported learning, you will need to change your selection in Sydney Student. You will be able to withdraw or defer up to 31 March.
The Australian Government has extended the temporary travel restrictions from all of mainland China to Australia to 21 February.
This means that you will not be allowed to enter Australia for 14 days from the time that you have left or transited through mainland China.
This travel suspension applies to everyone except Australian citizens, permanent residents and their immediate families members (spouses, legal guardians or dependants only) until further notice.
The University is committed to doing all we can to help you continue your studies, and will be providing you with updates as they become available.
For viewers in China, please use the links below:
We are working to confirm online or remote teaching arrangements where possible. We have made special study arrangements for a small number of postgraduate courses.
|Welcome Week (for students who can attend)||17-21 February|
|Semester 1 commences (for most courses)||Monday 24 February|
|Deadline to add a unit of study||Friday 6 March|
|Semester commences for impacted business programs||Monday 9 March|
|Last date to arrive in Australia*||Monday 16 March|
|Last date to be on campus to attend classes||Monday 30 March|
|Last date to withdraw from a unit of study or course||Tuesday 31 March|
*so that you can commence your 14 day self-isolation period and then attend classes by 30 March.
If you experience symptoms (including a fever, a cough, sore throat or shortness of breath) within 14 days of arriving you must:
Please note there is no cost for testing.
Always follow these basic hygiene rules:
If you do not think you will be able to be on campus to join your classes by 30 March (unless special arrangements have been made for your course), you should apply to suspend your studies in Semester 1, 2020.
For students impacted by the travel restrictions, there will be no fee to suspend, defer or withdraw from your studies by 31 March.
You can apply to suspend or defer your studies in Semester 1, 2020 and begin at a later date, such as Semester 2, 2020 or Semester 1, 2021 (depending on your course).
Login to Sydney Student and follow the instructions to submit your request.
If you hold a scholarship and suspend your studies, your scholarship payments will be on hold until you start or recommence when you re-enrol.
Commencing/new students can also email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Once you're on campus, if you are feeling anxious or distressed you can talk with one of our counsellors from Counselling and Psychological Services (CAPS). Book an appointment by calling 02 8627 8433 or 02 8627 8437.
An Australian government hotline has been established to assist international students with questions or concerns relating to their study and novel coronavirus:
You can also access mental health support:
NSW Health has advised the risk of contracting the virus in Australia remains low. It is important to ensure that we all take the necessary precautions to prevent the spread of the virus.
While the risk in Australia remains low, we are protecting the health of staff and students by taking extra precautions such as provision of hand sanitisers, additional cleaning protocols and information posters which you will begin to see around campus.
Always follow these basic hygiene rules:
If you experience symptoms but have not recently travelled to China, or had contact with anyone who has, it is unlikely that you have contracted novel coronavirus. Don’t attend study or work, practice good hygiene and seek assistance from your GP or the University Health Service (call 02 9351 3484).
The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) current advice to all Australians is to not travel to mainland China.
The University has decided there will be no student or non-essential staff travel to China until further notice. As a further precautionary measure, there will also be no University travel to Hong Kong until further notice. This includes exchange programs, field schools, placements or other programs. Students in these programs will be contacted by the University.
If you are a staff member who requires support, our Employee Assistance Provider (Benestar) is available to all staff online or by calling 1300 360 364. Monitor the staff intranet for coronavirus updates.
Peer mentoring program to support affected students
To help support affected students a new peer mentoring program is being launched in Welcome Week. These peer mentors will support affected students by providing information about options for enrolment, referral best support services to answer complex queries, and ongoing mentoring throughout the semester, that links onshore international and domestic mentors with offshore students affected by the travel restriction.
This is a joint initiative of the Office of the Pro Vice-Chancellor Student Life, the Students’ Representative Council (SRC), the Sydney University Postgraduate Representative Association (SUPRA), and the Student Experience Program.
We are currently seeking expressions of interest for students located in Sydney to support their fellow students as peer mentors.
Peer mentors will be paid at the rate of $37.07 per hour (HEO 1 Step 1, casual loaded rate).
If you are interested in applying to be a peer mentor, please complete this survey by Tuesday, 18 February.
Originally published 24 January, last updated 14 February.