Australia

Covid19

Correct as of 26.10.2020 at 17:00 AEST

Information for current onshore students

Question Answer

Is the Centre open?

The Flinders International Study Centre campus will be
closed from midnight 18 November 2020 in accordance with state government’s
six-day lockdown to curb the spread of a cluster of COVID-19.

There will be no disruption to classes during this time
and both onshore and offshore students will continue their studies
virtually.

What campus facilities are currently available?

The campus, including all facilities, will be closed from midnight on 18 November 2020 in accordance with state government’s six-day lockdown.

What is the current health advice in Australia?

The official updates from the Australian Government Department of Health provide the very latest health information.

What should I do if I am in Australia and I feel unwell?

If you begin to feel unwell, please contact your GP or local/campus Medical for advice. Once you’ve received advice from a doctor, we ask that you contact the Student Welfare Team as soon as possible to notify them.

If you want to talk to someone about your symptoms first, you can call the National Coronavirus Helpline 1800 020 080 for advice (available 24/7).

Can I travel home?

Refer to the Australian Department of Home Affairs website for the latest information regarding border closures, visas, visa extensions and other travel advice. Please also consult with travel restrictions from your home country.

Please note, only Australian citizens, residents and immediate family members can travel to Australia at this time. If students leave Australia it is unknown when the borders will reopen for you to be able to return.

For questions, please contact the college directly or contact globalstudentsupport@studygroup.com for assistance.

Information for current offshore students

Question Answer

If the college is open, can I travel to Australia to study?

While we are eager to welcome you on campus we must follow government advice and guidance. For the moment, the borders remain closed and we await government confirmation as to when they will reopen. Students who are studying from their home country are able to continue to attend classes via virtual classrooms.

Can I travel to Australia?

We are looking forward to welcoming you on campus as soon as possible. However, currently, only Australian citizens, residents and immediate family members can travel to Australia.

Please refer to the Australian Department of Home Affairs website for the latest information regarding border closures, visas, visa extensions and other travel advice.

For questions, please contact the college directly on fisccampus@studygroup.com or contact globalstudentsupport@studygroup.com for assistance.

How can I complete my exams? Some students will be required to attend campus for face-to-face assessments.

We will provide more guidance on assessments and exams relating to specific programs of study in due course. These will be in line with approaches taken by Flinders University and, as appropriate, with guidance that is due to be issued by the Australian government.

Visa Information

Question Answer

Will I be able to extend my visa if I cannot complete my program before my visa expires due to COVID-19?

If you held a student visa on or after 1 February 2020, and need to lodge a new visa application for an extension to complete your program due to COVID-19, the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) may waive your Student Visa (subclass 500) application fee.

Please visit https://covid19.homeaffairs.gov.au/student-visa for more information.

Can I apply?

You are eligible to apply If you meet the following 5-point check:

1.

You had a student visa on or after 1 February

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2.

You were expected to complete your program by your original visa end date

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3.

You deferred your studies due to COVID-19

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4.

You were unable to enter Australia due to travel restrictions

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5.

Your CoE end date is within 3 months of your current visa expiry date, and your approved deferral was due to the impacts of COVID-19.

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Please note:

You are not eligible for Form 1545, (even if you deferred due to COVID-19), if you needed a new visa for ordinary reason before 2020, such as:

  • You failed a course
  • You chose to repeat part of your program
  • You deferred for personal reasons
  • You were suspended
  • You transferred from one program to another which increased the total study duration (i.e., Foundation Standard to Foundation Extended)

How do I get Form 1545 from SGA?

Please send an email to ANZCompliance@studygroup.com with your full name and student ID number . SGA will process your CoE extension and Form 1545 (if you are eligible) at the same time.

Requests with a visa expiry date of more than 3 months will be rejected. DHA will only process visas within 3 months of the expiry date.

For more information, please visit https://covid19.homeaffairs.gov.au/student-visa .

Additional Information

Where should I go if I have further questions?

If you are a current student, you can contact the Flinders International Study Centre Welfare Team at fisccampus@studygroup.com for more information.

If you are a new student looking to begin study, please contact our global support team at globalstudentsupport@studygroup.com.

Study Group Australia Pty Limited trading as Flinders International Study Centre delivers its own pathways courses leading to undergraduate studies at Flinders University. Study Group Australia Pty Limited trading as Flinders International Study Centre is also a third party delivering pre-masters courses on behalf of Flinders University.

Provider: Study Group Australia Pty Limited trading as Flinders International Study Centre.

CRICOS provider code: 01682E. ABN: 88 070 919 327

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