Flexible learning at UNSW Global

Discover more about your flexible learning options during COVID-19.

Students at a workshop inside the MCIC.

We’re excited to be able to offer the fully immersive university pathway experience once again, by welcoming students back on campus to live and study in Sydney.  We also have flexible options available for students who are still impacted by COVID-19.

Welcoming to students to campus

Students like you bring such vibrancy to the UNSW Global campus, with rich culture, insight and enthusiasm that benefits the wider Sydney community. Exemptions to travel are no longer required for fully vaccinated international students with eligible visas.

Face-to-face classes have now resumed and the energy on campus has been revitalising for the members of our global community, who have been learning and teaching online over the past year. We would love to see all international students arriving in Sydney for face-to-face learning by July 2022.

Our priority for the safety of both students and staff remains paramount, so we will be continuing to operate with COVID-19 health and safety measures in all that we do and as we navigate 2022.

Flexible study options

For those of you who cannot return to campus, we have flexible options available. Online learning will continue if you are unable to arrive in Australia for circumstances beyond your control. These circumstances include countries maintaining strict COVID management policies, extended quarantine protocols for returned travellers, or other logistics that may impede travel.

Please contact our Student Support Team if you are unsure if you can or unable to travel to Sydney.

To ensure you have the correct information, we suggest you stay up to date with the latest official Government announcements. Study NSW provides further information and updates.

Our top tips for international students

  • Stay up to date with information from UNSW Global. We will communicate the latest information on this webpage and via email, so it is important that you check your email account regularly. 
  • Don’t delay your studies. Start studying from home and get prepared. We will continue to deliver our world-class education online until you can travel to Sydney. 
  • Apply for your student visa as soon as possible. Once you have enrolled at UNSW Global and received your Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE), start your student visa application immediately. We recommend you apply early even if you begin your studies online because visa processing times vary.
  • Book your Sydney Accommodation. Once you have your Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE) in hand, the next step will be to book your accommodation in Sydney. Find out what accommodation option suits you best, or email our accommodation team to support you with this task. 
  • And if you are under 18 years old, you must email our Under 18 team who will direct you to approved accommodation. 
  • Get excited! We are! Sydney is a vibrant city full of culture and adventure. Our Sydney campus is where you’ll meet new friends and have amazing new experiences. We cannot wait to welcome you.
  • Follow us on social media Make sure you’re following us on social media to see what our staff and students are up to.

FAQs

    • International students with eligible visas can now travel to Sydney without having to apply for an exemption.
    • It is important to submit your application to UNSW Global, accept your offer and enrol as soon as possible. Once you have enrolled, you will receive your Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE) for your student visa application. Visa application processing times vary and when you can jump on a plane will be dependent on receiving your visa first, so we recommend that you apply for your visa as soon as you can.
    • If you cannot arrive in Sydney by the beginning of your program, don’t worry, you can start online until you can join us on campus.
    • We encourage you to focus on your application to UNSW Global, accept your offer and enrol as soon as possible to begin your student visa application process. Your student visa is essential for travel to Australia.

    Before you travel, you must ensure that you meet the requirements for entry to Sydney.

    Are there current COVID-19 travel requirements for entry into Sydney, Australia?

    • From 6 July 2022, travellers to Australia will no longer need to:
      • fill out a Digital Passenger Declaration or Maritime Travel Declaration
      • provide evidence of their vaccination status
      • have an exemption if they are unvaccinated
    • International travellers visiting NSW:
      • are not required take a COVID-19 test on arrival
      • are not required to wear a face mask in airports but must wear a mask while on aircraft flying above NSW and in some other settings.
      • We recommend that international students planning to travel to Australia stay up to date with the international arrivals requirements 
    • With international borders now open, and all NSW universities and schools also open, our teaching and learning is increasingly being delivered face-to-face. More classes will be scheduled for face-to-face delivery as the year continues with 100 per cent face-to-face classes available by July. However, to ensure we meet the needs of our diverse, international student population, recordings of lectures, tutorials and labs, as well as assessments will be available online.
    • For anyone who can’t be on campus at the beginning of their program, we will make provisions for online learning to be available however we do encourage all students to try to arrive in Sydney by July 2022 for their on-campus experience.
    • Read more information and travel requirements.
    • We will keep you informed on announcements for international students by the Australian Government. We recommend you also bookmark the Study Australia website for the latest travel advice.  
    • We strongly recommend you start your studies online so you can stay on track with your goals and get prepared for travelling to Sydney. 
    • From 6 July 2022, travellers to Australia will no longer need to:
      • provide evidence of their vaccination status
      • have an exemption if they are unvaccinated
    • Yes. We encourage you to apply for your student visa as soon as possible to ensure you are ready when it’s time to travel. 
    1. Accept your offer
      Accept your offer and enrol in your UNSW Global program. 
    2. Be travel ready
      Ensure you have a valid passport. 
    3. Confirmation of Appropriate Accommodation and Welfare Arrangements (CAAW)
      Under 18 students who are planning to live in Australia without their own parent or guardian must submit a CAAW form from UNSW Global in order to confirm student welfare and accommodation plans before a Confirmation of Enrolment (COE) can be issued. Click here for the CAAW document.
    4. Confirmation of Enrolment (COE)
      To apply for a student visa, you need to provide a COE for all your enrolled programs. For example: your current Foundation Studies Program and your future UNSW undergraduate degree program. 
    5. Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC)
      To apply for a student visa, all international students must have health cover for the entire duration of their study. Medibank is the preferred OSHC provider for UNSW and UNSW Global. Students who wish to apply for OSHC with Medibank Private should contact UNSW Global Admissions for detail.
    6. Submit your student visa application
      If you have an education agent who helped you apply to UNSW Global, you can ask the agent for assistance to submit the student visa application. 
    • After you have accepted your offer and paid your required tuition fees, UNSW Global will issue you with the relevant CoE that you need to apply for your student visa.
    • If you are unable to travel to Sydney to join face-to-face classes, you can continue to study online. Teachers may change as you move from one term to the next or based on a new timetable.
  • We recommend that you book flights when you: 

    • After July 2022, online learning will continue for students who are unable to arrive in Australia for circumstances that are beyond their control. These circumstances only include countries maintaining strict COVID management policies, extended quarantine protocols for returned travellers, or logistics that may impede travel. 

    Please contact Student Support if you are unsure or unable to travel to Sydney. 

    • Whilst we continue the transition to 100% face-to-face, on-campus learning, we will also continue to offer online learning and support to any international students who cannot travel to Sydney in the coming months. Those students will continue to have a dedicated online timetable and will be expected to meet our 90% + overall attendance requirement. Lectures, classes, tutorials, labs, exams and assessments will continue to be offered online and will be recorded where appropriate. 
    • If you are under 18 without a parent or a guardian in Sydney, there are additional, Under 18 care arrangements relating to your application, accommodation and visa requirements you need to meet before you can travel to Sydney.
    • UNDER 18 CARE PROGRAM
    • If you travel to Australia, without receiving written approval from UNSW Global your CAAW will be cancelled, and this may result in the cancellation of your student visa. Can UNSW Global help me with accommodation and travel arrangements? If you have any questions or need advice or support making your student accommodation and travel arrangements, please .
    • After July 2022, online learning will continue for students who are unable to arrive in Australia for circumstances that are beyond their control. These circumstances only include countries maintaining strict COVID management policies, extended quarantine protocols for returned travellers, or logistics that may impede travel. 

    Please contact Student Support if you are unsure or unable to travel to Sydney. 

  • Whilst we continue the transition to 100% face-to-face, on-campus learning, we will also continue to offer online learning and support to any international students who cannot travel to Sydney in the coming months. Those students will continue to have a dedicated online timetable and will be expected to meet our 90% + overall attendance requirement. Lectures, classes, tutorials, labs, exams and assessments will continue to be offered online and will be recorded where appropriate.