International Students To Return to NSW Early Dec 2021

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International Students To Return to NSW Early Dec 2021

Following the news about International Travel resuming on the 18th December, NSW Treasurer – Dominic Perrottet – announced last week that hundreds of international students would start returning to NSW by the end of this year.

We Understand there is a lot of expectation and commotion from Offshore students, so we have collected a few of the most commonly asked questions to bring more clarity to all our members abroad.

These FAQs will be updated as more information is received, so please check the page regularly.  

Who will be Eligible to return?

To be eligible, students must satisfy and agree to some requirements:

  1. Only a small number of students will initially be eligible to return. Priority will be given to those pursuing medicine and health-related degrees or those close enough to complete their studies with one of the participating providers. 
  2. Students will need to have already a valid Australian Student Visa and return a negative COVID-19 test pre-departure.
  3. All inbound international students need to be fully vaccinated with one of the TGA-recognised vaccines.
  4. Students must follow strict quarantine protocols in purpose-built student accommodations located in Redfern.

Which Vaccine do I need to have to be eligible?

All participating students will be required to be fully vaccinated with one of the therapeutic Goods Administration recognised vaccines, which includes Pfizer, Johnson and Johnson, Moderna and AstraZeneca.

Which Education Providers have signed up for the Pilot Program to bring International Students back to NSW in late 2021?

Providers who signed up to the industry-funded pilot plan are as follows,

  • Australian Catholic University
  • Macquarie University
  • The University of Newcastle
  •  The University of Sydney
  • UNSW
  • UTS
  • the University of Wollongong 
  •  Western Sydney University
  • Independent providers include International College of Management Sydney, Kaplan, Navitas, RedHill and Study Group

 Information via NSW Government website 

How can I register my Interest?

At these stage, students cannot register their interest in the pilot program. NSW Government and Education Providers will contact eligible students directly once they have been selected. 

What sort of Travel and quarantine Arrangements are involved in the Pilot Plan?

During the first phase of the pilot plan, 250 international students will return to NSW per fortnight on chartered flights at their own expense. They must quarantine for 14-days in a specifically approved student accommodation, such as Scape Accommodation – which would be accomodating up to 650 returning International Students as per COVIDSafe standards. All information will be communicated directly to the international student at every step of the NSW International Student Arrivals Pilot Plan, so they are clear about their responsibilities and obligations. 

How much will returning international students be paying?

All costs associated with travel and quarantine will be borne by participating education providers and returning students. Specific details about the costs will be communicated directly to international students by their education providers. 

Will returning international students be able to commence on-campus learning?

Education providers will resume on-campus learning with COVID-safe arrangements in accordance with the National COVID-19 Transition Plan agreed by National Cabinet. including tutorials, workshops, libraries, and practical requirements. In due course, students will also be able to meet with teaching and support staff, in an appropriate campus setting.

Will returning international students be able to commence on-campus learning?

Education providers will resume on-campus learning with COVID-safe arrangements in accordance with the National COVID-19 Transition Plan agreed by National Cabinet. including tutorials, workshops, libraries, and practical requirements. In due course, students will also be able to meet with teaching and support staff, in an appropriate campus setting.

Will the weekly number of returning   students eventually increase?

NSW Government will continue to work with education providers and the wider sector to deliver a successful International Student Arrivals Pilot Plan, so that more international students who remain abroad can get back to NSW as soon as possible. A successful, scaled return will lead to an expanded pilot and allow for more students from a range of institutions to return to NSW in due course.

What happens Next?

NSW Government will continue to work with education providers and the wider sector to deliver a successful International Student Arrivals Pilot Plan, so that more international students can get back to NSW as soon as possible.  

  • The weekly number of returning students will be eventually increased if the pilot program proves to be safe and successful, which will lead to an expanded number of education providers and returning students. 
  • For those students who are still unable to return to NSW, Education providers will continue to provide online classes and support while they can return and recommence their studies. 

Please visit the Study NSW Return Program for further information about the program to return international students to Sydney. 

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