Return of International Students

Frequently Asked Questions

Western Sydney University and other universities have been working closely and constructively with Study NSW, the state and federal governments for over 12 months to facilitate the safe return of international students to Australia.

Please find below answers to frequently asked questions.

Western Sydney University and other universities have been working closely and constructively with Study NSW, the state and federal governments for over 12 months to facilitate the safe return of international students to Australia and to our local communities. A plan has been submitted to the Australian Government for review and approval.

Universities together with the NSW State Government are doing everything possible to get our students back to campus as quickly and safely as possible. Further details on the scheme will be shared as soon as we are able and once the plan has been approved by the Australian Government.

The scheme requires Australian Government approval before any plans are made.

There are very limited circumstances under which the Australian Government will grant exemptions for students to return to Australia.

The Australian Government may grant individual exemptions if you are a student in your final two years of study of a medical, dental, nursing or allied health profession university degree, where you have evidence of a confirmed placement in an Australian hospital or medical practice which begins within the next two months.

The University has no authority or ability to influence the decisions made on individual exemption cases. The information on exemption categories can be found on the Home Affairs website.

For regular updates, please visit the Study NSW website or subscribe to the Study NSW newsletter and follow Study NSW on  Facebook,  Instagram,  Twitter and WeChat.

We will share further detail about the arrangements with you when the Australian Government responds to the proposed plan.

If you have any concerns with your studies, we want to hear from you. Speak to your academic advisor or reach out to your dedicated Western Success Advisor. Your advisors will continue to support you throughout your study. If you are unsure of who your Western Success Advisor is, please email westernsuccess@westernsydney.edu.au or call +61 2 9852 5155, Monday to Friday, 10am to 4:30pm (AEST).