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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

INTERNATIONAL STUDENT APPLICANTS

Applying to study

Scholarships

New students: To support new international students commencing in any 2024 intake, the University is offering a generous scholarship program. The commencing international 2024 cohort may be awarded multi-year scholarships valued at:

- $3K each year
- $6k each year
- 50% tuition fee each year

Sustainable Development Goals - International Scholarships

Our Sustainable Development Goals Scholarships have been introduced to support Western Sydney University’s commitment to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals  

More information:

Western Sydney International UG Scholarships $3K|$6K

VC Academic Excellence UG Scholarships 50%

Western Sydney International PG Scholarships $3K|$6K

VC Academic Excellence PG Scholarships 50%

Your Scholarship Offer is only applicable for the intake stated on your Letter of Offer. If you defer your offer to another intake, your eligibility for a scholarship offer will be reassessed by the International Admission Team for the new session.  If you meet the scholarship criteria for the deferred session, the details of your scholarship will be outlined in your new Letter of Offer.

If you have accepted and paid fees, you can defer your scholarship to a later intake within the same calendar year (2023).

Under 18

If you are still under 18, your homestay provisions must be confirmed prior to arriving in Australia.

For further information, visit the Under 18 page.

Accepting my offer

Deadline to Accept and Acceptance Forms

Program commence at various times throughout the year, please contact International Admissions at apply@westernsydney.edu.au for more information on your specific circumstance. 

You have three options. You can accept your offer by:

  • Inserting your e-signature on your acceptance form
  • Sending an email via apply@westernsydney.edu.au to confirm in writing to accept an offer and International Admission will provide further instruction
  • Printing your acceptance form (if you have access to a printer), sign the form and use a device to take a photo of the document to email to us.

Fees and Finance

No. As an international student on a student visa, you must have the financial capacity to support the full payment of tuition fees and living costs for the duration of your study. To commence your program, you must:

  • Pay the full deposit amount stated on your Letter of Offer to accept your offer
  • Enrol in a full-time study load every compulsory session (i.e. 40 credit points (four subjects) in Autumn/1H, Spring/2H or 20 credit points (two subjects) in a Quarter teaching session)

If you are experiencing short-term financial issues, you may wish to consider deferring your offer to another intake. You can request to defer your offer via your application account in the Online International Application System. Please contact International Admissions at apply@westernsydney.edu.au or call +61 2 9685 9280 if you have any questions.

No. To accept your offer you must pay the full amount as outlined in your offer letter.

Study and my Visa

If you are waiting for your visa and have concerns about commencing your studies on time please contact International Admissions by sending a request in our online application system or email apply@westernsydney.edu.au.

If you do not receive your visa in time, you will need to defer your studies to the next available intake of your program. 

No. To ensure positive study at Western, you must start the program on the commencement date outlined on your offer letter.

If you have received your results and do not meet entry requirements, you will be able to:

Defer your offer to the following intake, to provide you with sufficient time to meet conditions. The fees you have paid will be credited to the next intake.

Or

Withdraw your offer and request a refund of the fees you have paid as per the International Student Fee and Refund Agreement.

What if I do not receive my academic results after I accept my offer?

If you do not receive your results at least one week prior to the commencement date of your session as outlined in your Letter of Offer, you will need to request a deferment of your program.

Changing my offer

Deferment

You can defer your offer by writing to apply@westernsydney.edu.au or send a request via your account in our online application system. The fees you have paid will be credited to the next intake. Your CoE will be updated to reflect your new commencement date.

COMMENCING OR CURRENT ENROLLED STUDENTS

Enrolment

  1. Accept your offer
  2. Activate your Account once you have accepted your offer and received your Confirmation of Enrolment (eCoE)
  3. Enrol in your subjects
  4. Select your class preferences and build your timetable
  5. Complete Orientation
  6. Apply for your Student ID Card

    If you have any questions about these steps, please contact the Student Services Hub on +61 2 9852 5499 or email internationalstudy@westernsydney.edu.au

An international student on a student visa, must undertake a fulltime study load and complete their program by the end date of their Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE). Students must enrol in a full-time study load for every compulsory session (i.e. 40 credit points in Autumn/1H, Spring/2H, or 20 credit points in a Quarter teaching session).

In certain circumstances, enrolled students may seek to apply for a Reduced Study Load (RSL) based on either extenuating/medical or academic reasons. Commencing students must follow the same reduced study load procedures as current enrolled students. Refer to the Reduced Study Load in the Current Students section below.

Note: You must have accepted your offer, have paid the full deposit amount stated on your Letter of Offer, and enrolled in a full-time load (four subjects in standard sessions and two subjects in quarter sessions) before making an application for a reduced study load.

 

Enter the year you are commencing your studies (e.g. 2024) into the ‘Year of Arrival in Australia’ box and untick the box underneath ‘Never arrived in Australia’. We recommend you do this if you are not in Australia as this should allow you to continue with the remaining questions and complete the form.

If you are a new international student, you will be able to enrol once you have:

1. Signed and submitted your Offer of Admission acceptance form (check your offer letter)
2. Paid fees in full as outlined on your Offer of Admission
3. Supplied evidence that you have met all conditions (if applicable) as outlined on your Offer of Admission
4. Received your Confirmation of Enrolment
5. Activated your WesternAccount

Please note, you must activate your WesternAccount before you can enrol. You will need to accept your offer, paid the acceptance deposit in full and have met all conditions stated on your Letter of Offer, to be able to activate your account.

Please ensure you wait at least 15 minutes for your WesternAccount to activate before proceeding to the enrolment stage.

Before enrolling, please ensure you have completed all the steps above. If you have questions about the above steps, please contact please contact International Admissions at apply@westernsydney.edu.au or call +61 2 9685 9280.

If you have fulfilled all the above and are still having issues, please contact the Student Services Hub (SSH) on +61 2 9852 5499 or email. They will help you through the enrolment process and be able to answer any further questions you may have.

If you submit a defer request prior to the commencement of your session, we will defer your offer to the next intake. The tuition fees you have paid for the current session will be credited towards your future enrolment. Please contact International Admissions via apply@westernsydney.edu.au to submit your deferral request. Please note deferral will only be considered under limited circumstances.

If you submit a defer request after the CENSUS date of your session, financial and academic penalty details will apply. Please refer to the International Student Fee and Refund Agreement.

Selecting Subjects

If you are a commencing student and experiencing any of the following subject selection issues, please contact the Student Services Hub (SSH) on +61 2 9852 5499 or email for assistance:

  • I don’t know what subjects to enrol in
  • I am having technical difficulties with selecting subjects
  • My subject is showing full so I can’t complete my timetable
  • My subject does not appear in the tutorial registration/class timetable system

Currently enrolled students experiencing the same issues, can contact the Student Infoline on 1300 668 370 or +61 2 9852 5656 if calling from an International location (Press 4 and Press 2).

If you are unsure about what subjects to select or if your study sequence is not clear due to advanced standing granted or specialisation requirements, you can contact the Academic Advisor for your program (Director of Academic Program/Academic program Advisor). Using your program code (refer to your offer letter), search for your program in the online handbook to find the contact details of the academic advisor for your program.

If you are having trouble with this section, please enter the 6-digit subject code in the ‘Subject Code’ field only, we recommend leaving the subject name blank. This will help refine the search. Once done, please click ‘Get Subjects’ below. If options are still not shown, please contact the Student Services Hub (SSH) on +61 2 9852 5499 or email for assistance.

Class Timetable

Once you have enrolled, you will need to create your class timetable. Class Registration is how you choose your tutorials (and other classes) and put together your timetable. Allocate+ is the online system used to complete this process. You'll need to make sure you are enrolled in all of your subjects. After being allocated into your classes, you may be able to swap classes depending on availability.

If you have just completed your enrolment, it may take a couple of hours for your subjects to appear in Allocate+. Check back later if they do not show up in Allocate+ immediately after enrolment.

Important additional information to do with Class Registration can be viewed on our Class Registration page.

If you require any assistance with creating your class timetable, please contact the Student Services Hub (SSH) on +61 2 9852 5499 or email.

Scholarships

There are no scholarships available to current enrolled continuing students.  

However, current enrolled students may have been awarded a scholarship in their commencement year prior to 2021. Depending on the scholarship available at the time, you may have been awarded either a one-off scholarship or a multi-year scholarship up to either 2 years (postgraduate) or 3 years (undergraduate).

All International Scholarship Students are expected to enrol in a full-time study load every compulsory session (i.e. 40 credit points (four subjects) in Autumn/1H, Spring/2H or 20 credit points (two subjects) in a Quarter teaching session) as per your Scholarship Offer terms and conditions. Please refer to the relevant guides through the links below if you are considering applying for Reduced Study Load (RSL) or Leave of Absence (LoA).

If your RSL or LoA application is successful and you wish to retain your scholarship, you are required to submit a scholarship approval request for review by the International Scholarships Team. Please forward evidence of your official RSL or LoA approval (obtained via Student Services Hub) to internationalscholarships@westernsydney.edu.au outlining the reason(s). The International Scholarship Team will assess your request and will have an outcome available within two weeks.

If you have further questions, please join the Scholarship FAQs and Q&A webinar every Monday at 1pm Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEDT). You can join one of our sessions via the link below.

Scholarship + Sponsored students FAQs and Q&As session

Join session:
https://uws.zoom.us/j/88264048567?pwd=QVc3NTFMc0hZNlphTWpocCtwY2JEZz09

Meeting ID: 882 6404 8567

Password: 869960

Reduced Study Load, Leave of Absence, Resignation

An international student on a student visa, must undertake a fulltime study load and complete their program by the end date of their Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE). Students must enrol in a full-time study load every compulsory session (i.e. 40 credit points in Autumn/1H, Spring/2H or 20 credit points in a Quarter teaching session).

In certain situations, enrolled students may seek to apply for a Reduced Study Load (RSL) based on either extenuating/medical circumstances or academic reasons.

Students who wish to reduce their study load must have their applications approved as follows:

  • By the Welfare Service for extenuating/medical reasons; or
  • By your Director of Program (DAP) for academic reasons

RSL applications must be submitted via WesternNow by Census date of the current session. Any applications lodged after census will not be considered.

If you have an RSL application to be based on both academic AND extenuating/medical reasons, your application can be supported by your Director of Academic Program based on academic grounds, however you will be referred to a Student Welfare Officer for support with any wellbeing issues.

Important note: Reducing study load may have an impact on your CoE and visa as your program end date may change (if the study period is extended). If you are unsure about the impact of RSL on your CoE and/or visa, it is important that you discuss this circumstance with a Student Welfare Officer.

More information: visit our Changes to your enrolment webpage

Contact:

  • RSL on extenuating/medical reasons – refer to the Welfare Service
  • RSL on academic reasons – refer to the Director of Academic Program for your program

A Leave of Absence (LoA) is a temporary break from studying and will only be considered for compelling or compassionate reasons. If you have completed one or more subjects in your enrolled program, you can apply for a Leave of Absence. Depending on your session mode (i.e quarter or standard session), a Leave of Absence can be taken as either three, six, nine or twelve months. The maximum amount of leave that can be granted is twelve months. LoA applications must be submitted via WesternNow by the Census date of the current session. Any applications lodged after census will not be considered.

If you are not enrolled without approved leave, you will be in breach of your visa conditions. Therefore, please contact your DAP or Welfare officer as soon as possible to discuss your options if you are experiencing any extenuating circumstances.

If you have a LoA application to be based on both academic AND extenuating/medical reasons, your application can be supported by your Director of Academic Program based on academic grounds, however you will be referred to a Student Welfare Officer for support with any wellbeing issues. 

Important note: Taking a leave of absence may have an impact on your CoE and visa as your program end date may change (if the study period is extended). If you are unsure about the impact of LoA on your CoE and/or visa, it is important that you discuss this circumstance with a Student Welfare Officer.

More information: visit our Changes to your enrolment webpage

You are expected to complete your study within the timeframe stated on your Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE).

Reducing Study Load (RSL) or taking (Leave of Absence (LoA) (a break from studies) may have an impact on your CoE and visa as your program end date may change (if the study period is extended). If you are unsure about the impact of RSL or LoA on your CoE and/or visa, it is important that you discuss your circumstance with a Student Welfare Officer.

If you are unable to complete your study within the expected timeframe due to the following reasons you will need a new CoE:

  • Advanced Standing
  • Program Transfer
  • Conditional Enrolment – failing subjects
  • Reduced Study Load
  • Leave of Absence
  • Program progression – failing to meet pre/co-requisites/subject unavailability
  • Placement requirements

To receive a new CoE to submit to Immigration due to a visa expiration or visa extension, you must complete a CoE Extension request form via WesternNow and have this form approved by your School DAP/ACA.  You must then contact the Student Services Hub (SSH) who will then review the request and issue a new CoE.

More information: Intervention Strategy/Completion Within Allowable Time Period - Student Visa Holders

You do NOT need to submit a Reduced Study Load form for approval, if you are enrolled in your final session of study and studying one subject or less than full-time load in your final session (40 credit points – standard session/20 credit points – quarter session).

You will need to apply to resign from your program by completing a form called ‘Discontinuation or Break from Studies’.

Note: if you resign from your program, your Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE) will be cancelled.  This may have an impact on your visa. You can contact DHA, by using the below contact details if you have any questions on your visa status:

Department of Home Affairs

Website: https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/ 

Phone:

  • In Australia: 131 881 
  • Outside Australia: +61 2 6196 0196 

Important restrictions for student visa holders may apply and students may need to get permission from the University. A student cannot change their provider for at least six months after commencing their principal program* at the University. If a student wants to transfer before completing their first six months of their principal program, they will need to apply for a release.  This is called a ‘release request’. The University is required to determine the circumstance in which it may release a student or refuse a request for release within the mandatory study period.

More information: International Student Transfer Procedure.

International Student Transfer between education providers factsheet. 

You will need to apply to resign from your program by completing a form called ‘Discontinuation or Break from Studies’.

*Principal program is the main program to be undertaken if you have received a packaged offer (where your student visa has been issued for multiple programs).

Student Visa and COE Extensions

If you do not complete within the expected CoE duration, the University may extend the length of your enrolment and CoE only in the following limited circumstances:

  • as the result of the implementation of an intervention strategy;
  • compassionate reasons;
  • compelling circumstances;
  • approved leave of absence;
  • approved reduced study load or
  • approved deferment of study.

To receive a new CoE to submit to Immigration due to a visa expiration or visa extension, you must complete a CoE Extension request form via WesternNow and have this form approved by your School Director of Program (DAP) or Academic Program Advisor (APA). You must then contact the Student Services Hub (SSH) who will then review the request and issue a new CoE.

Standard CoE Extension request: must include a proposed program study plan and program end date.

Placement CoE Extension request for students who need to complete placement to graduate: must include a proposed placement and end date.

Before requesting a new CoE, you must contact your DAP or ACA for advice on their revised study plan and obtain a new program completion date. The CoE extension request form must be completed with this detail.

An application to extend your CoE will only cover the period up until the end date of your program which normally does not include your graduation ceremony.  You can apply for a separate visa, such as a visitor visa, to attend your graduation ceremony. Please check the Department of Home Affairs website for information.

New students who commence studying at Western while awaiting an outcome of their visa application and then receive a visa refusal may be eligible for a refund. Terms and conditions apply. Contact International Admissions Opens in new window for information.

The Immigration Department's advice on these matters is subject to change. Please ensure you visit the Department of Home Affairs website for the latest update on visa regulations and policies.

If you only have a few subjects to complete for your program and you have received a student visa refusal, please contact your Western Success Advisor to discuss. 

Student visas are managed by the Department of Home Affairs, not the University.

If you have a question about your visa (eg. class, status, requirements, application, future visa options, migration/skilled occupation list, and visa issues), they must be directed to the Department of Home Affairs or a registered migration agent.

Under Australian law, only government registered education Agents may give visa related advice.

It is the responsibility of student visa holders to be aware of the conditions related to their visa.  Visa information and conditions are updated regularly, so it is important for students to check any changes to advice with the Department of Home Affairs.

Working rights and Post Study Work Visa

The number of hours a student visa holder is able to work is capped at 48 hours per fortnight. 

International students have unlimited work rights out of session (vacation periods).

If you hold a student visa (subclass 500) you can work unrestricted hours if:

  • You are studying a masters by research or a doctorate degree and have started your program.
  • The work is a registered part of your program.

Please note: You must continue to balance your study and work commitments even though there is flexibility in the number of hours you can work. Student visa holders who cancel their enrolment and stop attending classes, or fail to meet satisfactory program progress, may be in breach of their visa conditions.

Please check the Australian Government website for updates.

You may be eligible to apply for a post study work visa. This is a temporary visa. The length of your stay in Australia will depend on the level of your Australian study qualification.

  • Bachelor Degree (including honours): 2 years
  • Masters by Research and Masters by Coursework: 3 years
  • Masters (extended): 3 years
  • Doctoral Degree: 4 years
  • Hong Kong and BNO passport holders who successfully complete a Bachelor, Masters or Doctoral Degree: 5 years

For more information visit the Department of Home Affairs website

Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC)

As a mandatory student visa requirement, the Department of Home Affairs requires all student visa holders to maintain their OSHC for the duration of their student visa. Students who do not maintain their OSHC are at risk of not complying with visa condition 8501. 

Offshore commencing and continuing students are required to purchase OSHC as a mandatory student visa condition. More information about this requirement can be found here.

When you travel to Australia, you will need to make contact with your OSHC provider advising them of your arrival date, which will become your effective OSHC start date. 

If at the end of their study, you have a period of OSHC cover that is unused, you can apply to your OSHC provider for a refund - evidencing your final departure date from Australia. 

For more information visit the Bupa OSHC webpage 

Accommodation and Student Support

Whilst studying at Western Sydney, we have a wide range of accommodation options to suit your needs. If you need to speak to someone about accommodation, please make an appointment with a Welfare Officer who can guide your through your options. Call 1300 668 370 or +61 2 9852 5199 from overseas (option 5) or email welfareservice@westernsydney.edu.au.

For more information, visit our Accommodation webpage

Depending on your situation you can reach out to our Wellbeing Teams by calling 1300 668 370 or

+61 2 9852 5199 from overseas (option 5) or email welfareservice@westernsydney.edu.au for access to our:

Please be assured, that any contact you make with the Wellbeing Service is completely free and confidential.

More information on the support available to you through the Student Welfare Service can be found on the Student Welfare webpage.

You can also contact your Western Success Advisor. Your dedicated advisor has been assigned to support you throughout your entire time at Western and will be able to help answer any questions you may have as well as refer you to appropriate departments and services within Western, or make a direct referral to Counselling, Welfare, Disability and Academics.

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).

More information on Western Success and how they can support you can be found on our Western Success webpage.

You can also join MATES  a peer-mentoring program for new students.This allows first-year students to connect with other new students as well as mentors, who are in later years of study. Mentoring sessions are being held on campus and online.

Our Welcome Guide for International Students is also a great resource to help you settle into life in Australia. This guide provides new international students with useful tips and contacts for settling in. 

Being away from your family and friends can be quite challenging. Connect with them as much as you can, and also try to engage with other students via activities on campus. You can find out more information about what events and activities are available at WesternLife.

If you would like to talk things through with someone, contact the Wellbeing Service by calling 1300 668 370 or +61 2 9852 5199 from overseas (option 5) or email:

All information is treated with the strictest confidence and we are here to support you.

If you are in Australia and need to contact someone after business hours, please call the University’s After Hours Assistance Line on 1800 884 235. This is a dedicated service for International students.

You can also access TalkCampus for ongoing support via your smartphone. TalkCampus is a 24/7 global peer support network for international students.

We care and we’re here to support you.

If your main concerns are about your study, you can talk to your program advisor, get expert help via our Study Smart and MESH services or visit the Library website for more information on resources and services available.

You can also speak to one of our professionally trained counsellors about any personal circumstances that affect your wellbeing and/or studies. Please reach out to our Wellbeing Services by calling 1300 668 370 or +61 2 9852 5199 from overseas (option 5) or email:

Please be assured, all information is treated with the strictest confidence. If you are not sure who to contact, reach out to the Welfare Service and they will provide you with support and a referral to appropriate services.

English Conversation Groups provide students with the opportunity to engage in casual conversations in English with their peers in a safe environment. This develops confidence in English, familiarity with English slang and presentation skills, builds a friendship network and increases cross-cultural understanding.

There is a range of academic support programs available to you: 

PASS are collaborative and informal study sessions facilitated by peers and senior students who have successfully completed the subject and can help students with study skills and subject content.

Other programs include:

In addition to visiting your Doctor (GP) or seeking advice from the University’s Wellbeing teams, there are a range of national and state services including services that specialise in catering to the needs of culturally and linguistically diverse young people in Australia.

Further information is available on the NSW Government International Student Health Hub or the StudyNSW Health website.

Meeting New Students and Joining Clubs

Western Sydney University has a number of Student Collectives that students can join. Collectives organise around and advocate based on foundational issues. Each Collective is self-organised, and is supported by Student Representation & Participation. Collectives are a great way of bringing students together to make friends and meet others with similar interests. Sign up now.

Free Community Dinners and lunches for students are held across six campuses and also a great way to meet new people. These are occasions that ensure that students get at least one nutritious meal a week as well as fostering an opportunity to socialize, relax and make new friendships.

You can also join WESTERNLife. Join 1000's of students in our Virtual Community to share experiences, learn new things, connect with new friends and engage with events or discussions that interest you.

You can think of WESTERNlife as your virtual campus; a connection with all the people and information you would usually have on campus, without having to leave your living room. Just like on campus, the news feed and events will be different every day, so there’s always something new to try. Want to build new study habits at home? Get involved in a club to meet new people? Strengthen your body and mind with sport? Learn to cook?

You can do all this in the click of a button. It’s your one stop shop for connecting! If you are studying at Western from an offshore location, WESTERNLife is a perfect platform to meet other students!

Western has a great range of sports you can get involved in, check out WESTERNLife for all the details.

Our commitment to sport is showcased by 1500 current students studying sports related programs, several key relationships with Western Sydney teams, industry expertise, Elite Athlete support and a reputation for sportsmanship at the Unisport Nationals Events. Find out more.