Information for Students

Special Arrangements for Students

Programs available at UNSW in Term 2 2020 

Starting Friday 20 March, the University will cease all in-person classes.

UNSW has introduced the following to reduce virus transmission, through social distancing to protect health service provision and ensure business continuity: 

Teachers will deliver classes, where possible, by online or other means that can be accessed remotely. Students should access online teaching material remotely and participate by remote means. This is achievable for lectures and for many tutorials and discussions. In addition, steps are underway to convert some laboratory practicals to video demonstrations or other methods that can accessed remotely. Individual course convenors will inform you of details via Moodle or other means.

  • Students should access online teaching material remotely and participate by remote means. This is achievable for lectures and for many tutorials and discussions.
  • Students can visit the IT website  or the transitioning to online learning website for more information on what programs to use and how to get set up for remote study. 
  • Students who do not have the technology needed to complete their classes online should contact the UNSW student and staff hotline - 9385 8500.
  • Steps are underway to convert some laboratory practicals to video demonstrations or other methods that can accessed remotely. Individual course convenors will inform you of details via Moodle or other means shortly.
  • Affected students may defer or take program leave until Term 2 or Term 3 depending on the availability of relevant programs and subjects. 
  • Affected students who choose to defer or take program leave until Term 2 or Term 3 will not be subject to financial penalties. 
  • The flexibility of our three-term calendar means you can catch up on courses you have missed in Term 1 so that your graduation date is unchanged, and you do not incur additional cost. 
  • If you defer or take program leave and arrive in Sydney in March, April or May you will be able to join the UNSW community, enjoy the campus, participate in clubs/societies and use the library and other resources as a full member of the UNSW family before commencing your studies in Term 2, which starts on 1 June.
  • If classes are already full in Term 2 and Term 3 affected students can either waitlist or complete a full class request. Your faculty will try to accommodate your request where possible.
  • Additional course offerings for Term 2 will continue to be updated and made available in March.
  • Commencing students may choose to defer until Term 2.  
  • The student visa will stay in place. However, the deferral process (for commencing students) results in the cancelling of the current Certificate of Enrolment (COE). A new offer from the university must be accepted before a new COE is processed.  
  • Students need both a valid COE and visa to enter Australia  
  • We advise students to check the Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO) system for updated visa details and conditions. 

For students who have license agreements with the following on-campus accommodation providers:                 

  • Barker Apartments; Basser College; Colombo House; Creston College; Fig Tree Hall; Foster College (Port Macquarie); Goldstein College; High St Apartments; International House;  Mulwarree Apartments; Philip Baxter College; Shalom College; UniLodge (Anzac Parade); University Terraces; UNSW Hall; UNSW Village; Warrane College: 
    • The University is working with all UNSW-owned, operated and affiliated student accommodation providers to help minimise the financial burden for students due to the government’s travel ban.   
    •  Students who hold a license agreement with most UNSW-owned, operated or affiliated accommodation providers (except New College and New College Village) will receive credit against accommodation fees paid to date once you arrive on campus.  
    • In most cases, there will be no charges for accommodation not used prior to arrival. There are no penalties for transferring accommodation to Term 2.  
  • Students who hold a lease agreement with a private landlord or another student accommodation provider such as Urbanest, should contact your landlord or provider directly to discuss arrangements.   
  • Students holding a license agreement with New College or New College Village, please contact the accommodation provider directly to discuss arrangements. 

If you are a student who would like to access support, you can contact our Student Support Advisors or International Student Advisors.

Arrangements for Higher Degree Research Candidates

  • The deadline for enrolment in Term 1 has passed.  

  • If you are a new candidate you may be able to defer your UNSW admission and scholarship (if applicable) offer to Term 2 or Term 3 2020. Please refer to the HDR calendar for term start dates and contact the Admissions & Scholarships Team  at international.grs@unsw.edu.au or domestic.grs@unsw.edu.au

  • If you are a current candidate, please contact the Candidature Management Officer for your Faculty to discuss circumstances.

If you wish to defer your scholarship offer to 2021, you will need to be considered in the November 2020 release scholarship round. Please contact the Admissions & Scholarships Team at international.grs@unsw.edu.au or domestic.grs@unsw.edu.au. 

Term 2 starts on the 1st of June 2020, and you can enrol in Term 2 up until 28 June 2020. Given the uncertainty with travel restrictions, you may want to think about starting in Term 3. Term 3 enrolment begins as early as 3 August 2020, right up until 11 October 2020. More information about Term dates can be found here

If you are unable to conduct your research due to the current restrictions and travel bans, you should discuss the following with your supervisor: 

  • Is there any work that can continue while these restrictions are in place?  
  • Can the planned work be modified? 
  • Can the planned work be delayed? 
  • Is it possible to focus on writing? 

If you are unable to continue or modify your work, you should consider taking program leave. Alternatively, if you can continue at a reduced capacity, part time enrolment could be an option. Please see below for details on how to apply. 

Make sure that you document any ways that COVID-19 has impacted your progress, as this can be taken into account at a later stage when needed.  

Typically, candidates need to apply for program leave by the Term census date, which was 13 March for Term 1 2020. However, if you are unable to conduct your research due to COVID-19 and you would like to apply for program leave for Term 1 2020, please email the Candidature Management Officer for your Faculty as soon as possible for information on how to lodge a retrospective request for Program Leave.  

If you wish to apply for Program Leave in Term 2 or Term 3 2020 you can do so via GRIS. The deadline to apply for program leave for Term 2 is 28 June 2020, and the deadline for Term 3 is 11 October 2020. For more information on Term dates, please visit the HDR Academic Calendar.  

Please be aware that your scholarship will be suspended while you’re on leave and you should not be working on your research during that time. If you have any questions about program leave, please contact the Candidature Management Officer for your Faculty. 

  • If you are a continuing candidate and you decide to take program leave, your Confirmation of Enrolment will remain active, which means there will be no impact on your student visa. You can check your visa status through Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO).  
  • If you are currently located in Australia, it may be possible to remain in the country while on program leave for Term 1 2020. 
  • If you have questions about program leave and your Confirmation of Enrolment, please contact the Candidature Management Officer for your Faculty. 

If you are a domestic candidate, you can apply for a change to part-time enrolment using GRIS. Student Visa Holders must be enrolled full-time.

However, under exceptional demonstrable circumstances such as serious medical issues or other situations beyond their control, an international candidate may be given approval to change to part-time attendance.  

Please note that if you are a scholarship holder, a change to part-time enrolment will have an impact on your stipend. Please contact your Candidature Management Officer for more information. 

Research Progress Reviews will be conducted online. More information will be provided to candidates with an upcoming review. Please contact your Postgraduate Coordinator to discuss the options available.  

Updated Information for Term 2 Course Offerings

  • Additional course offerings for Term 2 have been updated. 
  • Domestic continuing undergraduate and postgraduate students (excluding Medicine, AGSM, ADFA, Global, Study Abroad/Exchange) can find updated course offerings in the 2020 UNSW Handbook. 
  • International continuing undergraduate and postgraduate students excluding (Medicine, AGSM, ADFA, Global, Study Abroad/Exchange) can find Term 2 courses offerings by faculty below.
  • You can alter your Term 2 enrolment any time from now until the end of the first week of Term 2, Friday 5 June. You can find information on how to change your enrolment here.  
  • Class registration will open by appointment from Monday 20 April. This is two weeks later than we had originally planned so that changes to the schedule could be made. You will be allocated a day and time to register for classes and we will email you once those appointment times have been published. For more information on class registration, please read here

Art & Design’s course lists for 2020 are available on the enrolment website for you to plan your annual enrolment. 

Term 2 course offerings have now been confirmed and can be viewed through the UNSW Handbook. Please first review the Handbook for Term 2 offerings to inform changes to your enrolment, and contact us if you require additional support to plan your studies. 

Additional course offerings and study plans for those who missed Term 1 2020 are available on the Built Environment website. Enrolment in some courses will be limited to students who have been affected by the travel restrictions. In some cases, pre-requisites have been waived as indicated in the study plans. In most cases you should be able to enrol via myUNSW. 

Term 2 course offerings have now been confirmed and can be viewed through the UNSW Handbook. Please first review the Handbook and progression plans to inform changes to your enrolment, and contact us if you require additional support to plan your studies. 

The Faculty of Engineering has launched the ‘Transitional Arrangements for COVID-19 affected students’ page to help you alter your enrolment. This page lists additional course offering, approved requisite waivers and course substitutions to help you progress in your program. Please note that, unless otherwise stated, the transitional arrangements apply for 2020 only, from 2021 onwards normal rules apply. 

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The Law Student Services team are in the process of developing study plans for students who have been identified as having been impacted by the COVID-19 situation and you can expect to receive your study plan by Friday 3 April. If you do not receive your study plan by this date, please contact the Law Student Services team by submitting an Ask a Question form.  

As a Science student, you will find degree-specific resources to help you with your enrolment and progression here. Continuing students identified as being impacted by COVID-19 have all now been contacted by a Science staff member, and assigned a dedicated case manager. If you haven’t been contacted and need our help, please Ask a Question via our online form.