Information for Students


If you’re a student affected by coronavirus, you may be able to get financial help from Centrelink.

If you already receive a Centrelink student payment, you may also be eligible for the Coronavirus Supplement.

Information for Parents and Carers

The following resources have been designed for parents, guardians and carers who are juggling working or studying from home and looking after children who are home from school or childcare:



Special Arrangements for Students

Programs available at UNSW in Term 2 2020 

The University has paused all in-person classes.

UNSW has introduced online teaching and learning for most classes to help reduce virus transmission and protect the UNSW and wider community.

Term 2 will be available online. 

All Term 2 courses are available online. You will be able to commence and complete your course online. This means, if you’re a student who has returned (or plans to return) to your home country, or you’re living in Australia and studying from home, you can simply complete your course online.  For Class Registration appointments visit myUNSW Enrolment. 

Recognition of online studies by the Chinese Government

Chinese Government officials have confirmed that UNSW online courses will be recognised by the Chinese Service Center for Scholarly Exchange (CSCSE) if a student's study plan has been disrupted by COVID-19 and associated travel restrictions.

Recognition of online studies by the Indian Government

The Indian Ministry of Human Resources Development is yet to make a final decision on recognition of online studies via foreign higher education providers. The Australian Government is continuing to make representations to their Indian counterparts and the UNSW India Centre is similarly making representations to relevant agencies in New Delhi.

Given the unprecedented circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, UNSW has quickly transitioned to online learning and adjusted assessment tasks appropriately. The transitioning of lessons online has impacted on students’ studies and the way we will deliver assessment. For more information read our FAQs.

  • You should access online teaching material remotely and participate by remote means. This is achievable for lectures and for many tutorials and discussions.
  • You 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. The IT website also hosts tips on how to set yourself up for online success.
  • If you do not have the technology needed to complete your classes online please contact the UNSW student and staff hotline - +61 2 9385 8500.
  • Where possible, laboratory practicals will convert to video demonstrations or other methods that can be accessed remotely. Individual course convenors will inform you of details via Moodle or other means.
  • You must participate in your class at the specified time (Australian Eastern Standard Time – AEST) unless your Course Authority has advised that a class is not compulsory or has been recorded.  

  • Special Consideration will not be awarded on the grounds that you are in different time zone. 

  • 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 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.

You may choose to defer the start of your study until Term 3. 

Your COE will be cancelled and you will need to accept your new offer. Once you accept your new offer a new COE will be issued. 

You need both a valid COE and visa to enter Australia. Your student visa should stay in place.

Please check the Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO) system for your visa end date, updated details and conditions.

Program leave is for continuing students.  

Program leave will be granted as compassionate and compelling so there should be no impact on your student visa. Your current Confirmation of Enrolment (COE) will be cancelled but a new one will be issued straight away. You can check your visa status through Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO).  

We recommend that you also notify the Department of Home Affairs.

If you have questions about program leave and your COE and visa, please

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. 
  • All courses that are offered in Term 2 will be available online. You will be able to commence and complete your course online. This means, if you’re a student who has returned (or plans to return) to your home country, or you’re living in Australia and studying from home, you can simply complete your course online.
  • Your COE will remain active which means that there will be no change to your student visa. As long as you have an active COE there will be no impact on your visa. You can come back to Australia as long as it is before your visa end date.  
  • If you want to go home we recommend you tell your course convenor so that they know where you are, but this is not essential.

Yes. All courses that are offered in Term 2 will be available online. You will be able to commence and complete your course online. This means, if you’re a student who has returned (or plans to return) to your home country, or you’re living in Australia and studying from home, you can simply complete your course online.  For Class Registration appointments visit myUNSW Enrolment.

No. The grading system for the Term 2 courses will be as advertised in the course outline. If something happens that results in an unanticipated change to the grading system you will be advised in your Moodle classroom.

You can find all current courses offerings in the UNSW Class Timetable.

The Class Timetable will be updated if a course is cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances. If you have been registered for that class you will be notified automatically.

Yes – You will be asked for the details of your Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) if you attend a doctor, medical centre or hospital.

Go here for more information on OSHC.

UNSW’s preferred OSHC provider is Medibank.

Visit our new UNSW Student Life Online portal to stay connected and for further information on where to go for support and assistance. You can also contact our Student Support Advisors or International Student Advisors.

Arrangements for Higher Degree Research Candidates

Campus-dependent HDR research candidates can seek permission to be on-campus to continue their work via their Supervisor. Their supervisor will be required to make a formal request. More information on the process, guidance and mandatory training for being on-campus is here.

  • 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 or

  • 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 or 

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.  

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. You have been allocated a day and time to register for classes and you can find this at myUNSW. 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. 



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 Medicine student, please visit UNSW Medicine's student FAQs regarding COVID-19 where you will find degree-specific resources to assist with questions about your enrolment and progression. Please watch your student email for regular Faculty updates. 

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. 

Emergency Financial Support for Students

While restrictions in Australia continue to be eased, we understand that many students are still experiencing significant financial hardship as a result of the COVID-19 situation. In response, UNSW will be providing some limited additional Emergency Financial Support for Term 2. This support will include:

  • Emergency Support Grants – up to $2000
  • Emergency E-Vouchers - $200
  • You should first complete and submit the online application form here. A student advisor will contact you within 3 - 5 working days after applications close at 5pm, Monday 20 July 2020.
  • Your eligibility for Emergency Financial Support and the amount allocated will be determined by a Student Support Advisor. International Students must be in Australia to be eligible for COVID-19 related financial support.
  • If you have further questions or require other support you can contact

Emergency Financial Support is available to students experiencing temporary financial hardship. Term 2 applications close at 5pm on Monday 20 July 2020.

All applications will be assessed once application have closed (5pm Monday, 20 July 2020).

Application outcomes will be released between Wednesday 22 July and Friday 31 July 2020.

No. There is no obligation for you to repay any Emergency Financial Support monies.

You should check if you qualify for any government support that is available to students at this time. You will find information on the Services Australia website.

All current UNSW Students who reside in Australia are eligible to apply for Term 2 Emergency Financial Support.

Across both Term 1 and Term 2, a student can receive a maximum total of $2000 from Emergency Support Grants.

No, you do not. Your application will be assessed to determine if you are eligible for an E-Voucher or how much you are eligible to receive from an Emergency Support Grant.

One-off emergency grants are available for students who have complex needs and are experiencing financial hardship as a result of the COVID-19 situation.

The amount of each grant will be allocated based on the financial need demonstrated in your application.


Referral criteria will be determined on matters such as but not limited to:

  • inability to meet payment of day to day needs including accommodation
  • increased financial pressure to graduate early to reduce living costs and join workforce
  • lack of money to return home during remainder of degree
  • those with partners and children - financial pressure is heavier and often more complex
  • lack of Australian government support for international students who lose their job
  • Higher Degree Research candidates who submitted their thesis for examination earlier in 2020 but have visas ending in May and who are relying on paid work to stay and complete
  • Higher Degree Research candidates who intend to submit their thesis for examination at the end of Term 1 and who will have visas expiring in the first half of 2020

If you are deemed eligible to receive an Emergency Support Grant, you will need to provide your bank details and the amount you have been allocated will be deposited into your bank account.

Emergency E-Vouchers are supermarket vouchers up to the value of $200. They are available to any domestic or international student experiencing temporary financial stress to help with day-to-day urgent needs such as groceries. E-vouchers are in limited supply and are limited to a maximum of one per student.

No. Vouchers are available for up to $200 only. If you require further financial support, you will need to contact a Student Support Advisor to determine whether you are eligible for an emergency grant.

Once approved, your Emergency E-Voucher will be sent to you via your UNSW email address.

If you have been approved to receive an E-Voucher, but have not received your E-Voucher, ensure that it has not been sent to your spam inbox.

Should you have any issues redeeming your E-voucher, please contact the Coles Gift Card Support Team on 1300 304 990 between 7am – 11pm Monday to Friday, 7am - 10pm Saturday and 8am to 10pm Sunday AEST or email

Information for Future Students

While this is an uncertain time for us all, UNSW remains operational and dedicated to providing a world-class education for all our students.

We’ve transitioned all courses to online teaching until further notice and have migrated as many aspects of our campus community as possible into the virtual space.

As a potential applicant or offer holder, this means you can commence your studies with us no matter where you are in the world and then join us on campus again when it is safe to do so.

Take advantage of this time to get a head start on your studies – apply or accept your offer today.

We remain committed to enabling the best possible educational experience the circumstances allow and look forward to welcoming you into our amazing community soon.

For information on our plans to re-open our campus activity visit our Safe Return to Campus page.

Information for Year 12 students

HSC exams are still going ahead as confirmed by the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA). The Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) have also confirmed that the ATAR will be calculated as usual this year. UNSW will proceed continue to admit students on the basis of their ATAR, UNSW provides a range of alternative admission pathways that students should consider if they believe that they may not achieve the ATAR for their dream degree. We will endeavor to continue providing support for students and parents over the coming months and should any changes be made to our admission requirements these will be communicated prior to the admissions period.

We understand many have been affected by the COVID-19 on different levels. In response to this, UAC has announced new Educational Access Scheme (EAS) disadvantage categories. Please visit the UAC website for more information on EAS categories of disadvantage and required documents.

Other adjustment factor schemes, such as HSC Plus, Gateway Scheme and Elite Athlete, Performers and Leaders program (EAPL) are still running so please review these as they may be relevant to you depending on what degree(s) you are applying for.

UNSW will be updating our EAPL Guide in the future to note changes in any changes in the assessment for activities that have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

A popular question has been in regard to an inability to complete the Gold Award in the Duke of Edinburgh. It has been approved that we will now be awarding 2 points for students who have completed the Silver Award and are currently taking the Gold Award but have been unable to finish this level due to COVID-19. Additionally, you may also be eligible for these points if you have completed 3 sections (Physical Recreation, Skills and Voluntary Service) of the Gold Award but could not complete the Gold Award in 2020 due to COVID19. In your EAPL application you will need to submit a written statement outlining how COVID-19 has impacted your ability to complete the activities involved the Gold Award and so forth.