We know it’s not an easy time for students, especially those of you who are far from home. It can be confusing to follow all the updates, but you need to feel safe and supported. That’s where your educational institution and Edugate can help.
As an international student either studying in Australia or applying to study here, there are a few things you need to be aware of during the current COVID-19 pandemic situation.
During such a stressful time, we want to ensure that you have the right information for your situation. Whether that is about financial assistance, what classes or lectures are running, jobs, accommodation, or traveling home when the time is right. We have a dedicated team that can assist you in accessing all relevant information.
Contact your Education Institution
Firstly, we are encouraging all international students to get in touch with their educational institution. They will be able to guide you if you are qualified for funding or financial support of any kind. They will also inform you how your studies are affected and what you can do to continue with your studies. They may be able to facilitate a payment plan for you or help you apply for any other funding that could be available.
The Australian Government has put in place some provisions which allow students who have been in Australia for more than 12 months to access their superannuation. If this sounds like something you would be interested in, either your institution or Edugate can help you apply.
Unfortunately, with so many travel restrictions in place globally, it may not be easy for some students to get home to their families. We understand this is frustrating and upsetting and want to work with you to formulate a plan for your continued study in Australia, or your return home.
Your educational institution, the Australian Government, and Edugate are working hard to ensure that all international students feel supported and informed during the pandemic.
We encourage you to visit the online Australian Government Hub for the latest announcements regarding Coronavirus. However, please reach out if you have any questions, and we will be more than glad to assist you.
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