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CRICOS No. 00025B Welcome to UQ Pre-departure briefing for international students Pre-departure Checklist Before you Arrive Before you Arrive Accept your offer Starting at UQ Apply for a student visa my.uq.edu.au/starting-at-uq


  1. CRICOS No. 00025B Welcome to UQ Pre-departure briefing for international students

  2. Pre-departure Checklist

  3. Before you Arrive

  4. Before you Arrive  Accept your offer Starting at UQ  Apply for a student visa my.uq.edu.au/starting-at-uq  Activate your UQ student account  Visit the Starting at UQ website for enrolment instructions and key dates Department of Home Affairs homeaffairs.gov.au/  Enrol in your chosen courses  Plan your finances Overseas Student Health Cover  Plan temporary accommodation for your arrival future- students.uq.edu.au/international/health-  Apply for Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) policy insurance  Open a bank account. Some banks allow international students to open an account in the three months leading up to arrival.  Book airport pick-up online (a minimum of three days in advance)  Download helpful UQ apps and complete the UQ Essentials module  Plan what to pack page 29

  5. Starting at UQ Website To get started visit my.uq.edu.au/starting-at-uq page 2

  6. Enrolling in your courses my.uq.edu.au/starting-at-uq/enrol page 2

  7. Important Dates – Semester 1 14 February 2020 Last date to request program change/s through my Si-net 17-21 February 2020 Orientation Week (O-Week/O-Fest) 21 February 2020 Due date to enrol for international students 24 February 2020 Semester 1 classes commence 6 March 2020 Last date for addition/alteration of enrolment Due date for payment of fees and charges 31 March 2020 Census date (last date to drop courses or cancel enrolment without financial liability) 30 May 2020 Semester 1 classes end 6-20 June 2020 Semester 1 examination period 20 June 2020 Semester 1 ends UQ Academic Calendar: https://www.uq.edu.au/events/calendar_vie w.php?category_id=16&year=2020&month =&day=01 page 29

  8. Important Dates – Semester 2 17 July 2020 Last date to request program change/s through my Si-net 20-24 July 2020 Orientation Week (O-Week/O-Fest) 24 July 2020 Due date to enrol for international students 27 July 2020 Semester 2 classes commence 7 August 2020 Last date for addition/alteration of enrolment Due date for payment of fees and charges 31 August 2020 Census date (last date to drop courses or cancel enrolment without financial liability) 31 October 2020 Semester 2 classes end 7-21 November 2020 Semester 2 examination period 21 November 2020 Semester 2 ends UQ Academic Calendar: https://www.uq.edu.au/events/calendar_vie w.php?category_id=16&year=2020&month page 29 =&day=01

  9. Get Connected Download these and other helpful apps my.uq.edu.au/mobile- apps and get organised prior to your arrival. page 3

  10. Plan your Accommodation The UQ Accommodation Service can assist you with finding a home that is right for you. my.uq.edu.au/student-support/accommodation We can assist you with: • Advice on accommodation options: Approved Providers o UQ Residential Colleges o Private Rentals o • Guaranteed accommodation for international students • Tenancy advice including before, during and when moving out • Share housing advice • UQ Rentals database pages 4-5

  11. Guaranteed Accommodation for International Students Guaranteed Accommodation is available to new international students who are commencing at either St Lucia or Herston campuses. Eligibility: • Be commencing as an international student at UQ • Have accepted your offer of study (including ICTE and IES Foundation Year) • Be living alone – we do not provide guaranteed accommodation to couples or families Submit an application for Guaranteed Accommodation and secure your accommodation before you arrive in Brisbane. my.uq.edu.au/guaranteed-accommodation Applications close on Friday 31 January 2020 . If you are under 18, please refer to our Under 18 Supervision Program: uq.edu.au/student-services/u18-supervision page 5

  12. Approved Providers UQ has agreements with several commercial student accommodation providers. What can you expect from a UQ Approved Provider: • Flexible room options, all fully furnished • Rooms can be pre-booked • Social engagement programs, including trivia nights and day trips • All utilities included in the weekly rent pages 4-5

  13. Residential Colleges There are 11 on-campus residences across St Lucia (10) and Gatton (1) campuses • Some are co-educational and others are single gender • On-site support and activities • Most colleges provide full catering for students; some self- catering options are available for postgraduate students • Walking distance to university facilities pages 4-5

  14. Private Rental Options • Lower cost option • Rent will be based on the location, size, inclusions and amenities • May be furnished or unfurnished • May be managed by a private owner or real-estate agent • You can rent a whole house/apartment or just a room • Always inspect property before paying money or signing a lease agreement • Book one to two weeks short term accommodation when you arrive so you have time to inspect properties • UQ Accommodation maintains the UQ Rentals database uqrentals.com.au pages 4-5

  15. Location When choosing where to live, there are some important considerations to keep in mind: • How will you travel to campus? By bus, bike, ferry, car or on foot? • Public transport options can be found on the Translink Journey Planner • Will you have family with you? Do you need to be close to schools and parks. • Access the Area Guide to find out more about suburbs: my.uq.edu.au/information-and-services/student- support/accommodation/about-accommodation/area-guide pages 14-15

  16. Airport Reception The University of Queensland will arrange transportation from the Brisbane Domestic or International Airports for new UQ international students. my.uq.edu.au/information-and-services/student- support/accommodation/about-accommodation/airport-pickups To arrange airport pick-up, you will need to provide: • Minimum of 3 working days’ notice • Date of flight, flight time and flight number • Full drop-off address, including unit and street number • Number of persons accompanying you (if applicable) • Luggage and other relevant details page 9

  17. Diversity, Disability and Inclusion Services Offers free support and services for students with a disability, illness, injury or mental health condition, whether temporary or permanent. A Disability Advisor can assist with: • Guidance and support regarding your academic access requirements • Develop an individualised Student Access Plan • Arrange appropriate adjustments Some other examples of disability support services you can access are: • Assistive technology • Computer facilities • Participant or Access Assistant • Note taking • Alternative print services The Disability Advisor will request appropriate medical documentation to put the necessary support in place. Students who identify as having a disability, illness, injury or mental health condition, are advised to contact a Disability Advisor via disability@uq.edu.au prior to your arrival to UQ. All information will be confidential and will not affect your application to UQ.

  18. Plan your Finances How much can you afford to spend on accommodation? future-students.uq.edu.au/international/cost-living Initial costs • Temporary accommodation on arrival • Bond money (4 week’s rent) • Rent in advance (2 week’s rent) • Connection fees to utilities (electricity and gas) and phone • Furniture Ongoing costs • Rent • Utilities • Phone and internet • Essential books and equipment • Food, transport and recreation pages 6-7

  19. Weekly Expenses (AUD) future-students.uq.edu.au/international/cost-living pages 6-7

  20. Overseas Student Health Cover Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) helps you cover the cost of medical treatment while studying in Australia. UQ’s preferred OSHC provider is Allianz Global Assistance : allianzassistancehealth.com.au/en/student-visa-oshc/ Allianz Global Assistance OSHC essential package covers: • 24-hour emergency assistance and medical advice • partial coverage of medical services provided by doctors (GP Services) • partial coverage of medical services such as pathology and radiology • some prescription medicines • emergency ambulance services After you arrive in Brisbane and have a local address, you can request your OSHC card . It is a simple five-step process you can complete online: oshcallianzassistance.com.au My OSHC Assistant Download the free app to manage your health cover on the go: allianzassistancehealth.com.au/en/helpcentre/oshc/oshc-app/ pages 6-7

  21. Working While Studying To find out more information, attend a Working on a Student on a Student Visa Student Visa workshop and learn: As a student on a Student Visa, you are entitled to • Work limitations of your student visa work: • How to obtain a Tax File Number (TFN) • up to 40 hours a fortnight (2-week period) while studying • Where to look for student-friendly jobs • unlimited hours during semester break • Income tax on your earnings/savings • Higher Degree by Research students can work uq.edu.au/student-services/upcoming-workshops unlimited hours as agreed with their supervisor What about my family members? • Allowed to work up to 40 hours within a 2-week period at all times • Family members of postgraduate students may work unlimited hours pages 6-7

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