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Support for international students

Studying in Australia

Whether you've recently arrived in Australia to start studying or you've been here for a while, starting uni can be a big adjustment for anyone, particularly if you're away from your family, friends and home culture.

We want to make sure all of our international students feel supported to succeed in their studies and make their time studying in Australia a memorable experience. From pre-arrival and Orientation activities to personal and learning support and referrals to other services, we have you covered.

As well as being able to access the range of free support services on offer to all students, such as learning support and career and employability services, there are some services and activities specifically for international students to help you succeed at UniSC.

Be sure to view important information about changing your enrolment, academic progress and Student visa via while you are studying.

Note: Some of the links below will take you to the UniSC Student Portal. Log in with your UniSC username and password.

Facebook groups

You can join your campus Facebook group to connect with other students at your campus, ask questions and help others find answers, share your experiences and stay up-to-date with what's happening on campus.

Student Guild services, student clubs and events

The Student Guild provides free, independent support and social services to students such as a food bank and community kitchen, advocacy and welfare services, subsidised haircuts and free legal referrals. They also run social events where you can meet other students 

You can also explore the student clubs and societies – you might find a club related to your program or some may be related to your degree or a social club.

Wellbeing and counselling

Staying healthy and looking after yourself

Student Wellbeing provides resources and support that can help you adjust to a new culture, self-care, managing distress and much more that you may find useful.

All students can also access free and confidential counselling. Find out how to book an appointment and common areas that students seek help with.

English language support

Students who have difficulty with written or spoken English can get practical help from our team of Learning Advisers who can help international students and students from non-English speaking backgrounds achieve academic success.

Safety and respect at UniSC

UniSC is committed to the safety of all students, staff and visitors. To ensure all students have a safe space to learn, be respected, and have an enjoyable university experience, Respect at UniSC  is an online module designed to create a shared understanding of what it means to be a respectful member of the UniSC community.

We that you download the SafeZone app – you can use this when you are on campus to seek immediate assistance, first aid support or an escort.

If you have any questions about your safety on campus or you would like to report a concern, you can contact SafeUniSC on 07 5456 3864 or book an appointment online to speak with a specialised staff member.

If you require immediate security support, you can contact the 24/7 number on 07 5430 1168.

Student representatives and feedback

We value student feedback and your student representatives can support and advise you on student matters. Ensure you use each opportunity to have your say to make your student experience a great one.

Other resources (non-UniSC)

Study Sunshine Coast

Study Sunshine Coast is focused on attracting students to study, live, work and play on the beautiful Sunshine Coast as well as improving the student experience while here.

Study Sunshine Coast develops and delivers a variety of free workshops, events and services students can get involved in.

View more information about Study Sunshine Coast.

International Student Health Hub

The International Student Health Hub has been co-designed with international students to provide easily accessible information on sexual health and reproductive services.

Studying outside Australia (offshore)

If you are currently enrolled in a program and you are not located in Australia, you are studying offshore.

As you continue your studies with USC outside of Australia, we want to make sure you’re aware of the support and services you have access to to help you succeed in your studies and make your time at USC a memorable one.

If you're not sure who you can reach out to, please speak to a Student Success Adviser. They can assist with any further questions or concerns you may have about your study. Book an online Zoom appointment via Student Hub.

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