We recognise that COVID-19 creates particularly difficult situations for international students, and we want to reassure you that our International Student Support service remains open and here to support you. You can reach us on firstname.lastname@example.org or call (03) 5327 9446.
I'm worried about how I'm going to cope financially. What can I do?
We have a range of supports for International Students.
You are eligible for Financial Aid. If you are struggling to pay for food or petrol we may be able to assist with up to $200 worth of vouchers. If you’re struggling to pay bills we may be able to assist with up to $500 toward bills. Please refer to our Financial Supports web page for more information.
I'm worried about my studies, who can I talk to?
You should speak with your academic staff as early as possible for advice, particularly if you find online learning difficult. You can also speak with a Federation University counsellor who can support you to work through your concerns and assist you to make a plan that supports your needs. For information on how to make an appointment with a counsellor, visit the Counselling page.
I'm feeling overwhelmed and/or isolated.
Feeling overwhelmed and isolation is challenging and can be scary. During this challenging time most of us will feel sad, confused, angry, worried and anxious. This is normal, scary but normal. However if these responses are severe or prolonged it may impact our well-being. There are a range of creative strategies you can use to assist you to minimise the impact isolation may be having. Some strategies may work for you, others may not.
Here are a range of resources that may assist you to understand your feelings of isolation and access support:
If you are required to self-isolate or just missing the social side of life on campus, consider using our Facebook group as a social space to ask questions, chat with other students, or just share interesting and funny things you have found to help us all through the day.
If your feelings are severe or impact your well-being, please speak with a Federation University counsellor who can support you to work through your concerns and assist you to make a plan that supports your needs. To make an appointment with a counsellor, visit the Counselling page.
I need advice on work or travel restrictions.
For more information about variations to International Student work restrictions, and the latest travel restrictions, visit the Home Affairs website. Individual employers have different agreements with the government in relation to work restrictions, so if you believe that you may be entitled to work additional hours during the semester, you must speak with your employer before undertaking any additional work.