Future and commencing students

5. Future and commencing students

You are a commencing student if you have accepted an offer to study at UWA in Semester 2, 2020. If you are a commencing higher degree by research (HDR) student, please see category six for information relating to HDR studies.

5-1 – I’m worried I might not be able to start my studies at UWA as planned. What should I do?

We understand this may be a difficult time, and we'll work with you to ensure that any impact on your studies is minimised (see information below).

If this current situation is causing you some anxiety, please reach out to our Counselling and Psychological Service team. They can provide you with free and confidential emotional support, including via phone or videoconferencing.

5-2 – When does Semester 2, 2020 start and will my studies be online?

Semester 2 will start on Monday July 27, as originally scheduled.

All units will be available in online mode for the full semester, including assessments and examinations.

If social distancing restrictions ease, physical classes can recommence on campus, however UWA will still run online lectures and online tutorials for remotely located students to engage in, including assessments and exams. Therefore, if travel restrictions do stay in place, international students can do the full semester from their home country.

5-3 – Will I get a student visa for Semester 2 if there is still a travel restriction for international students coming to Australia?

This is a decision made by the Department of Home Affairs. UWA is continuing to make offers of admission for courses starting in Semester 2 and providing Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE) documentation for students to submit as part of their student visa application.

If you would like to discuss your visa application, or likelihood of a visa being issued, please contact the Department of Home Affairs for advice: https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/help-support/contact-us.

5-4 – Can I defer my offer to study at UWA?

If you have not accepted your offer and decide to defer your study to 2021, you may defer your offer at any stage prior to your course commencing. You will only be able to defer your offer once, however consideration is given to those with genuine exceptional circumstances including circumstances relating to Covid19.

5-5 – If I initially start my studies and then decide to post-pone my studies until another semester, what is the latest date I can do this by?

If you have already commenced your studies and then decide you would prefer to post-pone your studies you should apply for approved leave. The deadline to apply for Approved Leave for Semester 2, 2020 is 11 September 2020. Further information about applying for approved leave can be found in the FAQ’s for current students.

5-6 – Will the Australian Government still be issuing and approving study visas for Semester 2, 2020?

This is a decision that rests with the Department of Home Affairs. If you would like to discuss your visa application, or likelihood of a visa being issued, contact the Department of Home Affairs for advice: https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/help-support/contact-us or call 131 881 if you are located within Australia.

5-7 – If I am unable to physically come to Australia, am I still able to lodge a Student Visa application and will the Department of Home Affairs approve my application?

Students are able to lodge visa applications offshore. Whether a visa is issued rests with the Department of Home Affairs. UWA is continuing to make offers of admission for semester 2, and providing Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE) documentation for students to submit as part of their Student Visa application.

If you would like to discuss your visa application and likelihood of your application being approved, please contact the Department of Home Affairs for advice: https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/help-support/contact-us .

If you decide to submit an application for a Student Visa, you may lodge your VISA at any point in time. We recommend lodging your application for a Student Visa at least six weeks prior to the start of semester to allow sufficient time for the Department of Home Affairs to process your application.

5-8 – If I have received a scholarship with my offer of study at UWA will I still be eligible for this scholarship, even if the delivery is on line?

Yes. Scholarships are awarded based on meeting academic and/or other criteria, not the mode of study you are undertaking.

5-9 – I am a domestic student who is worried about the impact of COVID19 on my Year 12 studies. What options do I have available to me for admission to UWA for 2021?

UWA recognises that the global COVID-19 pandemic is causing a lot of uncertainty, particularly for students who will be completing Year 12. UWA is working on ways to support Year 12 students, and has developed a variety of alternatives for students hoping to apply to UWA. Further information on the new entry options for Year 12 students can be found here: https://www.uwa.edu.au/study/forms/2021-admission-pathways .

5-10 – Are the new 2021 Entry Pathways for Year 12 students open to International students studying a Year 12 Australian curriculum?

The Australian Government has confirmed that ATAR is still going to be awarded this year and UWA will still continue to accept and assess applications based on achieved ATAR.

The new 2021 Entry Pathways for Year 12 students are also available to International students completing a Year 12 Australian curriculum, such as the Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE), Higher School Certificate (HSC) or South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE). For further information on the new 2021 entry options for Year 12 students, please visit: https://www.uwa.edu.au/study/forms/2021-admission-pathways.

5-11 – My International Baccalaureate examinations have been cancelled. Will UWA still consider my application?

UWA will accept Year 11 results from domestic students for the International Baccalaureate (IB) program for entry into non-competitive entry courses as part of UWA’s new entry options for Year 12 students. You will still need to demonstrate meeting the University’s English Language Competency requirements through either English Language subjects (English A1 at HL or SL - Minimum score 4; English A2 at HL or SL - Minimum score 4; or English B at HL – Minimum score 5), or achieving the required scores in an approved test of English.

International students will be able to use their International Baccalaureate predicted results to receive a conditional offer. In order to meet the conditions against your offer you will need to provide your completed IB Diploma and achieve the minimum required scores, alongside meeting English Language Competency and satisfying and prerequisite subject requirements for your chose course and major. Once you have provided your completed IB Diploma, we will also be able to make an assessment of your eligibility for the Global Excellence Scholarship. Further information on entry through the IB can be found here; https://www.uwa.edu.au/study/how-to-apply/international-and-overseas-qualifications/international-baccalaureate-1

5-12 – What alternative pathways are available for offshore international students who are not going to be able to complete their ATAR equivalent qualification?

If you are unable to meet UWA’s minimum entry requirements through your International or overseas qualification, you may consider the Taylors College Diploma in Science or Diploma in Commerce. Alternatively, students who do not meet the entry requirements for the Taylors College Diploma program may wish to consider the Taylors College Foundation Program.

For further information on Taylors College pathways to studying at UWA, please visit: https://www.taylorsperth.edu.au/

5-13 – I am unable to sit the IELTS. What alternatives are there to meet UWA’s English Language Competency requirements?

The IELTS Indicator test and TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition Test are now available as an alternative until in-person testing resumes. As long as the required scores are achieved, UWA will accept the IELTS Indicator test and TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition Test to meet English Language Competency requirements.

These tests follow the same content, format and structure as the traditional tests. Therefore, the same minimum scores as the in-person tests are required. Required scores may vary depending on the course you are applying for, with some courses specifically requiring IELTS. For courses specifically requiring IELTS, the IELTS indicator test can also be used to meet the specified IELTS score requirements.

Students in China, who are unable to access either the IELTS Indicator and TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition tests, may apply for the UWA English Test.  This test can only be used for admission to courses with the standard English Language Competency requirements. After submitting an application to UWA, applicants need to contact UWA’s Centre for English Language Teaching (CELT) directly to register for the UWA English Test enrolments-celt@uwa.edu.au. Please note this test is only available to students in China who are applying to commence their studies at UWA up until and including semester 2, 2021).

Alternatively, unless IELTS is specifically required for your course of interest, you many also sit any other test listed in UWA’s English Language Competency requirements. For further information, please see our English Language Competency requirements.

5-14 – Are there any changes to the tests required for an application to a professional degree in Health and Medical Sciences, such as medicine or dentistry?

Application timelines and due dates remain in place for 2021 entry into a professional degree in dentistrymedicine, optometrypharmacy and podiatric medicine.  The Faculty is monitoring the situation regarding COVID-19 restrictions and the potential impact on selection processes. Please refer to the FHMS Admissions website for updated information regarding the admissions process.

5-15 – As a commencing student, if I decide to stop my studies will I get any credit for the fees I paid?

Students commencing studies in Semester 2 who decide to withdraw completely from their studies prior to the Semester 2, 2020 census date, being 31 August 2020, can request a full refund into the account they used to initially make their payment. For units which operate in non-standard teaching periods, you will need to request your refund prior to the census date for that teaching period There are no administrative fees applied to full refunds.

For commencing students who wish to take approved leave or reduce their unit load (with approval from Student Offices with an intervention strategy in place), UWA will provide a 100% system credit. If this is due to financial hardship, for Semester 2, 2020 students can apply for a 50% refund and UWA will hold the remaining 50% as credit towards future studies at UWA.

5-16 – As an international student, if I choose to study online due to COVID-19 travel restrictions can I study a reduced study load (less than four units)?

As an international student you can commence your studies online for Semester 2, 2020 and even study offshore. You are still covered and protected under the Education Services for Overseas Students (ESOS) Act 2000 and the National Code of Practice for Providers of Education and Training to Overseas Students 2018 (National Code).

To comply with the ESOS Act and the National Code, UWA must continue to ensure that first tuition payments, issuance of Certificates of Enrolment (CoEs), full-time enrolment requirements, and requirements for international students to complete their courses within the specified duration are managed in the usual way. This means that international students should maintain a full-time enrolment, regardless of their mode of study and physical location.

If you experience challenges with maintaining full-time enrolment we encourage you to contact your Student Office or International Student Support to discuss your situation so we can work with you on a plan that supports you, keeps you on track and complies with your visa conditions. Please note, if you are no longer able to complete your studies within the time frame of your visa you will need a new CoE and Visa for further study.