Studying remotely overseas

International student return

We know 2021 has not brought the good news you probably hoped, and your studies, as much as your life, continue to be significantly disrupted by the global response to COVID-19 pandemic. We have implemented a number of mitigation measures to assist with your studies, and to ensure you remain connected with our community. We are confident these measures are in line with the Australian National University's renowned high quality education and educators. You will still graduate with a degree that carries the quality of ANU. We are not considering any change to our tuition fees.

Further details

Decisions about international COVID-19 travel restrictions for travelling to Australia are at the discretion of the Australian Government, not the University. Unfortunately, this means the University is unable to provide you with a definite answer regarding any pilot program or when a larger proportion of our International students may be able to travel to Australia. I understand that this must be very difficult to navigate as a student who is directly impacted by these travel restrictions, and wish we could give you a more certain answer but unfortunately that is not possible.

For the latest information we have available, please visit our COVID-19 Advice page which provides travel advice, links to Australian and ACT Government directives, guidelines and resources as well as details of our COVID-safe arrangements on campus.

We know 2021 has not brought the good news you probably hoped, and your studies, as much as your life, continue to be significantly disrupted by the global response to COVID-19 pandemic. We have implemented a number of mitigation measures to assist with your studies, and to ensure you remain connected with our community. We are confident these measures are in line with the Australian National University's renowned high quality education and educators. You will still graduate with a degree that carries the quality of ANU. We are not considering any change to our tuition fees.

If you have questions or concerns about the teaching plans and assessment methods for any specific course, I encourage you to contact the course convener listed on the course page on Programs and Courses or the ANU Academic College student office:

ANU College of Business and Economics https://www.cbe.anu.edu.au/contact-us
ANU College of Law https://law.anu.edu.au/contact
ANU College of Science and ANU College of Health and Medicine https://students.science.anu.edu.au/contacts/science-central
ANU College of Asia and the Pacific https://asiapacific.anu.edu.au/students/student-centre
ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences https://cass.anu.edu.au/contact
ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science https://cecs.anu.edu.au/current-students/meet-cecs-student-services

If you have any further questions please contact Student Central via the details on the Student Central homepage. Please remember there are support services available for ANU students, including those studying remotely. See this webpage for more information: https://www.anu.edu.au/covid-19-advice/wellbeing-and-support/reach-out-for-support.

 

Learning platforms

Whether you are on campus or studying remotely, there are a variety of online platforms you will use to participate in your study program. These include Wattle (the Learning Management System), email, your student records (ISIS) and course timetables. Find out more about learning at ANU here: https://www.anu.edu.au/students/learning-platforms.

 

Visa information

The Government has announced a range of visa measures to support students. The measures will be temporary and will continue for as long as necessary. See Minister's media release

Student visas

The Australian Government is temporarily waiving the visa application fee to allow students to lodge a further student visa application to complete their study. This is available to certain students who held a student visa on or after 1 February 2020 and who couldn't complete their course within their original visa validity due to the impacts of COVID-19. This includes students who: 

  • Deferred their study as they were unable to enter Australia due to travel restrictions. 
  • Were forced to reduce to a part-time study load. This means that you cannot receive the form if the reduced study load or leave was voluntary. The form only applies when a course that is normally offered was not offered by ANU because of COVID-19 meaning that you could not study full-time in that semester and were forced to reduce your load. 
  • Were unable to complete their work-based training and/or placements. 

This measure is not intended for students who are applying for a new student visa due to ordinary reasons (including if you have failed a course or a unit of study, deferred for personal reasons or voluntarily reduced your study load.) 

To be eligible, you must apply for a Student visa online and you must attach a completed Form 1545 COVID-19 Impacted Student (PDF - 228 KB) with a valid Student visa application. At ANU the 1545 form is completed by the Academic Standards and Quality Office. 

Where to send your Form 1545 COVID-19 Impacted Student:

At ANU the 1545 form is completed by the Academic Standards and Quality Office. Please email your completed form to: policy.regs@anu.edu.au.

Refunds will not be available for students who have already applied for a Student visa. Only new applications will be eligible to have the application fee waived. 

Temporary Graduate (Subclass 485) visa eligibility  

The Australian Government has temporarily changed the requirements for a Temporary Graduate (subclass 485) visa for certain students who have been impacted by COVID-19. Specifically, online study undertaken outside Australia as a result of COVID-19 travel restrictions will count towards the Australian Study Requirement for existing and new student visa holders. 

Offshore student visa grants 

The Australian Government has indicated that they have recommenced granting visas for students who lodged a student visa application outside Australia where all the requirements are met. 

While travel restrictions remain in place, you cannot travel to Australia. 

Additional information 

For up-to-date information regarding visas, including information about staying, leaving or coming to Australia, visit: 

For information about your work rights during the coronavirus outbreak, visit: 

 

ANU support services

The University provides a range of support services to all students, both domestic and international, to support their wellbeing, learning and development while at ANU. We also have teams providing COVID-19 support and advice

 

Our inclusive community 

The ANU community is inclusive, open and respectful. In other words, we do not discriminate, and we do not accept discriminatory behaviour. If you should experience or witness such behaviours on campus or in the community, we want you to know whom you can talk to about this, how you can be supported, and the ways that you can report these behaviours. 

For guidance on reporting incidents of discrimination and racism visit https://www.anu.edu.au/students/communities-events/our-values/reporting-incidents-of-discrimination-and-racism

For guidance on being an effective bystander and calling out racist behaviors visit https://www.anu.edu.au/students/communities-events/our-values/bystander-anti-racism 

 

Government and other support services

Australian and ACT Government resources that international students can access for support: 

Source: https://www.covid19.act.gov.au/community/students-education-childcare#International-students