Archive for May, 2018

Graduate Research Students May 2018

Thursday, May 3rd, 2018

Dear students,

In this edition of the International Newsletter, we’ve created a new section for students with partners or families. You can check it out here.

Campus life

Are you a new international research student?
Orientation workshops are run each month that cover tips on accommodation, student support networks, work rights, adjusting to Australian culture and learning how to use your overseas student health cover. Check out dates and sign up.

Rate your favourite retailers to win free food!
The new Monash Food and Retail website is here to help you find cheap eats and good food that suits you. Use the website to rate any retail shop on any campus, and go into a draw to win a $50 voucher at any store of your choice. Five winners will be chosen every season.

Living in Melbourne

Free work rights legal service
International students who have been treated unfairly, dismissed or exploited at work can meet with a work rights lawyer for free legal advice. The Study Melbourne Student Centre has extended operating hours for legal advice on Wednesdays and Thursdays so there is no wait list.
Where: Study Melbourne Student Centre, 599 Little Bourke Street, Melbourne

Are you thinking of breaking your lease?
If you need to break your lease before the end of the contract date you should:

  • Check your contract
  • Give your landlord notice in writing within the proper period
  • Know that if it you are on a fixed term contract, then you may have to pay the remainder of your lease unless you can find someone to replace you
  • Check out this page for more help and go to this page to view your tenancy rights and responsibilities

If you need further assistance,  submit your questions to Ask.Monash or visit Monash Connect at your campus.

Staying safe on campus

Monash University has been made aware of a scam targeting international students who are being asked about mistaken identities and to supply personal information. Our advice is to not respond to any questions and contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or Monash Security on 9902 7777.

Monash security buses
Security buses help students get around after dark. They run every 30 minutes from 5:30pm – 12:00am from Monday to Friday on our Clayton and Caulfield campuses. Clayton campus students can download the Clayton security bus route and use the live Clayton campus tracker to see exactly where the bus is when it’s running. Caulfield campus students can download their security bus route and check out the live Caulfield campus tracker.

Study Safe survey
Crime Stoppers Victoria has developed an international student safety survey. Fill it out here to help them develop a campaign to improve international student safety in Victoria. All answers are anonymous and confidential.



Explore your career options as an international student
Attend an on-campus Career Conversation session for international students. Whether you’re hoping to stay in Australia or return home, a career coach will help you prepare for your career.
• Sessions available at Clayton and Caulfield campuses now.
• Login to Career Gateway to register.

In this interactive session, an experienced coach will give you the rundown on:
• employability skills valued by industry
• graduate recruitment
• your graduate career options as an international student.
You’ll also have a chance to think about next steps to progress your career.

Volunteers needed in Malaysia and Singapore
We are seeking volunteers for the Monash pre-departure briefings in Singapore (Friday June 22) and Malaysia (Sunday June 24). You will be required to meet and greet new students and their parents, assist at the registration desk, share your Monash journey and answer questions. Selected volunteers will receive a certificate of appreciation. If you will be in Singapore or Malaysia this June and you are keen to help out, register your interest here.


What’s On

 See one of the greatest musicals on earth
Don’t miss out on a great discount to see The Wizard of Oz at the famous Regent Theatre in Melbourne! Tickets are $70 for Monash postgraduates and $99 for others. Find out more.
When: Wednesday May 23
Where: Regent Theatre, 191 Collins Street, Melbourne

Network with other Parkville students
Are you a postgraduate student at Monash’s Parkville campus? Come along to the MPA’s free networking lunch where you’ll have the opportunity to get to know other international students at Parkville and share your knowledge. Register here.
When: Wednesday May 23, 1:30pm  2:30pm
Where: Meeting Room 4.04 5.05, Parkville campus

Things to do in Melbourne this month

Partners and Parents – May 2018

Thursday, May 3rd, 2018

Welcome to a new section of the International newsletter for students with partners, families or who are planning to start a family. 

Pregnancy information session for international students
If you are pregnant or planning to start a family in Melbourne, you’ll need to find out how to prepare for pregnancy and the different services available that can assist you with your transition into parenthood. Register here.
When: Thursday May 24, 12:00pm – 1:30pm
Where: The Seminar Room, Campus Community Division, Level 1, Campus Centre, Clayton campus

Postgrad Parent Club
Meet other Mums and Dads while your kids play, all while enjoying a free coffee! Contact Rhian Adlam to register.
When: Clayton – every second Thursday, 2:00pm at Saporo Cafe New Horizons
Caulfield – every second Thursday, 10:00am at Monsu Cafe

Parenting rooms on campus
Did you know all of our campuses have special facilities for feeding, breastfeeding, expressing milk, baby changing and soothing? More info here.

Meet with other first time parents
Monash Council organises parent groups which enable first time parents to meet in a supportive environment and learn valuable information. Groups are facilitated by qualified Maternal and Child Health Nurses who are there to answer any questions you have. Find out more.

What’s On for families

Pirate Sundays at Polly Woodside
Do you think you would had been a clever pirate? Join Pirate Sundays on the first Sunday of each month for a fun treasure hunt experience and discover what life was like on a tall ship sailing the seven seas.  Children and visitors can enjoy a variety of activities, games, arts and crafts.
When: Sunday is 3 June
Where: 21 South Wharf Promenade, South Wharf, 10am – 4pm