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Graduate research – November 2017

Monday, November 6th, 2017

Your Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC)
Did you know that any medical treatment received while outside of Australia, whether or not in connection with a course of study, is not covered by your OSHC? If you are travelling to a foreign country for study or holidays, you should consider purchasing travel insurance.

Car Sharing
Don’t have a car but still want to get out on the road over the holiday period? Car sharing is a great service for those who only need a car occasionally without the hassles and costs of ownership.  Find out more on how it works here.

Fancy a Free 10 Minute Massage?
MPA is offering a free 10 minute massage session during the exam period in the MPA lounge.

Clayton Campus – Wednesday 8 November
Caulfield Campus – Thursday 9 November, 12-2pm



Learn to swim classes
Check Monash Sport’s Learn to Swim website for details of the up-coming holiday intensive swim program in January.

Our Water Women program caters for women aged 16 years and older who want to feel more confident in the water or progress your stroke technique. Friendly female lifeguards and teachers are available. Check out when these sessions are held on the Learn to Swim dates.

Where: Doug Ellis Swimming Pool, Monash Sport, Clayton

Welcome Dinner Project
Want to be invited into a local Australian household for a dinner celebration? Check out the Welcome Dinner Project where people from a  diverse range of countries connect around the dinner table – just like having a big family dinner! Find out more.


What’s On

Orientation for new research students
Whether you have studied in Melbourne before or just arrived, find out about the services and programs available to international research students to help you adjust to life on campus and become part of the local community. There are only 2 more workshops left this year! It’s never too late to find out about student support networks, visa regulations, work rights, adjusting to Australian culture and learning how to use your overseas student health cover. The next workshop is on Wednesday 8 November at Clayton campus. The last workshop for the year will be on 5 December. Register online .

Events in Melbourne
There are a lot of great things to do in Melbourne. Here are just a few.

People with Cameras – 12 November
Polish Festival – 12 November
Taste of Melbourne – 30 November – 3 December
Salamfest – 24-26 November
Melbourne Music Week: 17- 25 November
Christmas Glistens at QVM – 13 November – 24 December
Guild Christmas Market – 25 November – 24 December
German Christkindlmarkt – 30 November
The Big Design Market –  1 – 3 December
African Music and Cultural Festival – 9 December

MPA Events
Join other graduate students at these MPA events:
– Yarra Valley Winery Tour – Saturday 18 November
– Learn to Surf at Torquay – Saturday 18 November
– Hello Summer Chill n Grill Party – 19 November
– Clayton HDR Social Evening – Wednesday 6 December
– Caulfield HDR Social Evening – Thursday 14 December


Tips for International Students

Career help after you finish your course
Whether you are returning home or considering your work options in Australia, you are still able to access all services through Career Connect for up to 12 months after your course completion. Come and have a chat with a Careers Education Consultant at Career Connect about all things related to your career. For details about what’s on offer and opening hours, visit the Career Connect website.

University end-of-year close down period
Please note that the University will close at 5pm on Thursday 21 December 2017 for the Christmas/New Year period. The University will reopen at 9am on Tuesday 2 January 2017. During this time, you may contact the following services if required:

Monash Security
After hours counselling service – 1300 350 359
The Study Melbourne Student Centre

As this is the last newsletter for the year, we wish you a safe and happy summer.

International Student Engagement
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Graduate research – October 2017

Monday, October 9th, 2017

Family Cup Day for students with family 
You and your family are invited to the annual Family Cup Day lunch (halal and vegetarian options provided). Meet other Monash families and join in the fun of face painting, petting zoo, and various group activities for kids and adults! Register online by Tuesday 24 October.

When: Tuesday 7 November, 11am – 3pm
Where: Northern Plaza, Monash Clayton Campus, Corner of Exhibition and Sports Walk

Parkville students: Join us for lunch
You are invited to a  lunch for international research students studying at Parkville campus on Wednesday 25 October 12-1pm.

New students: After lunch, we will be providing information for newly arrived international students.  Time: 1pm to 2pm.
For catering purposes, please register:

I will be attending lunch only
I will be attending lunch and the information session

International Students Work Rights
The Fairwork Ombudsman (FWO) has released an open letter to international students about your rights at work. If you are still having some work problems and need some legal advice, you can make an appointment with a lawyer at the Study Melbourne Centre on Thursdays (until 7th December). Email or call 1800 056 449.

Tax Help
If you need help submitting your taxes, make an appointment with a tax help volunteer who can help you complete your taxes online using myTax. Lodge your tax return by the 31 October deadline to avoid penalties. You can also obtain Tax help from the Study Melbourne Student Centre on tuesday afternoons and wednesday mornings until the 31st October.

Community Safety MonthCommunity Safety Month
Every October, the City of Monash holds a Community Safety Month to remind us that we all have a role to play in keeping our community safe. There are lots of fun, interesting and practical safety events, workshops and community get-togethers for Monash residents to participate. For information about the activities on offer, visit the City of Monash website.

International Student: Essential Information – orientation workshop for research students
Whether you have studied in Melbourne before or just arrived, find out about the services and programs available to international research students to help you adjust to life on campus and become part of the local community. Workshops are run each month and cover accommodation and living in Melbourne, student support networks, visa regulations, work rights, adjusting to Australian culture and learning how to use your overseas student health cover.

The next workshops are:
Wednesday 25th October at Parkville  Registration 

Wednesday 8th November at Clayton  Registration 



Volunteering opportunities for International Students
Study Melbourne has partnered with Volunteering Victoria to offer volunteering opportunities for international students across Victoria. Volunteering is a great way to gain employability skills, make friends and support your community. Only 200 places are available so contact Sophie Anselmi ( for more information.

Learn Lead Thrive
Communication is one of the most important skills employers want from graduates. Peer camp is offering a new program exclusively for international students to help push you outside your comfort zone into a place where you can grow into a powerful communicator and leader. Register for one of these communication stream workshops in October.

7 October – Kathleen Syme Library Carlton
14th October – Monash Generator Clayton Campus
21st October – Melbourne Polytechnic, Preston Campus

Free hard waste rubbish collection for students living in the City of Monash
The City of Monash is offering free waste collection for current International students living in the City of Monash from 20 November to 15 December. Prior to doing this, the council would like to collect information from current students about their understanding of hard rubbish and previous behaviours when disposing of hard waste.  To take advantage of this free waste collection offer, you must book  your rubbish collection online and nominate the week you want your waste collected on the form. Once you have booked, you will receive a sticker for your hard rubbish pile and an information brochure will be sent to you in the mail. Before the Sunday night of your collection week, place your hard waste out on the nature strip for collection. For more information, check out this offer on facebook or read about annual hard waste collection online. To speak to someone about this offer, contact Council’s waste services on 9518 3774 or email



What’s On

FREE International Student Theatre – She’ll be right 
Don’t miss out on this powerful hour of storytelling about real life experiences from students from Brazil, China, Columbia, Iraq, Indonesia, Pakistan, Vietnam and Australia. This theatre performance has been written by International students and is a free performance presented from Study Melbourne, City of Melbourne, RMIT University and Australian Federation of International Students. This performance will transport you through cultural stereotypes, passions and dreams and the sacrifices made as students find a new voice in Melbourne and redefine who they are. Find out more and book tickets

When: Tuesday 24 October 7 – 8.30pm
Where: Library at the dock, 107 Victoria Harbour Promenade, Docklands

The Unwritten Rules of PhD
This seminar is recommended for Research postgrads. It will cover how to avoid the pitfalls in getting your PhD and some good practice principles to help make your candidature a little more seamless. Places are limited so make sure to register online. A light lunch will be provided as well.

When: Tuesday 24 October, 11am – 1.00pm
Where: Clayton MPA Office Seminar Room.

Mosaic Festival – A Celebration of Multicultural Women in Victoria
Join VIRCWC (Victorian Immigrant and Refugee Women’s Coalition) for a Mosaic Festival of live music, dance, cultural costumes, international cuisine and arts and crafts from around the world. This celebration of our women’s multicultural diversity is free and is a great opportunity to foster cross-cultural exchanges in the community.

When: Sunday 22 October, 10am -4pm
Where: Queen Victoria Market

Learn to Surf at Torquay
Learn how to surf at Torquay, Victoria’s surfing and beach capital. Book through the MPA website.

When: Saturday 18 November

Diwali at Federation Square – Saturday 14 October 11am -10pm
Diwali Lights at Light House – 18 – 24 October, 6pm – midnight
Melbourne Festival – 4-22 October
Tesselaar Tulip Festival – Until 10 October
Summer touch football at Princes Park – 4 – 11 October, 6.30pm – 8pm
Free Street Art Mentoring – 6 -7 October, 11am -4pm
The World Kitchen in Acland Street St Kilda – 7 October
Indian Street Food Festival – 20-22 October
Melbourne International Games Week – 22-29 October
Hooked on Gambling: By Choice or by Design – 11 October, 6pm – 7.30pm
Stand Up Comedy Prize Fight – 21 September -19 October, 8pm – 10pm
Bollywood Dance – 20 October, 1-2pm
Board Games Day – 26 October, 2-5pm
The Village Festival in Edinburgh Gardens – 27 – 29 October, 6-8pm
Spring Vegan Festival – 28 October
Arts Centre Market – Every Sunday, 10-4pm


Tips for International Students

Are you Rent Smart?
If you need to break your lease before the end of the contract date make sure you follow these tips:
· Check your contract
· Give the proper notice period in writing
· If it is a fixed term contract then you will be liable for paying the remainder of the lease unless you find someone to replace you.

If you need more help, check out Tenants Union Victoria, the Off campus accommodation website or search

International Student Engagement
If you have any feedback about the newsletter or suggestions of items to be included, please email