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Important information – November 2015

Monday, November 2nd, 2015

A message from the Library: how to succeed on exam day
Whether you’ve studied a lot or a little, taking the right approach on exam day itself can really help improve your marks. Doing well on an exam isn’t just about what you know – it’s about understanding what’s being asked of you, managing your time, and performing under pressure. So take a deep breath and try to stay calm as we go over some strategies for exam success.

Use of mobile phone during exams
If you have in your pocket study notes or mobile phone during your exams, you may be accused of cheating and face the following penalties:

  • 0% for assessment or unit
  • Suspension from Monash University
  • Exclusion from Monash University

The Exams website has information about rules and resources to help you with exams. You should also contact your Student Rights Officer for assistance if you have any concerns regarding your exams.

International students and work rights
Thinking of working over the summer? Study Melbourne has come up with a guide for international students on things you need to know about working in Melbourne. It is very important to understand your rights as an employee and we strongly recommend that you have a look at it.

Student volunteers needed in Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, and Singapore
VolunteerFairWe are looking for students to assist at our pre-departure information sessions in Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore between 8 and 12 January. You will get to meet and greet our new commencing international students and talk to them about studying at Monash and living in Australia. It is expected that all volunteers will already be on location as no travel or accommodation expenses are provided. Numbers are limited so register early to avoid missing out.

Your Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC)
Did you know that any medical treatment you 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 during the semester break, you should consider purchasing travel insurance.

Are you Rent-Smart: what are your rights?
If you need to break your lease before the end of the contract date, here is a few things to consider:

  • Check your contract
  • Give the proper notice period in writing
  • If it is a fixed term contract, you will be liable to paying the remainder of the lease unless you find someone to replace you
  • Read about “Notice to vacate” on the Tenants Union of Victoria website

For further assistance or information about living off-campus, visit Rent-Smart or the Off-campus Accommodation website.

Community art project  for our Monash Chinese community
Get involved in a community art project to remember and recognise the valued contribution of Australian Chinese servicemen and women during WW1. It involves producing stencil art images and clay messages for the Anzac Centenary Exhibition in April 2016, and will be included in a permanent installation within the Anzac Centenary Street Art Mural in Drewery Lane, Melbourne. Take a break from study and come along (even for 20 minutes).

When: Wednesday 11 November   12;00 to 2:00
Where:  Building K walkway, Caulfield campus

If you would like to get involved, register online now.

Clayton – November 2015

Monday, November 2nd, 2015

Advice from Student Advocacy and Support during exam weeks
It is a stressful time of year, so take a few deep breaths and make sure you are informed about what you need to do to make it through exams without too much stress:

If you are an undergraduate student and need to talk to someone about your university life, come and see us at MSA Student Advocacy and Support.

International student focus group
Link Health and Community are hosting a focus group for international students on food – what do you like to eat, where do you buy it, and how do you prepare it? Free lunch is provided and everyone who attends will be entered into a draw to win an organic fruit and vegetable hamper.

When: Wednesday 25 November, 12 – 1pm (Register)
Where: Menzies Tutorial Room W204, Level 2 West, 20 Chancellors Walk

Monash University International Students Service – new committee
Congratulations to the newly elected executive committee members of the Monash University International Students Service (MUISS):

President – Karekhaa Nair
General Secretary – Sabby Gillmuiss
Treasurer – Roshenee Gunusagaran
Publications Officer – Ann Chan
Services and Welfare Officer – Zoha Farooq
Activities Officer – Harry Liu
Education Officer – Ammar Sukhera

Here is a message from the new President:
MUISS-KN“My name is Karekhaa and I will be your MUISS President for 2016. This year, I was part of the Education portfolio and was involved in the One World Festival and the PLACE conference. The MUISS committee aims to enhance and encapsulate each international students’ experience by exposing them to not only academic challenges but also social ones as well. We want to create a local community by assimilating international students that share similar experiences in adapting to a new cultural environment. By devising a framework, we intend to engage international students in transitioning from a classroom environment to the corporate world.”

2016 Volunteering
The MSA Volunteering provides opportunities for students to engage with the Monash community. There are programs during semester, holiday periods, as well as weekly volunteer opportunities. MSA also has four new programs in 2016: MSA Freebies Team, MSA R.E.P.R.ESENT (Video Making), MSA Art Gallery Committee, and MSA Tax Help (Read more).

Spring Nights – Twilight Activities in the park
Enjoy an evening of free social activities in Clayton South as part of Clayton Canvas Twilight activities in the park. There will be a free BBQ, arts activities, dancing, and Tai Chi.

When: Thursday 12 November, 5 – 8pm
Where: Namatjira Park, Springs Road, Clayton South (catch the 631 bus from Clayton campus)

Careers help available to students, even 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.

Final semester student – packing up and going home
You may find that there are a lot of things that you won’t need or can easily replace once you get home. Try to limit the amount of luggage you take home so you can save on the cost of excess baggage and shipping. Plan ahead, decide what you want to take with you on the plane, and start thinking about the necessary arrangements to ship your belongings home:

  • Shipping belongings back home
    Look into some of the baggage, transport or freight companies that are available. Then consider the options such as sending your belongings by surface or by air, through the post office or with a baggage company, and find out the costs involved. (Read more)
  • Redirecting your mail
    Don’t forget to update your postal address via WES. Australia Post can also forward your mail to your new address. You can nominate temporary or permanent redirection, and ask Australia Post to notify some organisations of your new address. To pick up a change of address kit or to find out more, visit any Australia Post Office.

Final semester student – staying connected
On completing your studies, you will automatically be welcomed to the University’s global alumni community of more than 310,000 alumni. Through the alumni networks, you can take advantage of professional development and networks, career advice, employment opportunities, programs, and discounts, and engage in the many social events that are held across the world. If you have questions about the alumni program, contact the Alumni Relations team on 9903 4602 or via email or social media.

Victorian International Education Awards
Monash is well represented in the 2015 Victorian International Education Awards. We would like to congratulate the following students on being nominated, and we wish them all the best:

  • Jirayut Prompen (Thailand) for International Student of the Year – English Language Training
  • Mustika Indah Khairina (Indonesia) for International Student of the Year – Higher Education
  • Heba Zahid (Saudi Arabia) for International Student of the Year – Research
  • Danny Ong (Singapore) for Victorian Student of the Year – Internationalisation

Study Melbourne Student Centre bulletin
study-melbourneSubscribe to the Study Melbourne Student Centre bulletin for useful information, resources and links for you as international students in Melbourne. This month’s newsletter featured an article about a Monash student from Nepal and her experience studying and living in Victoria.

Festivals and events in November and December
Get involved in the following festivals and events if you get a chance:

Want more? Check out That’s Melbourne website.

University end-of-year closedown period
Please note that the University will close at 5pm on Wednesday 23 December 2015 for the Christmas/New Year period. The University will reopen at 9am on Monday 4 January 2016. During this time, you may contact the following services if required:

We wish you a safe and happy holiday.

International Student Engagement

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