Clayton campus

Important information – July/August 2015

Monday, August 3rd, 2015

Change of address
As part of your student visa conditions, you must update your address and phone number if you have recently moved to a new accommodation. Please do so via the Web Enrolment System (WES) or contact Monash Connect. You must also include emergency contact details.

Student visa information sessions
Monash Connect is holding two information sessions for international students on a student visa to help you learn how to:
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  • Apply for an eCoE extension
  • Organise an extension to your student visa
  • Book your health check

Contact Monash Connect for assistance if you are unable to attend one of the following sessions:

When: Wednesday 12 August, 12 – 12.30pm (Register)
Where: Room N202, 20 Chancellors Walk, Level 2, Clayton campus

When: Thursday 13 August, 12 – 12.30pm (Register)
Where: Lecture room HB40, Building H Basement, Caulfield campus

Free tickets to an Australian Football League (AFL) game
AFLMCFCelebrate AFL Multicultural Round with free match tickets (7 – 9 August). If you have never been to a live AFL match, or know someone who hasn’t, jump online and redeem your free tickets today. Enter the promo code “PASSPORT” to receive up to 4 free tickets per person. Bring your family and friends!

AFL Multicultural Festival
As part of the AFL Multicultural Round, there is also a Multicultural Festival celebrating ‘Many Cultures, One Game’. It will be held at the MCG in Yarra Park at the Collingwood vs. Carlton game on 8 August. The festival will run from 11.30am to 5.30pm and will include loads of free and fun activities.

Casual jobs at Monash for students
Career Connect is introducing Jobs for Students program to help get you job-ready through casual employment opportunities within Monash. Applications will be reviewed and assessed. To make your application stand out, visit Career Connect to have a professional job application check.

Are you Rent Smart?
The top five issues faced by students in the private rental market:

  1. Getting bond back
  2. Getting repairs done
  3. Notice to vacate
  4. Breaking lease agreement
  5. Claiming compensation

If you need further assistance, resources are available via “Rent Smart” and the off-campus accommodation website.

On-campus accommodation: now taking expression of interest
All Monash students are welcome to apply for the newly-built studio apartments on the Clayton campus that will be operating from October this year. Check out the details and virtual tours on the Monash Residential Services website.

WinterFest
Winter FestFrom 3 to 9 August, the Clayton campus will be transformed into a winter wonderland. There’ll be daily entertainment including live music, a snow zone, light shows, comedy performances, a night market, fireworks, live ice sculpting and a mouth-watering selection of food. Details are available on the WinterFest website. Free cross-campus snow taxis will be provided for students at the Berwick, Caulfield, Parkville, and Peninsula campuses to and from WinterFest. Join the Facebook event page to keep up-to-date with announcements, or email winterfest@monash.edu to find out more.

LQBTIQ awareness training – Queer 101
Queer 101 is offered to Monash students who want to learn how to make positive change and create a space for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer people on Monash campuses. Queer 101 runs for 90 minutes and will be offered four times this semester at Clayton and Caulfield campuses. Register online for more information.

Victorian International Education Award – nominations open
Nominations are now open for the prestigious Victorian International Education Awards, rewarding outstanding achievement and excellence in international education in Victoria. Winners will receive a scholarship of $10,000 to contribute to their study at an educational institution in Victoria. For information about eligibility criteria and how to apply, visit the Study Melbourne website. Applications close Sunday 30 August.

Monash student elected as new CISA President
Mustika photoThe newly elected President of the Council of International Students Australia (CISA) is Nina Khairina (photo). She is also the current President of Monash University International Students Service (MUISS) at Clayton campus. CISA was established in 2010 in response to the need amongst international students to have a unified voice.

“We aim to improve upon last year’s initiatives and roll out new projects. The main focus for the year is to build a really strong grass-root movement”, said Nina.

Congratulations to Nina. We wish her well in this important role.

Clayton – July/August 2015

Monday, August 3rd, 2015

“Help – I got an Early Warning Letter!”
If you failed units in semester one, you will probably receive an Early Warning Letter. Take this seriously. If extreme circumstances beyond your control caused you to fail units, you may qualify for a “Withdrawn Incomplete” and/or remission of debt. To help you understand the Early Warning Letter, or to talk about how to change your situation, come and see your friendly Student Rights Officers for advice.

A message from MUISS
Welcome back! We are kicking off the new semester with a myriad of events to help you adjust to life in Australia. For more information, follow us on Facebook:

PLACE, a program specifically aimed at developing the skills you need to land a job and fit into the multicultural Australian workplace. PLACE includes a combination of the following:

  • ‘LinkedIn’ workshop (21 August) to learn about the skills you need to write an effective resume and cover letter while also allowing you to brush up those interview skills
  • PR seminar (26 August) to cater to all your questions and concerns regarding permanent residency through a highly regarded PR lawyer
  • Employability Conference (26 – 27 September) – the main two days event will see a number of experienced speakers from the corporate workforce as well as Monash alumni to give you an insight into the corporate workforce. The event will also serve as a perfect platform for you to meet like-minded people, expand your network, and engage in highly interactive team building activities.

ISWlogoWe are celebrating our 20th anniversary with you by hosting one of the largest student run festival: The International Students Week (ISW) from 1st to 3rd September! We have an extensive schedule, comprising of six exciting elements:

  1. Night Fiesta – One Voice Concert
  2. The Photo Exhibition at the Airport Lounge #breakstereotypes
  3. Discussion Forum with Monash staff and alumni
  4. ‘Are You Being Heard?’ – public speaking program
  5. Debating 101 Workshops and Online Writing Competition
  6. Games Day at the Lemon Scented Lawn

Second-hand book fair
The MSA Welfare Department is holding a Second-Hand Book Fair for all students:

When: Tuesday 4 August, Wednesday 5 August, 10am – 4pm
Where: Airport Lounge (Level 1 Campus Centre)

If you’re selling books, please complete the online form and drop off your books at the MSA reception desk. For enquiries, contact Welfare Officers Jesse or Rebecca on 9905 5493 or email msa-welfare@monash.edu.

The Container Festival by Monash Uni Student Theatre (MUST)
The Container Festival is a vibrant, multi-artform showcase held over multiple weeks in August and across several venues on campus. Shipping containers around campus, a buzzing hub and lounge bar in the MUST space, miniMUST and other surprising spaces will be filled with brilliant new music, dance, visual art, interactive performances, poetry, puppetry, exhibition and more. For all show and ticketing, visit the MUST website.

Bogan Bonanza
BBonanzaCome join us for a bonanza like you’ve never seen! There will be traditional Australian party food (including fairy bread), Australian music and even a few games to play. For only $15 for MSA members ($20 for others), it’s a cheap night out with plenty of fun to be had. Tickets are available online or at the MSA Reception. Don’t forget to bring your friends.

When: Thursday 13 August, 7 -11pm
Where: Sir Johns Bar, first floor, Campus Centre
Dress: Your best Australian attire. Prizes for best dressed!

Conversational English Program
Let’s Chat and Peer Support are starting next week – visit the Conversational English Programs website for information on days and times. Let’s Chat classes have now been allocated and all students who have registered online and attended an information session will receive an email to confirm your registration, time and room number for your session. If you have not attended any information sessions, your registration is incomplete. If you are still interested in attending Let’s Chat, you need to phone Belinda on 9902 0485.

Study Melbourne Student Centre
The Centre provides international students in Victoria with information and professional support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Students can get access to information on housing, legal and health issues, as well as crisis intervention and support in emergency situations. All services are free and confidential. To learn more, visit the SMSC website.

Free parking for Monash students in the CBD
For the month of August, Monash students can park for free in the evening and weekend in the Melbourne CBD when booked online. You’ll need to use promo code “MONASHFREE” when booking.


International Student Engagement

If you have any feedback about the newsletter or suggestions of items to be included, please email iss@monash.edu.