Important Information – April 2014

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

Exchange and Experience Expo
The Exchange and Experience Expo is the “must-attend” event if you want to broaden your horizons by studying overseas. Students from all campuses are welcome. At the expo you can:

  • Talk face-to-face with overseas partners
  • Get advice from Monash Abroad coordinators
  • Open your mind to a world of global programs at Monash

When: Monday 7 April, 11am – 3pm
Where: Lemon Scented Lawns, Clayton campus (north side of Building 10)

Immigration information sessions
If you are interested in staying in Australia after you have completed your course, you should attend one of the following information sessions where an officer from the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) will explain visa and migration options. Register your attendance at one of the following sessions:

Caulfield campus: Tuesday 15 April, 3 – 4pm
Clayton campus: Wednesday 16 April, 11.30am – 12.30pm
Parkville campus: Thursday 29 April, 3 – 4pm

AFIS International Student Information Day
A day with information and entertainment. Pre-register now to be in the draw for great prizes – an iPad Mini, iPod Nano, iPod shuffles, movie tickets and more! For updates, visit the Facebook event page. Highlights include:

  • Presentation and workshop on career planning, job-hunting, résumés, and volunteering
  • Updates to general skilled migration visas
  • Social networking opportunities
  • Exhibitions, free lunch, music and performances

When: Saturday 5 April, 10am – 6pm
Where: Multicultural Hub, 506 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne (opposite Queen Victoria Market)

AFL free open training session and clinic
Enjoyed the footy on the weekend? Well, here’s your chance to watch the St. Kilda Football Club train live, and participate in a football clinic with the players! Get an autograph and have a kick of the footy yourself! Register by 8pm, Sunday 6 April.

When: Tuesday 8 April, 9am – 12pm (bus departs Clayton campus 8.30am)
Where: Linen House Centre, 151 East Road, Seaford VIC 3198

Public transport discount for international students from 2015
The Victorian Government has recently announced that from 2015, eligible international students can get a 50 percent discount on annual public transport tickets (Read more).

Beware of job scams
There is a scam targeting international students via online job-seeking websites. After submitting a résumé, students are asked to attend an interview and sign a contract for expensive career consultancy and unpaid internship. The consultancy services are often unsatisfactory, and the internship involves working for free to recruit more students for this scam. There is also a cancellation fee of up to $2,000. If you or your friends are victims or have doubts about employment contracts, contact Danny Ong on 9905 9527 or email for confidential advice. (Read more about employment contracts and work rights)

Monash Sport offer
Monash Sport is giving you four weeks of FREE gym membership if you purchase an eligible membership between 27 March and 11 April. Visit their website to find out more.

Clayton – April 2014

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

One World Festival
Celebrate Monash’s cultural diversity at the One World Festival. Across the three days you will be able to:

  • Attend the Exchange and Experience Expo
  • Sample free food – Spanish, Argentine, Italian, Thai, and Chinese cuisines
  • Watch cultural performances and demonstrations
  • Participate in a range of activities including the Colour Dash

When: Monday 7 – Wednesday 9 April, 11am – 4pm
Where: Lemon Scented Lawns (north side of Building 10)

Shops on campus
Monash is undertaking a review of the current retail services at Clayton campus (food, beverage, entertainment, financial, health) and would like to know your thoughts. Register to be part of a group discussion and share your ideas. Free pizza provided. You will also be given a free coffee and muffin voucher at the end of the discussion.

Hump Day at the Sound Shellsoundshell-a
Free BBQ, free music! Performances from local Monash talent including bands, DJs, theatrical performance, dance and more. A great way to meet new people and make friends between classes!

When: Wednesdays, 12 – 2pm
Where: Stage (Lemon Scented Lawns)
Interested to perform at the Sound Shell? Email

English Lounge
Improve your English speaking skills through conversation exercises in a safe and fun space where you can learn new words (even some Australian slang). For more information and to register, check out the MUISS website.

When: Wednesdays in Week 3 to 8, 4 – 5pm ( Week 3 – 8 )
Where: MUISS Lounge, Building 10, first floor
Daylight saving ends
Victoria’s period of daylight saving will end on Sunday 6 April. Remember to turn your clocks backward one hour on that day at 3am to 2am.

University shut down period – Easter  and Anzac Day
The University will be closed for the Easter break on Friday 18 April and will re-open on Wednesday 23 April. The University will close again on Friday 25 April for Anzac Day.

Looking for things to do in Melbourne during the Easter break?
The following links may give you some ideas. The Melbourne International Comedy Festival is on too, and tickets are affordable! Aussie humour and lots of international acts:

Monash Day Out welcomes new students
Just before semester started, over 400 Monash students went on a trip to Healesville Sanctuary. It was a great day with lots of wild encounters with koalas, kangaroos, emus, dingoes, parrots, eagles and many more.

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