Important information – March 2015

Monday, March 2nd, 2015

Student visa: important information
Your student visa may be expiring this month so make sure you renew it before your current visa expires. You can apply for your visa renewal online via the immigration website. If you have any questions about the process, contact the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) on 131 881 or speak to an advisor at Monash Connect.

Change of address
As a student visa condition, you MUST update your address if you have recently moved to new accommodation. You can do this via the Web Enrolment System (WES) or contact Monash Connect. You must also include emergency contact details.

Sun, swim and safety at the beach
SSS2Enjoy a day of fun and games at the beach, while making new friends. Learn how to stay safe in and around the water with the team from Life Saving Victoria. Activities are held on the beach and in shallow waters. Return transportation will be provided from Caulfield and Clayton campuses. You can also make you own way there, it is very close to Edithvale train station.

When: Saturday 21 March, 12 – 4.30pm (Register)
Where: Edithvale Life Saving Club, Edithvale Beach, Nepean Highway
Cost: $20 (includes lunch and beach activities)

Conversational English Programs
Join the Conversational English Programs – free, fun way to talk, ask questions, meet fellow students, make friends and share experience. The programs are delivered by specially trained students. Places are limited and registration is required.

Public Transport Victoria student concession card – iUSEpass
International undergraduate students are entitled to 50% discount on the price of an annual transport pass – the iUSEpass. This pass allows unlimited travel for 365 days from the date of its first use. Applications are now open, check out the website for more information.

Help with accommodation
Monash Residential Services (MRS) informs and guides students at every campus about housing options and tenancy rights and responsibilities. To access their service, visit their website.

Accommodation and Living Fair
Accom&LivingFairAttend the Accommodation and Living Fair to find out how to get the best accommodation in the city and learn how to stay safe once you are there. Download the flyer (PDF, 815KB) for more information. There will be speakers from the housing service and stalls showcasing accommodation options and furniture stores.

When: Thursday 12 March, 5 – 8pm
Where: The Couch, 69 Bourke Street, Melbourne

Study Melbourne Info Day 2015
infoday2015Study Melbourne Info Day is a free event providing informational and entertainment needs for international students in Victoria. The day consists of three themes (Fun, Fact and Friend) and focuses on living, career, visas and networking. For more information, visit their website.

When: Saturday 14 March, 12 – 6pm
Where: Storey Hall (Building 16), 336-348 Swanston Street (near Melbourne Central)

Monash University 2015 Careers Festival
CareerFairCome and meet over 70 employers to find out about graduate, part-time, casual, vacation and internship roles for you at the Careers Festival on Tuesday 24 March. Students from all campuses, year levels and disciplines are welcome. There are two sessions – visit Career Connect website for more information and to register.

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If you were out of Australia for more than 30 days, you may apply for Holiday Credit (PDF, 62.2KB). To find out how, contact OSHC representative on campus.

Clayton – March 2015

Monday, March 2nd, 2015

A message from MUISS
NinaAnneMonash University International Students Service (MUISS) would like to welcome you back to another academic year at Monash. MUISS is a division of the Monash Student Association (MSA) that advocates the interests, rights and welfare of all undergraduate international students enrolled at Monash University, Clayton campus.

Photo: MUISS President, Nina (left) and General Secretary, Anne

Get involved in MUISS by attending its activities, volunteering for events, or joining the committee. MUISS runs a variety of services for international students and there is a very busy calendar of affordable social activities throughout the year to help enrich your experience. Skills that you can gain include intercultural communication, leadership, teamwork, event and time management, and many more. It’s about working as a team, finding friends from different countries, and having fun along the way.

‘Like’ our Facebook page, or subscribe to “International Student Updates” for the latest news and information concerning international students. Alternatively, email or phone 9905 3882.

Join the Non-Residential Colleges
If you are not living on campus, Orion and Centaurus Colleges are a great way to be a part of campus life and meet new people. As a member, you get the following benefits:

  • Peer support from College advisors
  • Invitation to College Dinners, Constellation Ball, and other major events each semester
  • A chance to represent your college in inter-college sports and games
  • Exclusive, members only common room

Membership is free and you can find out more about how to join Orion and Centaurus Colleges on their website.

One World Festival
The One World Festival is back in 2015 with a bigger and better celebration of the cultural diversity at Monash. At Clayton, the Festival is taking place on 14 – 16 April. Clubs, societies and student groups are invited to participate in the One World Festival. We are seeking groups who wish to celebrate and showcase their culture by displaying a variety of activities such as sport, art, fashion, music and dance. Your involvement is only limited by your creativity. Register your interest today.

Salaam Monash publication
Salaam Monash is a handbook for Muslim students to assist you with the process of settling and adjusting to life in Australia. It is available in English, Indonesian and Arabic. Download a copy (PDF, 4.4MB) or email

Water Wise
waterwomenWater Wise is a free swimming program aimed at increasing your water safety awareness and swimming ability. The program will be held at the Doug Ellis Swimming Pool (42 Scenic Boulevard, Clayton campus) between April and June. A valid student ID card must be presented at the time of enrolment into each term of the program. For details and to enrol in the program, visit the Monash Sport website.

Clayton campus renaming
Clayton campus buildings have been renamed as of January 2015 as part of the Monash Masterplan. Every building on campus will have a new street address. Signage, web content and online systems are being updated so you might find a mixture of new and old address names and codes. To help ease any confusion, the following resources have been created for you:

International Student Engagement

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