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May 2018

Thursday, May 3rd, 2018

Dear students,

In this edition of the International Newsletter we show you how you can de-stress, prepare for exams and give you an insider look at the awesome events happening around campus. We also introduce a new section of the newsletter for students with partners or families.  

Need help to relax before exams?
MONSU will be running an Exam Help Desk at Caulfield Racecourse during the exam period.  Grab some snacks and a hot drink before your exams and access student rights information if you need it. MONSU is committed to sustainability so we ask all students to bring their own water bottle. We also ask students to bring a reusable coffee cup for hot drinks.

Stress less and learn how to manage your time
Managing your time is really important when you’re preparing for exams. Check out the Library’s tips for sorting out your week and staying on top of university life here.

Library resources
The Monash Library is more than just books! Find out what extras the Library offers to make your life easier.

Campus life

Rate your favourite retailers to win free food!
The new Monash Food and Retail website is here to help you find cheap eats and good food that suits you. Use the website to rate any retail shop on any campus, and go into a draw to win a $50 voucher at any store of your choice. Five winners will be chosen every season!

Living in Melbourne

Free work rights legal service
International students who have been treated unfairly, dismissed or exploited can meet with a lawyer for free legal advice at the Study Melbourne Centre. Operating hours for our legal service have been extended so there is no wait list. Find out more here.
Where: Study Melbourne Student Centre, 599 Little Bourke Street, Melbourne

Are you thinking of breaking your lease?
If you need to break your lease before the end of the contract date you should:

  • Check your contract
  • Give your landlord notice in writing within the proper period
  • Know that if it you are on a fixed term contract, then you may have to pay the remainder of your lease unless you can find someone to replace you
  • Check out this page for more help and go to this page to view your tenancy rights and responsibilities

If you need further assistance, you can also submit your questions to Ask.Monash or go to Monash Connect at your campus.

Staying safe on campus

Monash University has been made aware of a scam targeting international students who are being asked about mistaken identities and to supply personal information. Our advice is to not respond to any questions and contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or Monash Security on 9902 7777.

Monash security buses
Security buses help students get around after dark. They run every 30 minutes from 5:30pm – 12:00am from Monday to Friday on our Clayton and Caulfield campuses. Clayton campus students can download the Clayton security bus route and use the live Clayton campus tracker to see exactly where the bus is when it’s running. Caulfield campus students can download their security bus route and check out the live Caulfield campus tracker.

Study Safe survey
Crime Stoppers Victoria has developed an international student safety survey. Fill it out here to help them develop a campaign to improve international student safety in Victoria. All answers are anonymous and confidential.



Explore your career options as an international student
Attend an on-campus Career Conversation session for international students. Whether you’re hoping to stay in Australia or return home, a career coach will help you prepare for your career.
• Sessions available at Clayton and Caulfield campuses now.
• Login to Career Gateway to register.

In this interactive session, an experienced coach will give you the rundown on:
• employability skills valued by industry
• graduate recruitment
• your graduate career options as an international student.
You’ll also have a chance to think about next steps to progress your career.

Apply for the 2019 Ancora Imparo Leadership Program
Applications for the 2019 Vice-Chancellor’s Ancora Imparo Leadership Program are now open and all first year international undergraduate students are invited to apply. This program inspires participants to create the change they want to see in the world. Participants will attend a three-day workshop in Torquay for some exclusive leadership training and gain access to some of Australia’s most influential thinkers. All participants will also receive a stipend of $500 to cover expenses. Submit your application here and email any questions to ancora.imparo.leadership@monash.edu.

Volunteers needed in Malaysia and Singapore
We are seeking volunteers for the Monash pre-departure briefings in Singapore (Friday June 22) and Malaysia (Sunday June 24). You will be required to greet new students and their parents, assist at the registration desk, share your Monash journey and answer questions. Selected volunteers will receive a certificate of appreciation. If you will be in Singapore or Malaysia this June and you are keen to help out, register your interest here.


What’s On

Want to have your voice heard by CISA these holidays?
Come along to the 8th Council of International Students Australia (CISA) National Conference in Cairns, Queensland to help develop a vision for the future of international education in Australia. Get more info and register here.
When: Monday June 25  Wednesday June 27
Where: Rydges Esplanade Resort, Cairns, Queensland

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April 2018

Wednesday, April 11th, 2018

Dear students,

In this edition of the Student Newsletter we share some useful tips, as well as fun events happening around campus.

Final semester students
The end of semester will be here before you know it and it’s time to plan ahead. You might be considering further studies or employment in Australia or perhaps you are preparing to pack your belongings and farewell some of your friends. Either way, there is a lot of useful information online to assist you with your preparation.

Seminar for international students returning back home
Register for either Clayton or Caulfield campus to attend an information session where you can find out about graduating, organising your finances, re-directing your mail and readjusting to life back home. Light refreshments will be provided.

Clayton – Tuesday 3 May, 2-4pm (Rm 321, Learning & Teaching Building, 19 Ancora Imparo Way)
Caulfield campus – Wednesday 8 May, 2.30pm -4.30pm (John White Room, C110, Level 1, Building C)

Top ten tips for international students applying for permanent residency
Are you interested in applying for permanent residency? Watch this presentation about immigration options presented by Acacia Immigration Australia.

Stay Smart Online
It’s important to understand the simple ways you can protect your personal and financial information online. You can check out videos on how to avoid online shopping scams and protect your information here.

Melbourne International Student Conference
This conference is hosted by the City of Melbourne and Meld Community and provides an invaluable opportunity for students to develop themselves personally and professionally. Topics include establishing purpose, being a change maker, leading change and making a positive impact on the international student experience. Register to become a volunteer or attend.

Seminar Survival Series
Ever wondered how to do your tax? Need some strategies to de-stress? In these free weekly sessions the MSA Welfare Department will explore a wide range of issues students face and suggest ways to fix them. For more information, visit the MSA website.
When: Every Thursday, 1:00pm  2:00pm
Where: Room H4, Menzies Building, Clayton campus

University Mental Health Day
Australia’s University Mental Health and Wellbeing Day is coming up! This year’s theme is Community. Stay tuned, because Monash will be holding a number of events and activities to raise awareness and help students overcome mental health difficulties.
When: Tuesday May 1

On-campus counselling services
Counselling can help you deal with problems coping with university life, anxiety or depression, loneliness, drug and alcohol abuse and addictions, negative feelings or suicidal thoughts and relationship or family issues. Our counsellors will work with you to help you find the cause of the problem and solutions or ways to cope. You can make an appointment at any of our Caulfield, Clayton, Parkville or Peninsula campuses here.



Sign up to become a Youth Ambassador with the City of Monash
Do you live or study in the City of Monash? Become a Youth Ambassador to work with other young people in the community and help them express their ideas and concerns. Find out more here.

Win Melbourne International Comedy Festival Tickets
Win a double pass (2 tickets) to either Comedy Zone Asia (Tuesday 17 April) or Indian All-Star Comedy Showcase (Friday 20 April) at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. Enter here and find out more about the comedy festival online.

Monash Hackathon
Do you see injustices in this world and want to be a catalyst for change? Do you see ways that university life can be better and want your chance to change it at Monash and the broader community? Join the Monash HackaMon and work with a team to develop ideas and solutions to problems – whether for a new startup or for innovations that solve societal or environmental problems. There is a $10 deposit to get involved but you will be reimbursed on arrival and your food and drink will be included for the hack event. There is also a mixer on Friday 13 April at 4.30pm at Clayton.
When: Saturday 14 April  Sunday 15 April
Where: Monash College, Level 7, 271 Collins Street, CBD

Want to learn something totally new?
Sign up to the monthly Monash Training and Professional Development newsletter for your chance to win a free online course here! We offer heaps of courses, including first aid, coffee making, creating mobile apps and resume writing.



What’s On

Join AFIS for a visit to Wilsons Promontory
Come along on a day trip to the beautiful Wilsons Promontory. For just $40 you will get to see wombats, emus and kangaroos, check out the magnificent Tidal River, hike up Mount Oberon summit for incredible views and walk along the famous Squeaky Beach. There’s even a professional photographer there to take free pictures of you and the friends you make along the way! Buy your tickets here and check out the AFIS website for more information.
When: Saturday April 14, 9:00am  9:00pm

Ride with TeamMONASH at the 2018 MS Melbourne Cycle
Team up with us to see the sights of Melbourne while raising funds to fight multiple sclerosis (MS). The MS Melbourne Cycle is fun, free and suitable for cyclists of all skill levels, from newbies to cycling hotshots. There’s also a free TeamMONASH jersey up for grabs for first time participants. Click here to sign up.
When: Sunday April 15

Team up with Monash for the 2018 Wings for Life World Run
Get fit, support spinal cord research and have fun along the way by joining Monash for the 2018 Wings for Life World Run. Get involved here.
When: Sunday May 6

Multicultural Cricket
Cricket Victoria has launched the International Student Academy Program which aims to use cricket as a vehicle for student wellbeing (physical and mental) and help breakdown the associated barriers to social inclusion. The University/TAFE Cup will be held on Saturday April 28. Players of all experiences are welcome to enter teams into 3 divisions – competitive, social and women’s for your chance to win. For more information, email isa@cricketvictoria.com.au.

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