Important information – November 2014

Monday, November 10th, 2014

2015 re-enrolment
The last date to re-enrol for 2015 is 28 November. Failure to re-enrol may result in you losing your place in your course, and may have implications on your student visa (Read more).

Visa expiry and OSHC extension
VisalabelMake sure you know when your visa expires. If it is expiring soon make sure you lodge an application for a new visa before the expiry date. You can apply for your student visa online via the Department of Immigration and Border Protection website (DIBP). Also, make sure your overseas student health cover (OSHC) is valid. Contact Monash Connect if you have any questions about student visa renewal and OSHC extension.

Final semester students
Come along to information sessions to assist you with your plans after Monash. You will learn about your graduation, job seeking, financial matters, staying connected with Monash, and more. You will also have a chance to hear about graduate visa program, presented by a staff from the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP). For more information and to register for one of the following sessions, visit the booking system:

Returning Home Seminar
Clayton: Thursday 20 November, 9.30 – 10.30am, Building 8 (Rotunda) R7
Caulfield: Friday 21 November, 11am – 12pm, Building S, Level 2, S2.30

Your next steps if staying in Australia (includes graduate visa program information)
Clayton: Thursday 20 November, 11.30am – 1pm, Building 8 (Rotunda) R7
Caulfield: Friday 21 November, 2 – 3pm, Building S, Level 2, S2.30

Student volunteers needed in Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, and Singapore
helpwantedWe are looking for students to assist at our pre-departure information sessions overseas. 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 volunteers will already be on location as no travel or accommodation expenses are provided. We only have limited places so if you would like to volunteer, register your interest online now.

  • Kuala Lumpur – Sunday 11 January 2015 (afternoon)
  • Singapore – Tuesday 13 January 2015 (evening)
  • Jakarta – Thursday 15 January and/or Saturday 17 January 2015 (afternoon)

International Student Survey: Where do you get information from?
You are invited to complete a survey that will help contribute to the better provision of information to all international students in Australia. This should take about 10 minutes of your time. At the end of this survey, you will go into a lucky draw to win 1 of 5 iPads.

Peninsula – November 2014

Monday, November 10th, 2014

A message from Student Rights and Support
At the end of the year your faculty will review your results. If you have failed certain units or a core unit twice, your faculty may send you a letter called “Notice of Referral and Hearing”. YOU MUST RESPOND TO THIS LETTER by the deadline. Failure to respond will result in automatic exclusion from Monash. If you reply, there is a good chance that you will be able to continue your course in 2015. Make sure you check your student email regularly during December and January. For information, support and advice, contact MONSU Student Rights and Support.

At the end of a tenancy
If you are at the end of a tenancy, here are five things to consider:

  • Pay any outstanding rent and utility bills
  • If you paid a bond, complete the ‘Bond Claim’ form and return it to the Residential Tenancies Bond Authority (the form must be signed by your landlord or agent)
  • Leave a forwarding address with your landlord, agent or Australia Post
  • Clean the property and take photos after you move your belongings and furniture out to show the condition of the property (remember to keep the ‘Condition Report’ in case of a dispute)
  • Call Monash Residential Services on 9903 2721 or visit their website for advice if you are unsure

Free Employability Workshops by AFIS
AFISlogoStudy Melbourne and the Australian Federation of International Students (AFIS) is offering a new series of workshops to help international students develop their skills when trying to get a job. AFIS free workshops are a great opportunity to develop your verbal skills and connect with the local community at the same time.

When: 7pm on 17, 24 November, and 1, 8 December (come to one or all)
Where: Library at the Dock, 107 Victoria Harbour Promenade, Docklands
Enquiries: Email or visit the AFIS Facebook page

Melbourne Music Week
Melbourne Music Week (MMW) will take place from Friday 14 to Sunday 23 November with a range of free and affordable events. MMW aims to highlight the city’s robust, world-renowned music scene. Most of MMW events will be held at the Queen Victoria Market, offering various activities throughout the 10-day event.

University end-of-year closedown period
Please note that the University will close at 5pm on Wednesday 24 December 2014 for the Christmas/New Year period. The University will reopen at 9am on Monday 5 January 2015. 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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