COVID-19: The latest advice for students studying in Australia and New Zealand
There is growing concern around the impact of COVID-19 in Australia and New Zealand. StudyCo would like to assure you that we will keep you informed of any cases that impact the students.
All of our information are firmly in line with government recommendations. This enables us to provide an appropriate response to COVID-19 which is tailored to local circumstances. Our actions continue to be guided by medical advice from government and public health authorities, as well as taking into account the decisions about teaching made by the universities and colleges in which our colleges are based, and of course the well-being of our students.
Latest government health and travel advice
From 9pm AEDT Friday 20 March 2020, only Australian citizens, residents and immediate family members can travel to Australia.
In addition, with effect from Monday 16 March 2020, the Australian government has announced that anyone arriving in Australia from any international destination is required to self-isolate for 14 days, regardless of where they have come from or whether they are showing/have any symptoms.
The official updates from the Australian Government Department of Health provide the very latest information, including health and travel advice (both for those coming into the country and those travelling abroad) and information on current travel restrictions. As this is an evolving situation and advice is being regularly updated, we encourage you to head to the following sites for the most up-to-date advice:
From 11.59PM NZDT Thursday 19 March 2020, only New Zealand residents and citizens (and their children and partners) are permitted to enter New Zealand.
In addition, New Zealand has announced increased self-isolation requirements. Everyone in New Zealand should be self-isolating as of now and it will be mandatory from Wednesday 25 March onwards.
University campuses in New Zealand will be closed on Wednesday 25 March until further notice. Students will continue their studies in ‘virtual classrooms’ delivered online.
The official updates from the New Zealand Ministry of Health provides the very latest information, including health and travel advice (both for those coming into the country and those travelling abroad) and information on current travel restrictions. Head to the following sites for the most up-to-date advice:
- Health and travel advice: New Zealand Ministry of Health
- COVID-19 general advice: New Zealand Government
Given the rapidly changing situation, universities are working on the best options for students to continue their studies and have the best experience possible. As such, many students will be able to continue their studies in a ‘virtual classroom’ delivered online.
This means students will not be required to physically attend on campus, but will instead be able join online classes via a PC, Laptop or smart device connected to the internet. Students are requested to please not come to campus during this time.
Further to this, students may still be required to undertake assessments on campus. Universities will provide specific information about assessments as necessary. We encourage students to regularly check their emails.
Guidance for students
All university staff and students have been instructed on what to do if they feel unwell, and our welfare teams are trained to support students who have health concerns.
University staff are in regular contact with students to provide more specific advice based on their individual circumstances and ensure that they have all the support they need.
All of the university actions are guided by medical advice from the government and public health authorities, as well as the teaching decisions made by our university and college partners.
StudyCo is advising all current students not to travel at this time if possible.
You can contact the StudyCo office that you applied with and they will provide information shortly about course deferrals, suspensions and withdrawals.
Below you’ll find World Health Organisation info-graphics on COVID-19. Please read these over to make sure you recognise the symptoms and take necessary precautions. We also encourage you to review the following pages regularly to ensure you are factually informed and updated:
- Australia Coronavirus FAQs for Study Groups response to COVID-19;
- World Health Organisation Coronavirus page for information on the virus
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