Continuing students

6. Continuing students

Frequently asked questions

I’m anxious about my studies at UWA due to the impact of coronavirus. Who can I talk to?

We understand this may be a difficult time, and will work with you to ensure that any impact on your studies is minimised (see information above).

If this current situation is causing you some anxiety, please reach out to our Counselling and Psychological Service team. They can provide you with free and confidential emotional support, including via phone or videoconferencing.

Who can I talk to if I’m worried about family or friends?

We understand many of our student community have family and friends affected by COVID-19, and we recognise that you will be worried about them. If you feel anxious. Please reach out to our Counselling and Psychological Service team. They can provide you with free and confidential emotional support, including via phone or videoconferencing.

Are you needing help to connect with UWA specialist support services?

UWA Student Welfare provides support, advise and helps connect students with specialist support services, both on campus and within the community.

Our team can help talk through accommodation, study support, general life events or help connect you with specialist health and wellbeing services welfare officers. If you are worried or simply need someone to talk to Student Welfare can be reached by email at or by phone through Student Wellbeing on +61 8 6488 2427.

Will studying online affect my student visa or breach student visa conditions?

You will not be in breach of your Student Visa conditions if you are studying online. For further details please refer to Current Student Visa Conditions.

I'm an international student holding a student visa, if I get infected by the coronavirus, will my OSHC insurance provider cover any related medical costs?

If you have any questions relating to your Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC), make contact with your OSHC provider to clarify your coverage.

For students who are policy holders of Health Care cover with Medibank, policies typically cover medical services provided in hospital and out of hospital, including PBS prescription medicines and emergency treatment. Limits, exclusions and terms and conditions apply. We recommend students contact Allianz (AGA) to discuss your individual case and read the OSHC cover summary for further details.

  • Student health and support: 1800 887 283 
  • Talk to someone about your cover: 134 148

Please note that waiting periods may apply for treatment for pre-existing conditions.

For more information, read the Medibank FAQs.

How many times can I re-apply and complete form 1545? Can I apply in Australia if my visa does not cover the full length of my studies? Will this form / exemption be available for a limited time?

The student visa fee waiver is a temporary measure and will continue for as long as necessary. More information is available on the Department of Home Affairs website.

What happens when my student visa is about to expire and I cannot travel back home?

If your visa has expired, or is about to expire, refer to Staying in Australia or Visa finder for options to remain in Australia lawfully. Otherwise, please contact the Department of Home Affairs on 131 881 or send your enquiries via email to

Can I retain my Global Excellence Scholarship (GES) if I defer my course start date or take approved leave from my UWA course?

Yes, once you have had your scholarship eligibility re-assessed and approved against the scholarship conditions that apply to your new intake, Admissions will re-issue the offer with updated details. Or, once you have had your academic leave approved by their Course Coordinator, the Scholarship Office will postpone the scholarship.

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