Welcome back!

6 October 2022

We have returned to face-to-face classes, social activities and student support services in 2022, and offer both face-to-face and Live Online classes throughout 2022. 

Please check Canvas for details of your Live Online classes and your email for updates. If you need support during this time, speak to your Study Success Adviser or visit the website for more information.

Returning to Campus - FAQs

We're reactivating our campus, in line with updated government health advice. See our range of FAQs below about travelling to Australia and returning to campus in 2022. 
 

We're offering on-campus classes in 2022, but will continue to offer Live Online classes for some subjects across our programs. 

International students currently living outside of Australia can start or continue learning Live Online at home during Semester 3, 2022 and transition to on-campus learning to start in Semester 1, 2023*.

Learning.Connected enables all our students to enjoy the benefits of our interactive and supported way of learning, whether in Australia or overseas.
 
*Please contact the Student Centre if you need more information and to find out about on-campus classes.

We follow strict COVID-19 cleaning protocols and NSW Health recommendations for infection control and prevention. 

We provide hand sanitiser stations on all floors of our buildings, and we ask that you maintain physical distancing in common areas of the building.   

In addition, we have made several improvements to the building air conditioning to improve ventilation and reduce risk of airborne transmission such as: 

  • cleaning of the air conditioning units with microbial cleaning agents/chemicals focusing on coil and surface treatments has been completed. 

  • installing F5 grade filters installed and comply with Australian Standards; all supplementary air-conditioning air handing units that can accommodate higher grade filters (F7/Merv 13), have now been upgraded following the NSW government’s advice on ventilation

  • classrooms will receive specialised pandemic cleaning of high-risk and high touch point areas throughout the day

The use of face masks is recommended in classrooms and laboratories. A face mask may be removed if you are in a common area of the campus. Surgical masks can be requested from Security (GF 645, 609HS, 187TS) or Facilities (L6 187TS).

Please continue to check the latest advice from the NSW Government.  

UTS College is following NSW government guidelines and if you are a close contact (including household contact) of a person who is COVID-19 positive, you can still attend classes and study on campus if you have a daily negative rapid antigen test (RAT), have no symptoms, and wear a face mask. 

We continue to encourage you to wear a mask whenever it is not possible to physically distance from other students, teachers and staff. If you have any COVID-19 symptoms, please stay home and get tested. 

In line with the NSW Government Public Health Orders, we no longer require you to show proof of vaccination or exemption. We continue, however, to encourage everyone to get fully vaccinated, maintain physical distancing, and to stay at home if unwell. 

The use of face masks is recommended in classrooms and laboratories. A face mask may be removed if you are outside of a classroom or in a common area of the campus. Surgical masks can be requested from Security (GF 645, 609HS, 187TS) or Facilities (L6 187TS).

International students no longer need to receive a negative COVID-19 PCR test or (Rapid Antigen Test) prior to travel to Australia.

International students do not need to be fully vaccinated prior to travel to Australia. You are however, responsible for meeting any testing requirements of the airline or countries through which you transit.

UTS College is following NSW government guidelines and if you are a close contact (including household contact) of a person who is COVID-19 positive, you can still attend classes and study on campus if you have a daily negative rapid antigen test (RAT) and wear a face mask. 

We continue to encourage you to wear a mask whenever it is not possible to physically distance from other students, teachers and staff. 

If you feel unwell in any way, you should stay at home, self-isolate, and get a COVID-19 test if you are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms – even if they are minor.

From July 6 2022, the way you ​travel to and from Australia has changed. All travellers should be aware that:

  • People entering Australia do not need to provide evidence of vaccination status
  • People entering Australia do not need to complete the Digital Passenger Declaration or Maritime Travel Declaration
  • People leaving Australia will not be asked to provide evidence of their vaccination status
  • Unvaccinated visa holders do not​ need a travel exemption to travel to Australia.

It is important to remember that airlines, vessel operators and other countries may have specific requirements that travellers need to comply with.​ For more information, see the Department of Home Affairs website. 

In line with NSW Health rules, students do not need to be fully vaccinated to study on campus. However, we strongly recommend that you have received at least two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine. We will continue to follow all NSW Health public health orders and will notify you if or when this situation changes.

Please follow the NSW Government's advice on Covid-19 testing and self-isolation if you begin to show any signs or symptoms of COVID-19. Should you test positive, please follow the advice of NSW Health and continue to isolate and practice good hygiene. See the COVID-19 FAQs below for more information. 

There are several things you can do to maintain your health and safety while on campus. These include:

  • wear a mask in the classroom
  • maintain physical distancing of 1.5m where possible 
  • maintain good hand hygiene 
  • vaccination is highly recommended 
  • please stay home if you are feeling unwell or experience any COVID-19 symptoms.

The constant changes to what we can and can't do can be hard to keep up with. So, before you come to campus, check the NSW Government rules to make sure you’re informed, and you don’t put yourself or others at risk. Remember, the rules may change depending on where you're living, so take the time to double-check before you head in and always follow the advice.

Yes, we'll be offering student events and activities safely on campus for students to enjoy campus life. Check your Welcome Week schedule on CANVAS for upcoming on campus activities.

From Semester 3, 2022 classes previously held in the Blue Building (Business, Science, Engineering, IT) will be held at our new campus in UTS Building 5 (CB05). UTS College has exclusive use of Block C, Levels 1 and 2, and Block B, Levels 4 and 5.
 
If you're coming to campus to use the facilities or visit the Student Centre, HELPS or ITDS Service Desk, it’s important to follow the above basic guidelines to keep yourselves and people around you safe.

The campus is open for face-to-face classes.

You can commence your program Live Online. We advise you to contact the Student Centre to discuss your circumstances and the availability of on-campus classes.

Our Student Support webpage provides you with the information for all of our support services, including academic, wellbeing, IT support and more.
No, you  no longer need to check in to campus using a QR code.
No. People in NSW do not need to wear a face mask on public transport or in waiting areas such as a bus stop, train station, ferry terminal, and cruise terminal. Find out more here
Students and teachers, when outside the classroom, are no longer be required to wear a mask on campus.

We encourage masks to be worn whenever it is not possible to physically distance from other students, teachers and staff.

Travelling to Australia - FAQs

We’re delighted to welcome students from all over the world to our campus. Fully vaccinated international students can travel to Australia without needing to apply for a travel exemption.

The NSW Government does not require international students to quarantine on arrival if they are fully vaccinated with a TGA-recognised vaccine and have received a negative Covid-19 PCR test or negative rapid antigen test.

Please visit the Study NSW or Department of Home Affairs websites for further details on what you need to plan your journey.

International borders are to Australia are now open. Information on travelling to Australia can be found on the Department of Home Affairs website. 

You will need your student visa, a valid passport and any other travel documents as advised by the Australian Government.

You can prepare for your travel with the Pre-departure and Arrival checklist on the Study NSW website or the Australian government website

You do not need to undertake a COVID-19 test prior to travelling. However, you're responsible for checking the testing and proof of vaccination requirements for the airlines or vessel operator you travel with, and all countries you travel to and transit through. More information on travelling to Australia can be found on the Department of Home Affairs website

Yes. All international students can return to study in Australia without requiring a travel exemption.

To attend the UTS College campus, we encourage you to accept your offer as soon as possible in order to begin making travel arrangements.

After accepting your offer, you will receive a Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE), which you will need to apply for your student visa.

See our website for more detailed information on getting ready to travel to Sydney and starting at UTS College.

  1. Once you have accepted your offer and paid your fees, you’ll be issued a Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE) and Confirmation of Appropriate Accommodation and Welfare (CAAW) (if you’re under 18). This confirms the course/s that you’ve been admitted into.
  2. Once you’ve received your CoE and CAAW you’ll be able to apply for a student visa. Your education agent will assist you with your visa application.  

For more information visit the Department of Home Affairs website. See our website for more information on applying to UTS College and accepting your offer.

We recommend that you book flights when you:

  • have your CoE from UTS College
  • have received an Australian student visa
  • are prepared to meet the requirements for travel to Australia.

See our website for more detailed information on getting ready to travel to Sydney and starting at UTS College.

No. We will issue you with a Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE) when you have accepted your offer and paid your fees. This confirms the course/s that you’ve been admitted into.

Once you’ve received your CoE (and CAAW if applicable) you’ll be able to apply for a student visa. Your education agent will assist you with your visa application.  

No, you will not need to quarantine on arrival.

For more information on what you need to do before you travel, read What I need to do before I travel on the Department of Home Affairs website.

All students who are eligible to study in Australia, that is, have a valid student visa, a valid passport and any other travel documents as advised by the Australian Government, can study on campus. If you have arrived in Australia prior to the semester starting, you must enrol to study on campus as part of your visa requirements. 

If you are unable to attain the above items, you may continue or start to study Live Online in 2022 and transition to campus for the next available semester. Please discuss your options with the Student Centre.

A range of financial government support is available for eligible students. Please refer to the Payments and Services During Coronavirus page on the Services Australia website to view eligibility criteria and find out what assistance is currently available.

We strongly recommend that all students continue to check both the Study Australia and Department of Home Affairs websites for the latest information before booking flights and finalising travel arrangements. 

UTS College and UTS offers a wide range of accommodation options for students. Learn more for details arranging accommodation in Sydney and your many accommodation options.

Scape observes NSW Health COVID-19 guidelines and maintains touch-point cleaning. Rooms at Scape are set aside for isolation, if needed. All staff at Scape are double vaccinated and all students/residents are also required to be double vaccinated.

Homestays has a Covid policy available on their website for hosts and recommend that all hosts are vaccinated. Hosts can upload vaccination certificates to the Homestay website so that vaccination status can be reviewed during the placement process. 

Yes. Your homestay accommodation can include an airport welcome. Alternatively, you can request UTS College to arrange your transport from the airport at a cost A$160. You can also find out more about transport in Sydney on our website.

Homestays has a Covid policy available on their website for hosts and recommend that all hosts are vaccinated. Hosts can upload vaccination certificates to the Homestay website so that vaccination status can be reviewed during the placement process. 

See our website for information about Homestays and other accommodation options for students. You can also email accommodation@utscollege.edu.au to find out more.

See our Living in Sydney page for more information about preparing to travel, live, study and work, in Sydney.

Covid-19 updates - FAQs

Please follow the NSW Government's advice on COVID-19 testing and self-isolation if you begin to show any signs or symptoms of COVID-19. Should you test positive, please follow the advice of NSW Health and continue to isolate and practice good hygeine. See below for more information what to do if you test positive. 

We continue to encourage physical distancing on campus. Please keep a distance of 1.5 metres from staff and students where possible, wear a mask, and make good use of the hands-free sanitising stations all around the campus. 

For full details on student support, services, guides and resources please refer to our current student support page. We are following official advice from the Australian Government and the NSW Department of Health in relation to health and safety on campus.

What are coronaviruses?

Where have active cases of coronavirus been diagnosed? 

You can find the latest information on confirmed cases, symptoms and prevention, on the NSW Health website.  

If I need to self-isolate, what guidelines should I follow?

From 14 October 2022, it will no longer be mandatory to self-isolate at home if you test positive to COVID-19.

Until 14 October, you must continue to self-isolate if you test positive for COVID-19. Household and close contacts must follow the guidelines.

Visit the NSW Health or NSW Government guidelines on management of COVID-19 and self-isolation.

From 9 September 2022, masks are no longer required on flights travelling to Australia.​

From July 6 2022, the way you ​travel to and from Australia has changed. All travellers should be aware that:

  • People entering Australia do not need to provide evidence of vaccination status
  • People entering Australia do not need to complete the Digital Passenger Declaration or Maritime Travel Declaration
  • People leaving Australia will not be asked to provide evidence of their vaccination status
  • Unvaccinated visa holders do not​ need a travel exemption to travel to Australia.

It is important to remember that airlines, vessel operators and other countries may have specific requirements that travellers need to comply with.​ For more information, see the Department of Home Affairs website. 

Where can I find more information? 

We will monitor and update this page as required. Please see the above FAQs on travelling to Australia and studying in Sydney. If you have any questions or concerns, you can also visit: 

Medibank’s 24/7 Student Health and Support Line can help provide students with guidance on what action to take. Students with Medibank Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) can call and speak with a nurse about any health issue by calling 1800 887 283, and they can arrange an interpreter if required.

While there are currently no specific treatments for COVID-19, in the unlikely case a student has tested positive, Medibank OSHC can still help them get the medical support they need in Australia with qualified health professionals.

For a full list of Covid-19 testing locations and clinics, see the NSW Government website or the NSW Health website

  • If you are a close contact (including household contact) of a person who is COVID-19 positive, you can still attend classes and study on campus if you have a daily negative rapid antigen test (RAT), have no symptoms, and wear a face mask.
  • We continue to encourage you to wear a mask whenever it is not possible to physically distance from other students, teachers and staff. If you have any COVID-19 symptoms, please stay home and get tested.
  • If you develop COVID-19 symptoms, please get tested. If you test positive, please refer to the below question and answer.
If you have any questions, our friendly team in the Student Centre is here to help. You can reach them on the details below:

From 14 October 2022, it will no longer be mandatory to self-isolate at home if you test positive to COVID-19.

Until 14 October, you must continue to self-isolate if you test positive for COVID-19. Household and close contacts must follow the guidelines.

If you are on campus when you find out you have tested positive for COVID-19, you must return home directly and follow the guidance and advice provided by NSW Government. Then, please follow these steps:

  • return directly home and advise your teacher. Your teacher will advise your Academic or Subject Coordinator. 
  • if you took a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT), report the positive result to NSW Health and provide a copy of the confirmation message from NSW Health via email to your teacher. This may be done instead of providing a medical certificate. You will be given special consideration for the time you are away. Note: Special consideration application is not required at this step, neither is the Study Success Adviser required to be informed.
  • identify close contacts, that is, anyone ‘you have spent more than 4 hours or more in a household or household like setting’ and advise them to follow NSW Health guidelines.   
  • during the isolation period, if you feel well enough to study, you can attend an online class. Notify your Coordinator of your intention to join online classes. You may need to contact your Coordinator for information about timetables of online classes. If you are not well enough to study, your teacher will help you catch up when you return.  
  • after your isolation period, contact your teacher to confirm your return to campus. Your teacher will inform the Coordinator.
  • if you are unwell for longer than the required isolation period, please follow the normal special consideration process by first contacting your Study Success Adviser. You will need to provide evidence from a professional body regarding the assessed impact on your study.

We have a policy in place to ensure the safety of students and staff. This includes: 

  • cleaning and disinfecting of all areas used by the person who tested positive  

  • notifying NSW Health to assist with the contact tracing

  • we will use the NSW Guidelines to determine who needs to be informed of the positive case to request they monitor for symptoms and, if necessary, complete a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT)

  • while waiting for results, you may learn from home if you are well enough and until a negative result is received. If​ you are a close contact, you may still attend campus. You must wear a mask indoors and show daily proof of a negative RAT test. 

If you are unwell, we recommend you rest and recover. You will need to provide a medical certificate or positive PCR test or RAT (Rapid Antigen Test). You may return to campus if you have no symptoms after seven days. 

You no longer need to isolate due to being a close contact, however you will need to wear a mask indoors and show daily proof of a negative RAT test. Classes will also be offered Live Online so you can continue learning from home. 

From 14 October 2022, it will no longer be mandatory to self-isolate at home if you test positive to COVID-19.

Until 14 October, you must continue to self-isolate if you test positive for COVID-19. Household and close contacts must follow the guidelines.

Masks are encouraged to be worn whenever it is not possible to physically distance from other students, teachers and staff. Please note, masks are not mandatory on public transport or in airports. 

If you are self-isolating due to COVID-19, you may apply for Special Consideration, if you are unwell and not able to attempt your assessment. 

A Special Consideration form will need to be submitted to your Study Success Adviser. A positive PCR test result will be needed to support your application. 

Details about Special Consideration.

For Live Online classes – the College will find a replacement teacher for your class. In the rare event that a replacement teacher is not available, you will be advised as early as possible.

For on-campus classes – If you are attending on-campus classes and your teacher tests positive or needs to isolate, your class will move to Live Online. If your teacher is unwell, the College will find a replacement teacher.

If your teacher is isolating, but well, then class will be conducted Live Online until the isolation period is over, in line with NSW Health Guidelines, and all are safe to return to campus.