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Question:
How can I fit everything in?

Answer:
Students often indulge in the freedom and independence that studying in a foreign country provides. It is certainly a different experience moving away from family and living independently.

With the excitement and adventures the new environment of Adelaide offers, some students find it difficult to focus on study. There are so many new people to meet and make friends with! But spending too much time with new friends may lead to not dedicating enough time to your studies.

The ISC has developed a great workshop on time management. They also have a workbook and Advisors who can help you to balance study and fun.

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Question:
I want to go home early—can I arrange to sit my exam early?

Answer:
NO—you are expected to be at the University until the end of the examination period; please note that this includes the Supplementary Exam period. If you have exceptional circumstances requiring alternative arrangements, consult your lecturer or an International Student Advisor.

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Question: What do I call my lecturer? Answer: Some lecturers prefer to be called by their first name. For example, ‘Professor John Smith’ may ask you to call him ‘John’. However, this is not always true. As a guide, pay attention to how the lecturers introduce themselves in the first lecture or when you first […]

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Question: Can I argue with my lecturer/tutor? Answer: You can disagree with your lecturer in an intellectual sense: you have the right to argue your point and produce supporting evidence. Healthy and vigorous debate between students is also a normal part of university study. The lecturers are specialists in their field, but they are not […]

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Question: Can I get extensions on assignments? Answer: If you have a valid reason for missing the due date, you may be eligible for an extension. As soon as you become aware that you may not be able to complete the assignment on time, contact your tutor or lecturer. It is expected that you do […]

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Question: What are the conditions of my spouse’s work rights? Answer: Dependants of overseas undergraduate students are permitted to work for 40 hours per fortnight (two weeks). Dependants of all Masters and Doctorate students have unlimited work rights once the student has commenced their Masters or Doctorate course and after a work permission has been […]

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Question: I need to take leave—what should I do? Answer: Please come and talk with staff at the ISC. We can provide you with forms to complete to have your leave application considered and let you know the possible implications the leave will have for your student visa.

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Question: What happens if I fail a course? Answer: You will need to repeat the course if it is a core requirement of your degree. If it is an elective course you may choose to repeat the course or elect to study another course. You should always consult with a Student Advisor in your Faculty […]

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Question: How will I know if I am at risk of not meeting satisfactory course requirements? Answer: For coursework students the University will write to you letting you know that you have been identified as a student at risk. Students at risk have usually failed at least 50% of the courses attempted in a semester […]

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Question: Can I extend my studies beyond my original Confirmation of Enrolment period? Answer: The University can only provide a new Confirmation of Enrolment to enable you to apply for a further student visa in a limited number of circumstances. These are: Compelling or compassionate circumstances (e.g. illness supported by a medical certificate, or where […]

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