Monash College's response to COVID-19 (coronavirus)

This page will be regularly updated with the latest information and the College’s response to COVID-19 (coronavirus).

Page updated 6 April 2020

The College is taking a proactive approach to managing the impacts of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak.

Staff and student wellbeing is the primary factor in all our decision making about COVID-19, and our focus remains the safety of the College community (see below for student support). We are taking the needs of each community group and division into account, and we are also working closely with the University in developing our ongoing response.

This is a difficult time for our many international students. Our international community is highly valued and we are doing everything we can to support our students who are away from home in challenging circumstances.

Monash College will continue to carefully monitor this situation and will act with speed to protect the health and wellbeing of our students and staff. Updates will be provided as soon as they are available.

Current situation

  • The College has stopped delivering face-to-face classes from close of business (5:00pm) Wednesday 18 March to Sunday 19 April.
  • The College's Virtual Classroom environment began on Monday 30 March for all students. This is a temporary measure to help protect our students and to contribute to the worldwide response to the COVID-19 crisis.
  • From Tuesday 31 March, physical campuses and offices will be temporarily closed to staff and students.

Student Support

We want to reassure you that we are here for you, that you are not alone, and that we are all in this together.

Student Safety

For information, advice and support about safety and Police matters book appointments via email: student.safety@monashcollege.edu.au or by phone: 0438524187. All appointments can be via phone, Zoom or FaceTime. Please be mindful of coronavirus scams.

Drop-in sessions

U18 Guardians

U18 students are to continue to contact their guardians via phone calls, texts or emails. Fortnightly face-to-face welfare catch-ups with Guardians are still compulsory via video calls. Students can also write to guardians@monashcollege.edu.au for any enquiries.

Homestay

Monash Homestay will continue to support all Monash College Students with homestay accommodation requests and queries regarding placements. Students can email has@monashcollege.edu.au or call 99020318. For homestay applications please refer to our website.

Student Engagement

Please continue to email us at engagement@monashcollege.edu.au
We will continue to offer drop-in sessions via the options below:

  • Video - Zoom, Google Hangout, FaceTime

Food and Support Services

Fitness and Wellbeing

Virtual Activities

Careers Appointments

Careers, course and pathways advice continues for all students. Phone and video meetings are offered to all Foundation Year, MUELC & Diplomas students. Please email careers@monashcollege.edu.au to book in a phone or video meeting.

Careers, Pathways and Transition Support

Counselling Services

Counselling is available via phone or video. If you are feeling stressed, anxious or experiencing any personal or psychological problems, please make an appointment via the Counselling Portal.

Counselling Hours: Monday-Friday 9:30 am to 4:30 pm
After-hours telephone counselling: 1300 788 336
Looking after your mental health during this period is important, additional support is available through Beyond Blue

Counselling Support

Prepare for your virtual classroom

Due to COVID-19, some of your learning content is shifting to a virtual classroom environment using Zoom video conferencing. Your teachers will contact you with information regarding scheduling of these sessions. Please prepare by reading the Essential Skills Guide for Students.

Essential Skills Guide for Students

Library and Learning Centre

The Library and Learning centre will continue to operate to support students. For more information click the button.

Library and Learning Centre Support

Sonder

All international students enrolled in Monash College* are eligible for free Sonder membership.

*Study Group students, please confirm with your travel insurance providers.

Sonder Isolation Support

Home Doctor Services

Telephone: 13 SICK or 13 7425

Australia’s largest network of home visiting doctors. In home, out of hours and covered by Allianz Essentials OSHC.
The booking lines are open from 6pm weekdays, 12 noon Saturday, all day Sunday and public holidays.

Monash Sport

Monash Sport is excited to launch Active Bodies Online - A FREE initiative providing our entire community with accessible workouts to keep you moving during this time.
Commencing Wednesday 25 March, Monash Sport will produce outdoor and online classes, health and well-being tips plus exercises to complete each day. Click here to find out more.

Travel Restrictions

  • ​On 24 March 2020, the Australian Government announced it will implement a 'do not travel' ban on Australians travelling overseas under the Biosecurity Act 2015.
  • Exemptions, which will be managed by the Australian Border Force, will apply to a range of categories for travellers, including for those citizens ordinarily resident overseas where travel:
    • Is essential or necessary
    • Is in the nation's national interest
    • And on compassionate and humanitarian grounds
  • This prohibition is aligned with the Government's decision to impose a worldwide Level 4 travel ban. Smartraveller advises all Australians “do not travel overseas at this time” (level 4), regardless of their destination, age or health.
  • International travel restrictions are imposed on all people arriving in Australia. From 16 March, all international arrivals to Australia are required to self-isolate at home for 14 days.
  • The Federal Government has also announced the closure of Australia’s borders. All non-citizens and non-residents will be banned from arriving in Australia from 9pm on Friday 20 March.​​
  • All Australian citizens, residents and direct family members will still be able to enter the country from overseas, but will have to self-isolate for 14 days.

Deferral and Late Enrolment

Diplomas (Arts, Business, Engineering, Information Technology, Science and most streams of Art & Design)

Classes began on Monday 24 February.

The last date of enrolment was Monday 9 March. Unfortunately, if you are unable to enter Australia due to travel restrictions, you will not be able to start your course in Trimester 1 and you will need to defer your studies to Trimester 2.

Trimester 2, 2020

Orientation:   15 - 19 June 2020

Classes start: 22 June 2020

For full details of enrolment dates, please see Diploma Dates and Fees.

Diplomas - Architectural Design and Fine Art

Classes began on Monday 24 February.

The last date of enrolment was Monday 9 March. Unfortunately, if you are unable to enter Australia due to travel restrictions, you will not be able to start your course in Trimester 1.  As there is only one entry point per year into both Architectural Design and Fine Art at Monash University, you will need to defer your Diploma studies to Trimester 1 2021.

For full details of enrolment dates, please see Diploma Dates and Fees.

English (include ME, MEB Dip, MEB Uni)

Term 3

Term 3 Orientation took place on Thursday 12 March and classes began on Monday 16 March.

Term 3 (started on Monday 16 March)

All MUELC courses (MEB Uni, MEB Dip and Monash English)

Late enrolment was accepted until Friday 27 March.

Term 4 (Registration on Thursday 23 April Thursday. Classes start on Monday 27 April)

MEB Uni 20 wks, MEB Dip 15 wks and Monash English only 

Late enrolment is accepted until Friday 8 May.

MEB Uni 10 wks and MEB Dip 10 wks - originally planned to start in Term 3 (Monday 16 March) only

Late enrolment is accepted until Friday 24 April.

For enrolment, students must be in Australia and you can enrol by contacting Student Administration team (student.admin@monashcollege.edu.au).

If you cannot enrol by the date indicated above, you may wish to consider deferring your studies. Please contact scenquiries@monash.edu to discuss your deferment.

For full details of enrolment dates, please see English Dates and Fees.

Foundation Year

Intensive

The last date of enrolment was Friday 13 March. Unfortunately, if you are unable to enter Australia due to travel restrictions, you will not be able to start your course. Please defer your studies until the next intake in August 2020.

For full details of enrolment dates, please see Foundation Year Dates and Fees.

Extended

The last date of enrolment was Friday 6 March. Unfortunately, if you are unable to enter Australia due to travel restrictions, you will not be able to start your course. Please defer your studies until the next intake in August 2020.

For full details of enrolment dates, please see Foundation Year Dates and Fees.

Deferral and Late Enrolment contact details

For new students who need to defer your studies, please contact:

For new students who need to apply for Late Enrolment, please contact:

  • Student Recruitment & Admissions Office

    Email latereg@monash.edu

    Phone +61 3 9903 4788 (option 2)

For continuing students who need take intermission, please contact:

Compensation

The College will not be providing compensation to students who have undertaken travel to attend classes.

We have written to students individually about the impacts of the Australian Government’s travel ban and have provided them with the same information that is on our website.

Any students who are unable to attend class by the relevant late enrolment date have been asked to defer their studies to the next intake.

More information

Monash University coronavirus page

Novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV)

Smartraveller