Students at university in Australia enjoy strong and often informal interaction with their lecturers and teachers. Everyone is encouraged to comment and ask questions in class and in lectures, and students address most lecturers by their first names.

Whether you are studying plant genomics, public health policy or international relations, you’ll probably do much of your work as a part of a group. Group projects are designed to prepare you for teamwork in academia or in the workplace.

Plagiarism (copying other people’s work, including published works) is forbidden, easily detected and grounds for exclusion. Learn how to cite your sources - for example, according to the Harvard system or by using footnotes.

Universities, and within them faculties, often use different rules for citation and formatting. Be sure to find out the specific rules for your university and your faculty.

A good place to ask will be at your compulsory Introductory Academic Program. This will provide detailed information on plagiarism, teach you correct referencing and how to use commonly used referencing software such as the Endnote program. If you need extra help to manage your studies, ask your Student Contact Officer to arrange it.

Your obligations

  • You must attend the Australia Awards Scholarships pre-departure briefing run by Aus4Skills, and attend your institution’s compulsory Introductory Academic Program.
  • You must take up the scholarship in the academic year in which it is offered. You can’t hold another Australian Government scholarship at the same time as an Australia Awards Scholarship, and you must undertake only your approved program.
  • With the exception of reunion visits, holidays and fieldwork, you must live in Australia during your studies.
  • You must maintain an appropriate study load, attend all activities that are part of the program (including tutorials and lectures), submit assignments on time and sit all examinations. You must make satisfactory academic progress throughout the course and follow the rules of the institution.
  • You must complete your Award within the period stated in your contract.
  • You must not take on any work obligations if you cannot balance these with the pressures of study deadlines. Paid work during term could compromise your studies.
  • You must leave Australia within 30 days of finishing your scholarship, or by the end date on your visa, whichever comes first.
  • If your scholarship is terminated, you will no longer be eligible to hold the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade sponsored visa. For information on your visa and departure dates from Australia, you should contact the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.
  • You must return home immediately after your scholarship is completed and not permanently re-enter Australia for at least two years. Any time spent in Australia during the two-year return home period will extend your original end date of the two-year period.
  • If you apply for permanent residence or for a long-term visa to remain in Australia within the two-year period after completing your scholarship, you’ll incur a debt for the full cost of your scholarship. This may be as much as $280,000 for a PhD student.
  • Your contract includes conditions about the collection and transmission of personal information between the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and relevant parties, which may include information about you and your dependants. This information will be used for the purposes of administering your scholarship.
  • Ensure that you read the scholarship policy handbook for a full list of your scholarship conditions. Your scholarship may be terminated if you breach your contract.

Your institution’s obligations

  • Provide you with an informal kit at least 14 days before you leave Australia
  • Is obliged to organise temporary accommodation for your arrival, A representative will pick you up at the airport and take you to your accommodation, unless you advise in advance that you don’t need this.
  • Open a bank account so you can receive your establishment allowance and contribution to living expense allowance. An institution representative must help you do this. Please ask for assistance.
  • Provide you with details of your Student Contact Officer and organise the compulsory Introductory Academic Program as well as monitor your academic progress.
  • Arrange and pay for return home travel using the most direct route. The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s obligations
  • Conduct a pre-departure briefing in your home country and help you obtain your visa.
  • Work with institutions to monitor your progress and welfare.
  • Pay your entitlements to your institution, as outlined in your contract. Your institution will expend the fees and allowances in line with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s scholarship policy.

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