Under 18 International Student Supervision Program

About the program

The Under 18 International Student Supervision Program is available to international students at the University of Melbourne who:

  • are under 18 years of age when they enter Australia and commence their course at the University; and
  • are not living with a parent, legal custodian or relative approved by DIBP while under 18 in Australia; and
  • require a Confirmation of Accommodation and Welfare Letter (CAAW) in order to meet the Department of Immigration and Border Protection’s Student Visa requirements.

Housing options and how to apply


The University’s role

Transition to university can be exciting, however if you are moving to a new country or a new university for the first time, this experience can have unique challenges.

When you enrol in the Under 18 International Student Supervision Program the University provides support in the following ways:

  • An Induction Session during Orientation will help you settle into university and meet some of the staff who will support you.
  • Fun group sessions during semester to help you make new friends, learn more about how to be successful at university and ask questions in a supportive environment.
  • Individual appointments with a Student Development Adviser : In these you can explore how to make the most of your time in Melbourne.
  • The opportunity to speak with Program staff anytime on a range of topics related to your life at university, including:
    • living in a new country
    • making friends
    • accommodation concerns
    • welfare concerns
    • improving your English
    • developing employability skills

Semester 1, 2017 calendar of events

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    ACTIVITY DATE / TIME LOCATIONDETAILS
    WEEK -1: Monday 13 February - Friday 17 February
    Induction Session Friday 17th Alan Gilbert
    Level 1
    Room 123/124
    3 hour induction including: Wheel-within-a-wheel getting to know you activities; overview of program, breakout groups by Academic Divisions, networking lunch (each table to include an academic or experienced student with facilitated conversation topics).
    WEEK O: Monday 20 February - Friday 24 February
    Induction Session Friday 24th Alan Gilbert
    Level 1
    Lecture Theatre 2
    Similar to above.
    For non-attendees of 17/2.
    Student Email (for attendees of 17/2) - Students’ responsibility is to check-in (via email, phone call or in a zoom meeting).
    WEEK 1: Monday 27 February - Friday 3 March
    Student Check-in Tuesday 28th
    12 - 2pm
    Level 1
    Frank Tate
    Students’ responsibility to attend face to face check-in.
    Thursday 2nd
    12 - 2pm 
    WEEK 2: Monday 6 March - Friday 10 March
    Habits of successful students* Thursday 9 MSD B120
    Singapore Theatre
    Short presentations on research to do with successful students, student stories from a successful student and some Q&A.
    At the end student devises a mini-action plan.
    WEEK 3: Monday 13 March - Friday 17 March
    Student Check-in Wednesday 15th
    12 - 2pm
    Stop 1
    Ground Floor Gallery
    Students’ responsibility to attend face to face check-in.
    Friday 17th
    12 - 2pm
    Chit chat: strategies for engaging in small talk* Friday 17th
    1 - 2pm
    Stop 1
    Level 1
    Rooms 109 - 111
    Facilitated activities will give students a chance to practice what to say when they are face to face with someone new and want to get the conversation started.
    WEEK 4: Monday 20 March - Friday 24 March
    Positive psychology and Making social connections* Wednesday 22nd
    1-2pm
    Stop 1
    Level 1
    Rooms 109 - 110
    Facilitated speed-meeting positive psychology interactions.
    WEEK 5: Monday 27 March - Friday 31 March
    Student Connect appointments   Stop 1
    Level 1
    Rooms 110 - 111
    Students book Student Connect appointments.
    WEEK 6: Monday 3 April - Friday 7 April
    Clubs and connections* Wednesday 5th
    12 - 1pm
    Stop 1
    Level 1
    Rooms 109 - 110
    Provides another opportunity for students to be connected to clubs and societies, co- and/or extra-curricular activities at UoM.
    Friday 7th
    12 - 1pm
    WEEK 7: Monday 10 April - Friday 14 April
    Student Check-in Wednesday 12th
    12 - 2pm
    Stop 1
    Ground Floor Gallery
    Students’ responsibility to attend face to face check-in.
    NON-INSTRUCTIONAL WEEK: Monday 17 April - Friday 21 April
    Student Email - Students’ responsibility is to check-in (via email, phone call or in a zoom meeting).
    WEEK 8: Monday 24 April - Friday 28 April
    Wellbeing* Friday 28th
    12 - 1pm
    Stop 1
    Level 1
    Rooms 109 - 110
    Interactive presentations on stress, mindfulness, and happiness boosters.
    WEEK 9: Monday 1 May - Friday 5 May
    Student Check-in Wednesday 2nd
    12 - 2pm
    Stop 1
    Ground Floor Gallery
    Students’ responsibility to attend face to face check-in.
    Friday 4th
    12 - 2pm
    WEEK 10: Monday 8 May - Friday 12 May
    Preparing for exams* Tuesday 9th
    12 - 1pm
    Stop 1
    Level 1
    Rooms 110 - 111
    Get tips on preparing for exams and start making plans.
    Make study groups with other students.
    Friday 12th
    12 - 1pm
    WEEK 11: Monday 15 May - Friday 19 May
    Walk and chat* Monday 15th
    1 - 2pm
    Stop 1
    Level 1
    Room 109
    Check-in: meet in room 109 then chat and connect to other students whilst walking around campus.
    Thursday 18th
    11am - 12pm
    WEEK 12: Monday 22 May - Friday 26 May
    Student Check-in Wednesday 22nd
    12 - 2pm
    Stop 1
    Ground Floor Gallery
    Face to face check in during allocated drop-in hours / or a Student Connect appointment (student can choose).
    (or) Student Connect appointment Friday 26th
    12 - 2pm
    Stop 1
    Level 1
    How is the student’s exam planning going? What’s working/can the student do more of?
    SWOTVAC: Monday 29 May - Friday 2 June
    Student Email - Students’ responsibility is to check-in (via email, phone call or in a zoom meeting).
    EXAM WEEK 1: Monday 5 June - Friday 9 June
    Stress relief and donuts* Wednesday 7th
    3 - 4pm
    Stop 1
    Level 1
    Rooms 109 - 111
    Students come together to study and share some donuts.
    We conduct some quick mindfulness stress relief activities.
    Thursday 8th
    3 - 4pm
    EXAM WEEK 2: Monday 12 June - Friday 16 June
    Student Email - Students’ responsibility is to check-in (via email, phone call or in a zoom meeting).
    EXAM WEEK 3: Monday 19 June - Friday 23 June
    Stress relief and donuts* Wednesday 21st
    3 - 4pm
    Stop 1
    Level 1
    Rooms 109 - 111
    Students come together to study and share some donuts.
    We conduct some quick mindfulness stress relief activities.
    Friday 23rd
    3 - 4pm
    VACATION WEEK 1: Monday 26 June - Friday 30 June
    Student Check-in Wednesday 28th
    12 - 2pm
    Stop 1
    Ground Floor Gallery
    Students’ responsibility to attend face to face check-in.
    Friday 30th
    12 - 2pm
    VACATION WEEK 2: Monday 3 July - Friday 7 July
    Excursion to Healesville Sanctuary
    SUPP EXAM WEEK 1: Monday 10 July - Friday 14 July
    Student Email - Students’ responsibility is to check-in (via email, phone call or in a zoom meeting).

Your role

To comply with your visa conditions, you will be expected to participate in the program by:

  • Maintaining contact with the Program staff during semester by attending scheduled sessions, keeping in email contact and attending your advising appointments;
  • Applying for permission when you want to stay somewhere other than your approved accommodation for one night or more;
  • Ensuring your travel arrangements are approved by your parents or guardian;
  • Reading and ensuring you understand the your responsibilities as outlined in the Under 18 International Student Supervision Program: Information for Students which outlines your role in the Program.

If you fail to comply with these conditions the University may report you to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection which can result in the cancellation of your Student Visa.


Once you are 18

After your 18th birthday the University will no longer be required to monitor your accommodation and welfare arrangements. However, you can continue to access the extensive range of student services available to you at any time during your studies and continue to meet with the advisers that supported you while you were in the Program.