1 Australia and New Zealand Briefing Clare Herbert and Lucy Gaunt Study Abroad Team
2 Australia and New Zealand bound 20 UCL students 7 institutions In 7 different cities Make contacts for great travel opportunities!
3 Preparation Programme Attendance at region specific information sessions Fulfilling UCL requirements Completing all elements of Moodle course (you will receive explanatory in the next few weeks)
4 UCL Requirements Proof of arrival / departure Evaluation questionnaire Transcript Keep in touch Spread good word of UCL Help promote study abroad on return to UCL
5 Student Loan Still eligible for Tuition and Maintenance Loans whilst studying abroad. Apply in normal way Negotiate loan payment date Travel costs may be reimbursable (over set amount). SFE, for example- apply for Travel Grant when applying for Loans. Refer to Funding body for more information.
6 Tuition fees to UCL Remain payable to UCL, by you or whoever normally pays your fees If studying abroad for full academic year: UK/EU fee payers pay one half full-time fee to UCL Overseas fee payers pay one half full-time fee to UCL If studying abroad for part of the academic year: Standard fee remains payable to UCL
7 Tuition Fees to Host Institution As you will be participating in an Exchange programme you will pay no tuition fees to the host institution you attend in Australia/ New Zealand Other fees (e.g. registration fee, activities fee etc.) may be charged.
8 Part-time Work Possible with student visa. Up to 20 hours per week in term time, unlimited during vacations Check with your host university directly Do not rely on being able to earn money by working.
9 Study Abroad Bursaries All eligible to apply Awarded on basis of financial need 500 one-off payment for non-european destinations Closing date 26 April 2013 Forms available to pick up from the Student Centre from 1 st March
10 Cost of Living Remember that you will do and spend more because you are away. Research costs in advance so you are not caught unawares. Draw up a realistic budget. Do not underestimate. Initial costs on arrival can be significant. NB Very early start date
11 Students abroad in 2011/2012 around $1000 is advisable to take with you for peace of mind for set-up costs on arrival books can be expensive - buy second hand or bring from the UK Travel was slightly cheaper than London for students, as students often pay child fares on local transport (Aus) Check with your university for special deals for students on local transport- HOP Pass, which is similar to an Oyster Card (NZ) always had jobs advertised and the best place to look for work (NZ) The minimum wage for part-time work is good- around $15-20 per hour for bar work, for example (Aus)
12 Banking Talk to your bank about accessing your money whilst you are away. Check commission charges for withdrawing cash from ATMs abroad. Let your bank know that you will be abroad Set up internet banking to better keep track of your money.
13 Opening a Bank Account Sometimes opening an account is a requirement i.e. if you are going to be working or if you have to pay your rent by bank transfer from an Australian/NZ account. Australian banks recommended: ANZ, Commonwealth and Westpac. NZ banks recommended: BNZ, Westpac, National.
14 Arrival Costs Take enough money with you for first couple of weeks. Setting up costs, textbooks and rent are just some of the expenditure you are likely to face on arrival. Not forgetting all that socialising! Check host university website- cost calculators
15 Health Insurance- Australia Comprehensive health insurance is a requirement for all exchange students in Australia. You pay for OSHC (Overseas Student Health Cover) at point of accepting your formal offer (c. $210 per semester = c. 140) UCL will refund you on proof of payment.
16 Health Insurance- New Zealand Comprehensive health insurance is a requirement for all exchange students in New Zealand. You pay for Studentsafe cover on arrival in Auckland or online before you arrive. Your host university will advise once accepted. Premium is c. $585 NZD (c. 315) UCL will refund you on proof of payment
17 Travel Insurance UCL will issue you with a travel insurance policy at no cost to you. This covers travel and medical emergencies We will ask you to complete an online form to provide us with the relevant information. Your personalised policy will be sent to you in the summer.
18 Study Abroad webpages See FAQ s for detailed information on making a claim What is covered in the policy
19 Health Considerations Your institution may require proof that you have had certain vaccinations. Be sure to get an up to date list from your GP. Dental and optical treatment may be excluded from cover provided. Make sure you have a check-up in the UK before you leave. Prescriptions- plan ahead before leaving UK
20 Accommodation Types residential or private If opting for private, consider where you will stay on arrival Relative costs Contracts Your host university will inform you if they are able to offer on-campus accommodation
21 Visas Required in advance for all students going to Australia and New Zealand Timing- your host university will assist you in obtaining your visa but do your own research Confirmation of Enrolment - Streamlined application
22 Visa costs Currently, visa costs are- Australia- A$535 (approx 365) NZ- NZ$247 (approx 135) information for students heading to New Zealand and Australia to study
23 Travel to Australia and New Zealand Shop around for flights (when the time comes). There are a number of possible routes to the region (e.g via Dubai, via HK, via Singapore, via LA) so research best option for you Check STA Travel for Student rates Do not try and take restricted items into Australia/NZ customs are strict and vary from state to state.
24 Support All support resources at UCL remain available to you whilst abroad- UCL Psychological Services UCL Disability Services We, the Study Abroad Team can assist you with any problems or issues you may encounter and put you in touch with relevant teams.
25 Important dates March 1 st - Applications for Study Abroad Bursary available March 6 th - Study Abroad Pre-Departure Meeting March 7 th - Study Abroad Pre-Departure Meeting April 10 th - Drop-in Session for any SA questions April 26 th - Deadline for SA Bursary applications - Deadline to complete Pre-Departure Moodle Course