The application deadline is 15 September 2020. Here are some FAQs to provide you with helpful and accurate information about your next steps towards becoming a part of the Carnegie Mellon University community in Australia.
When is the application deadline?
15th September 2020
can I submit my application?
You can directly apply on the website
Health and Safety
Is it safe to travel to Australia?
Australia prides itself on being a safe, welcoming, and multicultural country. As a community, we have always supported one another in times of need. This includes looking after the health, safety, and wellbeing of our international students.
The Australian Government, state and territory governments, educational institutions and the CMU-A community is here to support you. We have zero active cases of COVID 19 patients in South Australia in the past eight weeks, a significant step in the elimination of the virus in our State.
Will it be safe to attend classes at the CMU-A campus?
CMU-A provides updated information from Australian health authorities on Adelaide’s safety as well as guidelines on steps taken to ensure safety on campus for staff and students.
We have a comprehensive set of guidelines and procedures for students, staff and faculty that enables everyone to feel and be safe. A hybrid model of study (in the classroom and virtual live video) commenced on 29 June 2020.
When and how can international students travel to Australia?
The Australian Federal Government has recently announced it will recommence granting student visas in all locations outside Australia so that when borders re-open, students will already have visas and be able to make travel arrangements.
CMU-A is in ongoing contact with representants of all levels of
Government to ensure access to accurate and up-to-date information as things progress or change.
When will Australian High Commission in my city/country re-open and how long could my student visa process take?
Further to the Australian Federal Government’s announcement to recommence granting student visas in all locations outside Australia, please check with the respective Australian Embassy / High Commission in your country. We expect a processing time of six weeks after visa applications have been submitted. Get regular updates on travel advisories and visas for Australia.
If my visa is granted after the semester has commenced, can I still travel to Adelaide? Is there a cut-off date when I need to be in
- Students are welcome to resume their classes in person as soon as you are able to travel to Adelaide.
- Should there be a mandatory quarantine, CMU-A will be supporting you throughout the duration. You will continue to attend classes remotely during the quarantine.
Hybrid model of delivery
What is the teaching method that will be used?
We are currently using a hybrid model of teaching with both face-to-face and remotely via live video. We expect to transition to full face-to-face by January 2021, but students who are unable to travel in time may still commence their studies virtually
Do I view recorded lectures or attend a live lecture? Do I need to follow a class
- Live lecture - classes are scheduled to suit the difference in time zone.
- You may need to connect between 3 to 6 hours per day, depending on your schedule. This may include review sessions, additional group discussion, consultation with teaching assistants, etc.
How can I collaborate with other students or faculty if I'm attending live video classes from overseas?
CMU-A uses Canvas as the learning platform. Course materials, discussion boards, group discussions and collaborations can be conducted on Canvas. Additionally, you may connect to students and faculty via Zoom live video conference and e-mail. Live video consultation meetings will also be arranged with faculty and staff.
What support will I receive from CMU-A if starting my course remotely via live video?
CMU-A IT team will work with you to ensure you have the required hardware configuration, software, VPN connectivity, video conferencing, etc.
What video conferencing system does CMU use for remote delivery and is there any other software I need to install to attend lectures remotely?
We use the Zoom platform for remote delivery and you need to have a good internet connection.
How could CMU-A accommodate time zone differences between Australia and the students' home countries when delivering the course live video?
All lectures are conducted at times that would generally be suitable for students. In addition, the lectures will be recorded, so if you are unable to attend lectures synchronously, you may review the recorded lectures. Review sessions will be held at staggered hours so you may select to choose a session that suits you best. Review sessions would also be recorded and posted on Canvas, the learning platform.
Post Study Work Visa
If I cannot travel to Australia, will the period I study remotely count towards qualifying for a CMU Post Study Work Visa?
The Australian Federal Government is committed to ensuring that students affected by coronavirus are not unduly penalised for their post-study work visas. Therefore, it has adopted a flexible approach towards remote study so that it will count towards time spent in Australia. It has already announced that current student visa holders studying online outside Australia due to the COVID-19 will be able to use that study to count towards the Australian study requirement for a post-study work visa.
Will I be required to undertake quarantine when I arrive in Australia?
Yes. Under the current legislation, a mandatory 2-week quarantine is required for all visitors arriving from overseas.
Where will I have to undertake the quarantine?
If you have arrived in Australia from overseas, you are required to undergo a mandatory quarantine for 14 days at the port of entry: Adelaide, Sydney or Melbourne (depending on the flight of your choice).
Will I receive support in booking and paying for the accommodation for my quarantine period?
Yes. CMU-A will arrange and cover the cost of quarantine (up to one month of accommodation). In addition, CMU-A will also cover the cost of a one-way flight and arrange complimentary airport pick up.
Would I be covered under OSHC if I need to undertake remote studies before I am able to travel to Australia?
You will be covered during the entire period of your student visa, but the OSHC cover starts from the date of arrival in Australia. The good news is that you only need to pay pro-rata for the time you're physically in Australia.
Am I able to get a discount on my tuition fees if I need to do part of my course remotely?
No. The current fees, scholarships and student financial support package are competitive and enable you to receive a value for money education. The live video sessions conducted by our high-quality faculty were carefully designed to match the in-classroom experience.
Will having some lessons delivered remotely be detrimental to recognising my degree internationally?
No. Students will graduate with a Carnegie Mellon University degree. Your degree is accredited and recognised in both the United States and Australia.
I've paid my deposit, when can I expect to receive my CoE?
- CMU-A would require all documents for a financial assessment.
- Once the financials are approved, it will take no longer than a week for issuance of CoE.
Given the current high unemployment rates due to COVID-19, what are my future career opportunities in Australia?
CMU-A Careers office has a dedicated team to assist graduates seeking employment in Australia and will assist all students to obtain internships, as well as full-time employment after graduation.
a CMU-A qualification will make you an attractive potential employee to
employers in Australia, at home and around the world.
Who can I contact for further details?
You can contact us by filling out this form.