Starting your studies at an Australian university can be a daunting experience – but don't worry! At Swinburne, we have support services available, including an International Student Advisory and Support team who can help you settle into the university life in Australia.

Chat with a current international student at Swinburne

Choosing to study overseas is a big decision. Sometimes it helps to talk to someone who has first-hand experience.

Chat to one (or many!) of our current international students about what it’s really like studying at Swinburne and living in Melbourne.

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Need emergency assistance?

If you need police, ambulance or fire services, please call 000.

If you’re an international student needing urgent assistance, or in a non-life-threatening emergency, please call the International Student Advisory & Support team on +61 3 9214 6741.

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What do International Student Advisors do?

International Student Advisors (ISAs) can help with big and small questions you might have – from adjusting to study at university to navigating through life in Melbourne. They can also refer you to other personal and specialist services when you need it.

Make an appointment with an International Student Advisor

Business hours
Monday to Friday, 9am–5pm
Room AMDC106, AMDC Building, Hawthorn campus

For urgent support outside business hours
+61 3 9214 6741 (24 hours)

For Australia Awards and Endeavour students

For students under 18 years of age

Virtual appointments are available when in-person appointments cannot be accommodated. The ISA will contact you to confirm the time for your virtual appoinment.

At Swinburne, we have several on-campus accommodation options for students, including private and shared rooms.  

We also have an Accommodation Advisor for international students who can:

  • help through the process of finding a place to stay
  • advise on lease issues.

If you need help, please email Sam Tsering (Accommodation Advisor) at

As a Swinburne student, you can access specific support services and tailored workshops for international students to improve your employability, including access to the SwinEmploy database.

For more information, please email Olivia Doyle (International Career Advisor) at

Want to improve your English speaking skills and meet new people? Join our English conversation group run by Learning and Academic Skills (LAS).

Convened by an English language teacher, these free sessions are a great opportunity for international students to improve fluency and confidence!

Melbourne is a city with low crime and Swinburne campuses are safe places. However, it is still important to know what to do if anything goes wrong.

Within Swinburne

Your situation Who to contact Contact details
You need security services on campus

(e.g. to walk you to the train station)
Swinburne Security

+61 3 9214 3333

(or 3333 on any Swinburne phone)

You need urgent assistance (e.g. hospitalised)

You're in an emergency, but your life is not in danger

International Student Advisory and Support team +61 3 9214 6741 (24 hours)
You feel anxious or stressed (outside of business hours) Swinburne Crisis Line

1300 854 144

0488 884 145 (SMS only)

You want to report inappropriate, concerning or threatening behaviour Safer Community

Outside Swinburne

Your situation Number

You need police, ambulance or fire service

(e.g. in an emergency when someone's life is in danger)


You need non-urgent police assistance

131 444

Emergencies in your home country

If you are directly impacted by or concerned about an emergency in your home country, please register your details with the International Student Advisory and Support team.

Email your student ID number and phone number to with the emergency name in the subject line (e.g. Paris terrorist attack, Nepal earthquake). For urgent support outside business hours, please call +61 3 9214 6741.

We can provide advice to help manage the situation or access to a private space with a telephone, so you can contact your loved ones in your home country.  If you need to return home urgently, we can assist with your study obligations accordingly.

If you’d like help to work out a budget or want some financial advice, speak with one of our International Student Advisors who can put you in touch with the right experts.

Your situation Who to contact
You're in an emergency (e.g. need an ambulance)
000 (or go to a hospital's emergency department)
You're hospitalised

International Student Advisory and Support team

+61 3 9214 6741 (24 hours)

You need non-emergency health support in Victoria

Department of Health's Nurse-On-Call

1300 60 60 24 (24 hours)

You need to see a doctor, nurse, counsellor, psychiatrist or physiotherapist Wellbeing at Swinburne
You have Medibank Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC)

Medibank Student Health and Support Line

1800 887 283 (24 hours)

International Student Resource Guide for new students

You can meet and talk to the International Student Advisory and Support team via the International Student Resource Guide – a personalised space in Canvas, our online learning management system.

Important guide for life and study in Melbourne 

It includes key information about safety and wellbeing services, as well as 24-hour support for international students living and studying in Melbourne.

You have access to this guide throughout your studies, so you can return to it anytime. The modules include:

Module 1 – Letter to self

We are living through groundbreaking and historic times. This is a letter written by you and stored just for you to revisit – whenever you need to refocus on your plans and dreams.

These messages can be inspiring and valuable. The letter is private to you, but you can share it with other students by submitting it to our international student newsletter freetime

Modules 3 and 4

These modules can help you start the semester well with information on enrolment, timetable and academic support.

Module 6

This module features important information on your rights and responsibilities as an international student. 

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Events for international students

Swinburne regularly hosts events for international students. Get involved in these to make friends, expand your networks, improve your academic skills and create unforgettable memories.

  • Student Life
    • Swinburne Advantage

    International students: Making the most of summer vacation

    Are you an international student needing ideas for your summer break? Get tips on summer job search, volunteering opportunities, personal and professional development, and more.

    Tue 5 December
    2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
    AGSE202 and online
    Register now (International students: Making the most of summer vacation)
  • Student Life
    • Swinburne Advantage

    International students: Rural and regional career opportunities

    Are you an international student? Get insights on career opportunities in rural and regional Australia, and the benefits!

    Wed 4 October
    11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
    AGSE202 and online
    Register now (International students: Rural and regional career opportunities)
  • Student Life
    • Swinburne Advantage

    Australian professional business etiquette: Communication skills spotlight

    Are you an international student? Increase your employability by improving your professional communication skills, both verbal and written, in demand by Australian employers.

    Thu 7 September
    9:00 AM to 10:00 AM
    AGSE202 and online
    Register now (Australian professional business etiquette: Communication skills spotlight)

Keep on exploring

  • Princes Bridge, Flinders Street Station, St Paul's Cathedral and surrounding buildings in Melbourne CBD

    Plan your arrival in Melbourne

    Received your Confirmation of Enrolment from Swinburne and organised your student visa? You can start to prepare for travel to Melbourne.

  • Flinders Street Station in Melbourne

    Arriving in Melbourne

    Explore the options to get to your accommodation in Melbourne from the airport, including our airport transfer service.

  • Student support services

    Need support? Swinburne’s student support services can help with your studies, career, health and wellbeing, accommodation, child care, IT, safety and more.
  • Group of 5 students chatting and walking together down McLeod Lane, between AMDC and FS buildings

    International student stories

    Discover how students from all over the world are enjoying life at Swinburne while successfully building a career in Australia and their home countries.

Need assistance?

Our International Student Advisory and Support team can help you with all aspects of living and studying in Melbourne. To speak to an International Student Advisor, please call +61 3 9214 6741 or visit AMDC106 on Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm.

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