Coronavirus (COVID-19): advice and support for the Bond community. Read more

Our students, staff, alumni and community have shown exceptional resilience in recent challenging times. For the past semester, our students have been learning remotely from all over the world – from Canada to China, Christchurch, Coolangatta and beyond.

For our September semester, we will continue to provide our students with the flexibility to learn on or off campus, depending on their circumstances, with an unwavering commitment to delivering an outstanding learning experience…for every one of our students.

On this page you will find more information about starting at Bond in our September semester, as well as answers to some questions you may have. If you have any further questions, we are here to help! Just contact your Regional Manager.

Combining on campus and off campus learning

Wherever possible, we are committed to providing flexible study options through multi-modal class delivery, ensuring students can begin their studies no matter where they are currently located. Students who can attend campus will be able to attend tutorials, seminars, workshops and lab sessions face-to-face, combining the physical classroom with the virtual classroom. Students attending classes on campus will learn together with students joining classes remotely. You can learn more about multi-modal delivery here.

We're here for you - on campus and overseas

The remote learning experience was put to the test during our May semester, with all our students learning remotely. The feedback has been overwhelmingly positive – you can hear from some of our students below. Students learning on campus and remotely will have easy and equal access to Bond’s academics along with an array of support services. You can book appointments with the Academic Skills Centre online, you will have the direct contact details of your academics, and our counselling services will be available both face-to-face and remotely.

NOTE: Remote delivery of classes will not be available for students beginning the following programs in September 2020. Students will be able to begin classes on campus only.

  • Graduate Certificate in Enterprise Governance
  • Master of Laws in Enterprise Governance

Online programs, including the Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice (Online) and TESOL (Online) will continue in their current form. 

 

Questions and answers

I am currently in Australia. Can I come to campus in September? 

We are looking forward to students safely returning to campus in September where possible. We are working towards the resumption of face-to-face classes, especially for small group instruction (tutorials, seminars, workshops and lab sessions). We have had great success with remote delivery in our May semester, and there will be some subjects and programs where we may continue current innovations by augmenting face-to-face subject delivery with some aspects of the subject being delivered remotely.

I’m overseas and unable to travel to Australia at this time. Can I start my studies at Bond remotely?

We understand there will be students who will not be able to travel to the Gold Coast for the beginning of the September semester. The University is committed to a multi-modal approach to teaching in September, meaning students are able to begin their studies, including all assessments, on campus and/or remotely. The University has delivered the entirety of the May semester remotely and is well-equipped for continued remote learning in September.

What technology do I need to be able to study remotely?

The most important thing is that you have access to a personal computer, laptop or tablet, as well as a reliable internet connection. As a Bond student, you will have access to our University ‘Blackboard’ online learning platform, iLearn, which has a built-in interactive online classroom feature called Collaborate. We recommend using Chrome.

How do I access Collaborate?

You can access Collaborate through your iLearn Student Portal – you don’t need to download it. You will join sessions directly from a web link provided by your lecturer, or from your subject page in iLearn.

How will assessments and group projects work?

Assessments will continue to be tailored to remote learning, ensuring assessments remain engaging, authentic and rigorous. They will be a mix of online tests, take-home examinations and alternative assessments.

Technology and tools such as Collaborate – which allows for break-out rooms for group work – Microsoft Teams via Office 365 and other technological tools will support productive, seamless group project work.

How do I book an online appointment with the Academic Skills Centre?

Bond’s Academic Skills Centre offers a range of services including free one-on-one help in organising your assignments, academic writing style, referencing, English and Maths. You can book an online appointment with the Academic Skills Centre online via your iLearn student account. Alternatively, you can book by emailing [email protected].

How do I contact my lecturer?

At the start of the semester, you will be provided with the contact details for your lecturers and Faculty staff. You can contact them directly. You can find the contact details for your academic or Faculty staff via the Staff Directory.

How do I book an appointment with counselling?

Counselling support is available for all Bond students. Appointments are available remotely – email [email protected] to book an appointment.

If travel restrictions change during the semester, can I come to campus?

Should travel restrictions change during the semester, the University will allow students to return to campus-based education as quickly as possible.

What additional support will be available for students who are studying remotely?

The University is very aware that the remote delivery of your subjects using technology must meet your expectations of Bond’s high standards of teaching, learning, resources, support and student welfare. This alternative format for the delivery of our classes will be accompanied by a range of services consistent with the high standards we expect of ourselves in relation to your experience.

For instance - we will provide:

  • Study assistance and support sessions;
  • Private online academic consultations;
  • Additional online academic resources;
  • Careers advice;
  • Enhanced Information Technology Services help-line services;
  • Greater access to online library services;
  • Online social events;
  • Advice and support for administrative, enrolment and other services; and
  • Online medical consultations and counselling support.

What resources and services are available from the Library?

The Library has an extensive collection of online resources including ebooks and journals, which you will be able to access from wherever you are located.

The Library team also provides virtual services to support you with your questions and needs for your assignments. You can reach out to the team in a number of ways, including online chat and consultations, as well as referring to help resources and FAQs. Visit the Library’s website to search for resources, use virtual services and get contact information.

What are the latest interstate travel restrictions? Do they affect me?  

To slow the spread of COVID-19 the Queensland Government has restricted entry into the State from Thursday, 26 March, 2020. For more information including quarantine requirements, visit the Queensland Government website.  

When is the Census Date? 

The Census Date is four weeks after the semester starts.

I am an interstate student and am needing to relocate to Queensland to study on campus at Bond. Is there any financial assistance available to me?

Bond University is offering support grants to students who will be relocating to Queensland to study on-campus for semester three (203). The fund can provide some financial relief where your personal circumstances have left you unable to meet the costs of your Queensland Government arranged quarantine. 

Australia is an inclusive and welcoming country. The Gold Coast is home to 32,000 international students from more than 130 countries, and has earned a reputation as Australia’s favourite classroom for international students. Bond University is also renowned for its global cohort and perspective, Almost 50 per cent of students are international, hailing from more than 90 countries. We look forward to welcoming international students back to campus, and the Gold Coast, as soon as possible.

Our International team conducted a remote learning webinar about starting in September. Watch now.

What are the latest travel restrictions and how do they affect me?  

Currently only Australian citizens, residents and immediate family members can travel to Australia. Currently, student visa holders are not able to travel to Australia. For up-to-date information, visit the Department of Home Affairs Coronavirus webpage.

When will I be able to travel to Australia?

The Australian Government has announced its willingness to consider the return of international students in a controlled setting that manages the health and safety of both students and the community. Pilot proposals are under consideration including a proposal jointly developed by Bond and our fellow universities in Queensland. We are working closely with the Government, however this will take time. We sincerely appreciate your patience and will update you as further information becomes available. 

Students currently outside Australia should not book flights to Australia until international borders have opened and formal advice has been provided by Bond.

Do I need a visa to start studying remotely?

Students do not need a visa if they are offshore and studying remotely (online) with an Australian education provider, however all students are required to have a student visa to enter Australia.

The Australian government has recommenced granting student visas for applications lodged outside of Australia. This will ensure that when borders re-open, students will immediately be able to make travel arrangements. Students currently outside of Australia are recommended to submit their visa application as soon as they have the required supporting documentation, for example health check, English language testing and evidence of financial capacity.

If you are currently in Australia, you must not allow your student visa to lapse, even if you are studying remotely. You should submit your visa application to the Department of Home Affairs immediately.

I have a visa to start in September, but I am not in Australia. Do I need to apply for a new visa if I come to campus at a later date?

You will be able to enter Australia for future semesters on your original visa that was granted for September as long as the visa remains valid. We recommend that you check your visa is valid at least a month before travelling. If you have a COE for a later start, your visa is likely to remain valid, but as always, check with Australian immigration directly. Before your visa expiry date, you may need to apply for a new student visa to ensure you have a valid visa to complete your studies and graduate.

Will my visa status be affected if I am already in Australia and study remotely for my first semester?

No. Australia’s Department of Home Affairs does not regulate mode of study requirements for international students. In addition, due to COVID-19 restrictions, TEQSA (the national quality assurance and regulatory agency for higher education in Australia) has advised that a wholly online or distance learning mode is permitted when it’s in the student’s best interests.

Will remote (online) study be counted towards my eligibility to apply for a Temporary Graduate (subclass 485) visa (Post Study Work Visa) following completion of my studies?

The Australian Department of Home Affairs will be making changes to eligibility for subclass 485 visas for those impacted by COVID-19. Studies undertaken outside of Australia as a result of COVID-19 travel restrictions will count towards the Australian Study Requirement for existing and new student visa holders. However, in order to meet this requirement, you must hold a student visa.

The Australian government has recommenced granting student visas for applications lodged outside of Australia. This will ensure that when borders re-open, students will immediately be able to make travel arrangements. Students who are overseas are recommended to submit their visa application as soon as they have the required supporting documentation.

Can I receive a refund for my studies if I am no longer able to start in September?

Bond University will guarantee a full refund of any tuition fee deposit paid if you no longer wish to start studying in September, however you must notify us at [email protected] by the Monday of the first formal teaching week (14 September).

I have paid for Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) starting from September. How do I receive a refund if I am not able to arrive in Australia to study due to travel restrictions?

You must have a valid OSHC policy in place in order to apply for your student visa, even if you will be commencing your studies remotely. If you have an unused portion of OSHC for the period you were studying offshore, you can claim an OSHC refund from your provider once you come to Australia. If you are unable to commence study with us at all and you are still offshore, we can refund your OSHC with your tuition fees. If you have been onshore in Australia at any point, you will need to seek a refund of your OSHC from your OSHC provider directly.

I’m no longer able to take a formal English test (i.e. IELTS or TOEFL) as testing centres are closed. What are my options?

We understand English Language Test Centres are closed in many countries and we may be able to assist you with alternative arrangements for you to satisfy Bond’s entry requirements, depending on your circumstances. Please contact your Regional Manager to discuss options.

In order to obtain a student visa, you will still be required to provide a formal English language proficiency test (IELTS, TOEFL, PTE) if evidence of your English language proficiency is requested. Additional time will be granted for applicants to provide English language test results, biometrics and health checks where COVID-19 has impacted services. Timeframes are up to 90-days but the Department will be considerate and flexible if country restrictions prohibit this.

My school has been closed and I cannot access my formal school results or transcripts. Will you accept other documents instead?

We understand that sourcing certified academic results may be difficult at this time. Our Admissions team can consider alternative documents so that we can continue to assess your application and issue you an offer. If you have questions about your documents, please contact your Regional Manager.

I live in a different time zone. When will my classes be?

The timetabling for September is being finalised, and class times will vary by program and the location of the program's student cohort. You will receive more information when it is time to enrol and confirm your timetable.

Information on student visas has been sourced from the Department of Home Affairs website. For further detail on student visas, please refer to the Department of Home Affairs. 

What are the key dates for the September semester?

Enrolment through eStudent will be available on Monday, 3 August for students to finalise their enrolment. 

The September semester will start on Monday 14 September.

A normal 12-week teaching semester will follow.

All exams will be completed and assessment due before the conclusion of the semester on Friday, 11 December. You can view the full academic calendar here.

Are there any changes to fees for the September semester? 

The University recognises the ongoing difficult financial circumstances many students are facing due to the current pandemic. To support our students during this time, financial aid will be provided to Bond students in the form of a reduction in tuition fees for the September semester. 

The financial assistance will be in the form of a 10% reduction of tuition on enrolled subjects in all degrees, including HDR, diplomas, diploma preparation and foundation programs in Bond University and Bond University College.*

For students on partial scholarship, the reduction will be applied to net tuition. 

*The only exception is for students in the Bond-BBT Global program, where the tuition fee relief applies to study tour fees. 

Will the Student Amenities Fee be levied in the September Semester (203)?

The Student Amenities Fee will not be charged in the September Semester (203).

 

Student stories

Mir Ali Khahn

Juris Doctor, Canada

I am currently in Dubai, UAE with my dad and step mum. Although Canada is home, my folks live here, and we all wanted to be together during these uncertain and indefinite circumstances. So I flew here on March 15 and I have been here ever since. Remote learning was initially quite intimidating and I was not looking forward to it at all. In fact, I even considered taking the semester off. However, I am so glad that I did not. While I miss my extra-curricular projects and volunteer activities, the academic experience has been unscathed. In fact, I might even say that it has been augmented. Without my friends around me and without the environment of a busy campus, I have discovered that whilst campus life is unparalleled, being on my own has taught me to be organised and self-sufficient in ways which I have never experienced before. On the academic front, the semester has started on a promising note and is going along successfully, whilst teaching me more and more skills every day. I cannot wait to be back on campus with my new lease on life.

Mir Ali Khahn

Juris Doctor, Canada

I am currently in Dubai, UAE with my dad and step mum. Although Canada is home, my folks live here, and we all wanted to be together during these uncertain and indefinite circumstances. So I flew here on March 15 and I have been here ever since. Remote learning was initially quite intimidating and I was not looking forward to it at all. In fact, I even considered taking the semester off. However, I am so glad that I did not. While I miss my extra-curricular projects and volunteer activities, the academic experience has been unscathed. In fact, I might even say that it has been augmented. Without my friends around me and without the environment of a busy campus, I have discovered that whilst campus life is unparalleled, being on my own has taught me to be organised and self-sufficient in ways which I have never experienced before. On the academic front, the semester has started on a promising note and is going along successfully, whilst teaching me more and more skills every day. I cannot wait to be back on campus with my new lease on life.

Weisi Ma

Master of Construction Practice (Professional), China

Although remote teaching and learning are new things to our lecturers and us students, it has been a very good experience so far. All the course materials are uploaded onto iLearn before the class so we can pre read and prepare for the lecture. During the class time, lecturers are interacting with students all the time by asking questions and students’ response rates are very high. Probably higher than in the lecture theatre because in the theatre we might be shy to speak out. The 3 hours lectures feel like they're going fast, I don't feel tired or loss of attention.

Weisi Ma

Master of Construction Practice (Professional), China

Although remote teaching and learning are new things to our lecturers and us students, it has been a very good experience so far. All the course materials are uploaded onto iLearn before the class so we can pre read and prepare for the lecture. During the class time, lecturers are interacting with students all the time by asking questions and students’ response rates are very high. Probably higher than in the lecture theatre because in the theatre we might be shy to speak out. The 3 hours lectures feel like they're going fast, I don't feel tired or loss of attention.

Stephanie White

Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Psychological Sciences

Following the unimaginable circumstances related to COVID-19 which brought me home in March of Semester 1, remote learning was quite a novelty to me in the beginning. However, as an extroverted student who primarily learns from engaging in interactive classes, asking questions and stimulating conservation, remote learning proved to be a challenge for me in Semester 2, as the novelty had definitely worn off. As the semester progressed however, the challenge became more manageable with the supportive staff, professors and lecturers who have done an excellent job in making the transition to remote learning as seamless as possible, even for those ‘hands-on’ learners like myself. The user-friendly Blackboard-Ultra site has been very easy to find my way around, which has helped to reduce any of my worries. In fact, I have found myself enjoying some of the benefits that remote learning offers, such as being able to attend my 8am lectures from my bed! Remote learning in the May semester of 2020 surpassed my expectations.

Stephanie White

Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Psychological Sciences

Following the unimaginable circumstances related to COVID-19 which brought me home in March of Semester 1, remote learning was quite a novelty to me in the beginning. However, as an extroverted student who primarily learns from engaging in interactive classes, asking questions and stimulating conservation, remote learning proved to be a challenge for me in Semester 2, as the novelty had definitely worn off. As the semester progressed however, the challenge became more manageable with the supportive staff, professors and lecturers who have done an excellent job in making the transition to remote learning as seamless as possible, even for those ‘hands-on’ learners like myself. The user-friendly Blackboard-Ultra site has been very easy to find my way around, which has helped to reduce any of my worries. In fact, I have found myself enjoying some of the benefits that remote learning offers, such as being able to attend my 8am lectures from my bed! Remote learning in the May semester of 2020 surpassed my expectations.

Becci Tannenbaum

Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Commerce

The assistance and support provided by my lecturers was truly astounding. I even had one lecturer consult with me on a Sunday as we embraced technology connecting us. I have always said that I chose Bond University for the personal attention given to students and I found that many of my friends’ biggest concern was that we would not get one-on-one time during remote learning. I in fact think that the personal attention was enhanced during this time. As always, the lecturers were invested in us succeeding and did everything in their power to make sure that we were still having the best learning experience possible and accomplishing our goals.

Becci Tannenbaum

Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Commerce

The assistance and support provided by my lecturers was truly astounding. I even had one lecturer consult with me on a Sunday as we embraced technology connecting us. I have always said that I chose Bond University for the personal attention given to students and I found that many of my friends’ biggest concern was that we would not get one-on-one time during remote learning. I in fact think that the personal attention was enhanced during this time. As always, the lecturers were invested in us succeeding and did everything in their power to make sure that we were still having the best learning experience possible and accomplishing our goals.

 

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