International Students Under the Age of 18
If you are an international student under the age of 18 and you have received an offer of study from the University of Adelaide then you can commence studies at the University if you are living;
- with your parent
- with an eligible relative or,
- in University approved care arrangements (17 year olds only).
- Living With a Parent or Eligible Relative
If you are planning to live with your parent or an eligible relative then you will need to have your parent complete the Welfare Arrangements Form which you will receive with your offer package; you will need to complete this form before receiving a Confirmation of Enrolment. Please note you will need to provide evidence to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection that you are living with your parent or eligible relative in order to be granted a student visa.
The Department of Immigration and Border Protection define an eligible relative as a parent (including adoptive), brother, sister, step-brother, step-sister, grandparent, step-grandparent, aunt, uncle, step-aunt, step-uncle, niece, nephew, step-niece or step-nephew over the age of 21 years. There is no age requirement for these options.
- University Approved Care Arrangements
The University of Adelaide has introduced an additional option for international students who wish to to commence their degree studies, prior to their 18th birthdays. The change of policy is in response to many requests from parents and schools to make more options available to younger students. This option is available to students who will be 17 years of age upon commencement of their University studies.
Under our previous policy, all younger students were required to live with an "eligible relative" in Adelaide. The new arrangements enable 17 year olds to begin their studies at the University of Adelaide without a family member having to relocate to Adelaide to live with the child.
Parents and students may now enter into a Welfare Monitoring Agreement with the University. Under this Agreement the University will identify suitable semester long accommodation and provide a welfare monitoring service to international students who are 17 years of age and do not have a parent or eligible relative living in Adelaide.
The services offered to University of Adelaide international students covered by the Welfare Monitoring Agreement are:
- Identification of an appropriate accommodation arrangement for each student.
- Regular one-to-one contact with students via phone and face-to-face meetings.
The University will oversee any critical incident and emergency response processes required for under 18 students.
Frequently Asked Questions
Introduction to the Welfare Monitoring Agreement
- I am an international student and I will be under 18 years of age when I commence my studies at the University. Do I have to live with one of my parents or an eligible relative?
There are up to three options available to you if you will be under 18 years of age when commencing your University studies.
- Live with one of your parents;
- Live with an eligible relative as defined by Immigration, or
- If you will be 17 years of age when you commence your University studies your parents may enter into the University's Welfare Monitoring Agreement.
It is recommended that you visit the Immigration website for more information about the type of evidence that will be required when lodging your visa application.
- What is the University's Welfare Monitoring Agreement?
It is an agreement between your parents and the University that authorises the University to identify suitable accommodation for you, and to arrange for a welfare monitor to meet with you every fortnight to monitor your welfare and academic progress. (You must be 17 years of age when you commence your University studies to take advantage of this option.)
- Can my parents enter into a Welfare Monitoring Agreement if I will be 16 years of age when I commence my University studies?
No. To enter into a Welfare Monitoring Agreement you must be at least 17 years of age when you commence your University studies. If you would like to commence your studies before you turn 17 you may wish to consider living with one of your parents or an eligible relative as defined by Immigration. More information about these options can be obtained from Immigration.
The University's Approved Accommodation
- What sorts of services can I expect from the accommodation provider if my parents enter into a Welfare Monitoring Agreement and I live in the University's approved accommodation?
The University's accommodation fee includes:
- A private secure bedroom on a floor with students of the same gender;
- A linen pack upon arrival, and
- A weekly room clean.
- Do I have to sign a lease agreement with the University if I am covered by a Welfare Monitoring Agreement?
Yes, you and your parents will be required to enter into a 26 or 52 week lease with the University. The duration will be dependent upon the date that you turn 18 years of age and the semester in which you commence your studies.
- Can I arrange my own accommodation if my parents enter into a Welfare Monitoring Agreement with the University?
It is a condition of your Welfare Monitoring Agreement that you move into the University's approved accommodation.
Signing Up to the Welfare Monitoring Agreement
- How do I obtain a copy of the Welfare Monitoring Agreement?
If you are eligible for an offer to a place at the University you be issued the Welfare Monitoring Agreement with your offer letter.
- I would like to sign up to the Welfare Monitoring Agreement. How do I accept my offer to the University?
Please forward the following items to the International Office:
- Evidence conditions (if any) have been met
- Signed and dated "Acceptance Agreement" - it must also be signed by one of your parents
- Signed and dated "Declaration of Financial Capacity" - it must also be signed by one of your parents
- "Welfare Arrangements for Students Under the Age of 18" form - signed and dated by one of your parents
- Evidence of Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) for the expected duration of your visa
- Payment of AUD9,000 tuition fee deposit
- Payment of the Administration Fee, Accommodation Placement Fee and Welfare Monitoring Fee as specified in your offer
- Copy of the personal details page of your passport
These items may be emailed to email@example.com and hard copies mailed to: Student Recruitment and Admissions Services, The University of Adelaide, Adelaide SA 5005. Alternatively you may lodge your documents at Hub Central.
- I have signed up to the Welfare Monitoring Agreement. What happens after I lodge my acceptance paperwork with the University?
If your paperwork is complete International Office staff will issue you with a Confirmation of Enrolment (COE), and a Confirmation of Appropriate Accommodation and Welfare letter (CAAW). You will receive a further email from your assigned welfare monitor to arrange a time to meet a few days later.
- When do I have to be at the University?
Please arrive on the date specified on your Confirmation of Appropriate Accommodation and Welfare letter (CAAW).
- When do I have to check into the University approved accommodation?
Please check the date on your "Confirmation of Appropriate Accommodation and Welfare" (CAAW) letter. You are expected to move into the University's approved accommodation on the date specified on your CAAW letter. Please contact the Student Accommodation Service to arrange your airport pickup and transfer. They can be contacted at: https://www.adelaide.edu.au/accommodation/arrival/
- Can I arrive after the date specified on my "Confirmation of Appropriate Accommodation and Welfare" (CAAW) letter?
It is recommended that you arrive as soon as possible after the commencement of the International Student Orientation program. Please contact the Student Accommodation Service to arrange your airport pickup and transfer.
- Do I have to use the airport pickup service when I arrive in Australia?
Yes, you must use the airport pickup service. There is no charge for the airport pickup service, unless you are accompanied by another person. A fee of $A40 will be charged for each accompanying person who travels with you .
What Happens After I Turn 18 Years of Age?
- Do I have to stay in University approved accommodation after I turn 18?
You may make your own accommodation arrangements after you turn 18.
If you are considering moving to alternative accommodation you should remember that you have signed a six or twelve month lease, and will remain liable for your rent until the end of the semester.
- Can I stay in the University's approved accommodation for the duration of my degree?
You will be able to stay in the University's approved accommodation until the end of your lease. Your lease will expire at the end of the semester in which you turn 18 years of age. The University's Accommodation Service will be able to help you to find alternative accommodation for the remainder of your degree.
- Are there different rules for students who are staying in University approved accommodation and 18 years of age?
No. All residents are expected to abide by the same rules.
- Can I defer my place at the University until after I turn 18 years of age?
You can apply to defer entry until a later semester if you'd prefer to start your studies after you've turned 18. Some exceptions do apply eg music programs.
- Should I let the University know about changes in my contact phone number or email address?
Yes. The University must be able to contact you if it is necessary. Please email any changes to the International Office by using the web form available at: https://international.adelaide.edu.au/enquire-now
If you have already received your CoEs and have enrolled, please update your contact details through Access Adelaide.
The Welfare Monitoring Agreement fees are as follows:
Fee 2017 Amount 2018 Amount Payment Terms Administration Fee AUD 300 AUD 300 Payable when securing accommodation
Accommodation Placement Fee AUD 350 AUD 350 Payable when securing accommodation
Accommodation Fee AUD 390 per week for 26 weeks
AUD 410 per week for 26 weeks
Paid to the University by 31 March (semester 1) or 31 August (semester 2)
Welfare Monitoring Fee AUD 75 per week (payable until student's 18th birthday)
AUD 80 per week (payable until student's 18th birthday)
Payable when securing accommodation