Getting Started

Congratulations on your offer of admission and welcome to Avondale University!

Here is where you will find information about getting started. Early preparation is key! Follow the steps below and let your Avondale experience begin.

Step 1: Activate your Account


Refer to your Letter of Offer for instructions on how to accept.

Once your offer is accepted, a username and password will be delivered to you by SMS and/or email. Use these login details to activate your Avondale student account.

ACTIVATE YOUR ACCOUNT

Once activated, this is where you will find information about essential IT systems and how to login to each. These include:
  • Student Connect
  • Student Email
  • Microsoft Office 365 license, including OneDrive
  • Moodle

TIP: We have a range of instructional videos to help with navigating the library webpage and services, as well as Moodle.

DIGITAL SUPPORT

Having problems logging in? Contact our IT Services team.
E: [email protected]
P: +61 2 4980 2111

Student Email

Email is the official method of communication between Avondale staff and students and you are required to use your Avondale student email account. We recommend that you check your student email account regularly (several times a week) to ensure you remain up-to-date with information provided to you. Please familiarise yourself with Avondale's

EMAIL POLICY

The following minimum system requirements are necessary to use Avondale's IT systems:
  • Microsoft Windows 10, build 1709 (build 2004 or newer preferred)
  • macOS 10.14 or greater
  • iOS 12.0 or greater
  • Android 4.4 and greater

NOTE: Windows 10 S is not supported.

Having problems logging in? Contact our IT Services team.
E: [email protected]
P: +61 2 4980 2111

Step 2: Self-Enrol in Units


Undergraduate and postgraduate students

You are responsible for self-enrolling in units using Student Connect. Before you self-enrol, you will need to choose the units for your course. Some courses have a set structure^, meaning you are not able to choose units outside of that structure. Some course structures are complex and you may need to seek advice from the course convenor before you self-enrol.

^Nursing has a set course structure. See below for information about self-enroling into nursing units.

TIP: A course grid or unit list can be found on our courses page under the tab titled 'COURSE STRUCTURE'.

FIND A COURSE

FIND A COURSE CONVENOR

Complete these steps to self-enrol in your units:
  • Check the Academic Calendar to find out when self-enrolments open and close
  • Open Student Connect
  • Login using your username and password
  • Click on the Self-Enrolment menu option
  • Follow instructions in the Connect Guides to complete your unit enrolment

Need help? Contact our Student Connect team.
E: [email protected]
P: +61 2 4980 2246

ACADEMIC CALENDAR

STUDENT CONNECT

CONNECT SUPPORT

Nursing students

Nursing has a set course structure. If you are commencing as a full-time nursing student, you will self-enrol in the four units set out in the course structure.

NOTE: First year full-time nursing students will self-enrol into Level 1 units. First year full-time nursing students with approved advanced standing (i.e. credit for eight units/one year of full-time study) will self-enrol into Level 3 units.

NURSING COURSE STRUCTURE

If you are a part-time nursing student, you will self-enrol into the following units:

Semester One (Level 1)
NURS10013
NURS10015

Semester Two (Level 2)
CSTD10014
NURS10018

Semester One (Level 3)
NURS20023
NURS20025

Semester Two (Level 4)
NURS20028
NURS20029

Need assistance? Contact our Sydney Campus Manager.
E: [email protected]
P: +61 2 9480 3630

VET students

If you are enrolling into a VET course (i.e. Certificate IV in Outdoor Leadership or Diploma of Outdoor Leadership), enrolment into your units will be completed during orientation.

Step 3: Get your Student ID Card


Your Student ID card displays your photo along with your Avondale student ID number and is proof of your enrolment at Avondale.

STUDENT ID CARD

Step 4: Get your Timetable


Timetable's are typically available two weeks prior to the commencement of semester. To assist with timetable co-ordination and to avoid timetable clashes, we recommend you self-enrol in units as soon as possible.

NOTE: The timetable is subject to change up until the second week of the semester. The timetable applies to on-campus students only.

TIMETABLE WIZARD

Students enrolled in units with tutorial may self-select their tutorial session(s).

Not all units with tutorials can be self-selected. Tutorials for these units will be allocated/selected during the first week of classes. Nursing students will select their tutorials via email to the Campus Manager - [email protected]

SELECT TUTORIALS

Step 5: Accommodation and Parking


Avondale offers on-campus accommodation at our Lake Macquarie Campus and our Sydney Campus. Lake Macquarie also offers College View Residences (Family Units).

TIP: Organise accommodation before you traveling to Avondale. If you arrive on-campus before the advertised check-in date, you will be required to pay for additional accommodation.

ACCOMMODATION

Parking is available at both our Lake Macquarie and Sydney campuses. A range of services are also available at our Lake Macquarie campus, such as the Fit Life Health Club and pool, printing, and lockers.

FIND OUT MORE

Step 6: Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF)


The SSAF provides Avondale with the means to maintain and enhance amenities and services that support a wide range of student needs. The SSAF contributes to the maintenance and ongoing development of essential services and amenities for both on and off campus students without the need to reduce funding for teaching and research.

If you will be enrolling into a VET course (i.e. Certificate IV in Outdoor Leadership or Diploma of Outdoor Leadership), you are excluded from the SSAF.

SSAF

Step 7: Check for Post-Admission Requirements

Specific Information for Domestic Students


You are a domestic student if you are: an Australian citizen (including dual citizens), or a New Zealand citizen (including dual citizens), or an Australian permanent resident, or a holder of an Australian permanent humanitarian visa.

Paying your fees

Once you have self-enrolled in units, you can view your tuition fees and produce your invoice. To do this:
  • Open Student Connect
  • Login using your username and password
  • Click on the Finance menu option
  • Click to view your current invoice
  • Follow the instructions to make payment

STUDENT CONNECT

TIP: If your enrolment changes, repeat the process to raise a new invoice.

NOTE: If you have an employee subsidy, scholarship and/or sponsorship, this will not reflect on your invoice until after Census date. For a tuition fee estimate, contact our Student Finance Services team.

ACADEMIC CALENDAR

TIP: Comprehensive information about fees, fee help (including Commonwealth Supported Places), prizes, scholarships, as well as forms and procedures can be found on our finance web page.

FINANCE INFORMATION

Student Finance Services
P: +61 2 4980 2108
E: [email protected]

Unique Student Identifier (USI)

If you are a new student and you are seeking government financial assistance in the form of a Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS-HELP), FEE-HELP and/or SA-HELP, you will need a USI from 1 January 2021. From 2023, all students will require a USI regardless of their commencement date.

Once you have created a USI, you need to provide it to Avondale by emailing [email protected]

NOTE: Higher education students are asked not to use the USI email option in the Student Portal, as each university has a different process to supply a USI.

GET A USI

STUDY ASSIST

Specific Information for International Students


You are not an Australian citizen (including dual citizens), or a New Zealand citizen (including dual citizens), or an Australian permanent resident, or a holder of an Australian permanent humanitarian visa, you are an international student.

Paying your fees

Avondale University has partnered with Cohort Go Payments to offer a quick, easy and secure way to make tuition payments. Cohort Go Payments eliminates hidden bank fees and helps you save with beneficial foreign exchange rates. You can make a transfer from almost any country, and in most cases, in your home currency, helping you save a significant amount compared to other payment methods.

Cohort Go Payments also offers payment tracking throughout the transfer process straight from your personalised dashboard, and will email you as soon as your payment is received.

Follow the simple instructions to send your funds. No sign up or registration is needed. If you have any questions regarding making a payment via Cohort Go Payments, please contact [email protected]

PAY YOUR FEES

If you do not wish to use Cohort Go to make your payment, please find listed below alternate ways in which fees can be paid:

ONLINE PAYMENTS

PAYMENT INFORMATION

When Student Administration Services receives notification that your fee payment has been made, your Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE) will be issued to you. Once you receive your CoE, you can commence your Student Visa application.

FINANCE INFORMATION

Specific Information for VET Students


Paying your fees

Once you are enrolled in units, you can view your tuition fees and produce your invoice. To do this:
  • Open Student Connect
  • Login using your username and password
  • Click on the Finance menu option
  • Click to view your current invoice
  • Follow the instructions to make payment

STUDENT CONNECT

TIP: If your enrolment changes, repeat the process to raise a new invoice.

NOTE: If you have an employee subsidy, scholarship and/or sponsorship, this will not reflect on your invoice until after Census date. For a tuition fee estimate, contact our Student Finance Services team.

ACADEMIC CALENDAR

TIP: Comprehensive information about fees, fee help (Diploma only), as well as forms and procedures can be found on our finance web page.

FINANCE INFORMATION

Student Finance Services
P: +61 2 4980 2108
E: [email protected]

Unique Student Identifier (USI)

You are required by the Australian Government to have a USI. Your USI allows you online access to your training records and results. Your USI is a lifelong education number and will be recorded by any provider with which you enrol to study a nationally recognised VET course.

Once you have your USI, complete these steps to enter your USI into Student Connect.
  • Open Student Connect
  • Login using your username and password
  • Go to the VET USI menu option in the Personal Details section
  • Follow the instructions for uploading your USI


GET A USI

STUDENT CONNECT

CONNECT SUPPORT

Specific Information for Higher Degree Research Students


If you are a Higher Degree by Research (HDR) student (i.e. you are enrolled in the Doctor of Philosophy or the Master of Philosophy), our research team will support you through your candidature. The research team consists of the Research Support Officer and the Director of Higher Degree Research.

Research Office
P: + 61 2 4980 2121
E: [email protected]



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