The South Australian Government has demonstrated its commitment to our international student community, by announcing a new $13.8 million International Student Support Package.
The International Student Support Package is designed to support international students currently residing in South Australia and facing financial hardship.
There are three components to the package:
- The South Australian Government, in partnership with the state’s three public universities, will match funding to alleviate student hardship as a result of COVID-19. The funding will be distributed between the University of Adelaide, Flinders University and the University of South Australia to distribute to their pathway and international students.
- A $500 emergency cash grant will be available to other international students not studying at one of the public universities, currently enrolled in a course, living in Adelaide and who meet the criteria.
- For school students living with South Australian families, a one-off $200 COVID-19 assistance payment per student will be provided to homestay families, to help support accommodation for school students.
This significant financial package comes on top of work already underway by education providers, agents and community groups in Adelaide. We are proud of the response across the Adelaide community in supporting international students during this pandemic. Students choose to live in Adelaide in part for our welcoming and friendly people and the past few weeks has reaffirmed this wonderful aspect of our community.