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Sponsored students

Curtin recognises that a significant number of its students are sponsored by various organisations, and has established an International Sponsored Students Unit (ISSU) in response. The ISSU is tasked with ensuring sponsored students have the best chance of completing their studies successfully within their sponsorship timeframe while studying at Curtin University.

Curtin would like sponsored international students to report to the ISSU at Curtin International (Building 103) at Curtin's Bentley campus upon arrival. This way, the delegated Sponsored Student Officer can meet with the student, ensure all sponsorship paperwork is correct and up-to-date, and provide them with valuable information relating to their study. The meeting also provides the student with the knowledge that the ISSU is the sponsor contact point at the University. To find out more about the role of the ISSU at Curtin, please download the ISSU flyer.

If you would like further information please visit:
Information for sponsors
Information for sponsored students

The ISSU also supports AusAID students. Please visit the AusAID website for more information.

Curtin International Sponsored Students Unit (ISSU)

Julie Craig, Manager
Tel: +61 8 9266 2437
Email: J.M.Craig@curtin.edu.au

Gail Fisher, Sponsored Student Officer
Tel: +61 8 9266 4691
Email: G.Fisher@curtin.edu.au

Christine Kerin, Sponsored Student Officer
Tel: +61 8 9266 3348
Email: C.Kerin@curtin.edu.au

The ISSU walk-in service is available to students from 9.30 am to 4.00 pm, Monday to Friday.

Information for sponsors

Curtin's International Sponsored Student Unit (ISSU) ensures that the student and the sponsoring organisation receive a high level of service from the University. It is essential that sponsoring organisations and their students be correctly identified so that their needs can be identified, the appropriate services delivered and proper invoices can be prepared. The ISSU has three dedicated staff members who aim to ensure that students are provided with quality support during their studies at Curtin.

Services for sponsors:

The ISSU provides the following services (at no extra charge) for sponsors:

  • individual case management. Students will have access to a delegated sponsored student officer regarding any issues that arise during their studies. Sponsored student officers can liaise between the student, sponsor and Curtin.
  • identification of 'students at risk'.
  • end of semester academic reports provided to sponsors.
  • annual research progress reports provided to sponsors.
  • pastoral support for families including assistance in obtaining schooling for school aged dependants.
  • social events including an informal sponsored student graduation.
  • tuition fee invoices sent to sponsoring organisations.

Additional programs available on a fee-for-service basis

For information about additional programs offered by Curtin, please see the additional programs information sheet on our Forms page.

Essential sponsor forms:

Sponsored Student Information form

A Sponsored Student Information form must be completed for each student by the sponsoring body. It is essential the sponsor completes a form for every student they are sponsoring. The form also contains information about visa processing for sponsored students. To download the form, please visit our Forms page.

Visa processing for sponsored students:

For information about visa processing for sponsored students please download a copy of the Sponsored Student Information form.

Sponsor's agreement

Sponsors from private organisations or foreign governments must ensure that the sponsoring body completes the Sponsored Student Agreement form. Only one agreement is required between the sponsor and Curtin and is valid for three years from the date it is signed unless a shorter period of validity is otherwise mutually agreed by the parties in writing. If the sponsoring body does not return the Sponsored Student Agreement form to Curtin International, the student will be liable for payment of their own tuition fees. To download the form, please visit our Forms page.

Once sponsorship arrangements are in place, invoices will be sent to the sponsor who will make payment of the tuition fees on the students' behalf. Sponsors can expect to receive an invoice prior to the due date. Tuition fee payments for sponsored students are required by the due date in accordance with the invoice. The University does not invoice sponsors for Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) renewal. Students must pay their own OSHC renewal and, if required, send their OSHC receipt to the sponsor for reimbursement. Sponsors should not send living expenses with tuition fee payments, as the University does not disburse student living expenses.

For matters relating to student fees, including sponsor fees, please contact the Fees Centre email: fees@curtin.edu.au.

Information for sponsored students

If you accept to come to Curtin to study, it is important to report to the International Sponsored Student Unit (ISSU) at Curtin International (Bentley Campus, Building 103) as soon as you arrive. Here, you will meet your delegated sponsored student officer who will assist you throughout your studies and liaise with your sponsor. The ISSU has three dedicated staff members who aim to ensure that students are provided with quality support during their studies at Curtin.

Visa processing for sponsored students

For information about visa processing for sponsored students please download a copy of the Sponsored Student Information form.

Disclosure of information form for sponsored students

Please download a Disclosure of Information form from our Forms page. Completing this form enables Curtin to provide and disclose to your sponsor information that is related to your enrolment, admission and academic studies at the University.

Services for sponsored students

The ISSU provides the following services (at no extra charge) for sponsors and sponsored students:

  • individual case management. Students will have access to a delegated sponsored student officer regarding any issues that arise during their studies. Sponsored student officers can liaise between the student, sponsor and Curtin.
  • identification of 'students at risk'.
  • end of semester academic reports provided to sponsors.
  • annual research progress reports provided to sponsors.
  • pastoral support for families including assistance in obtaining schooling for school-aged dependants.
  • social events including an informal sponsored student graduation.

Extension to sponsorship

If a student's sponsorship expires and an extension of the sponsorship is required it is the student's responsibility to ensure they are granted an extension by their sponsor.  In such instances the sponsor must complete a new Sponsored Student Information form or send a new Letter of Financial Guarantee which reflects the new end date of sponsorship. The form or letter must be returned to the ISSU at Curtin International as soon as possible.

Change of course

If a student wishes to change course, it is the student's responsibility to ensure they are granted approval from their sponsor. In such instances, the sponsor must complete a new Sponsored Student Information form or send a new Letter of Financial Guarantee which reflects the new course details outlined in the new Letter of Offer. The sponsor approval must be returned to the ISSU at Curtin International as soon as possible.