COVID-19 information and support for international students

Find out what information and support is available to international students studying in South Australia during COVID-19.

Financial support

Applying for International Student Support Package Grants

The International Student Support Package announced on 21 April 2020 is designed to support international students currently residing in South Australia and facing financial hardship. We understand this is a difficult time for you.

Applications for the $500 emergency cash grants as part of the SA Government's International Student Support Package (ISSP) are now open. Students who have registered for updates through StudyAdelaide will have received an email with a link to the application form. 


We encourage you to please monitor the progress of your application through the StudyAdelaide website.


Students who are yet to register for the ISSP can click here.


For school students living with South Australian homestay families, a one-off $200 COVID-19 assistance payment per student will be provided to homestay families. International school students do not need to apply for the ISSP.

Contact Details for Public Universities:


Flinders University students, email:  


University of South Australia: Student Hardship Fund (COVID-19)


University of Adelaide: COVID-19 International Student Information

Immediate food support

Anglicare SA (8305 9434) have the capacity to assist with food, core basics and possible financial assistance. 

To receive this support, you will need to present at 9:00 am Monday - Friday at Anglicare SA, 82 Gilbert Street, Adelaide with your student ID or visa to confirm student status.

Accommodation assistance


The South Australian Government has endorsed several initiatives aimed at helping landlords and tenants whose incomes have been affected due to the current pandemic. For more information, visit Consumer and Business Services.

The organisations below may be able to assist you with immediate assistance with crisis accommodation and information about your options.

   • Tenants' Information & Advisory Service (TIAS): 1800 060 462
   • Shelter SA: 8223 4007
   • Housing SA: 131 299

Translating services

If you require assistance with translation services, please call Translating and Interpreting Service on 13 14 50 or Interpreting and Translating Centre (ITC) on 1800 280 203.

Health and wellbeing

If you require assistance in relation to your mental health or wellbeing the organisations below provide support services:


Call 13 11 14 or visit Lifeline.

Beyond Blue

Call 1300 224 636 or visit Beyond Blue.


Call 1300 789 978 or visit Mensline.

Q Life for LGBTI

Call 1800 184 527 or visit Q Life for LGBTI.

Relationships Australia

Call 1300 364 277 or visit Relationships Australia.

Kids Helpline

Call 1800 551 800 or visit Kids Helpline.

Open Your World

Email: or visit Open Your World.

How we can help you with your studies

If you require advice about the impact of COVID-19 on your planned study, please contact your provider’s student support services. 

By contacting your training provider directly, you may be able to access additional support options available to assist you during this difficult period.

If you require additional assistance for study related issues, we may be able to assist.

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