As an Australia Awards Scholarship student, you are required to leave Australia prior to the expiration of your Australia Awards Scholarship student visa, or within 30 days of the completion of studies, whichever comes first.
UTS will arrange a return home workshop and farewell ceremony for all completing Australia Awards Scholarship students to attend prior to departure.
If you are in Australia with a spouse who is also on an Australia Awards Scholarship, you may remain in Australia until your spouse completes his or her Australia Awards Scholarship. You will need to transfer to an Australia Awards Scholarship Dependant Visa, at your own expense.
To request this change to an Australia Awards Scholarship Dependant Visa, you must inform International Sponsored Students Team at least 3 months before your scholarship end date, as UTS needs to contact the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (Canberra) to obtain a "no objection letter" which you will need when you apply for the Australia Awards Scholarship Dependant Visa.
As per your scholarship conditions, you are required to return home for at least two years following the completion of your degree. Note that any time spent in Australia during the two year return home period will accordingly extend the end date. Failure to meet these conditions will activate a Debt to the Commonwealth detailed in Section 5.7 of the Australia Awards Scholarships Policy Handbook (opens an external site).
You are required to contact the relevant Australia Awards Scholarship post to obtain a Letter of Support for all visa applications.