The University of Western Australia (UWA) Centre for English Language Teaching (CELT) is closely monitoring developments surrounding COVID-19 and its impact on our community. This rapidly developing situation is being monitored closely by the University and UWA CELT. Our highest priority is the safety of our students and staff.

This page will be updated as new information comes to hand and we will support our students and staff, in Australia and overseas as this situation unfolds.

We understand this may be a difficult time, and we'll work with you to ensure that any impact on your studies is minimised (see information below).

Latest Updates for UWA CELT students

On Thursday 19 March, The Australian Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, announced a travel ban on all non-residents and non-Australian citizens coming to Australia. This will come into effect from 9pm AEDT on Friday 20 March. 

The Australian Prime Minister announced on Sunday 15 March that all arrivals into Australia need to self-isolate for a period of two-weeks. UWA CELT has asked all students who arrived from 9 March onwards to quarantine for a period of 14 days. This decision was made to ensure that we do not place anyone at risk.

The UWA Vice-Chancellor, Jane den Hollander announced that UWA will be teaching in online mode for all courses from March 23rd. Accordingly, UWA CELT will also move its courses online.

UWA CELT remains committed to ensuring any disruption to current students' education at the Centre is minimised and has designed a number of student-centric solutions.

Online supported learning options for students have commenced (information by course type is listed below).

Bridging Course students

The next intake of the 10-week Bridging Course is due to commence on 20 April. This 10-week program will be delivered online. By doing this, we are working to ensure that students will not miss out on meeting their course requirement for a July entry into their degree program. The online delivery will be available for students who are in Australia and offshore.

ELICOS students

Students enrolled in the Centre's General or Academic English ELICOS courses moved to online delivery on 30 March 2020.  

As the Centre moved our teaching to online mode, UWA CELT will offer students different options for the four weeks of term 3 (including the additional non-teaching week) of interrupted study. Students can choose to either defer their enrolment, or withdraw and request a refund for these unused weeks, if they do not choose to study online. All students will be offered a refund for the imposed non-teaching week in the second week of term.

UWA CELT will continue to teach online in terms 4 and 5, 2020. This online delivery will be for current students, and is also available to students offshore. For further information or to enquire about how to apply to study online from offshore, please contact our Enrolments Officer (  

Important Contacts

A list of key staff members at the Centre, and the issues they can help with in relation to COVID-19, are listed below:

  • For information about deferring your studies, or for a refund of fees please contact the Centre Manager, Shiau Lin Barnett
  • To find out about the online delivery of your course, please speak out to our Director of Studies, Anne-Marie Wright
  • If this current situation is causing you some anxiety, please reach out to our Student Advisor, Heila Visagie. Heila can provide you with free and confidential emotional support, including via phone. 

Information for Future Students

For students who are due to study at UWA CELT, or are thinking about possibly enrolling, please be assured that our refund policy does cover the event of the school being unable to teach (full refund). What our refund policy does not specifically cover is the event that someone is sick with COVID-19 or unable to travel because of a quarantine/travel ban. In these two cases:

  • The Centre will refund all fees paid, minus the processing fee of $250
  • The Centre will NOT charge the usual Admin fee ($550)

We will continue to monitor the impact of COVID-19, and reassess this policy once the situation with the virus has improved.

The situation surrounding coronavirus health and travel advice is dynamically changing and the above information may change at short notice.

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