COVID-19 advice

The COVID-19 virus (previously known as novel coronavirus) has evolved rapidly since first being detected in Wuhan, in the Hubei Province of China in December 2019. The situation is still extremely fluid and Curtin Singapore is monitoring and following advice and directives from the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Education and the Committee of Private Education to protect the health and safety of our community.

This page provides information and advice for the Curtin Singapore student and staff members. We encourage you to check this frequently for updated information.

Information for students

Singapore Government's 3-phased approach to resuming activities

Singapore will exit the Circuit Breaker when it ends on 1 June, and embark on a three-phased approach to resume activities safely.

At this stage, Curtin Singapore campus will remain closed and all teaching and student services will continue online. This means classes for the next study period will be delivered online until we receive further notice from the Government. It is anticipated that we may be able to resume some campus-based activities in phase 2.

We will continue to follow the Government’s directives and advice regarding the re-opening of the campus. We will let you know as soon as we have received further updates. In the meantime, if you have any further questions or concerns please email to academic@curtin.edu.sg

Campus closure extended to 1 June

As announced by the Singapore Government on 21 April 2020, the circuit breaker period will be extended by four weeks. As a result, Curtin Singapore campus will remain closed until 1 June 2020.

During the campus closure, staff will be working from home, however, we will continue to provide you with support and care. For academic questions, you can email academic@curtin.edu.sg or send a message to Telegram (add us @CurtinAcadSg) or WeChat (ID: curtinsgacademic).  For general questions, email studentcentral@curtin.edu.sg.

Financial Support Bursary

Curtin students experiencing financial hardship are eligible to apply for the University’s Financial Support Bursary, whether they are studying in Australia or internationally. This includes enabling, undergraduate, postgraduate and Higher Degree by Research (HDR) students. Applications are assessed on the basis of the level of the student’s hardship and their demonstrated need, with regard also given to students from disadvantaged and equity backgrounds.

Students can apply for cash payments of up to $1,500 to cover essential living and/or study expenses, including purchase of computing equipment/software and internet connection. 

Applications for the Financial Support Bursary should be submitted through Curtin’s Scholarship Office here.*

*This link will direct you to the Financial and Housing Support Bursary application form. The information you supply will only be assessed in relation to the Financial Support Bursary as the Housing Support Bursary (providing support for campus-based student accommodation) is only applicable to students at our Perth and Kalgoorlie campuses.

Change of start date for Semester 2

Due to the extension of Semester 1 by one week, Semester 2 will now start one week later for the following Curtin campuses: all of our Western Australian campuses, Curtin Malaysia and Curtin Singapore. The start date for Curtin Mauritius is still being determined.

Students at these locations should note the following key dates:

  • Semester 1 break now begins on 29 June
  • Semester 2 will now commence on 3 August (rather than 27 July) and will run until 27 November.  

Semester 2 will run as a normal semester (albeit starting a week later than originally scheduled) and will include:

  • Informal Orientation Week
  • 12 teaching weeks
  • two tuition-free weeks
  • one study week
  • two exam weeks.

In line with this change, results for Semester 2 will be released one week later, on 16 December.

Campus closure from 7 April to 4 May 2020

The latest advisory from MOH and CPE on 3 April 2020 elevated more measures to control the COVID-19 transmission. As a result, Curtin Singapore will close its campus from 7 April 2020 to 4 May 2020. All administrative staff and lecturers will work from home and student services, including Library, Student Central, Finance, etc. will be closed.  However, where possible, services will be online and we will keep you updated via email.

During the campus closure, staff will be working from home, however, we will continue to provide you with support and care. For academic questions, you can email academic@curtin.edu.sg or send a message to Telegram (add us @CurtinAcadSg) or WeChat (ID: curtinsgacademic).  For general questions, email studentcentral@curtin.edu.sg.

This is an unprecedented situation for everyone where our daily lives are changed to more digital interaction and with social distancing measures in place.  Yet the situation will definitely improve and everything will be back to normal.  In the meantime, we all need to follow the government’s advisories and do our part in exercising precautionary measures for ourselves, friends and the community.

Additional border restrictions by ICA

As we are moving to online delivery starting 30 March 2020, we understand that some international students would like to return to their home country and continue their studies online. However, based on the latest advisory from the government, existing and new foreign students who are currently in Singapore, should not travel overseas unless there are strong reasons to do so e.g. family emergencies.

Disciplinary actions may be taken for non-compliance. Those who leave the country without strong reasons, while travel restrictions are in place, will face greater difficulty obtaining entry approval when they wish to return. In view of this, please email Covid-19.Support@curtin.edu.sg to set up an appointment with a staff, before making any decision to return back to your home country so we can discuss your study options.

International students who are currently overseas should not try to enter Singapore as entry approval is required before you leave your home country. If you arrive in Singapore without the necessary approval letters, you will not be able to clear immigration and will be required to fly out of Singapore within 48 hours at your own cost. If you fail to comply, your Student Pass’s or IPAs will be cancelled or rescinded respectively. In view of this, please email Covid-19.Support@curtin.edu.sg to set up an online appointment with staff, before making any decision to return to Singapore at this stage.

You may refer to this link for more information from ICA regarding the entry approval requirement

Update on COVID-19 for Navitas English students

Due to the challenges COVID-19 is causing, we are now making plans to help students continue with their English courses. The situation changes very quickly, so we have to be ready to adapt.

To help ensure our students’ success this is the plan for the last three weeks of the current term (DE2001):

  • Classes for English students in the current term will continue on campus as normal. English classes will not move online. This is because there are only 3 weeks left of this term, and the Singapore Government is still allowing schools to continue giving classes. Curtin Singapore will introduce social distancing in classrooms and other areas on campus, but otherwise classes will continue as usual.

For the new term beginning on Monday, 20 April 2020 (DE2002):

For Students in Singapore

  • For students who are in Singapore face to face classes will continue on campus as normal. Measures on campus to prevent the virus will continue as before.

For students unable to travel or gain entry at this time to Singapore

  • Online classes will be available. Please check your student email for further guidelines.

Curtin Singapore will help students continue their education with as little disruption as possible. At the same time, we will continue to strictly follow all government recommendations to ensure health and safety for all students and staff.

Online delivery of courses in response to COVID-19 for Trimester 1a 2020

Due to the challenges and concerns posed by COVID-19, we are moving the delivery of  Curtin University and Curtin College lectures and tutorials online effective 30 March 2020 for the foreseeable future. We expect to return to face to face teaching in future teaching periods once the current situation has improved. Your lectures and tutorials will be delivered according to your timetable. Please check your student email for further guidelines.

New travel declaration to meet the updated government requirements

One of the most important requirements of the containment measures against the COVID-19 pandemic is the tracking and monitoring of long term residents’ movement in and out of Singapore (including Singaporeans, Permanent Residents and Long Term Pass holders which includes Student’s Pass holders). This important travel information enables the implementation of effective containment measures such as the Quarantine Order (QO), Stay-Home Notice (SHN) and Leave of Absence (LOA).

As such, all students are required to complete and submit a new travel declaration for the year 2020 to meet the updated Government requirements. Please check your student email for the travel declaration online form and submit your completed travel declaration by Friday, 27 March 2020.

Additional tuition-free week and change of census date

Tuition-free week at the Curtin Singapore Campus 

In line with Curtin Perth campus, 23 to 27 March 2020 will be a tuition-free week at Curtin Singapore for Curtin College and Curtin University students, with the exception for all Nursing Programs, which will remain unchanged. The campus will remain open.

The tuition-free weeks from 13 to 24 April 2020 will continue as planned and we will be adding a teaching week to the end of this trimester.  This will mean that the study week and exam period are delayed by one week.

Change to census date (withdrawal date without financial penalty)

The date Curtin University students can withdraw without financial penalty has been changed from Friday 20 March 2020 to Friday 3 April 2020.

Travel advisories

From 23 March 2020, 2359 hours, all short-term visitors (from anywhere in the world) will not be allowed to enter or transit through Singapore.

From 25 March 2020, holders of ICA issued In-Principle Approval (IPA) will not be allowed to enter or transit through Singapore.

All Singaporeans, Permanent Residents and Long Term pass holders returning to Singapore will be issued a 14-day Stay-Home Notice (SHN). Persons under SHN must remain in their place of residence at all times.

The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) will only allow the entry/return of work pass holders, including their dependents, for those providing essential services, such as in healthcare and transport.  They are required to obtain MOM’s approval before they can commence their journey.

From 27 March 2020, 0900 hours, all travellers returning to Singapore must submit a health declaration before proceeding with immigration clearance. They will have to do so through the SG Arrival Card (SGAC) e-Service at ICA’s website at https://eservices.ica.gov.sg/sgarrivalcard or the mobile application which can be downloaded for free from Apple AppStore and Google Play.

List of countries/regions and border control measures

List of countries/regions and border control measures

Long Term Pass holders include work passes, Student’s Pass, Dependant’s Pass, and Long-term Visit Pass.

 

 

Frequently asked questions

What precautions is Curtin Singapore taking to minimise the risk COVID-19 infection?

Curtin Singapore is monitoring updates from the Singapore Government, as well as implementing the following measures to minimise the risk of spreading COVID-19:

  • Increased cleaning and disinfecting of all areas of the campus
  • Hand sanitisers are provided around the campus and in every classroom for everyone’s use.
  • Checking the temperature of every person on entry and exit to campus
  • Strict checks on the travel history of every student and staff member
  • LOA (Leave of Absence) or SHN (Stay-Home Notice) are enforced if required
  • Promoted healthy hygiene and wash practices across campus

What should I do to protect myself and others from the virus?

Please ensure you continue to carry out healthy hygiene practices. These include:

  • Washing your hands often with soap and water or using an alcohol-based hand sanitiser.
  • Covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or a tissue when you cough or sneeze and disposing of used tissues immediately in the nearest bin.
  • Trying to keep a distance of at least 1.5 metres between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
  • Avoiding touching your face. Your hands come into contact with many surfaces and, once contaminated, can transfer the virus to your eyes, nose or mouth where it can enter your body.

Can I wear a mask in class?

Yes, of course. However, it is not a requirement. This is up to individual students to decide.

Can a student come to campus if they are serving LOA or SHN?

Absolutely not. Checks will be made, and any student found to be breaking their LOA/SHN requirement will face strict penalties that could include expulsion from Curtin Singapore, cancellation of Student’s Pass for international students, or even prosecution under Section 21A of the Infectious Diseases Act.

What is the difference between leave of absence and Stay-Home Notice?

Persons taking leave of absence are allowed to leave their place of residence to purchase daily necessities or to attend to important personal matters. Persons issued a SHN should remain in their place of residence at all times during the 14-day period.

What must be done during the Stay-Home Notice period (SHN)?

You must remain in your place of residence at all times during the 14-day period. Do not leave your residence, even if it is to purchase food and essentials. If necessary, you may opt for home delivery services or enlist the assistance of others for your daily necessities. You should minimise contact with others, and avoid having visitors to your residence. You should maintain a record of persons you come into close contact with during this period.

For further health advisory for persons issued Stay-Home Notice period, visit the website here.

How does Curtin Singapore ensure SHN students follow the rules?

Staff from Curtin Singapore will be contacting SHN students regularly. There may also be house visits if required. Partly this is to check SHN students are at home, but also to ensure that students are able to have food and essentials delivered to their homes. As always, our students’ welfare is a priority. If any student is found not to be at home, then they may face strict penalties.

What should I do if I feel ill, especially if I have a fever, cough or other respiratory symptoms?

Do not come to campus. You should contact the nearest clinic to advise them of your symptoms and that you need to see a doctor. They will advise you of any special requirements. If you need to see a doctor again, it is very important that you go back to the same doctor as they will know better how to treat you. Do not change from one clinic to another.

How long will these measures continue?

Curtin Singapore will continue to look at measures, follow government recommendations, and ensure best practices for as long as necessary.

I am still worried. Can I defer my studies?

We understand students and their families are worried about this situation. We are doing everything we can to ensure Curtin Singapore is a safe place to study. However, if you still feel you would prefer to take a break then we absolutely understand. Curtin Singapore will be ready to welcome you back when you are ready to continue with your studies.

I have more questions. Who can I contact?

You can email to Covid-19.Support@curtin.edu.sg. Curtin Singapore staff will be ready and waiting to help you with any matters.

Curtin University

Curtin University has developed the Curtin COVID-19 Expert Index. These staff are able to provide expert commentary to the media on the impact and implications of the pandemic on topics ranging from the virus spread, life in lockdown in Australia, working from home and how to talk to our children about the way the world has changed.

Useful links

Visit the following sites for more information and latest updates about the COVID-19.