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CAAW

CAAW

Definition

A CAAW is a Confirmation of Appropriate Accommodation and Welfare letter provided to students under 18 by their institution. It will be needed for your visa application if you are under 18.
Campus

Campus

Definition

A campus is usually the location of an educational institution. Many Australian institutions have multiple campuses either across a city or state, or across the country.
Capsicum

Capsicum

Definition

Capsicum is a vegetable that is known in other countries as bell peppers or red and green peppers. Red, yellow and green capsicums are commonly available.
Census date

Census date

Definition

Census date is the date that higher education students must have finalised their course of study and enrolment details for the semester or trimester.
Chips

Chips

Definition

In Australia, chips can refer to ‘hot’ chips; fried strips of potato. Chips also refer to what are known in other countries as crisps.
Clubs and societies

Clubs and societies

Definition

Most institutions, especially universities, will have clubs and societies you can join. What clubs and societies are available will depend on your institution, but they are a great place to meet people and explore new skills, ideas and places. See also Student Union.
College

College

Definition

The word college has several different meanings. It can mean a residential hall where many students live on or near campus; it is also used to describe some secondary schools and other tertiary institutions; and it is also used by some institutions to group subject areas together administratively. See also School and Faculty.
Concession Card

Concession Card

Definition

In some states, international students are entitled to concession travel on public transport. You may need to apply for a concession card. Please check with your local public transport authority.
Confirmation of Enrolment (COE or eCOE)

Confirmation of Enrolment (COE or eCOE)

Definition

An eCOE is a document issued to you by your institution once you have accepted your place at your institution. It will be needed for your student visa application.
Contact hours

Contact hours

Definition

Contact hours are the hours a student is expected to spend attending tutorials, practicals, lectures etc, at university. You will be expected to undertake study outside of these hours.
Core Unit

Core Unit

Definition

One of many essential units or subjects that must be completed in order to complete the course/program.
Course

Course

Definition

At some institutions this is the full program of study, at others it is the units or subjects within the program of study. See also program, subjects, units, and modules.
Course fees

Course fees

Definition

All students are liable for a number of fees throughout their studies. Course and tuition fees are specific costs that are to be paid, relating to a student’s chosen course.
Credit Points

Credit Points

Definition

Each unit/subject/course is assigned a number of credit points, giving the course a numerical value in the context of the full study program. For example: each subject is worth 12 credit points, so to complete one semester you need to complete 48 credit points, and to complete the 3 year degree you need 288 credit points. In some cases different subjects have different credit point values, but the final total required at the end of the course is the same.
Credit(s)

Credit(s)

Definition

The acknowledgement that a person has satisfied the requirements of a subject or unit of competency either through previous study or through work or life experience. The granting of credit exempts the student from that part of the course. See Exemptions, Advanced Standing and Recognition of Prior Learning.
CRICOS

CRICOS

Definition

Any institution that accepts international students must be registered by the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (http://cricos.deewr.gov.au/).
Cross-institutional Study

Cross-institutional Study

Definition

It may be possible for some students to undertake one subject or unit at a university or institution different to your home institution. This type of study must be approved by both your home institution and the institution you wish to study the subject or unit at.
Culture Shock

Culture Shock

Definition

Culture shock is when you feel disoriented or unsettled in a new and foreign environment. It is very normal to experience culture shock when you arrive in a different country, talk to the support services at your institution if you are worried. See Student Support Services.
Currency

Currency

Definition

Australia has a decimal system of currency, based around dollars and cents. There are coins (5c, 10c, 20c, 50c, $1, $2) and notes ($5, $10, $20, $50, $100). Australian notes are made of polymer, so cannot be torn and will survive if they are accidently washed.