On 28 January 2023, the Chinese Service Centre for Scholarly Exchange (CSCSE) announced that international academic qualifications must be completed in-person, on-campus – and will no longer be recognised if the study is undertaken online.
A temporary exemption was introduced in 2020 to allow Chinese students to complete their studies online, while COVID-19 travel restrictions applied.
The new announcement marks the end of this exemption period.
Now, students must complete international qualifications in-person, on-campus, if they wish to have that qualification recognised by the CSCSE.
With the Australian academic year beginning in February, the announcement means that many students will be rushing to get visas approved, flights booked and accommodation secured.
Students who are unable to return to Australia immediately due to any issues with flights, visas or accommodation must keep documentary evidence to submit with their degree certification application.
The Australian Government’s Minister for Education, the Hon. Jason Clare MP, says, “it is good that Chinese students are coming back,” and that federal government departments are working closely together to ensure a smooth process for those returning.
If you have any questions or concerns, please visit the FAQ page on the CSCSE website.