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Left: Australian institutions care for their international students. Image courtesy of St Catherine’s School, Melbourne, Victoria. Above: At your institution, you can share your national culture while also learning about other cultures. Image courtesy of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart College, South Australia. Australia has welcomed students from other countries for many decades so its institutions and schools know exactly how to help students make the most of their time in Australia. Help with adjusting to life in Australia Your institution support services will help you settle in to your new institution and community. The international office can give you timetables for public transport and tell you how to get around and where to buy groceries. Students say they can ask any question and the staff in the offi ce will answer it! Universities and vocational institutes have accommodation offi ces to help you choose the most appropriate place to live. If you are looking for share accommodation, they often have contact details of other students also requiring a flatmate. The job and careers service assists students in finding part- time work. As you near graduation, you can also use it for advice on your future career path. Many large institutes have a range of other services on campus such as medical centres, banks and bookshops. Study skills and English language assistance For many international students, the Australian education system is quite different from their home country. Your institution can provide assistance on study skills, teaching you how to take notes, write essays and prepare for exams. Australia: The Education Destination If you need additional English language training for your schooling or academic studies, your institution can help arrange it. Clubs for your interest – and making friends As part of your study experience, you can join a club or society on campus. There are plenty to choose from, including cultural societies, sports clubs, academic societies, religious groups and fun hobbies such as photography or watching movies. As one international student at a university in Sydney puts it: ‘There are lots of clubs and you can fi nd friends instantly’. Clubs hold many social events both on and off campus so it’s good way to meet friends and see more of your local area. Sightseeing and social events When you’re ready to start having fun, making new friends and taking adventures, turn to your institution. International offi ces and some education agencies organise day trips, short holidays and a variety of activities including “get to know you” parties, concerts and sightseeing trips. In South Australia, StudyAdelaide, the peak industry body for international education, runs a year-long program to help international students make friends. Its public relations manager, Mark Osbourne, says 5000 students participated in their free events last year. ‘It’s an opportunity to experience Australian culture and make friends with local people,’ Mr Osbourne explains. > 87 INSTITUTIONS AND COURSES
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