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The Education Destination : Australia The Education Destination 2010
64 | australia the education destination institutions and courses australia has been Welcoming international students for decades and has a Wide range of support services to help you settle into your neW institution and community, Writes margaret-ann Williams. STUDYING IN AUSTRALIA brings many rewarding, enjoyable experiences, and also many challenges – a different country, culture and climate, new teachers and friends, perhaps even a new language. 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. They also know the best ways to handle any difficulties students may face, especially in the early days. Homesickness, for instance, often strikes students in the first months after arrival. The support begins before you even arrive Support for international students begins the moment you start considering options for studying abroad. Excellent government and institution websites show you what to expect if you choose Australia, and how to apply for courses and visas. many institutions have on- arrival information sessions that cover practical instructions and cultural advice for studying and living in australia. Once you have been accepted into a course, you can contact your institution’s international counsellor. Large institutions have international offices, and smaller colleges and schools have international counsellors dedicated to helping overseas students. When you land in Australia, your institution can organise someone to meet you as you step off the plane. Australia is a world leader in support services for international students – including intensive help in those first months when students may feel lonely and vulnerable. Australian institutions must support their international students by law under the Education Services for Overseas Students Act. Practical, on-arrival information Many institutions provide on-arrival information sessions that cover practical instructions and cultural advice for studying and living in Australia. At the beginning of each year, universities hold Orientation Week (O-Week) which welcomes all new students and features introductory lectures, guided tours and events showcasing the activities on campus. O -Week is your chance to find out everything about your university from the library system to the sports club to the best place to eat. Social events, entertainment and barbeques are in full swing so you can meet other students. Some students have made friends for life during O-Week. Help with adjusting to life in Australia Your institution support services will help you settle into 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 can ask any question and the staff in the office will answer it. Universities and vocational institutes have accommodation offices 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. welcoming and supporting students
The Education Destination
Australia The Education Destination 2011