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The Education Destination : Australia The Education Destination 2011
142 Australia – The Education Destination courses for careers adjusting to your new study environment 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. If you need additional English language training for your schooling or academic studies, your institution can help arrange it. cultural and religious facilities The large institutions provide cultural and religious facilities for people of different backgrounds. This may include offering a range of cuisines in the cafeterias, including halal and kosher foods. For religious needs, some institutions have multi- faith centres and many campuses have Muslim prayer rooms. Cultural and religious support can also be found through the many clubs and societies on campus. If you feel low because of culture shock, homesickness or study pressures, your international counsellor can give you advice. International students do not have to worry about being on their own during tough times or emergencies. social and cultural clubs 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. Left: Australia’s institutions provide cultural and religious facilities for people of different backgrounds. Right: Your institution will organise social activities and other events so you can get to know other students and make friends. Image: Tourism Australia. ‘Your institution’s support services will help you settle into your new institution and community.’ As one international student at a university in Sydney puts it: ‘There are lots of clubs and you can find 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. activities and sightseeing When you’re ready to start having fun, making new friends and taking adventures, turn to your institution. International offices and some education agencies organise day trips, short holidays and a variety of activities including ‘get to know you’ parties, concerts and sightseeing trips. support services for school students Australian primary and secondary schools care for their international students. They make sure their students flourish emotionally, socially and intellectually. Students are usually met on arrival and taken to their homestay family or the school boarding house. Students follow special orientation programs, and as they settle in, they’re encouraged to take any worries to teachers assigned to pastoral care. Often, older students will mentor a new international student. Schools provide support at every level from practical issues about settling in to English language assistance to co-curricular and social activities. Whether you are a younger or older student, you and your family back home can be confident that you will receive a warm welcome and strong support in adjusting to life in Australia. ■ ‘Australia is a world leader in support services for international students – including intensive help in those first months.’ Welcoming community ‘It’s like a brotherhood in the boarding house – it’s a very accepting community with great support. There are opportunities to excel academically and at sport, with prep time for study and access to tutors. It’s a great place to be.’ John Hubbard, boarder at canberra grammar school
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