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The Education Destination : Australia The Education Destination 2013
australia: the education destination 13 12 australia: the education destination WElcominG internAtionAl students Australia has been welcoming international students for many decades. Its institutions and schools know exactly how to help students adjust to their Australian life. Australia is a world leader in support services for international students – it has systems in place to help students settle into their new environment. Part of this system is written in law – institutions must support their international students under the Education Services for Overseas Students Act. Australian institutions help their students manage the new experiences of studying in a different culture, adjusting to a new country and making friends. Every university has an International office, specifically to assist international students. Smaller institutions and schools have a dedicated counsellor to help their international students at all stages of their study. on-ArrIVAl SESSIonS Before you come to Australia, you can find out what to expect through the detailed government and institution websites. once you’ve been accepted into a course, your institution will advise what you need to bring to Australia. When you land in Australia, your institution can send a representative to meet you as you step off the plane. Many institutions provide on-arrival information sessions that cover practical instructions and cultural advice for studying and living in Australia. The International office may also arrange social events and sightseeing trips for you to have fun and make new friends. At the beginning of each year, universities and large vocational institutes hold orientation Week, which welcomes all new students. This is your chance to find out everything about your institution from the library system to the sports club to the best place to eat. support services Your institution’s support services will help you settle into your new institution and community. The International office can answer any questions from bus timetables to academic support to dealing with homesickness. Universities and vocational institutes have accommodation offices to help you choose the most appropriate place to live. The job and careers service assists students in finding part-time work. help With study skills 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 sad 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. cAring For school students Australian primary and secondary schools care for their international students. Schools provide support at every level from practical issues about settling in to English language assistance to co-curricular and social activities. Students receive help from older mentors, teachers and their international counsellor. creAting Friendships More than half a million students from over 200 countries are enrolled with Australian education institutions. You will create networks and friendships with people from Australia and around the world. • ABoUT AUSTrALIAN EdUcATIoN International students will receive a warm welcome and strong support in adjusting to life in Australia. ‘ ’
Australia The Education Destination 2012