The orientation for international students was held on 17 and 18 July on the Casuarina Campus. While over 100 international students will commence their studies in semester two, approximately 40 attended the orientation sessions as many were delayed by visas and flight availability.
The students hail from more than 20 different countries, including the USA, India, Denmark, Japan, Philippines, Lebanon, Nigeria, Tajikistan and UK.
Students will enrol in a variety of courses ranging from engineering, business and hospitality, health sciences and English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students (ELICOS) for those who need to improve their English language competency before commencing an academic program next year.
Manager of international students Michael Opie, coordinated the two days of activities which included a welcome address from the Vice-Chancellor Helen Garnett, presentations on cultural adjustment, academic support and counseling, part-time employment prospects, student visa conditions, university processes and enrolment, health insurance and information sessions conducted by Australian Customs Officers and a local tour company.
Students were treated to lunch and a bus trip around the city sights of Darwin on the Tour Tub.
Walkabout Tours donated a free trip to Kakadu to a lucky international student from Austria.
The International Office will arrange an international student lunch in the first week of September for all CDU international students to provide an opportunity to meet and make friends. We would like to see as many of our international students as possible attending this function.
Watch this space and the international student newsletter for details.