The Vice-Chancellor this morning (Monday) welcomes the first 40 of almost 100 new international students expected to begin studies at Charles Darwin University this term.
These international undergraduate and post-graduate students come from 22 countries as far away as Europe, the Middle East, South and Central Africa, North and South America and across the length of Asia.
Sessions on Visa Issues, Enrolment, Cultural Adjustment and Academic Skills and Writing will be held during the day, with a tour of the city of Darwin to complete the day.
Many of them are new to Australia and have never studied in an English-speaking university before.
They will be studying law, linguistics, hospitality, graphic design, education, business management, communication, English, IT, tropical environment management, pharmacy, engineering, cooking, tourism management, biological science.
To assist the overseas students in their transition to Australian university life, Orientation Week starts a day early for these students, who will spend today learning about cultural adjustments, visa requirements, Australian academic skills and writing requirements, our health systems, and other basics taken for granted by Australian students.
They’ll enjoy a special morning tea and pizza lunch, hosted by CDU’s International Office, and finish their day with a guided bus tour of Darwin’s attractions.
Tomorrow, they’re all invited to join the general student population for the rest of O-Week activities.
The students come from all points of the compass.
Asia: Bangladesh, Thailand, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Singapore, Pakistan, Malaysia Japan, India, Indonesia, China, South Korea
Europe: UK, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Sweden, Ireland, Italy
Middle East: Yemen, Lebanon, Iran
America: USA and Canada, Colombia, Peru and Brazil
Africa: Zimbabwe, Nigeria, South Africa