View all news

Students learn about life in Australia


Brigid Veale
13 January 2006
Thirty-five students from countries including Laos, Bhutan, Norway and China, will learn about everything from academic survival skills to everyday essentials such as conserving water and surf safety during Southern Cross University's post-graduate orientation program, starting on Monday.

The students, who began arriving this week, will be studying a range of programs from tourism to business at the Tweed Gold Coast campus.

International student advisor Ms Robyn Cetinich said the students were enrolled in postgraduate masters programs including tourism and hotel management, business administration and professional accounting.

"This region is one of Australia's leading tourist destinations so it's an ideal place to study tourism. The campus is also very appealing to students because it is small, with plenty of support from academics and general staff," Ms Cetinich said.

"All the students can get to know each other and the staff easily, and they can enjoy the beautiful environment of the Tweed Gold Coast region."

Ms Cetinich said the number of international students was increasing every year. This year there are students from Laos, China, India, Germany, Bhutan, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Thailand, Norway, France and Malaysia.

SCU puts the students in short-term accommodation while assisting them to find permanent accommodation through local real estate agents and other outlets.

The Orientation Program, which starts on Monday and runs for a week, includes general information about the region, road safety, beach and surf safety, course information and health advice. It also includes a trip to the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, during which the students are given the chance to interact with animals and learn about snakes.

The students will also tour the Lismore campus and visit the Cape Byron Lighthouse.

Southern Cross University's Orientation Week for undergraduate students at the Tweed Gold Coast, Lismore and Coffs Harbour campuses will be held from February 13 to 17.