What information are students getting and what do they need?
Australia’s international higher education sector makes a significant contribution to the economic, social and cultural climate of Australia. International students choose Australia because of its quality education, safety and its warm and welcoming environment and lifestyle. Nevertheless, anecdotal reports suggest that the information students receive before they leave their home country is, at times, not sufficient to prepare them for life in Australia. Reports of international student isolation and difficulties in integrating with campus and wider communities have been linked to students feeling underprepared for life in Australia. This interactive session outlines a new research project being conducted by Universities Australia, CISA and ISANA to look closely at student perspectives relating to predeparture information. Attendees will be given the opportunity to provide input into the project by discussing their own experiences in transitioning to Australia and what is required to ensure positive student experiences and enhanced wellbeing.