Abstract: This paper examines the academic performance in a longitudinal study or group of 25 students who were admitted to an Australian University in 2004. The cohort all studied secondary education and made application to the University through Tertiary Admission Centre. Quantitative data examining the performance for this group has been collected at the conclusion of each semester or total of 7 semesters, living a data et panning for the proposed three years bachelor degree programs that most students were enrolled in. The quantitative data which focuses on the outcomes, results and grade point averages(GPA ’s) or this group between 2004 and July 2007 is presented.
Keywords: academic performance, international students, transition, high school, tertiary
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Abstract: Being a mentor to International Students in the Faculty of Business and Computing at a polytechnic in New Zealand, the author has experienced the trials and tribulations of International Students first hand. They begin fresh faced with many expectations, but very soon find that things are not as easy as expected. Some graduates have indicated that they have found it nearly impossible to find jobs and that they are not really well equipped to find good jobs. The main reason mentioned was poor English, even after several years spent in an English-speaking environment. The main regrets were choosing not to live with English-speaking families or flatmates and not having made more of an effort to socialise with local students during their years of study.
The proposed research intends to find out the variety of social and academic choices that are made by International Students in business and computing, together with their supporting reasons. The proposed research also intends to find out if these students would make the same choices given a second chance and what could have helped them make better choices. In-depth interviews will be conducted with current and graduate International Students with final numbers yet to be determined. This paper will focus on choices made by students, the reasons for these choices and what could have helped them make better choices.
Keywords: International Students, choices made, reasons for choices, second chances
Abstract: Designed and implemented as a joint project between International student services and the Research Students Centre and overseen by the Dean of Graduate Studies, RIS offers a series of intensive classes, presentations and workshops to new international research students at QUT. The core purpose of this program is to help international research students become familiar with the linguistic and academic expectations as well as the cultural conventions required to undertake research at QUT.
This program has been running since 2005 and over 200 students have successfully participated. In 2007 we faced a considerable challenge in that numbers for the course tripled and we were asked to increasingly liaise with and involve academic staff and students ’ supervisors in the course. This presentation will provide background information about how we met these challenges and the key factors in its success.
Keywords: Interntational student services, international research students, academic expectations
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Abstract: In the competitive employment market employers are looking for talent well beyond the direct skill and knowledge a graduate can bring to the role. At Monash University developing a broad and positive student experience is a commitment shared across its community and activity is reported through a committee structure directly to the vice chancellor. Case studies will be shared within this paper demonstrating the collaborative work to broaden students’ experience, and the many personal and professional rewards voiced by the students involved in the various programs and opportunities. Student success in international education is critical for both students and their University. The preparedness for gaining quality employment across the globe requires Universities to address many aspects of academic and non-academic delivery. Obtaining ‘more than just a degree’ is to leverage off the rich opportunities available at the University and differentiate your ability with a leading edge when facing the workforce. An increasing number of international students are embracing this and through a supportive University environment they explore and practise various skills for both personal and professional growth.
Through growing engagement and volunteering, international students at Monash University reap the benefits of the opportunities available to them throughout the year. Case studies will focus on the programs delivered through the International Student Support (ISS) office, including Peer Mentor program (offering extensive training), teams assisting new students during pre-departure (in home country), on arrival, during registration, orientation, late arrival and settling in. Language and cultural exchange programs, where learning occurs directly between peers - developing language skills and culture awareness. Strong working relationships and support also exists between the ISS staff and the International Student Association representatives. Working in student associations brings many varied and valuable skills including working in committees, event management, financial management, building relationships across the University, communication and negotiation skills, greater awareness of the University structures and processes, and much more. Students also gain paid casual employment assisting in the ISS office.
Individual student success is felt and measured by the experiences gained through meaningful contribution and involvement beyond the course itself. The feedback from students engaged in the various volunteering and paid roles shows the importance of a broader experience while at University. Students report feeling valued and being a part of the University, able to make positive and important contribution, receive broader training and learn new skills & practise them safely, broaden engagement and relationships with different students and staff, develop skills in leadership, improve communication, presentation, organising events, explore their interests and abilities more broadly, receive formal acknowledgement and recognition provided by the University for their contribution and participation.
Keywords: employment, international education, peer mentor program, relationships
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Kathryn Richardson and Assoc. Prof. Rosalind Hurworth
Abstract: Fitting into a new culture brings many preconceived expectations and uncertainties, particularly for students who are also navigating the complications of adolescence. As adolescents, international students attending secondary schools still require the help and confidence of adults who they respect and with whom they can confide safely. This paper reports some of the findings from a survey and interviews investigating the needs of international students attending secondary schools. Overseas students in a variety of care settings were invited to comment regarding their settlement in Australia. There were 318 questionnaire respondents and eighteen students participated in the interviews. The study was examining the factors that enable them to move from requiring considerable support upon arrival to functioning confidently and independently within the Australian environment.
Three main factors emerged from the research. The first involved the preconceived expectations held by the students prior to arrival, and how these impacted their experiences upon arrival. The second factor involved the link between friendship patterns and communicative competence. Finally, the role of significant adults associated with the international students’ lives was examined.
Key words: International students, adolescent, welfare, culture, settlement, friendship