Student Support

International Students: Would a second chance have changed their choices?

Cathy Saenger

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

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International students journey of transition from high school to University.

Hedley Reberger

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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Don’t Forget the Chilli Sauce! A Weekend Orientation Getaway Experience

Jodie Caruana

Abstract: The University of New South Wales initiated a weekend ‘Orientation Getaway’ for international students in 2005. The program was coordinated by International Student Services (ISS) and facilitated with the help of ISS Peer Mentors. The program aimed to enhance both the group and individual needs of students during their critical transition phase.

At the group level the ‘Orientation Getaway’ developed a sense of belonging and built support networks within the international community whilst enhancing student confidence, knowledge of Australian culture, and career and study awareness at the individual level. The ISANA session will outline the design, implementation and evaluation aspects of this program so far.

Key Words: orientation, peer mentors, community building, student support

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International Students - A Segregated and Vunerable workforce

Chris Nyland, Helen Forbes-Mewett, Simon Marginson, Gaby Ramia, Erlenawati Sawir, Sharon Smith

Abstract: The growth of the international education market has generated a community of student-workers that is vulnerable, growing and under-researched. Drawing on interviews with 200 international students, we show that a very high proportion of these students are employed and that this workforce is segmented and that while all student workforces are segmented, many international students must accept forms of work and levels of payment unacceptable to locals. Little has been done to ensure the rights of these workers are protected and we suggest this situation requires resolution.

Keywords: international students, workforce, employment

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The role of the International Student Adviser – how we have changed

Mary Ann Seow

Abstract: The role of the international student adviser was once largely confined to orientation activities, the odd critical incident and welfare and counselling during the student’s stay in Australia. Progressively over the years, the role has changed. Federal government legislation, increasing competition amongst universities for the international student market and increasing numbers which have in some part being influenced by the incentives in the Migration Act have all contributed in their way to the demands and role of the International Student Adviser.

Key words: ISA, international student adviser, working with international students, networking, strategic management

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