The Pre-arrival Orientation Sessions S1 2018 were successfully delivered by the University of Sydney Centre in China in Suzhou (20 January), Shanghai (21 January), Beijing (26 January) and Guangzhou (28 January) during the last two weeks. Over one third of the 2018 cohort of students and many parents, up to 400 in total, attended the events in the four cities.
The four orientation sessions saw staff from the University student support area and the Centre provide advice on the range of student services available to help with finding accommodation, healthcare and social networks, as well as academics from the University of Sydney give demonstration classes to prepare students for the new learning environment they will be part of.
Senior Australian government representatives from the Australian Embassy and Consulates in China attended the sessions in Shanghai, Beijing and Guangzhou. They briefed on important information about protections for international students, reassuring students that domestic and international students have the same rights and access to the same services.
In addition, the Centre in China invited the University of Sydney alumni to the four sessions; the alumni shared their experiences both study and personal to the newly enrolled students through formal presentations, as well as interacted casually with the audience to answer various enquires about living and studying in Sydney.
This event has been very well received by the students and their parents. The students made the most of this opportunity to make friends, build networks and consult alumni. A student’s mother who came to the Beijing session said, “We are grateful to the Centre in China. This session is very successful. We’re also grateful to the alumni for sharing their stories with us. I’m so happy that my daughter has joined the community where she belongs.”
The half-day pre-arrival program for new students commencing in S1 2018 is an important initiative of the Centre in China, and multiple departments of the University have provided valuable support. The aim of this program is to ensure that students have as much information as possible to make their transition to life in Australia and study at the University easy and prepared.
The Pre-arrival Orientation Sessions will be held for S2 new students in June 2018.
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