A big part of today’s society is International Education.
A lot of countries, including Australia, have exchange student programs, and also there are a lot of International Students who are in Australia, including UOW.
In the last 12-13 years, there have been more and more international students that have chosen to study in Australia.
Australia is ranked the third or fourth in the export industry. It is much more than a profit making business. In Australia 80% of International Students are Asian.
It’s not all smooth sailing though, for International Students, with many challenges faced in their adaptation to the new experience and environment that they are in. Most international students like to try and fit in, and what I mean with that, is they would like to interact with the local students, and a lot of the international students, will take many risks, to achieve this.
A lot of the local students aren’t really interested, and its not the greatest experience you want to have, because you aren’t here forever.
Dealing with a new environment, can be quite tough, whether you are moving to a new suburb, school, state etc. But moving to a new country, and learning a different language is like climbing a high mountain.
I think one of the main reasons, people travel the world to study, is because they want to experience something different in their lives, and this is definitely a big transition. As we know, English is pretty much the language of the planet.
I think they have to come up with a better way to welcome and make the international students feel at home, more meet and greets, tours of the area, and try and get to know different people, and I think then it would make life easier for them.