11 ways of discovering virtual student engagement opportunities

Although our opportunities for face to face friendship and social interactions have become limited in light of COVID-19, there are other ways for you to meet, chat, interact and engage with your your classmates and friends, even remotely, from in our own homes.

  1. The Virtual Events planner will help you access virtual events, workshops and activities to support you in the shift to online learning. Access fun and social events, Uni essentials, Careers and Employment, Uni survival and Success activities, academic support, Peer mentor meetups, workshops, tours, and much more…..
  2. La Trobe Student Union provides heaps of fun events and activities, from live online Trivia evenings, Crafts sessions, yoga, cooking, study sessions, music nights and more! 
  3. The International Student Facebook transition page is specially for new commencing international students where new international students can chat with current senior international students online in the closed Facebook group. Just search Facebook for “Transition@La Trobe -International Welcome Group” or copy this weblink. For students living in China and can’t access Facebook, they can join the Wechat group, by emailing International Student Services on h.zhang@latrobe.edu.au with your student ID, full name and Wechat ID, and we will invite them to join the Wechat group.
  4. The Learning Hub is where you can get help with your assignments, study skills and practice your English conversation skills, or attend a zoom drop-in with Peer Learning Advisors or specialist staff. You can attend workshops on writing assignments, referencing, library research and more.
  5. College-led Peer Mentor program is designed to help you to connect with students in your school to build community, promote connectedness, and share experiences of Uni life and study. A Peer mentor from your School hosts these interactive opportunities and are a great opportunity to chat with other students, ask questions, and get to know others better.
  6. Join our regular International Student Lounge sessions, run monthly on zoom, especially for La Trobe International Students to come together and get information on a range of topics, from university support services, mental health and wellbeing, guest speakers, Host-led games, quizzes and activities and much more! Follow the La Trobe International Student Services Facebook page for session dates, details and registration links.
  7. Join the La Trobe Buddy Program, where La Trobe students are matched with a “buddy” from another culture, for regular catch-ups, to make friends, develop peer networks, and engage in cross-cultural exchange. The Buddy Program not only helps students develop language and intercultural communication skills, but it also helps build global awareness as well as rewarding friendships between students.
  8. Study Melbourne run many virtual online events and workshops for the Melbourne International Student community, including storytelling, practical workshops, virtual sporting events, welcome dinners, and lots more. Check out the September International Student Newsletter: September edition and subscribe here as well as join City of Melbourne International Students Facebook page: Follow us
  9. The Bendigo Student Association (BSA) runs lots of great activities especially for Bendigo campus students, such as crafts, and painting, isolation study sessions, cooking classes, professional development and training opportunities.
  10. CANDID is a new all campus, La Trobe Peer Support group for students, (and carers and allies), who have a chronic illness, may have a disability, are neurodiverse, or are in a caring role. Fortnightly Zoom catch-ups facilitated by La Trobe University’s Accessibility Hub (formally known as Equity and Diversity) team. Contact Kathy Wilton on k.Wilton@latrobe.edu.au if interested.
  11. La Trobe Sport provide fitness and mental health tips and information, have online fitness classes (book here) and organise fitness events/challenges that can be completed at home. Head to https://www.latrobe.edu.au/sport or follow their social channels (@latrobesport) to keep up to date.