Bendigo welcomes international students

Fifty-three new international students representing twenty-six countries have been officially welcomed to La Trobe University's Bendigo Campus.

‘Over half of these students are moving here from the Asia Pacific region, helping to cement our ties with countries that are increasingly important for Australian business and cultural interests,’ said Senior International Development Manager (Regional), Lisa Farrar.  

The international students’ orientation program began last Friday with a get-to-know-you and essential information session over a French breakfast, followed by a series of workshops, library tours and sessions on student enrichment programs.  

Students were also treated to a tour of Bendigo, before taking part in a fun session on Australiana which helped familiarise them with local customs.

Countries represented in this year’s international cohort are Kuwait, Canada, Nepal, Mauritius, Bangladesh, China, the Solomon Islands, Fiji, Singapore, Pakistan, Malaysia, Mexico, Kenya, Vietnam, Sri Lanka, Tanzania and Vanuatu.

Ms Farrar said that a further 40 students were taking part in La Trobe University’s International Registration for Overseas Nurses (IRON) Program, a 13 week course that began on Thursday 2 January 2014.

‘These 40 nurses are training to receive accreditation to work in the Australian health care system. They are currently undertaking clinical placements at Bendigo Health and St John of God Hospital. This is an important step for these nurses to begin working in Australia.’

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