Welcome back to campus

La Trobe University is welcoming thousands of new and continuing students to its campuses this week, including hundreds of recently arrived international students who are about to commence their studies on Australian soil.

Exceeding the University’s expectations, more than 1000 international students have enrolled in a wide range of courses, including business, nursing, allied health, dentistry, pharmacy, computer science and engineering.

Thousands more students, from Australia and overseas, will return to the University’s vibrant Melbourne and regional campuses to continue their studies.

Professor John Dewar AO said he was excited to see the campuses coming to life again after two challenging years.

“We’ve sorely missed having students on campus – seeing our shops and cafes full, our open spaces dotted with people, walkers using our scenic paths, and our study areas buzzing with conversation,” Professor Dewar said.

“We’ve also missed our highly valued international students who haven’t been able to join us in person until now.”

Professor Dewar said the number of international students enrolling in La Trobe courses this year is very positive.

“We’re thrilled to see international students take advantage of our unique course offering, innovative work integrated learning opportunities, strong graduate employment outcomes, and picturesque campuses to start their career journey,” Professor Dewar said.

“The number of international students commencing in Bendigo – which is significantly higher than pre-pandemic levels – is particularly pleasing, as they enjoy the campuses’ new library and teaching spaces, and opportunities to apply for Destination Australia scholarships.”

Students across all campuses will take part in a mix of on-campus and online Orientation activities this week, including workshops on study skills, preparing for work placements, entrepreneurialism and careers – as well as food, markets, live music and club activities.

As campuses reopen for semester one, the majority of learning, teaching and support services usually delivered on campus will be offered either face-to-face or with a mix of on-campus and online. Online learning will be available in settings considered higher risk, such as lectures, and where there is a need to support students not yet able to return to campus.

“The health and safety of our students and staff remain our priority and the transition back to campus life follows relevant standards and guidance,” Professor Dewar said.

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