New help desk launched for international students arriving in Australia

by Ray Clancy on July 29, 2015

in Australia

Arriving in a new country for the first time at an international airport can be a daunting experience, especially for the tens of thousands of students that arrive in Australia every year.

Now Sydney airport has made the arrival less stressful with a new International Student Airport Welcome Desk.

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Arrival at Sydney’s airport has been made less stressful with a new International Student Airport Welcome Desk

Minister for Trade, Tourism and Major Events, Stuart Ayres, said the desk will help to ensure international students feel welcome.

‘Recent surveys have highlighted that the first 24 hours is crucial to students forming their perspectives about studying and living in New South Wales. Experience shows implementing simple gestures, like a welcome desk, encourages students to return as ambassadors for the State and supports further growth in the sector,’ he explained.

‘The International Student Airport Welcome Desk serves as a gateway, whether students are arriving in Sydney or travelling on to regional New South Wales to their education institution,’ he added.

The facility is funded by StudyNSW, Destination NSW, and key education partners including the NSW Department of Education, TAFE NSW, English Australia and all NSW universities, the Welcome Desk is also supported by the Council of International Students Australia (CISA).

It will be based directly opposite Arrivals Hall A in T1 at Sydney International Airport and staffed by dedicated student volunteers offering guides and maps together with information on iPads and LCD screens.

In 2014, international students generated $6.3 billion in export revenue for New South Wales, the State’s largest service export.

Almost 300,000 students from around the globe study at Australian universities, a quarter of the total higher education student population.

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Lars Johansson March 14, 2016 at 5:58 am

Students arriving in Sydney should be informed about the NSW Anti-Smoking legislation and the maximum (read mandatory) fine of $300, Those who may consider going to school by bicycle should know about the fines for breach of traffic regulations – enough to break any student’s budget.

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