Student Support and Activities

1- Support Services from education institutions
2- Support Services from Student associations
3- National associations

Support Services for International Students:

Studying abroad can be stimulating, daunting or a blend of both. But with the right outlook and a few handy hints, you can ensure that you get the most of out of your study experience in Australia. Education institutions in Australia are among some of the best in the world proposing modern and advanced facilities that will ensure your time as a student is positive and valuable, preparing you for a successful career in your preferred field. There is a number of student support services tailored especially to the needs of international students. This section provides information on these services. The following types of support services are available to international students.

Support Services from education institutions:

Many Australian education institutions are like mini communities, so not only will you be able to undertake your studies amid world-class learning facilities, you will also be able to enjoy the social side of studying as well. You can join a club or society, improve your health and fitness in the gym, join a sports team or attend a social event. Australian education institutions offer a range of facilities including:

- language tuition
- designated international student advisers;
- on-arrival reception and orientation programs; and
- Health, counselling, accommodation and employment services.
- child care;
- clubs and societies;
- prayer and worships rooms;
- career services;
- banking, shopping and food outlets;
- social clubs and events; and
- sport and fitness facilities.

Support Services from Student associations:

Australia has a number of student associations representing and assisting students from Australian educational institutions.

National associations include:

- Council of Australian Postgraduate Associations (CAPA) www.capa.edu.au - protecting and promoting the interests of Australia's postgraduate students; and
- National Union of Students (NUS) www.unistudent.com.a - peak representative body of all tertiary students in Australia; and4
- Council of International Students Australia (CISA) www.cisa.edu.au - national peak student representative body for international students studying at the postgraduate, undergraduate, private college, TAFE, ELICOS and foundation level.

Other student representative bodies include:

- Australian Federation of International Students (AFIS) internationalstudents.org.au - assisting international students in maximizing the scope and potential of their experience living and studying in Australia;