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Macquarie welcomes new international students

Over 2,300 new international students joined Macquarie's campus community this week.

International Student Orientation has many activities and information sessions that help students with the transition into life at Macquarie and Sydney.

Master of Early Childhood students Ava Samson and Natasha Denisova are both keen to start classes next week.

“I’ve heard that Macquarie is a good school. I’ve had friends study here and they gave me positive feedback,” says Ava from the Philippines.

Natasha from Russia chose Macquarie “specifically because of Early Childhood. But there are other advantages, I think the campus is awesome and Sydney is a great city.”

“Before I accepted my offer I was given a tour of the campus which was helpful, and we have received a lot of help,” says Natasha.


Master of Early Childhood students Natasha Denisova (L) and Ava Samson enjoy a barbeque lunch at orientation


    
Orientation is a time to learn about university life and meet fellow students from around the world

As part of their orientation package, international students are provided with a U@MQ student diary, a guidebook for orientation, a Sydney street directory and enrolment advice. Students are also given information on study, visas, health insurance and on-campus services.

International student orientation begins earlier than the rest of the campus because the sessions are tailored to suit the needs of international students.

Students are also able to go on several day trips around the city including a tour of the Darling Harbour (including the Sydney Aquarium, IMAX theatre and the Chinese Gardens), and the Manly to Spit Walk.

Many new international students will be going on the ‘Aussie Getaway’ camping trip this weekend. Located in the beautiful bushland of Vision Valley, the students can enjoy archery, games and a traditional campfire.

There is also the International Student Orientation Cruise 2008. The three hour cruise allows students to make new friends, enjoy the DJ and light show, and take in the spectacular views of Sydney Harbour at night. 

For further information about orientation or enrolment, visit the International Student Services website.

 

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