TAFE South Australia News

TAFE SA welcomes new international students

Jan 23, 2014

Students from over 48 countries were welcomed to TAFE SA this week as part of their orientation to learning in Australia.

TAFE SA orientation convener Was Amir said that this year's cohort of international students came from many different countries including China, Vietnam, India, Bhutan, Nepal, Japan, United Kingdom, Korea, France, USA, Malaysia, South Africa, Philippines, Albania, Canada, Indonesia, Italy, Taiwan, Germany and Bangladesh.

'The two-day orientation gives students practical information and cultural presentations about their visa conditions, our health system and safety issues as well as providing social events as a great ice-breaker to a positive study experience in Adelaide.' Mr Amir said.

Representatives from MYSA International, Counseling and Learner Support teams, South Australian Police and Study Adelaide all provided dedicated presentations.

TAFE SA International Team
The first day ended with a free bus tour of the city, the Norwood Parade, Windy Point, Glenelg, Harbour Town and Henley Beach. Morning tea, pizza lunch and, of course, lamingtons were all provided.

TAFE SA's international student assistants hosted a second day of orientation, where new students got to experience 'life in Adelaide'. This day included a trip to the Adelaide Metro Infocentre, the Adelaide Central Market, a free tram ride to Victoria Square where students were shown how to validate their metrocard and then onto a bank where the concept of queuing was introduced to students, many of them for the first time.

Ricardo Beltranena from El Salvador says he is looking forward to the opportunity his studies will bring him. He will commence the Diploma of Laboratory Technology course at Gilles Plains campus next week.

'I've only just arrived in Adelaide, South Australia, but I know TAFE SA will give me a good introduction and study pathway to further education.' Mr Beltranena said.

For further information about TAFE SA course vacancies call 1800 882 661 (free-call in Australia) or +61 8 8463 5487, or visit www.tafesa.edu.au and www.tafesa.edu.au/international

Image: TAFE SA International team, L- R Jade Chen, Maria Ceravolo, Julie Ladic, Renata Malagoli, Michelle Pilley and Emily Barbaro