INTERNATIONAL Students Week invites overseas students from all universities and schools to come to Monash University’s Clayton campus for three days of fun and festivities. Antonina Mtanu has more.
To celebrate the 20th anniversary of its dedication towards improving the international student experience, Monash University International Student Service will be hosting its inclusive International Student Week at its Clayton Campus from September 1 to 3.
The three-day festival invites international students from all universities to come along and have fun by participating in the following events and activities:
Tuesday, September 1 – Thursday, September 3 (11.00am – 3.00pm) | Airport Lounge
Strewn across the Airport Lounge of Monash’s Clayton campus will be photos and stories that seek to address the existing problems faced by international students such as culture shock, racism and learning difficulties.
To encourage students to submit their stories and work on social media, MUISS will be using the hashtag #breakstereotypes and collecting these for the exhibition as a means to provide visual imagery that showcases international students’ contribution to the wider Australian community.
Tuesday, September 1 (4.00pm – 8.00pm) | Lemon Scented Lawn
Providing students with an array of performances from talented individuals and professionals, the Night Fiesta is a good way for international students to engage with local students and experience the diversity of campus life at Monash.
Wednesday, September 2 (11.00am – 3.00pm) | Menzies Lawn
A popular event, Games Day, returns with an exciting range of games on offer.
From the Bamboo Dance, Sumo Wrestling, Bungee Run, Bucking Bull and the classic Jumping Castle, this day allows students to let off some steam and have heaps of fun with each other.
Wednesday, September 2 (4.00pm – 6.00pm) | Conference Room, Level 1, Campus Centre
Aiming to help international students network and improve their confidence, these discussion forums provide a creative space for international students, graduates and alumni, to reflect and talk about some of the specific challenges they might face when studying abroad.
Students are encouraged to discuss how their expectations of studying abroad, what they have experienced as an international student in Australia, changes they’ve encountered, ways they can improve their confidence and students’ future plans after they finish their studies in Australia.
Debating Workshop 101
Thursday, September 3 (4.o0pm-6.00pm) | Theatre L3, Law Building
The two hour debate titled “Step To Success” is a workshop designed to address international students’ academic needs in Monash and throughout Australia and seeks ways in which support could be generally improved.
While also assisting to help international students become acutely aware of the issues that affect them, the debate’s aim is to also help international students put their public speaking skills to practise and to familiarise themselves with debating knowledge.
For more information about International Student Week, check out the official event page on Facebook. You can also learn more about Monash University International Student Service at the Monash Student Association’s official website.