Workshops for international bachelor & postgraduate students

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Tuesday 18 July 2017

Meet other students and staff, and find out about life at VU and in Australia, at these free interactive workshops.

Come and discuss ways to balance study with work and free time. We'll workshop the best ways to find information and opportunities, and build networks and friendships.

The workshops are facilitated by Student Transition Mentors (STMs) and by VU staff from Student Wellbeing, Sport & Health and Career Development.

Very Useful Information workshops

Adjusting to a new culture: Getting to know the Australian way

10.00am - 12.30pm

This workshop explores challenges that international students face in a new environment.

Come and discuss Australian culture and lifestyle and learn how to:

  • improve your cross-cultural communication skills
  • make friends
  • manage your time
  • improve your confidence when interacting with others.

Student comments: “Enjoyed this session” “Informative and interactive” “Very interesting presentation”


12.30pm - 1.15pm

Get to know other students and staff.

Healthy & Happy: Your OSHC & staying healthy

1.15pm - 2.15pm

Find out about the Australian health system, and get tips on healthy eating, exercise and wellbeing to stay healthy and happy.

We'll discuss:

  • accessing health advice
  • dealing with a medical emergency
  • when to go to hospital
  • home-visits by doctors
  • phone appointments with a doctor
  • paying for doctor appointments.

“She explained everything well and it definitely benefited me attending this. I would recommend it to others.”

How to look for a job in Australia

2.15pm - 3.15pm

Find out about job seeking in Australia, for part-time work while studying and your future career, including:

  • resume styles
  • what to include in (and leave out of) Australian job applications
  • information about work rights and working conditions
  • the free services provided by VU Careers.

“Very enlightening” “really great... show us how people search jobs and how to be prepared for an interview”

VU Ready 1 – VU’s IT Environment

3.15pm - 4.30pm

(includes afternoon tea)

This hands-on introduction to VU’s IT environment will guide you through each VU system.

We'll cover:

  • MYVU student portal
  • login and password setting
  • student email
  • VU Collaborate – the student management system/blackboard
  • library website and search functionality.

“Student helpers [STMs] know what they were doing. They were knowledgeable.”


You can register for one, two, three or all four sessions. Lunch is included if you are attending a workshop immediately before or after lunch.

Places are limited so registration is essential.

Register online.

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18 July 2017, 10:00am to 4:30pm


Footscray Park Ballarat Road