The Victorian Coalition Government formally launched the new Study Melbourne Student Centre, which will enhance international students’ access to a broad suite of support and information services.
Minister for Employment and Trade Louise Asher said the centre, located at
599 Little Bourke Street, provided a ‘one-stop-shop’ for international students living and studying in Melbourne.
“The Study Melbourne Student Centre will play a central role in the Napthine Government’s efforts to ensure international students have a positive, rewarding and enjoyable experience in our state,” Ms Asher said.
“The centre is a flagship initiative of our $17.5 million International Education Strategy for Victoria 2013-2018 and builds upon the world-leading suite of international student support programs we already have in place.”
The centre provides information on health, legal, accommodation, financial management and safety matters, and practical support for international students dealing with personal crises, as well as offering a range of referral and advocacy services.
International students have access to information on Victorian Government programs such as the Study Melbourne Internship Program, Study Melbourne Sports including the successful GLoBALL program, and information on the Public Transport Discount Scheme for international students.
The centre establishes a new location for what was known as the International Student Care Service, which provided case work support to over 900 students and responded to more than 2,000 general enquiries.
Other Victorian Government initiatives that support the experience of international students in Victoria include the Student Welcome Desk at Melbourne Airport, the free Culture Card and Study Melbourne International Student Information Days.
Ms Asher also announced the winners of the Study Melbourne Student Centre photography competition, which invited international students to submit a photo that captured their time living and studying in Victoria.
Selected photographs will be displayed at the Study Melbourne Student Centre, with the winning entrants receiving a two-day tour to a regional Victorian destination of their choice with Wildlife Tours.
“I congratulate Mr Diego Barragan, who is studying an English language course, for winning the metropolitan photo category and Mr Long Hei Yu, who is studying a Foundation year program, for winning the regional photo category,” Ms Asher said.
“In addition to being beautiful photographs in their own right, the winning entries provide an invaluable insight into what international students value and want to share about their study experience in our state.
“Hosting more than 140,000 students from over 140 countries contributes so much to the social and cultural vibrancy of our communities.”
To find out more about the Study Melbourne Student Centre phone 1800 056 449 or go to www.studymelbourne.vic.gov.au/smsc