Friday, 1 February 2013
Arriving in a foreign land is exhilarating and exciting, but can also present challenges.
Knowing where to start with transport, accommodation and day-to-day services can be overwhelming, which is why the City of Melbourne Student Welcome Desk is available at Melbourne Airport to lend a helping hand.
The award winning program operates twice a year in February and July, with dedicated volunteers greeting newly arrived international students and providing practical assistance on life in Melbourne.
In 2013 it is estimated that volunteers will distribute 15,000 ‘welcome packs’. The welcome packs include a comprehensive 116 page International Students Guide, with content from the guide now available for the first time as a downloadable phone app.
Lord Mayor Robert Doyle said that the City of Melbourne is committed to initiatives and programs that make international students feel welcome and safe.
“It’s not easy to find your way in a new city. Knowing how to find a doctor, catch a tram, buy affordable food or open a bank account can be difficult and stressful,” the Lord Mayor said.
“Melbourne is a hugely popular destination to study with 38,000 international students choosing to live and study here. It’s our job to ensure they receive a warm welcome, they feel safe and they enjoy their time in our great city.”
Melbourne Airport CEO Chris Woodruff said he was delighted to again be working with the City of Melbourne to help welcome international students to our wonderful city and state.
“Education is an important driver of our international passenger numbers, including from our important growth markets in Asia,” Mr Woodruff said.
The City of Melbourne’s Student Welcome Desk is joint initiative of the City of Melbourne, the Victorian Government and the Melbourne Airport. It is located in International Arrivals Terminal 2.
A review of the Australia Student Guide app is located here.