There is greater growth in the Australian postgraduate international enrolments than in undergraduate (Davis 2017).
Eleven percent (11%) of ACU’s postgraduates are international students (OPSM 2017), more broadly in Australia 37% of postgraduates are international students (2015 DEET).
International students face a range of challenges distinct from domestic students, including:
- Higher financial cost for courses
- Studying course full-time (no part-time options accessible if living in Australia)
- Developing their English language whilst learning in English, including learning the language of their discipline
- Living in a different culture
- Experiencing a different university culture
- Their country of origin may have very different copyright rules.
- This booklet published by Melbourne University, provides a range of strategies for supporting international students, Teaching international students - strategies to enhance learning (Arkoudis n.d.). Strategies such as:
- Internationalising the curriculum
- Making lectures accessible
- Creating opportunities for small group participation
- Adopting an educative approach to plagiarism
- Supporting students in developing critical thinking skills
- Explaining assessment expectations
- Enhancing the experience and outcomes of international higher degree by research students (Tran, Green & Nguyen 2017). Includes a research digest and supervisor guides.
- Finding common ground: enhancing interaction between domestic and international students (Arkoudis et al 2010) an investigation of how peer interaction can be designed and used, within the teaching and learning environment, to engage domestic and international students.