Issue 3
Monday, 30 April 2018
Charles Darwin University
Senior International Student Advisor Lynn Hartney
Senior International Student Advisor Lynn Hartney

Wellbeing grants to enrich international students

By Patrick Nelson

Improving the wellbeing of international students in the Northern Territory is the goal of three new programs being offered at Charles Darwin University.

Senior International Student Advisor Lynn Hartney said $25,000 provided by the NT Government would fund wilderness and conservation activities, a road trip to Uluru, and yoga and meditation classes at Casuarina campus.

“We are always looking for positive ways to support our international students to experience life in the Territory,” Mrs Hartney said.

“At an individual level, the funding will provide opportunities for students to more richly engage with the community beyond the focus of their studies. More broadly, these interactions will strengthen links between our international students and the Territory.”

Mrs Hartney said planning for the three programs was underway and that international students would be invited to participate shortly. 

“At this early stage, we propose that the yoga and meditation classes will be held weekly. The 4000km road tour, during the mid-year break, will likely be of nine days duration taking in Katherine, Tennant Creek, Alice Springs and Uluru. The wildlife program will comprise a variety of activities for up to 20 students.” 

Mrs Hartney said the Office of International Services continued to work to attract and retain students from more than 50 nationalities.

“We have experienced several years of strong growth that has led to an international student population of more than 2600, enrolled across our campuses in the Territory and interstate,” she said.

“Many live in Darwin or Palmerston and potentially will be able to access these programs.”

The $25,000 funding for the programs came from the Northern Territory Government’s Student Wellbeing Grant Program.

International students wanting more information about the programs should contact E: