Issue 9 - October 5, 2009 enews homee

International students get a taste of the Territory

CDU international students enjoying their day out at the Crocosaurus Cove attraction

CDU international students enjoying their day out at the Crocosaurus Cove attraction
By Row Booker

CDU’s international students are being helped to settle into their new lives in the Top End with an introduction to some Territory icons.

The university’s Support and Equity Services International Student Support (ISS) unit has treated 22 new international students to a trip to the Crocosaurus Cove attraction in Darwin’s CBD where they got up close and personal with crocodiles, snakes, lizards, turtles and even a few barramundi.

ISS facilitator Vibeke Foss said the ISS chose the uniquely Territory venue for its memorable introduction to the Top End.

“Seeing a crocodile in the flesh was a first for most of the students and they were so happy for the opportunity,” Ms Foss said.

“We were really fortunate in our timing for the trip as we got to experience feeding times for the reptiles, fish and turtles and, most impressively, the crocodiles. The students were so shocked by the size of the crocs, not to mention the amount they were able to eat,” she said.

The event was also designed to encourage the students to socialise.

“Naturally our students tend to make friends first and foremost with those from their own country, but it was great to see them stepping outside their normal social circles and practising their English at the same time,” Ms Foss said.

“I think events like these are so important for our international student community as many of them are thousands of kilometres away from family and friends, and so if we can help them find new support networks it makes their experience as a student at CDU all the richer and more enjoyable,” she said.

For information about future events for international students, E: internationalsupport@cdu.edu.au or P: 08 8946 6288.