International student support
The first thing an international student who comes to our School should know is that you are in an inclusive learning environment. Support which can come in many ways is available to you at all times. It can be formal, informal or both. If there is something you don't understand or there is something that is of concern to you, please feel free to ask for help from any staff or student in the school. If that person cannot help you themselves, they will be able to refer you to the right person.
The second thing is that international students are an integral part of our School community and profile. We encourage all local students to have an international outlook at all times. The idea of internationalisation at home gives local students the opportunity to develop their international outlook. It is an honour to meet and get to know an international student who has chosen to study at our School.
And finally, that the cultural backgrounds and international experiences of the staff and student population in the School is increasingly diverse. Many speak English as a first, second or third language.
International students are further encouraged to visit Students' gateway to Campus for a comprehensive list of support services available.
Deakin Current Students gateway
Intercultural awareness and an agenda for the celebration of diversity
The School of Architecture and Built Environment is committed towards providing an inclusive learning environment for all staff and students. Since 2010, the School has stepped up its pro-active approach and is working towards the creation of a school agenda for intercultural awareness, inclusion and the celebration of diversity.
Several initiatives towards this agenda have been introduced successfully already. These include:
- Building intercultural awareness through staff professional development workshops
- Social mentoring opportunities for staff and students
- Positive early intervention and support for international students at risk
- Celebrations of major cultural and religious events
- Global themed social events