Welcome (back) to a brand new semester at the University of Sydney. Our names are Sherry, James, Chen and Emma and we are your International Student Officers at the Student Representative Council (SRC) in 2014. If this is your first semester here, don’t panic, because we are here to help.
We firmly believe in equality – international students, representing over 20% of the student population at USyd, should be treated equally like every other student regardless of our nationalities. However, it is disappointing to see that International Students have not received equal treatment in many aspects, including travel concession, scholarship opportunities and workplace opportunities. In terms of travel concession in NSW, the current discount scheme has been criticized for not benefiting a large number of International Students as most of us live close to the campus. Scholarship and work opportunities are also big concerns: too often we get bogged down by the condition attached to many good opportunities: ‘Australian and New Zealand permanent residents and citizens only’. This year, we will run major campaigns for full travel concession, fair scholarships opportunities for International students and work place rights.
What is the SRC?
It is a peak representative body that stands for your rights and interests. SRC is always here to help no matter what happens, so make sure you familiarize yourself with the HELP services, legal services and the second hand bookshop located on level 4, Wentworth Building.
Grab a copy of the Counter Course handbook during O-week, which will give you information about your course. Honi Soit, the weekly student newspaper is also a must-read – it will keep you updated.
Who are the International Student Officers?
We are elected by the SRC to represent international students on campus. We have a few jobs:
- Make your voices heard through campaigns: from big issues such as travel concession and scholarship to concerns like academic problems and housing.
- Ensure that you are well-informed: we will host regular seminar on hot topics.
- Create a safe and fun environment at our fortnightly collective meeting for you!
So, what is the International Student Collective (ISC)?
The Collective is a place for you to raise and discuss your concerns. Or swing by to make some new friends! We host collective meetings every two weeks (food provided!). Bring your friend along as we welcome everyone, local or International. We will also host seminars on hot topics such as safety, visa and campus elections during collective meetings. Come along to our seminars and be the most updated amongst your friends!
This year, we would like to work with other collectives in the SRC and some national students organizations. We have planned major campaigns for full travel concession, fair scholarships opportunities for International students and work place rights. The collective will work together to bring about these campaigns and fight for changes. So, make sure you get involved because this is all about YOU!
How to join?
- Sign up at our O-week stall for newsletters
- Swing by our bi-weekly meetings (details TBA)
- Email us: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Find us on Facebook: USYD Students Representative Council (SRC) International Students Officers
- Tumblr: usydinternational
- Weibo: SYDInternational
The 2014 International Handbook and our weekly newsletters:
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