The University of Sydney is a multi-cultural and inclusive university. There are more than 10,000 international students from 152 countries studying here. As an international student, you, are going to make a great contribution to the diversity of the campus. The University also provides many opportunities for international students to enrich their campus life experience and increase their involvement of students’ community.
It’s quite exciting to be an international student and studying abroad in a foreign country. It will be an unforgettable and unique experience in your life. However, it is also a challenge for you to live in a new place and engage in the community here. For example, many international students face legal issues about renting and full wage payment. When these issues arise for you, your rights or interests may be violated due to the unfamiliarity with the legal system in Australia. In addition, some international students may have language or cultural barriers, which lead to the lack of involvement in local communities.
So, how do you protect your rights?
The University of Sydney Students’ Representative Council, established in 1929, represents all undergraduate students at the University. Its purpose is to protect the basic rights of Sydney University students during their daily lives and study. 33 councillors are elected to the council each year.
The SRC provides a wide variety of services for students at the University of Sydney. For instance:
- SRC Caseworker Help: SRC caseworkers are professional and experienced staff who can assist undergraduate students at
- the University of Sydney with issues that affect them, such as dealing with the University administration or tenancy problems, by providing independent advice, advocacy and support.SRC Legal Service: Provides free legal advice and representation on most legal matters including immigration advice.SRC Publications: The
- SRC publishes a weekly newspaper, Honi Soit, as well as other student publications such as Counter-Course (what you’re reading now!) and Growing Strong, the Wom*n’s Collective’s Handbook. These services are free, and students can receive the services above through getting in contact with the SRC.
Or find us on Facebook: “USyd International Students Collective”