Jahanzaib Lashary, Yilan Wu, Ken Leung, Janet Lin

Jahanzaib Lashary, Yilan Wu, Ken Leung, Janet Lin

International Student Officers


Or find us on Facebook: “USyd International Students Collective”

We are the international students of the University of Sydney. You might not have had a chance to get to know us. Hopefully this letter will introduce us!

There are more than 10,000 of us from 152 countries currently studying in the university. Close to 40% of international students are doing their bachelor’s degree. Most of us are from east Asia, and choose business as our degree. We contribute most to the cultural diversity and internationalization of the campus, running societies and holding events across campus during semester.

Studying abroad in a foreign country is an exciting and unique experience for an international student. Although overcoming the language barrier, adapting to the new environment and engaging in the community is quite challenging for most of us, we are delighted to study here because our university provides us many opportunities to enrich our campus life.

More importantly, when we face problems that we couldn’t solve by ourselves like legal issues surrounding rent and wages when we feel our rights might be violated, we have a professional, reliable and responsible organization to rely on: the university of Sydney Students’ Representative Council.

The university of Sydney Students’ Representative Council (SRC), established in 1929, represents all undergraduate students at the university. It’s purpose is to protect the basic rights of Sydney University students during their daily life and study. 33 councilors are elected to the council each year. The SRC provides a wide variety of services for students at the University of Sydney including SRC CASEWORKER HELP and the SRC LEGAL SERVICE. The SRC also publishes a weekly newspaper, Honi Soit, as well as other student publications such as Counter-Course and Growing Strong, the women’s collective handbook.

These services are free, and students can receive the services above through getting in contact with the SRC.

Although the SRC can help international students with many issues, there are still many problems to be solved, the urgent one being no fair fare: In NSW, international students do not enjoy travel concession like other full-time university students. The SRC has been working hard on the issue and will continue to do so.

Sincerely regards,
International students

Latest reports

International Students Report – week 4

The International Students Collective are still supporting the Australian Discussion Group program under the regulation of University of Sydney Union every Tuesday 3 pm at International Student Lounge throughout semesters. During week 2, the collective officers met up with the USYD SRC welfare officers to discuss about our plans for international students in 2015. We […]

International Students – take action for fair fares and against the budget

This semester has been eventful. We launched our Fair Fare campaign at the International Festival in late April, and one of our officers spoke at the May 21 rally about how the budget will affect international students. The Fair Fare campaign is a collaborative effort of international student collectives at this university and UNSW. It […]

International Students Officers advocating for equal rights for International Students

We are honoured to be your International Students Officers this year and continue to advocate for equal rights for International Students. International students make up over 20% of the student population at USYD and we think it is important that we are represented appropriately. In the beginning of this year, the International Students department launched […]