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Beyond studying, international students are offered an array of opportunities to learn, experience and grow when they come to Australia. "Prism of Possibilities" is this year's focus of the Council of International Student Australia (CISA) National Conference on 15 - 19 July.
Focusing on the emerging trends and opportunities impacting international students and the international education sector, the CISA National Conference 2019 will be held for the first time in Perth, Western Australia.
"Yung mga international students, when they come here, their Australian international education is so much more than what's on a paper, because you have the network, connections and you consistently grow every month, every year, that you are here. The whole platform changes, the whole education system grows and you have more opportunities everyday," says CISA National Vice President and Conference Convenor Ralph Teodoro.
"There are change-makers making opportunities for our leaders of tomorrow."
During the five-day conference, "there's a strong focus on employability, for global vision, making students more career-oriented rather than just coming here to work and staying in the same field." Topic discussions will also include workplace exploitation, challenges of international students and value for investment among others that concern the international students.
As of 2019, there are about 650,000 international students in Australia.
The Council of International Student Australia, established in 2010, is the national peak student representative organisation for international students studying at the postgraduate, undergraduate, private college, TAFE, ELICOS and foundation level.
Are you an international student in Australia? Studying in a foreign country can be daunting, but do you know that there are international student groups and organisations whom you can reach out to?