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Welcome to Perth: “you probably need some sugar right now!”

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North Metropolitan TAFE recently welcomed new international students with two fun orientation sessions in East Perth and Joondalup.

More than 300 students from more than 40 countries received great advice from the college’s International Support staff to ensure they achieve their study goals. Students were given help on the spot in getting their USI and ensuring their enrolment documentation was completed before the beginning of classes. 

North Metropolitan TAFE Training Services General Managers Julie Zappa and Norman Baker spoke to students about the history of the college and wished the new starters success in their learning experience.

“I have a son who is also an international student in Europe, so I understand some of the challenges and the joys” Ms Zappa said. “It takes great courage and independence to move to a new country to study, make friends, find a job, speak a different language and experience a different lifestyle.”

Students played games to get to know each other and heard from the WA Police, TransPerth, health providers and TAFE International Western Australia – and socialised over pizza!

Taiwanese student Tung Wen Hung (Chloe) came straight from the airport to start her Certificate III in Commercial Cookery next week. Arriving towards the end of the presentation with her luggage, she was given a packet of Tim Tams.

“We are really happy that you made it just in time”, International Support Officer Advisor Gail Turner said. “You’ve been flying all night and we’ll sort everything out for you; but you probably need some sugar right now!”

Kerry Yoeman came from the UK after 20 years working in childcare, looking for a career change. She is starting the Diploma of Beauty Therapy.

“I came to Perth because it’s my favourite city in Australia. I have been here before on holidays and I love it here – especially King’s Park and the beaches. People are also really friendly – I have a few friends I met backpacking 12 years ago and we are still in touch”, she said.

“My friends from Perth recommended North Metropolitan TAFE. The central location of the campus was a major factor in my decision; I didn’t want to spend my whole day travelling.”

Approximately 3,000 students from more than 70 countries are currently enrolled in North Metropolitan TAFE. International students are encourage to contact the International Student Centre if they need any help throughout their studies via internationalstudy@nmtafe.wa.edu.au

Page last updated July 18, 2017