International students at Australian TAFEs have had their study and work interrupted by COVID-19. While TAFEs have adjusted class arrangements so study can continue, many students have lost jobs that helped them with living expenses.

TAFEs have taken a number of steps to help these students – financial support; helping with job searches; food; assistance with accommodation and personal support such as buddying with TAFE staff, regular check-ins and counselling.  

International Student Welfare

We are in this together – TAFE Queensland

Pastoral care of international students during COVID-19 continues to be important to many TAFEs across the country. In this interview a Chinese student studying at TAFE Queensland talks about her experiences (in English and Chinese languages).

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TAFE SA International student ambassadors

Meet some of TAFE SA’s international student ambassadors – a creative, diverse group studying a range of TAFE courses. These students are high achievers who love to participate in student life. They are playing an important role now in supporting students during COVID-19, and will continue to do their bit as ambassadors for future international students.

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Message from Janelle Chapman, Executive Director, TAFE Queensland International

Janelle Chapman is the lead for all international business activities for TAFE Queensland, the largest VET provider in Queensland. With more than 30 years of experience in VET, Janelle is a strong advocate for the TAFE sector. She is also the Vice President of the International Education Association of Australia which represents all providers for international students. In this video Janelle highlights some of the great work that is being done in Queensland to support international students.

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Overview – International Student Welfare

In addition to helping International students continue with their study Australian TAFEs are enlisting many forms of support for those students who have lost access to work that normally assists with their living expenses.

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TAFEs Sharing Lessons Internationally

International Student of the Year – SuniTAFE

Recognising individual and team achievements is an important part of the student experience at any TAFE. As we near the end of 2020, the year of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is timely to celebrate the students who have ‘made it’ through.

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