For all that they love the rivers of gold Canberra’s universities have been terrible hosts to new international students.
Thankfully UC at least have today announced they’re at least going to guarantee accomodation to the new arrivals paying thousands of dollars:
The University of Canberra will guarantee accommodation for every first-year student and all international students in 2014.
The Accommodation Guarantee Scheme will secure a single-bed room for all new or continuing international students or first-year domestic students enrolled in Semester One, 2014.
It’s not before time. If the universities want to keep the foreign students (and their money) coming they really need to improve the level of orientation and pastoral care.