Welcome to the International Student Support (ISS) News & Events blog! The blog has been developed to supplement the International Students’ weekly newsletter, which we email to your student email each teaching week (please read it carefully, as it may include important information about your student visa).

Staff from the ISS will update this blog regularly throughout the year with information about what’s on in Adelaide and at the University. You will also find links and information about other opportunities for international students.

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The English Language Centre is again offering free English lessons to all English learners over 18. Visitors, existing students or resident migrants are welcome! A Certificate of Attendance will be presented for attendance of at least 80%.

When: 5 Janruary – 2 February 2018. Lessons will be held weekdays, 9.15am – 11.30am.
Where: The English Language Centre
How Much: Free

Sign up: Please complete this survey to sign up. The deadline for application is 26 November 2017.


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The Adelaide Language Festival, on Wednesday 29 November, celebrates cultural and intellectual diversity, and aims to help students, and community members learn more about the various cognitive and health benefits of being multilingual.

Crash courses of 20 languages from around the globe will be given at the event, which will also feature an opening address by the Governor of South Australia, His Excellency the Hon. Hiếu Văn Lê AC, and a keynote speech on the Virus of Language by the Hon. Rev. Dr Lynn Arnold AO.

Among sessions on Mandarin Chinese, French, Kaurna, Pitjantjatjara, Japanese, Korean, Indonesian, Latin, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Arabic, Israeli (Hebrew), Hungarian, Udmurt (Russia), Russian, Kalasha (Pakistan), German and English as a Foreign Language, there will also be sessions on the artistically-constructed Klingon and Vulcan languages from the Star Trek movies and TV series, and the international auxiliary constructed language Esperanto.

Each crash course will provide background about the language (for example where it is spoken and to which language family it belongs, number of speakers and percentage of children speaking it); basic knowledge in language (such as greetings); one unique characteristic; and information about where it might be possible to continue to learn the language in Adelaide or online.

When: 29 November 2017, 2.00pm – 4.20pm (presentations), 4.30pm – 7.00pm (language crash courses)
Where: Bonython Hall (presentations), Napier building (crash courses)
How much: Free
More info and register: On the event website

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The Bowerbird Design Market is back, with design and art of all sorts: furniture, lighting, homewares, clothing and accessories, stationery and artwork, as well as local artisan-made food and beverages.
When: Friday 24 November (4.00pm – 9.00pm), Saturday 25 + Sunday 26 November (10.00am – 5.00pm)
Where: Wayville Pavillion
How much: $5 per person (children 12 and under […]

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Woomera Rocket Range launched Australia into the space age in the 1950s. The Woomera story has many facets: it is one of secrecy and controversy, innovation and achievement, set against the background of the Cold War and the Space Race. Discover the stories of the early days of Australia’s space activity and how, in 1967, […]

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The Credit Union Christmas Pageant is back for 2017. What is the Christmas Pageant, you ask? Well, it’s a bit difficult to describe, but it features a parade of different Christmas-themed floats moving through the city, and ends with the arrival of Father Christmas (aka Santa).
It’s been an annual Adelaide tradition since 1933, and if […]

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International students from the University of Adelaide were among the winners of the Governor’s 2017 International Student awards.
A huge congratulations go to 2017 International Student of the Year, Thanh Huyen Le, who also won the award for Academic Excellence (Postgraduate Coursework),
Other award winners from the University were:
> Xianwen Hu – Highly commended, Academic Excellence (Postgraduate Coursework)
> […]

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The exam season is almost here. Whether it’s your first time taking exams or you’re headed for your last exam ever, it’s always a good idea to make sure you’re properly prepared before you head into the exam hall.
International Student Support’s student advisors have prepared a quick Exam Health Check checklist. Have a quick run through […]

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In conjunction with StudyAdelaide, Words on Wheels has an end of year tour for international students to South Australia’s Yorke Peninsula.

From Words on Wheels:

‘Yorkes’, as the locals call, it is an amazing place to visit – serene, yet full of wildlife with bushland, rugged cliffs and secluded ocean beaches as well as some of the best […]

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Ferment is a festival dedicated to everything fermented – including cheese, wine, kimchi, sourdough, and chocolate. It’s held in the East End of the city, on this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. As part of the festival, there are also cooking classes and wine tasting sessions.
When: Friday 20, Saturday 21, Sunday 22 October
Where: Rundle Park, Kadlitpina […]

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The Japanese Film Festival returns to Adelaide with a line-up of the very best of fresh and classic Japanese cinema, as part of a huge national tour. There are many different films being shown over the weekend, so be sure to check the schedule in advance.

From the organisers:The 2017 Festival will present the most exciting […]

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