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Graduate Research Students June 2018

Sunday, June 3rd, 2018

Dear students,

In this edition of the International Newsletter, we share some fun events to help get you through the middle of the university year. We’ve also created a new section for students with partners or families.

Campus life

Monash Foodies
Check out the Monash Foodies Instagram for updates on awesome deals on offer and tips on where to find the tastiest food on campus. You can even vote on whether you’d like to see a barber, a bubble tea shop or a clothing and record store on Clayton campus!

Sick of studying?
The MPA Postgrad lounge at Caulfield campus now has its own arcade machine! See if you can beat your friends at Pac-Man or Donkey Kong.
Where: Postgrad lounge, Building H, Caulfield campus

Inside Monash
Thinking about changing your course or starting another degree? Register for Inside Monash seminars, the best way you can start researching your course. Seminars for Nursing and Midwifery, Psychology and Business are being held in June.

Staying safe on campus

24/7 safety escorts
If you ever feel unsafe getting around campus, security offers are available to escort you to your car, public transports, taxi pick-up points or other locations on or in the near vicinity of the campus. This free 24 hour service is available to all students from anywhere in campus. If you intend to study late at night and know you will need assistance, try to book in advance to avoid delays.

Scam alert for international students
Victoria Police have warned international students to watch out for scammers pretending to be officials from the Chinese Government or Chinese Police asking for large sums of money and calling students directly on their mobile phones or through WeChat and Whatsapp. We recommend you visit the Australian Government ScamWatch website for tips to protect yourself and if you’re suspicious, check the latest scam news and alerts. Scamwatch also has information in a range of languages.

Information for parents and partners
Check out the Parents and Partners section of the newsletter for information about opportunities and events for you and your family.

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Opportunities

Help us welcome new international students to Monash!
International students are invited to apply to become a Welcome Ambassador for orientation week in Semester 2 (Monday July 16 – Friday July 20). Welcome Ambassadors will help to answer questions from new international students about life in Melbourne and at Monash and help to engage in interactive games and competitions. If you’re interested in becoming a Welcome ambassador please fill in this expression of interest form. Email ISS@monash.edu for further information.

Become an ASK Me Ambassador
Apply to become an ASK Me Ambassador for an awesome leadership and training opportunity, and to make new friends on campus. You’ll help new students feel engaged and supported while at Monash, enhance their wellbeing and encourage them to engage with student services. You’ll also receive a free t-shirt and hoodie, a Certificate III in active volunteering and access to training sessions! MSA and Team Monash are looking for ASK Me volunteers for Caulfield campus in particular.

Be the International Student of the Year!
The Victorian International Education Awards 2018 are now open, with heaps of awards available for international students in different fields. Recipients of the Student Awards will be recognised as advocates for the Victorian Government’s Study Melbourne initiative and help promote Victoria as a leading international student destination. They will also win funds to contribute to their study at an educational institution in Victoria! Applications are now open and close at midnight on Sunday June 17. Visit the Study Melbourne website to apply.

Express your interest in Be You-Be Scene
The Australian Federation of International Students (AFIS) and the International Education Association (ISANA) are working together on a new project, Be You-Be Scene (Stories at the Heart of Change), which will give international students a platform to identify and talk about their experiences. Students will be part of creative workshops, focus groups and outreach consultation workshops, and will eventually develop scenes to be performed on stage. Express your interest by filling in this form.

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What’s On

Winter Wonderland Postgraduate Ball
Tickets for the inaugural MPA Postgraduate Ball are now on sale. This year’s theme is ‘Winter Wonderland’. You’ll get to dress in your cosiest winter clothes, interact with other postgrads from all faculties, enjoy cold drinks and hot canapes to warm the insides. Don’t miss the coolest event on the MPA social calendar!
When: Friday August 17
Where: San Remo Ballroom, Carlton

Experience Australian Footy
The Melbourne Football Club is hosting a Student Match Day Experience! This includes the chance to find out more about Australian footy, learn the skills and then watch Melbourne Football Club play at Australia’s biggest sporting stadium – the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG). Attendees will receive a special thank you gift and free ticket from Melbourne for taking part. Places are limited so make sure you register online quick!
When: Sunday 1 July, 10.45am arrival for 11.15am start
Where: Goschs Paddock — Corner of Punt Rd and Olympic Blvd, Richmond

Things to do in Melbourne this month

Graduate Research Students May 2018

Thursday, May 3rd, 2018

Dear students,

In this edition of the International Newsletter, we’ve created a new section for students with partners or families. You can check it out here.

Campus life

Are you a new international research student?
Orientation workshops are run each month that cover tips on accommodation, student support networks, work rights, adjusting to Australian culture and learning how to use your overseas student health cover. Check out dates and sign up.

Rate your favourite retailers to win free food!
The new Monash Food and Retail website is here to help you find cheap eats and good food that suits you. Use the website to rate any retail shop on any campus, and go into a draw to win a $50 voucher at any store of your choice. Five winners will be chosen every season.

Living in Melbourne

Free work rights legal service
International students who have been treated unfairly, dismissed or exploited at work can meet with a work rights lawyer for free legal advice. The Study Melbourne Student Centre has extended operating hours for legal advice on Wednesdays and Thursdays so there is no wait list.
Where: Study Melbourne Student Centre, 599 Little Bourke Street, Melbourne

Are you thinking of breaking your lease?
If you need to break your lease before the end of the contract date you should:

  • Check your contract
  • Give your landlord notice in writing within the proper period
  • Know that if it you are on a fixed term contract, then you may have to pay the remainder of your lease unless you can find someone to replace you
  • Check out this page for more help and go to this page to view your tenancy rights and responsibilities

If you need further assistance,  submit your questions to Ask.Monash or visit Monash Connect at your campus.

Staying safe on campus

Scams
Monash University has been made aware of a scam targeting international students who are being asked about mistaken identities and to supply personal information. Our advice is to not respond to any questions and contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or Monash Security on 9902 7777.

Monash security buses
Security buses help students get around after dark. They run every 30 minutes from 5:30pm – 12:00am from Monday to Friday on our Clayton and Caulfield campuses. Clayton campus students can download the Clayton security bus route and use the live Clayton campus tracker to see exactly where the bus is when it’s running. Caulfield campus students can download their security bus route and check out the live Caulfield campus tracker.

Study Safe survey
Crime Stoppers Victoria has developed an international student safety survey. Fill it out here to help them develop a campaign to improve international student safety in Victoria. All answers are anonymous and confidential.

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Opportunities

Explore your career options as an international student
Attend an on-campus Career Conversation session for international students. Whether you’re hoping to stay in Australia or return home, a career coach will help you prepare for your career.
• Sessions available at Clayton and Caulfield campuses now.
• Login to Career Gateway to register.

In this interactive session, an experienced coach will give you the rundown on:
• employability skills valued by industry
• graduate recruitment
• your graduate career options as an international student.
You’ll also have a chance to think about next steps to progress your career.

Volunteers needed in Malaysia and Singapore
We are seeking volunteers for the Monash pre-departure briefings in Singapore (Friday June 22) and Malaysia (Sunday June 24). You will be required to meet and greet new students and their parents, assist at the registration desk, share your Monash journey and answer questions. Selected volunteers will receive a certificate of appreciation. If you will be in Singapore or Malaysia this June and you are keen to help out, register your interest here.

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What’s On

 See one of the greatest musicals on earth
Don’t miss out on a great discount to see The Wizard of Oz at the famous Regent Theatre in Melbourne! Tickets are $70 for Monash postgraduates and $99 for others. Find out more.
When: Wednesday May 23
Where: Regent Theatre, 191 Collins Street, Melbourne

Network with other Parkville students
Are you a postgraduate student at Monash’s Parkville campus? Come along to the MPA’s free networking lunch where you’ll have the opportunity to get to know other international students at Parkville and share your knowledge. Register here.
When: Wednesday May 23, 1:30pm  2:30pm
Where: Meeting Room 4.04 5.05, Parkville campus

Things to do in Melbourne this month