IT’S MORE THAN JUST A COFFEE BUZZ..How a weekly, on campus, pop-up Cafe for International students changed the student experience and created a true sense of community and connectedness.

Mrs Louise Myers1, Mr Alex Salvador1

1James Cook University, Townsville, Australia

The ISB Survey identified the need for international students to have more opportunities to engage, on a regular basis, with both International and Australian students outside the academic environment.  This led JCU International Student Support team to establish “Cafe International”.  It’s an informal event that has become one of the much-anticipated cultural and social activities at JCU. Cafe International is a social event that brings students together and promotes a sense of belonging. The friendships formed during Cafe International are long lasting and have wider repercussions including increased student well-being and increased student retention.


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ISANA International Education Association is the representative body for professionals in Australia and New Zealand who work in international student services, advocacy, teaching and policy development in international education. For more information, please visit the ISANA website.

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