Victoria city in Australia has a mission to open its doors to 120 international students by December this year. The country will see an increase in the number of international students as cities in Australia adopt the pilot program. The pilot program will launch in various cities, where students will be invited to the country in gradual phases. With Victoria city all set to ease travel restrictions, 8 or 9 international students return to Federation University.
International students who return to Federation University no longer need to worry about quarantining. While students will have to pay for their travels, the university will cover the quarantine costs of student visa holders. This allows parents and students to breathe a sigh of relief as they only have to cover the usual expenses.
The second stage of the pilot plan will see more international students return to Federation University. As more students enter the country, international travellers may increase and the plan will be executed on a larger scale. Federation University’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Duncan Bentley explains that the process will be rather long drawn out and gradual.
The pilot plan will not interfere with Australian citizens’ plans to return home. Citizens and residents who will travel to the country have their own quarantine and other guidelines. Larger scale phases will begin and students from various sectors like TAFE, English language programs, and others will be able to enter the country.
As international students return to Federation University, Professor Duncan Bentley has expressed that safety is the top priority. Only priority international students who require practicals and postgraduate research students will be able to come to university. Of the 120 students, those who have the skills to respond to Victoria’s COVID-19 initiative will be admitted.
The pilot plan allowed more international students to return to Federation University. It also ensures international students who have paid tuition to get to experience living in Australia.