Valerie Baya- CISA and Ethno-cultural conference- International Report

Hi guys,

As promised, attached are my reports of both CISA( council of international students Australia) and Ethno-cultural conferences I went to during the holidays. Hopefully they are not long.


The CISA (council of international students Australia) conference took place from the 5-8 July in Darwin. The theme of this year’s conference was “Breaking down barriers, facing the future together as one”. Over the 4 days the conference took place in different venues, with different speakers and we had different workshops at the same time. Therefore, I attended the workshops, which were more related to UniSA international students, which will be described later on in this report. Continue reading


Valérie Baya – International Student Rep – July Report

Hi everyone and welcome back to uni…YAAAAYYYY…or nay lol.

I hope you had enough time to relax before this new semester. As for me, this holidays were not really holidays as I was involved in many extracurricular activities. I also went to Darwin to attend the 4 days CISA conference and the ethno-cultural student conference in Melbourne. As a result, I learn a lot about international student rights in Australia, the new strategy plan and many more. How not to forget that I have to submit reports about these conferences by Monday…

I will upload my reports later on but first let’s see what I’ve been up to for July.

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Job hints for international students

Hi everyone,

So last week I went to Darwin to attend the 4 days CISA conference. For those who don’t know what CISA stands for and is about, is it the Council of International Students Australia. For more information on what they do, please check their website:

Let’s go directly to the subject and I am so happy to share with you few information they gave about what Australian companies look for when employing students. I know many of you complain about having the best CV, but you are still being rejected by companies. So below are what these companies look for and hopefully this will help you to get better at what you think you need to improve. You can also find them in the attachment (below), but because of the quality of the images, I am writing them down below.

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Valérie Baya – International student Rep – June Report

Hi everyone,

I know this is a very busy moment of the year, as many of you are busy and stress about the exams actually going on. For those who are already on holidays, and for those who will be done soon, HAPPY HOLIDAYS you all. Take that break to chill and relax before coming back the next semester very motivated.

Being myself a student, this month was very busy for me as I had my finals going on. It was hard to make myself available because of my busy schedule to work on my submissions and tutorials with the LTU or my lecturers. Hopefully, I could manage it.

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Valérie Baya – International student Rep – May report

Hi everyone,

So  I would like to challenge myself my making this report short and concise as possible, based on what i have been up to for May

May event

3, 4 and 5 May- Formal inquiries

I am surprised that all the formal inquiries or academic review I went to, the students were all international students. This is something I would like to highlight during the O-week for SP5.

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April International Rep Report

This month was quiet for me, as I did not had to attend more than one meeting nearly every day. I was looking forward the semester break, but unfortunately I still had to go to university to work on the projects for the international students. Below are few details of what I did in April.

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International student rep.- March report

What a long month; I had to juggle between my classes, meetings, assignments and my personal life. For two day, I had to attend consecutive meetings, one after each other, without any break. The good thing was that food was provided. These meetings were about my projects as USASA international student rep. I met with the accommodation and career services. The outcomes were not what I expected, as the changes are very hard to do as they regard the government policies or the different school programs. Many students are unware about their services, and that is the reason for which they struggle a lot with finding cheaper accommodation or working placement. After the meetings, I decided that the best ways would be to bring the information to the international students. This would be done with the help of the different clubs, to share the information with their members.

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International Student Rep February Report

Hi everyone,
I hope you all had fun for the very last days of holidays and that you are excited to do this new semester.

For the last 2 weeks, I got busy trying to move out and being involved in the o-week. It was my first time being involved in the event. I was involved for 3 days at the international day, city west and city east. Seeing some fresh faces remind me my first day at university, and I could see some were lost with USASA services or with their enrollment. I tried my very best to help them as I could and told them I am here for them as well as the board. It seemed that they were happy seeing people were here to help them.

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International Student Representative – January report

Bonjour everyone,

I hope you all enjoyed your holidays and you are ready to start the new semester. Some of you might be impatient catching up with your friends, or making new friends for the new students.

You might wonder who is that person emailing you, well just a little introduction about me, as you will receive emails every month about my reports. I am Valérie the USASA (University of South Australia Student Association)International Student Representative 2016 (you can find my picture below). I am also the President of the African Society at UniSA. I am an international student from Mauritius (French, English and Creole spoken languages), studying Master of Design (interior architecture) at city west campus. As international student representative, I would be here to support the international students, and I am expecting them to contact me for any inquiries, issues, suggestions, questions, help etc… I will encourage everyone to contact me if there is anything they would like me to help with 🙂

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