Student Welcome Event

The Minister formally welcomes all commencing Australian and International students to Canberra at the beginning of each academic year.

Students at 2017 Welcome EventThe Chief Minister at the Student Welcome
Students at 2017 Welcome EventA photograph of the 2015 Student Welcome

The annual Minister’s Student Welcome is a free event for all commencing students in Canberra.

More than 14,000 international students from over 40 different countries are currently enrolled in Canberra’s tertiary institutions, including more than 700 international school students studying in our high schools and colleges. Furthermore, a staggering 40 per cent of tertiary students enrolled in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) are from interstate.

This event formally welcomes students to Canberra and acknowledges the significant social and economic contribution students make to our city. It is also a great opportunity to mix and mingle with students from other countries and institutions.

The event features different elements and entertainment each year. In 2017 this event was held on Friday 10 March. Details for next year's event will be available in early 2018. For the latest updates for all Study Canberra events visit us on Facebook - StudyCanberraCBR

A photograph of the 2015 Student WelcomeStudents speaking with education staff
Decorative ImageStudent receiving Study Canberra bag

Previous events

The Minister's Student Welcome has been held annually since 2015 and attracts hundreds of tertiary and high school students each year, along with key figures from the education sector and diplomatic community.

Previous events have featured welcome addresses from Chief Minister Andrew Barr MLA (himself an ANU graduate), Minister for Higher Education, Training and Research, Meegan Fitzharris MLA, ANU Vice-Chancellor and Nobel Laureate, Professor Brian Schmidt and University of Canberra Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President, Mr Rongyu Li.

Performances have included the 2015 Australian Busking Champion and Canberra school student Lucy Sugerman, CIT and UC music students The Belle Whyte Duo and fantastic Indigenous singing and dancing ‘Welcome to Country’ performances by the local custodians of the land.

The event also offers the opportunity to introduce our new cohort of Study Canberra Student Ambassadors to the community. The 2017 cohort of Student Ambassadors represent 12 different nationalities, five tertiary institutions and two colleges.