Chief Minister's
Student Welcome

Our Student Welcome is a free annual event held in March for all new students commencing study in Canberra, Australia's education capital

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

This annual event formally welcomes all new students to Canberra and acknowledges the significant contribution students make to our city.

With free entertainment and refreshments it’s a great opportunity to mix and mingle with students from other countries and institutions in a friendly environment, as well as rub shoulders with key figures from the education sector and diplomatic community.

Over 19,000 international students are enrolled in Canberra’s tertiary institutions, as well as more than 700 international school students studying in our high schools and colleges. Furthermore, a staggering 40 per cent of tertiary students enrolled here are from interstate.

The 2019 event was held on 7 March at one of Canberra's hallmark festivals - Enlighten External Link - opens in new window - with the program of entertainment culminating with the illumination of the surrounding national institutions.

Details for next year's event will be made available in early 2020.

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

Previous events

Previous events have been held at some of our most treasured national institutions including the National Gallery of Australia External Link - opens in new window and the National Museum of Australia External Link - opens in new window. Keynote addresses have included 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 UC Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President, Mr Rongyu Li.

Past performances have featured current and past Canberra students including the former Australian Busking Champion and ‘The Voice’ finalist, Canberra school student Lucy Sugerman, along with tertiary students The Belle Whyte Duo and Aloise. The event always includes a moving ‘Welcome to Country’ Indigenous performance by the local custodians of our land.

The event also offers the opportunity to introduce our Student Ambassadors and award the Study Canberra Scholarships. The 2019 cohort of Student Ambassadors represent eight different nationalities, five tertiary institutions and two colleges.