In addition to experiencing language and cultural differences upon commencing a degree in Australia, international students enrolled in health professional programs also experience further challenges when undertaking clinical placement early in their degree. This paper describes an Orientation program developed specifically for international students commencing health professional degrees. The program is delivered prior to the start of semester and includes small group learning sessions focused on discussing clinical scenarios interspersed with academic and English language skills sessions and information, wellbeing and social sessions. This Nuts and Bolts workshop will provide details of the program’s core elements and its implementation in 2009 and 2010. The student evaluation data will also be presented. The discussion section of the workshop will focus on its potential adaptation by other institutions with large faculty cohorts of international students.
13th Pacific Rim First Year in Higher Education Conference (FYHE2010). Proceedings of the 13th Pacific Rim First Year in Higher Education Conference (Adelaide, S.A. 27-30 June, 2010)