Living and Studying in Australia can be a big adjustment for many International students. Not only they are far from their family but also far from their friends who they speak the same language and have the same culture. Here are some tips for International Students to make friends.
1. Smile and Greet People: As an International student you should always have a positive attitude when in a foreign land. This will allow you to connect with your classmates, schoolmates or school staff. Gaining friends will be easy if you have an accommodating and happy spirit.
2. Embrace their Interests: Regardless of your origin, friendship depends on common ground and if you learn to immerse yourself with sports, music etc it will give you plenty of things to converse and connect with.
3. Join Organisations: Getting involved with clubs, either inside or outside school will help you increase your network of acquaintances and potential friends.
4. Practice the English Language: One of the reasons many International students find it difficult to make friends is the language barrier. Australia is a multicultural country, especially Darwin city. Hence, it is natural to see foreigners inside or outside the campus. Blend in! You are not alone. Speak up and practice the English language and earn tons of International friends.
5.Know the Social Calendar: Seek out social events as this is very useful for meeting new people. For example Orientation Week (which is the very first week of classes), public holidays, School events and workshops or public events like Royal Darwin Show are great places to meet people. Go out and have fun! Check these links for social events. http://northernterritory.com/darwin-and-surrounds/events/darwin-festival http://www.darwinshow.com.au/
6.Expand your Network: Many times we just hangout with our usual buddies but friends can introduce you to their friends and this can potentially grow your network. If you can, host a party and tell your friends they can bring plus one or more. If you can’t host a party you can have other activities such as study groups, or play team sports or other activities.
Introducing people to one another is a nice thing to do, especially in a foreign land. Helping others to expand their network will help them and most of the time they will reciprocate by introducing you to others as well.
Make ICAE and Darwin City your new home away from home. Friends will be your family.