International Services & Development (ISD) recently welcomed 47 students from UOW College Hong Kong (UOWCHK) for a two-week academic and cultural study tour at the Wollongong campus.

The program was a huge success, as the group participated in a number of activities including English conversation, English for academic purposes, designated faculty sessions and an Indigenous culture presentation at the Woolyungah Indigenous Centre. Students were also given the opportunity to explore the Illawarra region with a tour of Wollongong and trips to Kiama, the Nan Tien Temple, Sea Cliff Bridge and Symbio Animal Park.

The program was supported by a variety of different faculties and divisions at UOW, including Illawarra Friends of International Students, which helped foster an invaluable learning and developmental environment for the students involved. To enhance their unique Australian experience, all students lived with local Wollongong families for the duration of the program. The UOW MakerSpace was utilised through the program as a place to explore new and exciting ideas about Australian culture and identity. Prior to their departure, the students presented their findings on Australia to a panel of UOW and Hong Kong staff members and peers.

UOWCHK offers UOW programs in business, computer science and communication and media studies.