Concordia Lutheran College in Toowoomba is proud to have a growing community of international students, with a special emphasis on students from Papua New Guinea. At present, the college already has two Papua New Guinean students in their boarding house, and we have enrolled another two for 2024. We were hit by COVID so we are in a rebuilding phase.
Concordia is deeply committed to supporting and integrating their international student body, providing them with a warm and nurturing environment. As part of this commitment, the college organises induction activities to help the students feel at home and connected to the community. The students can explore Australian memorabilia at Cobb and Co museum and visit a wildlife carer to find out more about Australian wildlife. Concordia is actively developing a new set of activities for next year, aiming to enhance the experience of their international students.
To ensure that their students are not only engaged academically but also socially, Concordia arranges various activities throughout the year aimed at introducing them to the vibrant local culture and showcasing the educational opportunities in Toowoomba. Some of these activities include visits to the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers, local gyms, sporting events, the Golf Course, the Japanese Gardens, and a boarders Camp at the beginning of the school year. By engaging in these experiences, the students gain a deeper understanding of Toowoomba’s unique offerings, making them feel more connected to their surroundings.
As part of development plans, we need the support of Study Toowoomba. One area where Study Toowoomba could make a significant impact is by helping to provide tutors from the respective countries of the international students. Currently, the college has a Chinese student who is pursuing her master’s degree at the University of Southern Queensland. This student has been contributing as a tutor to short term Study Tour students, and expanding this support network would benefit the international student community.