International Students thriving at Longerenong
Longerenong College has welcomed four international students to the college this year in the first intake since becoming CRICOS registered in 2017. The four students are currently studying their 1st year of the Advanced Diploma of Agribusiness Management and have come from South Africa, Scotland and England.
South African student Jarryd van der Linde grew up on his family’s farm and with a passion for farming Jarryd can’t see himself doing anything else for the rest of his life.
With a goal of managing a farm in the Mildura area and eventually owning his own farm Jarryd chose Longerenong because of the brilliant course and the amazing reputation of the College.
“The course is very well set out and the teachers are extremely helpful” explained Jarryd.
It’s not just the academic side to life at Longy that Jarryd has settled well into, the social side and connections he is making have been just as valuable in his journey.
“The networking side of things is awesome, you make friends and connections for life here at Longy and not just with your fellow student but with people In Horsham and the staff as well” said Jarryd.
Since commencing in February 2019 all four students have settled in well and are enjoying the hands-on approach to learning offered at Longerenong College.
General Manager John Goldsmith explains “There are other institutions with opportunities for international students, but few offering agribusiness. Longerenong is a unique place where there is a 1,070 hectare commercial farm, on-site accommodation and training facilities to provide students the perfect mix of hands-on practical and theory-based training”.
“We continue to field enquiries from across the globe and look forward to welcoming more international students in 2020. It’s exciting to see the current students thriving both academically and socially and have slotted in quite well amongst our domestic students,” said John.
Initial expectations were that the majority of International enrolments would come directly from Asian countries however we have received more interest from tourists and Working Holiday Visa holders wanting to study in Australia.