International students and the University of Sydney symposium: research and insights

Thanks for contributing to a great symposium!

Thank you to everyone who attended our symposium on Thursday 19 October 2023. Many valuable insights were shared by speakers and attendees across the day.

We have been very proud to celebrate the centenary of international students at the University of Sydney. The exhibition and digital storytelling project, 100+ Years of Global Connections, were both a great success and we’re so pleased to have been able to contribute our stories to the Library collection.

International House, connecting Australian and international students at Sydney University for 53 years until 2020

Professor Gregory A. Houseman

‘The rotunda building is particularly iconic. With its circular footprint it is symbolic of the ideals of International House, a microcosm of our multicultural world, where people come together from many directions for discussion and exchange of ideas.’

At the symposium, Professor Gregory A. Houseman gave a presentation on International House: the role it has played in welcoming international students to Sydney, what it has meant to students, as well as future plans for redevelopment and reopening.

The full presentation is available to read and download on our website: International House, connecting Australian and international students at Sydney University for 53 years until 2020.

Event details

Thursday 19 October 2023
9:30am – 7:30pm
Michael Spence Building (F23), Auditoriums 1 and 2
Corner of Eastern Ave and City Rd

The Symposium welcomed Usyd students, staff, and alumni with an interest in international student matters to gather and collaborate. The event aimed to bring together presenters and attendees to exchange valuable insights and experiences, all with the goal of enriching the broader international student experience and building stronger bonds within the University of Sydney community.

The Symposium was a one-day in-person event at the Michael Spence Building. The morning session was accessible through video conferencing.

Download the full symposium agenda.


Alumni story sharing: Basim Alansari

Reflections on an International Student Experience 

Keynote speech: Julia Horne

International Students in Australia – some historical lessons

Gregory A. Houseman FRS

International House, connecting Australian and International students at Sydney University for 53 years until 2020

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